Blending 101: Tips on Making Ice Cream

Blendtec tips on making ice cream
Hello from all of us in Blendtec's Customer Service Department! We receive calls every day from our wonderful customers, some of whom ask how to get the most out of their high-powered blenders. Generally, we refer them to the gorgeous Fresh Blends cookbook (included with every blender purchase). But today we're going to give you a recipe and some tips that we use with our own Blendtec blenders. This January has been quite cold for many parts of the United States, and lots of folks are thinking about soup and hot chocolate to keep warm. Still, we sometimes crave sweet and creamy ice cream. One recipe we all really like is Blueberry Ice Cream. This recipe is not for the calorie counter, but this delicate and delicious dessert is worth the splurge. And, with only three ingredients, it's simple to make! making ice cream
  • 1¼ c half-and-half
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 12 oz frozen blueberries (approx. 2½ cups)
Add ingredients to FourSide jar in order listed and secure lid. Select "Ice Cream," and then enjoy! Here are some tips and variations for making this ice cream:
  • For an extra smooth consistency, run the blender on Speed 2 for 20 seconds and then run on Speed 10 for an entire 50-second cycle.
  • If you like fruit chunks in your ice cream, follow the recipe instructions but add only half of the blueberries to the jar. Halfway through the cycle, add the remaining blueberries by removing the clear insert in the jar lid.
  • Use a little less than 1 cup of milk—usually almond or skim—and then add a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Top with a little ice.
  • Depending on the season and your tastes, the blueberries may not provide enough sweetness, so you may want to add another sweetener.
We love getting new tips and tricks from customers who have put their blenders through the paces. Do you have any ice cream tips? Let us know in the comments section below. Or, sound off on Facebook!


  • Kelli Farley

    Hi Matt,
    When making ice cream, try blending on low for 15 seconds, then blend on high for 50 seconds.

  • jmason

    Do have a basic vanilla ice cream recipe?

  • Matt

    So my blender doesn’t have an icecream button. I have the classic 570.
    I keep getting ice cream that doesn’t get very thick and it’s got tons of really small ice chunks so it doesn’t get very smooth.

  • jmason

    If you make ice cream is should be done in the twister jar, correct? I have the Wild side jar only. Can I make recipes that are for the Fourside jar without adding 20% more of everything? I hope so, because I want trying to make these quickly.

    I’m a newbie. Just got my Blendtec Total Blender on November 25th. So far I haven’t been very successful with the recipes I’ve tried.

  • Kelli Farley

    Hi Twila,
    It sounds like what you are experiencing is cavitation. Which means there is too much cold and not enough liquid. The blender needs to have liquid in order to pull the ingredients down to the blade. You can still have a thick ice-cream with some liquid. Give this ice cream recipe a try. Be sure to follow the ingredients/instructions exactly. If you are still having problems, let us know.

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