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Picture of Stout Ice Cream - with Dry Ice!

Ice cream is semi-solid deliciousness.

Dry Ice is rock-sold carbon dioxide.

By using dry ice you can make stout ice cream (or any other flavor) without an ice cream maker and in only a few minutes. The dry ice will partially carbonate the ice cream and leave it with a unique texture.


  • Stand Mixer
  • Dry Ice
  • Rolling Pin or mortar and pestle for smashing dry ice
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection


  • 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 cup Stout (the sweeter the stout the better)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • about 1-1.5 lbs dry ice

Notes about beer: Beer is really bitter. For this reason it can be difficult to cook with. When heated a few things happen, the first is that the alcohol evaporates. The second thing that happens is that any unisommerized alph-acids from the hops with rapidly isomerize into very bitter compounds. These are the IBUs you see in beer labels. It stands for International Bittering Unit and is defined as 1ppm isomerized alpha acid.

In my opinion, the best beers to use are sweet, low beers with low bitterness.

Milk Stouts, Cream Stouts and Sweet Stouts work the best. Experiment with different types to see what works. I used an Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout that had a lot of residual sugar.


Dry is is really cold. It is has a surface temperature of about -80c (-110F) and will can cause frost bite quickly if mishandled. Handle it with gloves and be cautious of accidentally chilling any jewelry. Rings and such conduct heat very quickly and can cause frost bite very quickly if not careful.

Dry is is CO2. As it sublimates, dry ice turns to CO2 gas. Carbon dioxide gas is heavier than air and will pool in low areas and can displace oxygen. Each pound of dry ice will make 8-9 cubic feet of CO2 gas.

Step 1: Mix On A Stove

Picture of Mix On A Stove

Mix the cream, sugar, salt and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat.

Keep mixing until all the little chunks are gone as in the second picture. A whisk will make quick work of the chocolate and make a nice smooth mixture.

Add the stout and vanilla extract.

Pour the solution into a stand mixer.

VeronicaR681 month ago
Hi, this sounds like a fun recipe to try with children, is the stout beer necessary? Can we leave it out altogether? Thanks!
jessyratfink2 months ago
That sounds amazing! And fun to make of course :D
GettingRad (author)  jessyratfink2 months ago
I consider it a win anytime I can use dry ice or LN2 while cooking!