Recipe: How to make liquorice ice cream

Recipe: How to make liquorice ice cream
Liquorice ice cream. Photo: John Duxbury/Swedish Food
Swedes love all sweets and one of their favourites is liquorice. Grab your sunglasses, pretend it's spring and enjoy this liquorice ice cream, courtesy of food writer John Duxbury.

Makes around 1 pint, or 0.57 litres

Preparation: 10 minutes

Total: 10 minutes plus freezing time


This recipe uses raw egg so the ice cream should not be served to anyone who shouldn't eat raw egg.


2 egg yolks, preferably organic for a richer colour

65g (¼ cup) granulated sugar, preferably raw (pure) cane sugar

2 tsp ground liquorice (raw liquorice powder)

½ tsp vanilla essence

240ml (1 cup) whipping cream

120ml (½ cup) whole milk (3-4 percent)

1 tbsp sweet liquorice syrup


1. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl until you have a light mixture, about two minutes.

2. Mix in the ground liquorice and vanilla essence.

3. Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend.

4. Pour the mixture into an ice cream machine with the paddle running.

5. When almost set pour in liquorice syrup (optional) and transfer to a tub for freezing.

Without an ice cream machine

If you have not got an ice cream machine, continue whipping after stage three for another two or three minutes, then transfer to an ice cream container. Cover the surface of the ice cream with cling film (food wrap) and freeze. Remove the mixture from the freezer every half hour. Fork over the mixture thoroughly and return to the freezer. Repeat this step until the mixture is thoroughly frozen, which will normally take two or three hours.


– You can buy raw liquorice powder and liquorice syrup online.

– Add some liquorice syrup for an extra liquorice taste.

– If you are serving the ice cream on its own, garnish with some soft sea salt flakes and sliced salt liquorice.

– You might prefer our recipe for saltlakritsglass (salty liquorice ice cream).

Recipe courtesy of John Duxbury, founder and editor of Swedish Food.