You know what this ice cream means.

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I’ve been watching too much It’s Complicated again.

My favorite movie that speaks to my inner 55-year old self. It’s like that movie was made for me and my old lady soul.

If you don’t know, Meryl Streep makes lavender honey ice cream in that movie and brings all the boys to the yard. Or something like that.

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A few years ago, I made croissants because I wanted to be a fly on the wall in Steve Martin and Meryl Streep’s bakery scene. Yeah, because it’s real life and all. I’ve wanted to make lavender ice cream for ages simply because of that movie, but something always stops me.

Laziness. And other things.

Like chocolate. And peanut butter. And truffles. And bourbon. And fluffernutters. And all the other decadent stuff that you can shove in ice cream.

I mean, lavender is so light. Like sooooo light. This is practically a health food. If you are on a diet, you can totally consume lavender ice cream because it’s… so light. I mean, it’s a flower.


Which means… that it’s a PLANT. Which means, that it’s kind of a vegetable?

Oh man. You’re not getting out of this one. We are eating ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner now.

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Don’t mind the white chocolate. Just ignore it. It’s certainly delicious and plays a significant role here. But I needed a touch of richness and while white chocolate (which is really faux chocolate, correct?) has never been my first choice, I believe there is a time and a place for it. Apparently for me, ice cream is it.

Oh and you don’t need to cover your ice cream in dried lavender, I just did so for trying-to-be-fancy photo purposes. This is a lavender infused ice cream with chocolate chunks – no flowers inside. You could even add a drop of purple food coloring if you want to walk on the wild side.

Then grab a ginormous spoon.

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White Chocolate Chunk Lavender Ice Cream


2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dried culinary lavender
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 ounces white chocolate, chopped


Add cream, milk, sugar, lavender and salt to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves. Continue to heat until the mixture becomes warm and begins to bubble around the edges. Remove from heat, add in vanilla extract and allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 60 minutes while the lavender seeps in. After an hour, strain the milk through a fine mesh sieve and discard the lavender. Add the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until cold, at least 30 to 60 minutes.

Once it's cold, add the mixture to your ice cream maker and churn according to directions. A few minutes before it's finishing churning, add in the chopped white chocolate. Once it's finished churning, scoop the ice cream into a freezer-safe container and cover. Freeze for at least 4 to 6 hours. Let sit for a few minutes before serving so the ice cream can soften.

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I can’t even.

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82 Responses to “White Chocolate Chunk Lavender Ice Cream.”

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    Pretend Chef — January 17, 2014 @ 6:35 pm

    This sounds so delicious. Oh my!


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    ATasteOfMadness — January 17, 2014 @ 8:04 pm

    Wow, where did you get 1/4 cup of dried lavender? I can only find them in little tiny vials… This looks so good though!


    • Abigail — November 2nd, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

      Hi sorry to answer this question for her, but I noticed you didn’t get a reply so here I am. You can purchase culinary lavender on many websites including amazon, and I know my local tea shop carries it, so check somewhere like that, or perhaps at a dry goods store.


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    Michelle — January 17, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

    That spoon. stop. can’t even. (+the ice cream, obviously)


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    Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists — January 17, 2014 @ 10:03 pm

    I seriously love It’s Complicated. I sometimes put it on just to stare at her house and the landscape. Love this recipe!


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    Monique — January 18, 2014 @ 3:54 am

    OMG that movie speaks to me also! I adore Meryl in it. I’ll have to make this and recreate the movie in my own kitchen :)


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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane — January 18, 2014 @ 4:16 am

    Sounds delicious! Could I make this without an ice cream maker? ;-)


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    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — January 18, 2014 @ 9:36 am

    Well this is quite creative, I never had lavander ice cream. I have had those lavander mints that kinda tasted like laundry detergent and they freaked me out. Not sure if I would like it, but I am thinking since it is in a base of cream and this is sweet it would be much better! Definitely better then those lavender candies, LOL!


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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — January 18, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    So elegant!


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    Arthur in the Garden! — January 18, 2014 @ 4:24 pm



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    Tobi @ brag & butter — January 18, 2014 @ 4:58 pm

    This is amazingly beautiful – I love everything about it. The look, the sound, the idea – I want to eat this with waffles on holiday in bed.


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    Emma — January 18, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

    This made me laugh so much, great writing and holy moses – amazing ice cream!! drooooools.


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    Emily @ Life on Food — January 19, 2014 @ 11:57 am

    This ice cream is making me swoon. Lovely!


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    Mandy @ lady and pups — January 20, 2014 @ 2:09 am

    I love that movie, too and I have a theory of why that is. Because that movie is a female senior life-porn… successful beautiful up-scale bakery owner, successful beautiful giant house renovation, successful beautiful children, successful beautiful ex-husband and boy-toy…. living in a successful beautiful place (where that is) and being her successful beautiful self….

    It’s martha stewart meets desperate housewives. I’m jealous..


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    Carole — January 25, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

    Your photos are amazing! I have lavender growing in my yard and I’m pinning this to Pinterest now! Thanks for sharing.


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    Sarah — January 27, 2014 @ 6:35 pm

    Lavender is by far my favorite ice cream flavor. Totally making this.


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    Amy — January 27, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

    God I love that movie. Just seeing this ice cream makes me want to grab a spoon and relax in a hot bathtub while day dreaming that Alec Baldwin is totally into the 55 year old version of me. Oh, and I still look as good as Meryl Streep does…
    A girl can dream, right…


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    Amy — February 17, 2014 @ 5:11 pm

    Just stop. I found your blog recently and THIS has just made you my new favorite blogger. Even before I read the text, the title made me think of one of my fave movies of all time.

    SO it’s official, I love your blog now. Thanks!


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    Cafe — April 15, 2014 @ 6:34 am

    This is incredibly lovely – I love almost everything about this. Yum!!


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    RS — December 3, 2014 @ 8:24 am

    What can I use if I don’t have an ice cream maker? I have a Kitchenaid Artisan stand mixer. Can I use that? Please let me know at your earliest. I’d love to make this for a dinner I’m hosting on Saturday. Thanks!



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