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5 from 2 votes

Popcorn ice cream

This popcorn ice cream is creamy, buttery and full of fun popcorn flavor. Perfect for family movie night or when you want a popcorn treat without the heat.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Freezing time4 hrs
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Buttered popcorn ice cream, Popcorn ice cream


  • Ice cream churner or machine
  • stick/immersion blender


  • 2 cups (500mls) thickened cream
  • 1 cup (250mls) full fat milk
  • ½ cup (110gms) white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (7.5gms) glycose syrup
  • 2 teaspoons (5gms) tapioca starch
  • 1 packet (3.5oz /100gms) microwave popcorn, buttered flavor
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Add the tapioca starch to a small bowl. Measure the milk and add two tablespoons to the tapioca starch. Mix to form a slurry.
  • Add the rest of the milk, cream, sugar and glucose syrup to a small pot. Heat on low, stirring well until the sugar and syrup is dissolved.
  • Add the tapioca starch slurry and mix well. Turn off.
  • Cook the popcorn in the microwave according to the instructions.
  • Once done, wait until the steam has subsided. Open the packed just a crack and shake upside to remove uncooked popcorn kernels.
  • Add the popcorn to a large heat proof bowl.
  • Pour over hot dairy mix. The popcorn will significantly reduce in volume as your pour over the liquid.
  • Allow to cool for about five minutes. Blend well with a stick/immersion blende until mix is smooth.
  • Add salt and mix well.
  • Strain mix through a sieve. Pour mix into a heat proof container, cover and chill in fridge for at least four hours, preferably overnight.
  • Put your storage container in the freezer to chill. If you are using a self refrigerating machine turn it on about ten minutes before churning, other wise take your freezer bowl out of the freezer right before churning.
  • If the butter has settled a bit on the top of the ice cream mix once chilled give it a good stir. Churn the ice cream. It will be the consistency of soft serve when done.
  • Transfer the mix to the chilled storage container, cover and freeze for four hours, or until firm.
  • To serve remove from the freezer, scoop and enjoy! Fabulous on its own, or with some of my caramel popcorn sprinkled over the top. Delicious!