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Movie Night Ice Cream

Take all your favorite movie night snacks and turn it into a decadent ice cream! Butter popcorn ice cream with chocolates, candies, and peanuts.
Yield: about 1 quart
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ice cream, movie night ice cream, candy ice cream
Author: Maryanne Cabrera


Butter Popcorn Ice Cream:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup freshly popped butter popcorn
  • 7 large egg yolks
  • large pinch of fine sea salt


  • Kit Kat bar, chopped
  • M&Ms
  • Milk Duds, chopped
  • Salted peanuts
  • Heath Bar, chopped


  • In a medium pot, bring milk, cream and 2 tablespoons sugar to a boil.  Once mixture has come to a boil, remove from heat.   Add popcorn and stir.  Cover pot and let steep for 20 minutes.
  • Strain mixture and discard popcorn. Place pot over medium heat and bring to a boil, once again.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar. Once milk begins to boil, lower heat.
  • Temper hot milk into sugar yolk mixture. Slowly add hot milk into yolks about 1/4 cup at a time, whisking to distribute heat. Continue to add milk into the yolk. Once all the milk has been added, transfer everything back into the pot.
  • Stir over medium-low heat until mixture reaches nappe consistency, or 180 degrees F on a kitchen thermometer. Let sit at 180-185 degrees F for 3 minutes to pasteurize eggs.
  • Transfer mixture to an airtight container and let mature in the fridge overnight.
  •  Freeze mixture in ice cream maker according to your unit's instructions. Once the volume has increased by half and mixture has reached a soft serve consistency, add in about a hand full of each desired mix-ins.
  • Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and let rest in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving.


I used about a handful of each mix-in.  Feel free to add as much or as little of the mix-ins as you'd like.  Pick and choose your favorite candies and chocolates to mix in.