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Northern Lights Ice Cream

  • Dessert

This Easy to make no-churn Northern Lights Ice Cream, tastes just like Vanilla with a hint of mint flavoring.

  • 30 minutes
  • Serves 10
  • Easy



The Great White North has some of the most spectacular Northern light displays also known as the aurora borealis. 

Northern Lights Ice Cream

Which can seen been across many parts of the Northern Canadian provinces during the colder months of the year.

These lights come out to light up the sky with the most beautiful neon bright colors at night that make my heart sore with joy.

So if you’re in Canada and thinking hey, why haven’t I seen the Northern lights yet? Well maybe it’s because you didn’t know when or where they would be on display. Some people travel far to view this natural phenomenon.

While others track them and go view them right in there very own backyards. So we are now into the cold month of February here in Canada, and I thought it was only appropriate to make this ice-cream in honor of them. 

Actually this ice-cream has been something that has been on my mind for sometime, but I only found it appropriate to make it now. So how does it tastes? 

Northern Lights Ice Cream

Well even though there is an array of colors in this ice cream, it actually just tastes like Vanilla.

So if your wanting a hint of some other flavor, I recommend adding some “mint food flavouring” to the green ice cream mixture which will add a nice cooling element than will remind you of the cool lights up north.

Northern Lights Ice Cream

There are plenty of legends told by many peoples past and present of what these light may be. Some say they are representations of the dead playing a game with a walrus skull as the “ball.” While others believe their dancing spirits of children who had passed.

The Northern Lights were considered sacred by many native tribes. The Inuit and northern Algonquian tribes believed that the spirits of the dead could be seen in the Northern Lights and that some were spirits of the animals.

Northern Lights Ice Cream

While the Icelandic people associated the lights with childbirth and held that they would relieve the pain of delivery as long as the expectant mum didn’t look at the Aurora whilst giving birth, because the child would be born cross-eyed!

And in Greenland the lights were also linked to giving birth but rather sadly they were judged to be the souls of stillborn babies or even babies killed at birth.

And in Finland many people believed the lights were caused by the firefox who ran so quickly across the snow that his tail caused sparks to fly into the night sky creating the Aurora.

Either way, I think we can all agree there is something magical going on when these lights appear in the nights sky. Making this Ice Cream is easy too, all we are doing here is whipping some heavy cream with a hand held mixture, adding a can of condensed milk and some vanilla extract to make the coolest ice cream ever!

Northern Lights Ice Cream

I have always been fascinated and memorized by the northern lights, and have sought them out on numerous occasions and have been lucky to see them a few times.

Each time being just as magical as the last however not all Canadians have seen these lights. And that’s because there hardly visible within the cities limits, and are more common in some areas than others. So you must find the right spot to view them, and the darker the better.

Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? And if so where? I would love to hear about your  experiences in the comments below.

Wanting to track the Northern Lights? This resource from Service Aurora is one of my favorite places to do that.

Northern Lights Ice Cream

Source: The Aurora Zone

northern lights ice cream

Video to makeThe Northern Lights Ice Cream

Notes: If you want your colors as vibrant as mine, you are going to want to mix some of the colors together. Each package of food coloring produces mixing color instructions, or go here to learn how to: Wilton.com

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Northern Lights Ice Cream

Northern Lights Ice Cream

Yield: 10
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour


  • 3 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 pack Neon Food Coloring in food coloring in Green, Pink, Purple and Blue
  • 1 container Food Coloring in Black
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 tbsp Pure vanilla extract


  • 1 tsp Mint food flavouring


  1. In a large metal bowl add the ice cold heavy cream and beat on medium high with your hand held mixer for about 5 minutes till it thickens up slightly, as seen below.
  2. Next add in 1 tbsp of vanilla extract and 1 can of condensed milk and beat all together till it thickens up enough to scoop into five separate bowls.
  3. In 4 separate large bowls add in the food coloring of, one green, one pink, one purple, and one black. To make the green more vibrant, add some blue to it and mix together. Also here is where you will add some "mint food flavoring if you choose to have it in the ice cream.
  4. You may want to add more food coloring, depending on how bright you want the colors. "I added in 15- 20 drops per color". And mixing colors will give your colors more vibrancy, follow the mixing guide on the food coloring box.
  5. In an airtight plastic container pour in all the black ice cream into the bottom, then spoonful by spoonful, scatter the rest of the colors into the container till all the colors have been placed in the container as so. "see below
  7. Now with a spatula, touch the bottom of the container and slowly from one end to the other, drag in back and forth a couple times in order to mix the colors together to create a swirl look. 
  8. The black color on the bottom will slowly lift up into the middle colors creating a northern light affect. 
  9. Once your ice cream has swirled together, seal with an airtight lid and place in the freezer for 2-24 hours. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

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