Sweet corn bacon ice cream with cacao nibs

This sweet corn bacon ice cream with cacao nibs is sweet and creamy with salty bacon and crunchy chocolate bits throughout.

When you think about corn you probably think about sweating your butt off at the grill in the middle of the summer, cooking up some burgers to serve with a nice buttered cob of corn on the side of your plate, right? At least that’s what I think of. Not spring time sweet corn and definitely not ice cream.

But, that’s exactly what we’re talking about today.

This spring time corn is a thing! Who knew?! After the brutal winter we just went through, I’ll take anything that reminds me of summertime heat, Florida sweet corn does just that. And since we’re pretending it’s summertime in April, why not have some ice cream? Especially when that ice cream involves…bacon.

Sweet corn ice cream with bacon

Yep, you heard right.

Sweet corn and bacon ice cream


Every once in a while there are recipes I post on here that words just can’t convey the epicness of. They’re usually the ones where you can catch me licking fingers and attacking plates with vigor the second their photo shoot ends.

In this case, it was me, a spatula and the ice cream maker as I stood over the sink scraping up the remains frozen to the side of the ice cream bowl after churning.

Sweet corn and bacon ice cream with cacao nibs

First, there’s the custard base. For real ice cream, there’s nothing like an egg base. Do it, you won’t regret it. I know you’re annoyed that you know have 5 egg whites to deal with but stay strong my friend, it’s worth it. Then, there’s the added cream factor from the sweet corn itself. It just takes things to a whole new level with its hint of savory sweetness. Add in the salty bacon bits and crunchy chocolate cacao nibs and you’re in taste and texture heaven. Sweet + salty + crunchy. Go ahead, say it with me…eeerrmahhhgawd.

As far as I’m concerned, there won’t be much corn making it to the grill this year.


If you’re looking for recipe ideas, facts or tips on sweet corn, Sunshine Sweet Corn has lots of great information on their website from how to cook it to the health benefits. Their Pinterest boards are also filled with tons of inspiration. You can also check out other sweet corn recipes on Kitchen Play  from some fellow bloggers.

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Sweet corn bacon ice cream with cacao nibs
This sweet corn bacon ice cream with cacao nibs is sweet and creamy with salty bacon and crunchy chocolate bits throughout.
Recipe type: ice cream
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 cups sweet corn kernels
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • ½ lb. bacon, cooked and chopped
  • ⅓ cup cacao nibs
  1. Combine the corn, heavy cream, milk, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often. Turn off heat and let sit for an hour.
  2. After an hour, transfer the mixture to a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve back into the saucepan discarding the solids.
  4. Turn the heat to medium and let the mixture heat back up.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks in a bowl.
  6. Once the mixture is hot, slowly pour about 1 cup into the egg yolks, whisking constantly.
  7. Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the sauce pan and stir over medium heat until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon or spatula.
  8. Transfer to a bowl, bring to room temperature then cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours until fully chilled.
  9. Pour the chilled mixture into your ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s directions.
  10. Add the chopped bacon and cacao nibs during the last minute of churning.
  11. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer safe container and freeze for 1-2 hours before serving.

This post is sponsored by the Florida Sweet Corn Exchange and Kitchen PLAY for their “Put a Little Sweet in Your Step” event. All content and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands I choose to work with.


  1. says

    This looks awesome. I think the addition of the chocolate and the bacon really layer the flavor profile. I’ve had many “corn ice creams” that are pretty underwhelming. I will give it a try!!!

    • Hemeryckx says

      Hi, what kind of bacon is used here? Plain bacon? Salted bacon? Smoked bacon? Want to make this for christmas, but don’t know which one to use. Thanks

        • Hemeryckx says

          Sorry to ask another question but English isn’t my mother tongue so I’m not sure what cooked bacon means? Cooked like in boiled or simmered or rather fried or baked? Should it be soft or crispy? Thanks.

        • Hemeryckx says

          Don’t know how to post a comment, all I can do is post replies. I’ve made this for Christmas for a party of 15. Not 1 person liked it and I didn’t either. The ice cream itself was pretty yummie but the bacon ruined everything.

    • Running to the Kitchen says

      Hi Elle- apparently we need to be mutual followers in order for me to invite you, so please include a link to your Pinterest boards so I can follow you (just reply to this comment with it) and follow me on Pinterest if you don’t already that way I can send you an invite. thanks!

    • Running to the Kitchen says

      This would be a hard recipe to make without an ice cream maker. You can always mix it by hand and then pour into a freezer safe container, freeze it and stir occasionally while it freezes but it won’t be nearly as creamy as the churning method and it takes a lot longer too.


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