Grape Soda Ice Cream

This will be the easiest ice cream you’ll ever make!

There are only two ingredients: thick and creamy sweetened condensed milk, and (of course) grape soda. That’s it! Two things mixed together and then dumped into an ice cream freezer…

BAM ice cream!

I think any grape soda would work just fine here. I personally am a big fan of both Grapico and grape Nehi. However, NuGrape is what was always at my Grandma Jessie Bell’s house. I found these bottles of NuGrape at a store in Senoia. I went with my family to have lunch and scout out where the Walking Dead tv series is filmed. We didn’t see much in the way of zombies or stars from the show, but I did find this soda for the first time in years. I took it as a sign to buy up an armful and make some ice cream!

Grape Soda Ice Cream Recipe


  • 4 12oz bottles of your favorite grape soda
  • 2 14oz cans of sweetened condensed milk


Step 1
I still can't believe this is all it takes to make deliciously creamy ice cream!
Step 2
Even though NuGrape has my heart, I had to buy a Nehi just for fun!
Step 3
Now on to the hard stuff. Crack open two cans of sweetened condensed milk.
Step 4
Pour the ooey gooey sweetness into a large bowl.
Step 5
Add in one of your sodas.
Step 6
Whisk the heck out of it until it's completely incorporated and bubbly.
Step 7
Whisk in the last three drinks,
Step 8
and recruit some extra help to give it a taste.
Step 9
I tried to make a similar ice cream on the Fourth of July and it totally didn't freeze. So I did a little research and found out that you shouldn't fill your ice cream maker all the way to the top.

Who knew?
Step 10
As you can see, I filled my two quart maker a little over 3/4 of the way full.
Step 11
This left me with exactly 3 1/2 cups of leftover ice cream mix. I poured it into a large thermos, and stored it in my fridge for another round of ice cream in my near future!

Now just attach the paddle and lid, switch it on, and watch the magic happen.
Step 12
Depending on your ice cream maker it could take anywhere from a half an hour to an hour. Just be on the lookout for when it thickens up like this.
Step 13
At this point it's technically ice cream, but it's very soft. Imagine the texture of a Wendy's frosty.

Feel free to dig in at this point!
Step 14
If you'd like your ice cream to be more scoop able, I suggest spooning the whole batch into a sealable container, and placing it in the freezer for several hours.
Step 15
Once it's finished setting up, you'll be left with a deliciously creamy ice cream that's easy to scoop and even easier to eat!
19 replies
    • kerrycolin
      kerrycolin says:

      Yes it’s just the sweetened milk and soda. I’ve always used my ice cream maker, but it would definitely be worth a try without one.

  1. PickersGirl
    PickersGirl says:

    I remember my mother making this years ago. She never used an ice cream maker. She mixed the two ingredients, poured it into a pan and put it in the freezer until it got hard.

  2. Wendy Wendel
    Wendy Wendel says:

    Could you add some whipped heavy cream to this? it seems like this would be way too sweet otherwise.

    • kerrycolin
      kerrycolin says:

      There’s no doubt that this is a very sweet ice cream! I think adding some cream could be a really good idea. Apart from cutting the sweetness a bit, it would make it even creamier. Let me know how it works if you try this!

  3. Grandma Becky
    Grandma Becky says:

    My mom and grandma made this for us in the 1950’s and 60’s, and I kept the tradition for my kids. Any grape soda pop brand will work, but sugar-free soda may not taste right. 2 things, the fizziness from the soda remains in the ice cream! Also, only an ice cream machine will give the ice creamy texture (lightness and scoop ability) you want. Otherwise you have a brick of purple deliciousness that must be hacked out of the container with a butcher knife. : (

  4. Alice
    Alice says:

    Years ago I made strawberry ice cream using..4 boxes sweetened crushed strawberries ( store bought)
    2 cans sweetened condensed milk
    Added strawberry soda pop (cheap soda seems to work best)to the fill line.
    Mix in the morning or night before and make in ice cream freezer.

  5. suzy
    suzy says:

    I tried to make this in a cuisinart and left room at the top and it never firmed. Does it have to be in an ice cream machine with ice and rock salt?

    • kerrycolin
      kerrycolin says:

      It definitely does not require a machine with ice and rock salt. Actually, my ice cream maker is also a Cuisinart. I keep the inside in the freezer until ready to use and just pour the mixture into it. I’m not sure why it didn’t set up for you. It should be just four 12 oz bottles of soda thoroughly mixed with two 14 oz cans of sweetened condensed milk. I’d make sure that everything is super blended before you begin and start with a canister for your machine that has been frozen at least a couple days in the freezer to make sure it starts nice and cold. I hope if you try it again it will work for you!


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