Brexit Ice Cream

On Thursday, nearly three quarters of eligible voters in Britain (only UK and Irish citizens were allowed to vote) went to the polls and declared with a small majority that they want the UK to leave the European Union.

We had planned to crank a flavour of ice cream based on the referendum’s outcome. After seeing the surprise result, we reluctantly put aside our dream of blueberry sorbet with mango stars and set about to prepare Union Jack Ice Cream at a mourning party for the EU. The ice cream was bittersweet.

Berry Ripple Ice Cream Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine Ice Cream
Prep Time 15 minutes
Crank Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 quarts


  • 1.5 eggs
  • 225 g vanilla sugar*
  • 500 ml  double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 500 ml whole milk (approx.)
  • 185 g raspberry jam (about half a jar)
  • 185 g blueberry jam (about half a jar)
  • blue and red gel food colouring


Before you start:

  1. About a day before you make the mix, cut a slit along one side of the vanilla pod and then scrape the seeds into the milk. Leave to steep overnight.

  2. Put the jam jars in the freezer about 4 hours ahead of freezing the ice cream.

Make the vanilla ice cream base:

  1. Whisk the eggs and sugar and stir in the cream.

  2. Add milk and mix well. 

  3. Crank the ice cream until it's fairly firm.

To prepare the ripple:

  1. Put a large ceramic or metal bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice, salt and water. Make sure you can handle the inner bowl without causing salt water from the outer bowl to spill in. This is going to be where you ripple in the jam, so you want to ensure the bowl is super cold - otherwise the ice cream will melt.

  2. Transfer the freshly frozen ice cream into the chilled bowl (it should be the consistency of soft-serve). 

  3. Spoon in the semi-frozen jam and ripple it into the vanilla ice cream. Don't stir too much or it will all blend together and not have ripples. 

  4. Transfer the ice cream to the freezer to let it firm up before serving.

  5. When you serve, use the food colouring to draw a Union Jack on top of each bowl. Your guests will be disturbed by your nationalism, but at least the ice cream will be delicious.

*To make vanilla sugar:

  1. Put a used vanilla pod or two into a sealed jar of sugar. After a few days, the sugar will taste more like vanilla. I always keep a jar or two of sugar with vanilla pods, and I use vanilla sugar in most of my ice creams.


Peter Gerard

Peter carried the hand-cranking ice cream tradition from his family in Missouri to Scotland and eventually to New York. He is now likely the biggest importer of White Mountain Freezers to Europe, having imported more than a dozen machines...

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