Salty Honey Ice Cream


Salty Honey Ice Cream // A Cozy Kitchen

You guys, Ice Cream Week is here, in full effect, on A Cozy Kitchen. And I’m excited! Who’s with me?!

Every day this week I’ll be throwing a new ice cream recipe your way. Maybe there’ll be lots of berries up in ice cream, maybe some malt balls, most likely there’ll be some chocolate and there might even be some waffle cone slingin’, who knows.

Back in January when it was freezing cold (even in LA), all I could dream about was summah-time fun like slip n’ slides, sitting in the sun wearing sunnies (I secretly hate that word), and most of all, ice cream-making. I had this idea of dedicating a whole week to just ice cream. So, here we are…Ice Cream Week!


We’re kicking it off with an ice cream I really REALLY like. It was inspired by something I made a few months ago that was the simplest thing ever but so amazing – salty honey butter.

Salty Honey Ice Cream // A Cozy Kitchen

I debated as to whether or not I should post a how-to on making ice cream or if providing my favorite basic recipes for flavors like vanilla, chocolate or strawberry might be helpful, but I decided against it. I wanted to get fun and crazy, and I figure other blogs, other people have already covered that. Buuuut, I will give you a quick run-down of ice cream stuff I like.

I use this Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker.

I like The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz.

I like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

I like these containers. I love this digital read thermometer. I think David gives great tips on making ice cream.

Oh one thing I’m so adamant about is using a digital read thermometer. It takes the guessing part out of ice cream making. And it totally eliminates the whole “I cooked the custard too long and now I have scrambled eggs” part. It’s a breeze, invest in one–you won’t regret it!

Salty Honey Ice Cream // A Cozy Kitchen

Back to this salty honey situation. It’s basically like salty honey butter but in ice cream form, which sounds strange but I promise is super delicious—it’s sweet, salty and floral. I used clover honey in this recipe, but feel free to replace it with other types of honey like wildflower, sage or orange blossom.

Pretty excited about the rest of the week, guys. I hope you are too.

Salty Honey Ice Cream // A Cozy Kitchen

Salty Honey Ice Cream


  • 8 tablespoons honey, clover or sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon Maldon sea salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • To a bowl, prepare an ice bath by adding 10 or so ice cubes and adding a few splashes of water. Set a slightly smaller bowl inside the bigger bowl and set a sieve or strain inside the smaller bowl. Set the whole ice bath contraption aside.
  • In a small saucepan or skillet, heat the honey over medium-low heat. Add the salt and mix; take the pan off the heat and set it aside.
  • To a medium saucepan, add the milk and sugar; heat over medium until the milk reaches a slight simmer and the sugar dissolves. Once it reaches the simmer, remove the pan from the heat.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks together, thoroughly. Next you're going to temper the milk mixture. Whisking the entire time, add about 1/4 cup of warm milk to the egg yolks. Add the remainder of the milk to the egg yolk mixture and whisk. Return the entire mixture back to the medium saucepan and place over low heat. Cook the milk and yolk mixture, stirring constantly, until the thermometer reads 170 to 175 degrees F and the mixture appears thick and coats the back of the spoon.
  • Pour the mixture through the sieve into the bowl. If the honey has cooled, quickly rewarm it and add it to the egg yolk mixture, mixing thoroughly. Lastly, stir in the heavy cream. Keep mixing until the mixture is room temperature. Wrap the bowl in plastic and transfer it to the fridge for 4-5 hours, or overnight, until very cold.
  • Churn the mixture into the bowl of your ice cream maker, according to your ice cream maker's instructions. Serve immediately for soft serve or alternatively transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight.
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  • Reply Carina June 10, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I love making ice cream, such a cool process!


  • Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe June 10, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Ice cream is probably the reason why I so love summer! Actually I’ve never tried to make it myself, it’s always looked a bit complicated to me but you made it look a fun and pretty easy process, plus this flavor is really intriguing and, since I’ve never seen it in stores or in ice-cream shops, I guess I’ll have to make it myself!

    xo, Elisa

  • Reply Kristin June 10, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Well, shoot. I tried to drag my kids to Sur la Table this weekend to get some Maldon sea salt, but let them talk me out of it. Guess I really need to make that trip now! This looks delicious.

  • Reply Tieghan June 10, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Love this flavor!! Sounds so good!

  • Reply amy @southern sweets and eats June 10, 2013 at 5:45 am

    I make a salty honey pie and this totally sounds like that in ice cream form. I’m gonna have to try this.

  • Reply Heather @ A Sweet Simple Life June 10, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Sounds delicious!

  • Reply cindy June 10, 2013 at 6:15 am

    I’m excited. I can’t think of a better week than ice cream week!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Right?! The sound of it gives me butterflies. **Insert emoji with heart eyes”

  • Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie June 10, 2013 at 6:51 am

    ice cream week!!! great way to start it off with this one- sounds incredible!

  • Reply Jaclyn June 10, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Summer has me craving ice cream every night. This flavor has me drooling!

  • Reply joelle (on a pink typewriter) June 10, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Ice cream week!? That sounds exciting!

  • Reply Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion June 10, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Reason number one to buy and ice cream maker

  • Reply christin June 10, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Yep. I’m going to make this. And then eat it all myself.

  • Reply Karla @ Foodologie June 10, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Ice Cream season has begun! (not that I don’t eat ice cream year round… let’s be honest, it’s a socal way of life)

    I’m pumped for ice cream week. I made ice cream twice last week! Let’s share!

  • Reply jaime @ laviejaime June 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

    this sounds perfect for a summer treat!

  • Reply dervla @ The Curator June 10, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Freezing cold in LA, how dare you. I make a salted honey popcorn that reminds me of this. YUM. Also I couldn’t be more excited for your ice cream week (I want to do the dancing girls emoji here)

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

      There were days when it was in the 30s in January! 😉

  • Reply Jen @ Fresh from the... June 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Ice cream week is an awesome idea! Can’t wait to see what other ice creams you feature.

  • Reply Nicole June 10, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Oh, I just love honey ice cream! This looks divine.

  • Reply Eileen June 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

    OH MY. This may have to happen–just as soon as I can actually carve out some freezer space for the ice cream machine bowl. 🙂

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan June 10, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Ice. Cream. Week. Stop it! I feel my pants getting tighter with all the weight.

  • Reply Grace @ Earthy Feast June 10, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Gosh, what a beautifully simple favor combination! I have that same ice cream maker but have yet make some seriously successful ice cream, I just end up throwing all kinds of stuff in there and ending up with some pretty wacky combos and things get weird. I will have to try this, Mmmm!

  • Reply Heidi @foodiecrush June 10, 2013 at 11:22 am

    So glad you went beyond basic with your recipe, and thanks for all of the tips, I”m ready to put them to work.

  • Reply NicoleM June 10, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Super excite! Ive been waiting (kinda) patiently for your ice cream recipes since the March stuff teaser!

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Gorgeous, I love the sound of honey butter in ice cream form!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I am digging this hard. Yum!

  • Reply Eileen June 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I have been pinning ice cream recipes like crazy. This one is getting pinned now too! Sounds delish! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the week 🙂

  • Reply Lindsey June 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    sweet and salty, my favorite combination! i recently made banana and peanut butter ice cream, definitely could have used some salt in there : )

  • Reply Amy @ Elephant Eats June 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Holy cow, this looks seriously amazing. I’m drooling!!! Just got an ice cream maker and have been looking for good recipes, so thank you 🙂

  • Reply Christina June 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    DUDE. NEED. That’s seriously the only thing in my head looking at this ice cream.

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) June 10, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Your ice cream looks perfect! I could totally dive into a bowl of that right now. Gorgeous!

  • Reply Stephanie June 10, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Have you tried the salted caramel ice cream at Sweet Roses in Brentwood? To die for!!!!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Ah yes I have! So good. I haven’t been back since they opened–need to go back soon!

  • Reply Sophie June 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I think it was wise of you not to add an all-natural peanut butter swirl to this ice cream cause you would have given me a heart attack. And I have a son to take care of. Thanx for sparing me. PS : Looks AWESOMELY DELICIOUS!!! (I wish there were capital capital letters)

  • Reply Jayne June 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I want to live in your house for a week/month/year! Also, I need to get me an ice cream maker soon.

  • Reply Tina June 11, 2013 at 6:43 am

    What a chic treat! That combo is unreal! So genius of u!

  • Reply [email protected] June 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    This looks delicious. I LOVE honey and can’t wait to try it in ice cream.

  • Reply Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie June 12, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Totally excited for ice cream week! Love this flavor. My aunt and uncle own a honey company (Winterpark honey) and they are always sending me all different kinds.

  • Reply Heather June 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

    This looks delicious! I will have to try it asap 😀

  • Reply Creandé June 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Honey. Ice Cream. Together with a touch of salt. This sounds perfect!! I’m going to add this to my ice cream recipes to try pile. haha It’s been so warm here, in Indiana, for the last few days I should have been making this already! Great photos as well. They certainly made me go foodie freak inside. lol

  • Reply ashley - baker by nature June 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Yeah… this is happening. Screw bikinis; I’m eating it ALL!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      I have to be in a bathing suit in two weeks and there’s so much ice cream in my freezer. I have no idea what I’ve done to myself. :/

  • Reply Megan June 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I want to serve this on toast. I always put salt and honey on it, and it just seems right now to ice cream it up, toast-style.

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    I love the simplicity of the ingredient list. I agree get crazy. I can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

  • Reply MFree June 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

    churned this out last night for my guy for father’s day. We have bees so used our own honey. WOW! it was so perfectly creamy!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

      WOW you have your own bees? That’s amazing. So glad you loved it.

  • Reply Renee @ Awesome on $20 June 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    This is just so lovely I almost can’t stand it. I have some Big Island macadamia nut honey in my pantry that would be so great. I’ve got to try this out.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Oh that honey would be so delicious in this ice cream.

  • Reply Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} June 19, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Made this the other night and it was a big hit! It does indeed taste like salted honey butter – I kind of felt like I should be spreading it on a biscuit 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Reply James February 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Has anyone actually made this recipe? If not im going to do it and post my findings….. standby ice cream lovers……………..

  • Reply James February 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

    There done, made. Hmmm it has a really rich flavour but the salty taste hits you as an after thought which is really nice as it smooths it out. It has the consistancy of condensed milk. I used honey from my own beehives so it certinaly is a unique flavour. This is a 10 out fo 10 and so easy to make……. I feel like another ice cream now, tee hee hee

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