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Homemade Dippin' Dots Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Make Your Own Liquid Nitrogen Dots

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Dippin' Dots Ice Cream is made by cryogenically freezing ice cream into little balls.

Dippin' Dots Ice Cream is made by cryogenically freezing ice cream into little balls.

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Dippin' Dots consist of ice cream that has been flash frozen in liquid nitrogen. The process is actually really simple and makes a terrific project for kids. Here's how to make your own Dippin' Dots ice cream.

Dippin' Dots Ice Cream Materials

Ice cream dots are produced by pouring ice cream into liquid nitrogen. The warmer ice cream mixture splatters upon contact with the nitrogen and freezes in shape.
  • liquid nitrogen
  • ice cream (any flavor, but don't use an ice cream with mix-ins)
  • plastic, metal or wooden bowl
  • wooden spoon

Make the Dippin' Dots!

The Dippin' Dots that you can buy come in lots of colors, which are made by adding multiple flavors of ice cream mix or melted ice cream to liquid nitrogen. If you want multicolored dots you will need to add more than one flavor of ice cream. Add the flavors one at a time. Don't melt them together or you'll just get one color!
  1. Prepare ice cream mix or melt ice cream. If you are melting ice cream, allow it to sit for a while before continuing because you want the air bubbles in the ice cream to escape. If there is too much air in your ice cream it will float on the surface of the nitrogen and freeze in clumps rather than balls. If you are making your own ice cream, you can use whatever recipe you like. An easy version is to mix:

    • 4 cups heavy cream (whipping cream)
    • 1-1/2 cups half and half
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1-1/2 cups sugar
    • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup

  2. Drizzle the melted ice cream or ice cream recipe onto the liquid nitrogen. If you are having trouble pouring the liquid, you can squirt the ice cream in using a baster or plastic ketchup bottle.

  3. Stir the nitrogen while adding the ice cream. You want to keep the ice cream from floating or clumping together. You can keep adding ice cream until there isn't room for any more.

  4. Scoop up the ice cream to eat it. Let it warm up to at least regular freezer temperature before putting any in your mouth or else it will stick to your tongue or the roof of your mouth! You can keep uneaten ice cream "dots" frozen by storing them in the freezer.

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