Rosemary No Churn Ice Cream Pops

The rosemary in these rosemary no churn ice cream pops is tempered by a generous amount of dark chocolate. #rosemary #nochurnicecream #icecream #dessert

davis sounds considerably less sexy than napa or san francisco or los angeles. unless you’re familiar with the uc system or live in california, you’ve probably never heard of it. and yet, on a recent trip there (i find myself there a couple times a year to visit my friend), i got inspiration for these rosemary no churn ice cream pops. the rosemary and salted almond ice cream from the good scoop was gently rosemary-y without being like roasted chicken level rosemary, with crunch from the almonds. definitely a sweet ice cream still, but with a little extra oomph.

aside from it being peak ice cream season (it was 103f in the bay area last weekend…), it’s also popsicle week!! billy from wit and vinegar has his annual popsicle week going on, so ofc i’m crashing the party with a melty batch of these. if you don’t freeze them until they are rock solid frozen, or if you spend too long taking pics of them in the hot summer heat, they will be uber melty.

this ice cream is on the sweet and creamy side of things, kind of plain, and then BAM (channeling my inner emeril here), rosemary. plenty of dark chocolate, because that’s how you convince rosemary-weary ice cream goers, ie my mom, to give this a try. and because this ice cream tends towards the sweeter side, so white/milk/semisweet would be too sweet here. almonds for crunch and salt. it’s a slightly bougie, slightly unusual flavor, perfect for summer.

A creamy vanilla ice cream base acts as the perfect foil for the slightly woodsy rosemary in these rosemary no churn ice cream pops. #rosemary #nochurnicecream #icecream #dessert

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Rosemary No Churn Ice Cream Pops
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins

These rosemary no churn ice cream pops are filled with flecks of rosemary, so you know exactly what you're biting into.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 popsicles
Calories: 405 kcal
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp almond extract or amaretto or to taste
  • 2 T finely chopped rosemary or to taste
  • 7 oz chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted almonds chopped
  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into condensed milk mixture. Fold in the almond extract and rosemary.
  2. Spread into a sheet pan. Freeze until firm, at least 6 hours. Use a cookie cutter or round cup to cut out rounds of the ice cream, and add a popsicle stick into the side of each. Place each pop on a square of wax paper. Freeze until rock solid, and keep in the freezer until ready to use.
  3. Alternatively, you could also pour the mixture into popsicle molds or disposable paper cups. Run the molds under cold water, then gently take the popsicles out (if the stick starts to wiggle around, unattached to the ice cream, stick the mold back in the freezer for a couple of hours before trying to take them out again).
  4. Assembly: Melt the chocolate in a deep container that’s wide enough to accommodate the width of your pop.

  5. Dip the pops into the chocolate, then place on a piece of wax paper. Sprinkle with almonds. Serve immediately or keep in the freezer until ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

Ice cream adapted slightly from Everyday Food, June 2011.

The amount of rosemary is to taste, but keep in mind that the rosemary flavor tends to intensify as the ice cream freezes, and the base may taste weaker than the final ice cream. If you don't want to bite into rosemary, you could let the rosemary steep in the cream overnight in the fridge, then strain it out. I like to keep the rosemary in the ice cream for the pop of green.

These rosemary no churn ice cream pops are dipped in dark chocolate and coated in toasted almonds. Perfect for a summer treat! #rosemary #nochurnicecream #icecream #dessert

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67 Replies to “Rosemary No Churn Ice Cream Pops”

  1. Love no churn! I bet the rosemary in these are amazing! And if I am ever in Davis, I will have to check out that ice cream shop! Yum 🙂 xoxo

    1. after my last ice cream machine debacle (the paddle got stuck so i had to rescue it but by the time i put it back in place, the ice cream along the machine walls were frozen solid), i’m liking no churn (; downtown davis is really cute, and there’s tons of great (and cheap!) food, so i’d recommend it if you’re bored one day and want a more unusual day trip.

  2. This sounds like such a great combination of flavours – I love rosemary added to desserts.

    1. at least you like rosemary added to your desserts (; shared the link somewhere and there was a rant commented about why the heck would i put rosemary in a dessert, and it made me laugh that someone cared so much about rosemary ice cream.

  3. I love rosemary. The scent, the flavor, I could just LIVE in it. These appeal to me in that regard, but they also look just beautiful and the flavors coming together sound amazing. So creative!

    1. i feel you! rosemary feels so fresh and yet cozy to me.

  4. Loving this unusual flavor combo. Rosemary and chocolate go so well together. We are still at a cool, rainy 22-24 degrees celcius in Toronto, so I will probably have to make the popsicles for this week and then freeze them for a hot day 🙂

    1. in the south bay area (an hour-ish south of san francisco) it is HOT. and when in sf, it’s misty and cool and goosebump-y. i’ve been spending a lot of time in both places this summer, so i understand the lack of need for popsicles in drizzly weather (;

  5. Ooooohhhh Heather, these sound awesome! Like total summer dessert perfection! Have a great week, my friend!

    1. thanks, kelsie!

  6. Yum! These sound refreshingly yummy and unique!! 😀

    1. they’re definitely different! sometimes i want something a little bit more interesting than a classic flavor (;

  7. I grew up in Vacaville and my Mother works at the cancer center at UC Davis. Davis is a beautiful town, a hidden gem. Rosemary ice cream sounds delicious, I can’t wait to try it.

    1. ooh, that’s so cool! davis is awesome, and somehow my list of restaurants to try there is a mile long, even though i’m only there 1-2 times a year. oh well.

  8. Rosemary and chocolate=so yummy! This sounds creamy and refreshing!

    1. super creamy! i love the texture that no churn ice cream has (:

  9. This sounds quite refreshing and something different to try.

    1. slight tangent, but: i think a drink is more refreshing than ice cream when you want to cool down, fast. my friend and i were at a theme park, and she started theorizing why the ice cream we had didn’t cool us down, and started talking about how heat transfers faster through liquids than solids. or something. i was just nodding and trying to urge her to share a drink with me (;

  10. Glad you channeled your inner Emeril 😉 Rosemary is one of my favourite herbs so I love the addition of that in these pops – so unique and I bet super tasty! Happy popsicle week!!

    1. i can’t say i channel him much (i like to channel my inner ina more), but it seemed appropriate for these pops (;

  11. THESE ARE AMAZING. I love love that chocolate dip!

    1. thanks!! that chocolate dip was a pain in the butt to do, but any visual lumpiness was eclipsed by how tasty the chocolate was with the ice cream :3

  12. Rosemary does sound a bit daunting…But like your mom, you’ve certainly convinced me to give it a try =) Thank you for the non-churn ice cream recipe. I see that it can be a great foundation for many yummy ice creams.

    1. no churn ice cream is so creamy and it’s so easy to mix things in that it is a great base (: i’ve been fighting with my ice cream machine too, which makes no churn even more attractive (;

  13. The first ice cream looks great !! Thanks for sharing it !

    1. thanks, annie! (:

  14. Such a great idea, I’m sure this combination tastes amazing!

    1. it does!! then again, i think chocolate automatically makes things tastee good (;

  15. ROSEMARY ice cream?! Sayyyyy what? I am not sure I could do this flavor combo – I am totally the traditional ice cream flavor kinda girl. Or perhaps my palate is just NOT sophisticated enough LOL!

    1. maybe not traditional, but it’s pretty subtle so it doesn’t taste like a rosemary bush in your mouth (that would be a bit much for me lol). i get you about wanting traditional flavors though, and i like it when my friends get the adventurous flavors so i can taste some without committing to a scoop 😋

  16. What a interesting combination of using fragrant, earthy rosemary and rich, indulgent dark chocolate together! Definitely something I’ll love to give a try! 🙂

    1. i feel like savory things + chocolate is having a moment (bacon chocolate, mole even though that isn’t really anything new), and it’s definitely an interesting combo to play around with (:

  17. These are some amazing ice cream pops! I will definitely try them this summer!

    1. i hope you do! any popsicle (no matter if it’s ice cream or not) is so refreshing and such a treat during the summer (:

    1. thanks, ruth! (:

  18. Oh boy Heather. . .these sound off the chain. I love, love, love me some rosemary. . .it’s one of my favorite herbs. I’ve put it in cakes, cookies, but never ice cream. Such a brilliant idea. Wishing I had two scoops right about now.

    1. then you’d definitely like it! you’re already over that first hurdle of being hesitant with rosemary and sugar :3

  19. Whoahh!! Rosemary AND chocolate, that’s crazy…. but I wanna taste it now! Since I moved to the tropics I’ve been making some crazy yummy pops but you’ve got me going now with these beauties.

    1. oooh i bet you’ve been making some crazy refreshing ones! this one is a bit more unhealthy and less fruity than the ones i’m imagining you making (;

  20. I’ve seen popsicle week everywhere on the internet this year. But never heard of it before. Who started it and why is it so big this year? Either way, these look very creamy.
    Thank for sharing.

    1. i’m betting you found out already because i’m veryyy behind on comments (about 2 weeks late?), but billy of wit and vinegar started it! not sure why its so big this year, but he’s been hosting it for 4+ years (:

  21. What a fun recipe. I laughed at “roasted chicken level” rosemary. Funny girl!! These look great. Totally unusual but so intriguing. Cheers!!

    1. lol glad you appreciated my chicken analogy 😂

  22. WOW this look like such a refreshingly delicious combination for ice cream….it must really taste amazing. This is a really great idea Heather😃

    1. thanks, ashika! (:

  23. No Churn Rosemary ICE CREAM!? that sounds so perfect for this summer heat. AND I so get you, david does not sound sexy at all compared to LA or SF but hey whereever inspiration strikes is good in my book

    1. davis is fun if you want a cute town and some cows and horses! i brought my friend to see the horses they have on campus, and she easily could have stayed by the horses all. day.

  24. Omg these sound so good!

  25. Rosemary is surprisingly tasty in desserts! Now I don’t think I’ve ever had rosemary ice cream, but I could totally see this one tasting quite awesome. It’s been really hot here lately (ok, 90°F, but that’s hot for this part of the country), so I’m thinking ice cream pops might be in order here soon! 🙂

    1. 90f can be pretty hot! especially if it’s humid, and doesn’t cool down at night. aka i would be a very pissed off human being if i was ever forced to live in texas. ANYWAYS, yes, highly recommend some kind of popsicles. sometimes my favorite popsicles are a bunch of pureed fruit since it’s so easy (:

  26. This sounds so dang good – not “bougie” at all, unless you want to be bougie. I prefer “sophisticated”, which these def are! The recipe is so easy, too. I’m going to have to try this!

    1. sophisticated sounds good (;

  27. Oh my gosh that sounds heavenly. I have not tried rosemary ice cream but I can imagine it right now! Sad part about this is, my fridge is busted. Food blogger’s worst nightmare right? 90% of the stuff in my fridge and freezer had to be chucked in the garbage and now I’m living off my tiny beverage fridge for the time being -_- and get this! I just got my ice cream mold and was SO EXCITED to use it! haha. Oh life.

    1. OH NO!! ): it’s been more than a week since you commented this, so i’m really hoping that your fridge situation is better by now. especially since it’s hot and summery… guess you have the excuse to eat a whole pint of ice cream once you buy it because you have nowhere to store it, right?

      1. still fridgeless haha! I’ve been buying stuff now and eating the whole pint X_x I’m just dreading my waistline now haha

        1. treat yourself!! i know it’s more economical to buy a whole pint, but my body really doesn’t need a whole pint, which is how i justify spending $5 on a scoop of artisan ice cream oops.

  28. That is great that it is no churn (I am holding out on purchasing an ice cream maker). They sound very refreshing! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. my parents were long ago gifted an ice cream maker (since passed down to me), and even though it was a gift, i’m not sure it was worth it. it takes up a lot of space, and i’m still not a fan of it. i also think that my freezer isn’t that cold, so my ice cream always ends up a touch icy. tl;dr: i don’t think you’re missing out on much (:

      1. Thank you for your opinion! Kitchen space is always at a premium and it’s just not worth it to have something that is not used often.

  29. They look incredibly delicious! I love the flavors!


    1. I KNOW!! such exciting.

  31. LOVE the presentation of these Heather, really creative.

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