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Eggnog Ice Cream with Hot Buttered Rum Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Process: 20 min. + freezing


1-1/2 quarts (1 cup sauce)

This rich eggnog ice cream combines the flavors of two classic Christmasy drinks into one sweet treat. —Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri
Eggnog Ice Cream with Hot Buttered Rum Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/4 cup spiced rum
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • SAUCE:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons spiced rum


  1. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the cream and milk. Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise. With a sharp knife, scrape seeds into pan; add bean.
  2. Heat cream mixture until bubbles form around sides of pan. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into the egg mixture. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
  3. Quickly transfer to a bowl; place in ice water and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in rum and nutmeg. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  4. Discard vanilla bean. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. When ice cream is frozen, transfer to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours before serving.
  5. For sauce, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, cream and corn syrup; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in rum. Serve with ice cream.
Eggnog Ice Cream Tips

How can you make eggnog ice cream your own?

Putting your own spin on eggnog ice cream is easy. Simple additions of chocolate chips, chopped nuts or even chopped candy bars mixed into the ice cream before the final freeze can really boost its flavor. Try these other homemade ice cream recipes, too.

How should you serve eggnog ice cream?

There are many different ways to serve eggnog ice cream. Try spooning into your coffee or hot chocolate, or add a scoop on top of your favorite pie recipe.

How do you store eggnog ice cream?

It's a total bummer when your ice cream gets freezer burn. To prevent this from happening, we recommend storing it in your freezer no longer than 2-3 months. Here are some other useful tips and tricks for how to store ice cream.

Alicia Rooker, RDN, Taste of Home Senior Recipe Editor/Recipe Tester

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup with 1 tablespoon sauce: 477 calories, 33g fat (20g saturated fat), 185mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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