Cannoli Ice Cream

Homemade Cannoli Ice Cream combines the flavours of classic Italian Cannoli into a fabulous frozen treat.Β 

Ice Cream is One of the Greatest Summer Joys

You may not have an idea how much joy it brings me to say “It’s summer!”. Or if you are Canadian, maybe you do.  Our very short but lovely Canadian summer began with the ‘official’ solstice on June 21 but even more officially with the end of school. I didn’t celebrate in any special way with the kids but there WAS Ice cream. Cannoli Ice Cream.

A scoop of pistachio and chocolate chip studded ice cream in a cone lying on white marble.

Lazy Days of Summer

A tub of soft white ice cream ready to be churned.

Now that I have three teenagers in the house (until mid July) Summer takes on a whole new meaning. No more waking up at the crack of dawn to haul everyone out to the zoo or Heritage Park. In fact no more waking up to do anything at all! My daughter has already left to train for her summer job this morning (her first job!), the oldest son is a sprinkler fitter apprentice, and my youngest son is still sleeping.

A white dish holds three scoops of ice cream dotted with chocolate chips and pistachios.

I’m wondering when he will wake and making it some sort of test. Generally (going from experience with the first two) they begin to sleep in longer and longer each day and extending their night hours as much as they can. Teenagers.

A white dish holds three scoops of ice cream dotted with chocolate chips and pistachios.
A white dish holds three scoops of ice cream dotted with chocolate chips and pistachios.

My kids seem all grown up and it is a bit sad. I remember when they were young and I was often tired and overwhelmed. Kind friends and family used to say, “careful, make sure you enjoy them while they are young. Before you know it they will be all grown up!”. Did anyone ever say that to you? I thought they were nuts and that I would be glad when the kids would be independent enough to do things on their own. Alas, that day HAS come far too soon. At least I can still make them ice cream and delay them growing up further, if only for a moment.

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Yield: 6 servings

Cannoli Ice Cream

A white dish holds three scoops of ice cream dotted with chocolate chips and pistachios.

This homemade Cannoli Ice Cream combines the flavours of classic Italian Cannoli into a fabulous frozen treat.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 (15 oz) container mascarpone
  • 4 oz cream cheese; diced into small cubes
  • Seeds of 1 small vanilla bean
  • 3 sugar cones; all smashed up
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted pistachios; chopped


    1. In a blender or food processor combine heavy cream, milk, sugar and corn syrup and blend mixture on low speed until sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute.
    2. Add in mascarpone, cream cheese and vanilla bean seeds and blend mixture until well pureed.
    3. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze 1 hour, stirring once halfway through freezing.
    4. Transfer to an ice cream maker and process according to manufactures directions. I found this mixture to be a bit much volume for my machine so I wouldn't fill it up next time.
    5. Add the pistachios, chocolate chips, and sugar cone bits just when the mixture starts to thicken.
    6. Transfer to airtight container and freeze until semi-firm (I found this was best slightly soft so if you do freeze until firm allow it to rest at room temperature for a bit before enjoying).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 462Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 196mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 7g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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  1. Jennifer Tammy

    I love cannoli’s – this is such a fun version for the summer! My kids would love it!


    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh, for sure they will. Enjoy!

  2. cynniebuns

    Oh my goodness. Mascarpone cheese in ice cream. I think you’ve just inspired me to develop a tiramisu ice cream recipe. Thank you! (from Cynful Kitchen)


    1. dishnthekitchen

      mmmm, yes! that sounds divine as well!

  3. Edible Woman

    This looks amaaaaaaazing! Two of my favourite things, cannoli and ice cream. So glad I can make it in the food processor! πŸ™‚


    1. dishnthekitchen

      mmmmhmmm! good and easy too!

  4. taranoland

    I love this, what a great idea!!


  5. Redawna

    I have never made ice cream before. This recipe makes me what to change that. Immediately. OMG


  6. chef mimi

    Wow. That looks amazing! You know, the 18 years do go by fast, but once they’re gone, it’s pretty wonderful!!!


  7. foodisthebestshitever

    Holy shit that ice cream is something I would like to eat. Me likey!


  8. Foodisms of The Office Broccoli

    Mmm.. I would love to try this. Except it will have to wait until I get an ice cream maker, or an attachment for my stand mixer.


    1. dishnthekitchen

      you know…I really loved the texture after I mixed everything in the food processor. It was really light. I bet you could try it without the ice cream maker.

  9. cindyhkim

    Oooooh this looks like heaven. I must make it soon!


    1. dishnthekitchen

      thank you πŸ™‚ please give it a try and let me know how you like it. I think you could do without the cream cheese and I might try this next time.

  10. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

    Looks delicious Bernice. And woohoo, it’s finally SUMMER!


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