guinness toffee ice cream

Guiness toffee ice cream

everyone loves a good no churn ice cream. I love a great stout. this impossibly easy to make Guinness toffee ice cream combines the two just in time for st. patty’s day celebrations. or, just because you want to enjoy a big scoop of ice cream that tastes like beer! while the alcohol from the beer, cooks off, the flavor of the stout really shines through. this recipe is for all the stout specifically lovers out there!

in a few words, I would describe this ice cream as

  • full of stout flavor
    • the flavor of the beer is concentrated to make the syrup
    • use a stout you like
  • chocolate-y and notes of coffee
  • sweet
  • a little salty, thanks to the toffee
  • creamy
  • crunchy
guinness toffee ice cream

short and sweet ingredient list

to make this guinness toffee ice cream, you’ll need a handful of specific ingredients

that’s really it! although, you will need some special kitchen tools to create this no churn ice cream.

special tools to make this recipe

you’ll need a few things to help make this no churn recipe work more easily:
  • freezer proof container
    • a few of my favorites are:
      • cake pans (8-9″)
      • square baking pans (8-9″)
      • small casserole dishes
      • loaf pans
  • stand mixer with both paddle and whisk attachments
    • or electric hand mixer with beaters and two large mixing bowls
  • two mixing bowls
  • medium sauce pan
    • used to reduce down the stout
  • plastic wrap and foil
    • to help cover the ice cream for storing
    • can also use a container with an airtight lid

do I really need to reduce the stout?

yes, you really do. like in my guiness brownies the recipe needs the flavor of the beer, without as much of the actual beer. in order to achieve this, you will need to boil the beer and reduce it down to a syrup like consistency.

  • pour 12 oz. bottle of stout beer into a small or medium sauce pan
  • heat the beer over medium high heat to reach a boil
  • continue at a soft boil/simmer over medium heat for 20-25 minutes
  • once the beer has reduced down to 2/3 c (158ml) it is ready
  • remove from heat
  • cool to room temperature, about 25-30 minutes

other possible mix -ins

while I LOVE the flavor of chocolate toffee candy with the stout, you may opt for other flavors. for this recipe, I would recommend:

  • salted caramel
  • chocolate fudge sauce
  • crumbled brownie
  • crumbled chocolate cookies (think Oreos)
  • go for anything that pairs well with both chocolate and coffee flavors

tips and tricks for the best guinness toffee ice cream

  • throughly mix the guinness syrup with the sweetened milk
    • this takes several turns around the bowl
    • I found folding to be easier to start
    • working into a stir once most the the liquids are incorporated
  • fold the whipped cream with the sweetened stout
    • this keeps the air whipped into the cream intact
  • layer the toffee with the ice cream
    • this ensures toffee (or other mix -ins) in every bite!
    • don’t forget to reserve some for topping
  • freeze minimum of 4-5 hours
  • set out ice cream for about 5-10 minutes before scooping
  • once scooped immediately place the ice cream back in the freezer
Guiness toffee ice cream (no churn)
guinness toffee ice cream
Guiness toffee ice cream
guinness toffee ice cream
guinness toffee ice cream
Guiness toffee ice cream

guinness toffee ice cream (no churn)

this delicious no churn guinness toffee ice cream is full of creamy, malty, salty sweet flavor. made with a handful of simple ingredients and some time in the freezer. if you can simmer, whisk, mix and freeze, you can make this ice cream!
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Prep Time 50 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Freeze Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 50 mins
Course Celebrations, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 quart


  • medium sauce pan
  • stand mixer with paddle and whisk attachments (or hand mixer with beaters and mixing bowl)
  • freezer safe container (6 c capacity works well)
  • plastic wrap
  • foil


  • 12 oz. bottle of guinness beer (or other stout)
  • 1 pint (473ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) vanilla bean paste sub with vanilla extract
  • 14 oz (414 ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 toffee bars (1.5 oz. each), evenly chopped into small pieces


  • Pour a full 12oz. bottle of Guinness Extra Stout into a small or medium sauce pan. Bring the beer to a boil over medium heat. Heat the liquid until it reduces down to about 2/3 c, about 20-25 minutes. 
    Remove from heat and cool until warm to touch, about 15-20 minutes. Do not use the reduced beer in the recipe until it has cooled a bit.
  • Pour heavy whipping cream into a mixing bowl. Beat on medium high speed until medium firm peaks form, about 7-8 minutes.
  • In a seperate bowl, stir the sweetened condensed milk and reduced guinnes syrup together until well combined.
  • Fold 1/2 of the sweetened guinness mixture into the whipped cream. Fold until mostly combined. Once combined, fold in the remaining 1/2 sweetened guinness mixture.
  • Pour 1/2 of the guinness ice cream base into the freezer proof container. Crumble 1/2 of the toffee pieces on top. Repeat a second layer using the remaining guinness ice cream base and toffee pieces.
  • Freeze for 4-5 hours uncovered. If storing for longer, freeze 4 hours, wrap in plastic wrap and foil. Bring to room temperature for 5-10 minutes before serving.
    guinness toffee ice cream


I used Skor toffee candy bars for this recipe. 
Keyword boozy desserts, guinness ice cream, no churn ice cream, toffee no churn ice cream
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3 thoughts on “guinness toffee ice cream

  1. If I don’t like beer but all the other ingredients (😅) and I don’t drink alcohol, how can I replace beer?
    Thank you

    1. Hey Alessandra! Totally get that. I have another no churn recipe on the blog which uses tahini in the same quantities as the Guinness syrup for this one. You could easily replace the beer with any nut butter (very runny/natural) or try a really strong brew of coffee or even espresso!! I think all those flavors would pair well with the chocolate toffee.

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