Stout Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream

Scooping Stout caramel ice cream from a container.

If you love premium ice creams like Haagen Dazs and Ben and Jerry’s, this stout caramel pretzel ice cream will be right up your alley. This recipe is made with a creamy ice cream custard, dotted with crunchy pretzel pieces and swirled with an Irish stout caramel sauce. Seriously good. Get out your ice cream maker for this one.

eggs and sugar

Remember that luscious stout caramel sauce we made a few weeks ago?  The one made from a reduction of Guinness?  The one that was so luscious and creamy that we dreamt about it.   Oh.  Was that just me?  Well, this is what happens when dreams become reality…  Stout Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream.  It is weak-in-the-knees, heart-fluttering, over-the-moon, ravage-me GOOD!   Right now, my daughter is reading this, thinking “ewwwww!!!!!”  Sorry, Em!  

making custard

Why You’ll Love Stout Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream

This ice cream is the bomb!  You may recall my ice cream fetish from last summer.  I made nine different varieties.  Well,  I’m afraid the itch is back and this one is particularly insistent.  I did dream about this ice cream.   A sweet cream vanilla with dark swirls of that deep, malty caramel, and crunchy bits of salty pretzels. Come on, that just sounds too good NOT TO MAKE!  

adding hot milk to custard
stirring custard with wooden spoon

Plus, I recently bought a cute reusable ice cream container.  It’s not a super-hard plastic and the lid is malleable and bends even when the ice cream inside is frozen solid.  So no more homemade ice cream in a loaf pan for me!

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custard in ice cream maker
making ice cream

This very simple, classic vanilla custard was about ninety percent churned when I added in the pretzel bits.  The machine mixed them throughout the soft-freeze and then it was time for the caramel.

broken pretzels
adding pretzels and caramel sauce to ice cream

To get those swirly ribbons, I layered ice cream with spoonfuls of that luscious sweet sauce.  Back and forth.  Ice cream.  Caramel sauce.  Ice cream.  Caramel.  Until I ended up with ice cream on the top.  

swirling in caramel sauce
layering caramel and ice cream

I placed a sheet of plastic wrap over the top and stuck the whole thing in the freezer to chill.  Meanwhile, I cleaned up my mess by scraping up and eating every last bit of ice cream still stuck in ice cream maker.  Don’t judge me — I did 30 minutes on the treadmill this morning.

covering ice cream to harden
Stout Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream after freezing

After a few hours in the freezer, it was ready to scoop.   I doled out dishes of the creamy frozen treat and Scott and I settled on the couch to binge watch the latest season of  The Biggest Loser (I know.  The irony isn’t lost on me.)  He asked me if it was a new flavor from Ben and Jerry’s.  I smiled and shook my head.  “It’s a new flavor from Garlic & Zest!

Stout Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream in container.

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4.84 from 6 votes

Stout Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream

The dark nutty caramel swirled through this ice cream shares top billing with crunchy pretzels!
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel, pretzel
Dietary Restrictions Vegetarian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 6


For the ice cream

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups salted pretzels broken into bite sized pieces
  • ½ – ¾ cup stout caramel sauce from this site


For the ice cream

  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, eggs and cornstarch and beat with a hand mixer until thick and pale yellow, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the half and half to just barely a simmer. In a slow steady stream, add the hot half and half to the egg mixture, beating constantly at a medium speed. When mixture is combined, pour it back into the pan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
  • Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl and pour the custard through the sieve to remove any large egg particles. Scrape the outside of the sieve to capture as much of the custard as possible. Cool for 10 minutes, then stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your ice cream maker to churn the ice cream. In the last few minutes before the ice cream is ready, add the pretzel pieces and churn until fully combined.
  • Spoon about 1/4 of the ice cream into a freezer-safe container. Drizzle several tablespoons of stout caramel over the ice cream. Continue layering in this fashion Ice cream:stout caramel and finish with ice cream on top. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for several hours or overnight.
  • Serve with extra pretzels and caramel sauce if desired.


Ultimate Cheater’s Version – which I completely endorse if you don’t have an ice cream maker – or don’t want to wait – A scoop of your favorite vanilla + a drizzle of stout caramel sauce + a handful of broken pretzel pieces. πŸ™‚


Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 184mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 960IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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  1. Opal Brand says:

    This is amazing ice cream. My family loves it.

  2. 5 stars
    I haven’t tried it yet but I did work in the Ice Cream industry for 36 years. From the texture of yours I’d say it is about 14.5 to 16 % butterfat. Which makes it a super rich. That’s about 3 % more butterfat than Baskin Robbins and 2 % more than Haggen Daz. It also looks like it has nice over run ( amount of air).Smooth texture not grainy, Not bad at all for home made. Making a custard takes more time and planning But it’s the only way to make truly good ice cream.

    I think I’m going to have to try this one!!!

    1. Well, I’m happy to hear that I did it right! Thank you Carol!

  3. 5 stars
    YUM! Perfect combo of sweet and salty. Gorgeous photos too! Will have to give this recipe a go for sure πŸ™‚

    1. Glad you like it! Thank you for commenting!

  4. 5 stars
    This looks incredibly delicious. It looks absolutely perfect for the holidays!

  5. 5 stars
    I would have never though of making ice cream with pretzel and never mind stout caramel. I am intrigued and will have to try this

  6. 5 stars
    Wow that must taste amazing!! You have the most unique ideas and recipes.

  7. Oh wow, this looks so good! I love your instructions and photos, very helpful for making this! I must try this soon! πŸ™‚