National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day | Fig Mint Ice Cream – The Foodie Patootie

National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day | Fig Mint Ice Cream

Just to warn you all, there are a lot of ice cream days throughout July and August, and even into September. But today’s might end up being the best one!

It’s National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day and after looking for some inspiration, I decided to make a Fig Mint Ice Cream.

National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day | Fig Mint Ice Cream

When I left my previous job two months ago, I was given a great going away gift from my wonderful coworkers – a $50 Crate & Barrel gift card. Although I can always find something to buy at C&B, I just got married last July and had a lot of big ticket items, plus I wanted to hold onto it for when I really needed something what would be worth the purchase. This past weekend a trip to C&B was in order and I finally used the  gift card to purchase the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker! It makes 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream, and is one of the most simple kitchen tools I own.

National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day | Fig Mint Ice Cream

There is some time involved in making ice cream, even with an ice cream maker, between the freezing, churning, and refreezing, but it was super simple and will make my food holiday life a little easier.

When it comes to this fig mint ice cream, it’s just a perfect combination of flavors. A little time after making the ice cream, I can still smell the fresh mint on my hands. Sweet, tart, cool. It’s everything I want in an ice cream.

National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day | Fig Mint Ice Cream

What fun ice cream would you make for National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day?

Fig Mint Ice Cream


  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups dried figs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint


  1. Freeze ice cream bowl for 24 hours, or according to manufacturer's directions.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the condensed milk, evaporated milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, vanilla and whole milk. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove ice cream bowl from freezer and, according to manufacturer's directions, assemble the ice cream maker. Turn it on and pour the ice cream mixture into the frozen ice cream bowl. Churn until you achieve a soft ice cream consistency.
  4. Remove ice cream from maker and transfer to an airtight container. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  5. In a bowl, combine dried figs, lemon juice, sugar, and fresh mint. Stir mixture into semi-frozen ice cream. Return ice cream to freezer for another 1-1 1/2 hours.

9 Responses to “National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day | Fig Mint Ice Cream”

  1. Nichole — July 1, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I don’t know if I love this photo more OR the flavors. Can you bring me some? kthanks

    • Jennifer — July 1st, 2014 @ 8:54 pm

      Oh how I wish it would save for when we hang out tomorrow! 🙂

  2. Megan — July 1, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    This sounds interestingly delicious! I own the same ice cream maker (I think we discussed this). I never use it though 🙁 I always forget I have it – make sure you don’t make the same mistake as me, lol!

    • Jennifer — July 1st, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

      You have to start using it!! Especially since it’s summer and so so hot. I won’t forget I have it considering I have about ten ice cream food holidays this summer, lol.

  3. Leslie — July 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    This is definitely a creative ice cream flavor, alright. And I love it! Love figs….and mint chocolate chip is my all-time classic favorite so I’m sure I’d be all over this mint and fig creation. And the photos are like magazine quality gorgeous!

    Nice that you finally got to use your gift card too! I had a friend give me a $50 Crate And Barrel gift card and was like ummmmm….what the heck am I gonna get without spending another $100?!? So I bought a $50 pillow case for my couch…lol.

    Anyways, sorry about that side note. I’m in love with this recipe and jealous that you now have an ice cream maker! So cool.

    • Jennifer — July 8th, 2014 @ 10:21 pm

      Wellll, I did walk out of Crate & Barrel spending over $70, but with $50 of that being the ice cream maker, what a steal! I also purchased a napkin (you know, for those food photos) and individual pie plates because I was tired of making a full pie for these food holidays!

      The Fig Mint ice cream wasn’t everyone’s flavor of choice who tried it, but I thought it was so awesome, one of my favorites.


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