Just Making Ice Cream eBook {Review & Giveaway}

If there”s one indulgence I love, it”s ice cream, especially homemade ice cream. The more I make it, the less I find myself wanting to waste my time on conventional, store-bought versions. Homemade ice cream is just so creamy and delicious and fresh, and I love the virtually endless flavor combinations that can be created.

The only drawback to ice cream (in my book) is the sugar. Even homemade ice cream recipes usually call for white sugar. I”ve done a little experimenting with honey but other than that, I usually just use organic evaporated cane juice sugar, which is a slight improvement over using regular white sugar.

Today I am thrilled to introduce you to the perfect kitchen companion for any ice cream lovers who are also interested in real, nourishing foods: the Just Making Ice Cream eBook by Marillyn Beard. I”m so in love with this cookbook and hope to make almost every recipe in it eventually!

Read on for more information and how you can win a copy!

Ice Cream with Sugar Alternatives?

While I had previously (successfully!) made ice cream with honey, I had indeed never tried it with maple syrup or coconut palm sugar, which are among the ingredients that Marillyn suggests in her recipes. I was thoroughly impressed with the taste and the consistency of her ice creams and am now convinced that there are many ways to sweeten ice cream naturally!

Egg Yolks for Creaminess

Many of the ice creams I had made in the past were egg-free– I leaned towards these types because of their simplicity. But after reading about the health benefits of the egg yolks (see page 15) and reading through many of Marillyn”s recipes, I realized that custard-based ice creams don”t always take much longer to make, and I must say that these ice creams were so creamy and delicious!

I asked Marillyn about the safety of the recipes that include uncooked egg yolks (in some recipes the eggs are tempered in with the hot cream/milk, but in some they are just mixed in cold). She simply recommends that the eggs be “bought from a healthy source (free-ranged and grass-fed with minimal grain).”

She even told me that eating the egg yolks raw is even better “because that is where you get the full benefits. Like drinking raw milk… raw egg yolks are a superfood! It is rich in Biotin that has become the forgotten vitamin Unibet on todella erinomainen rahapelisivu, jota voi suositella lampimasti kaikille kasinopelien – ja muidenkin rahapelien – ystaville. and a health tonic. It is also excellent for building healthy muscles… remember Rocky?!”

(I save old ice cream tubs to store homemade ice cream)

So far I”ve made the Maple Cinnamon Pecan, Honey Almond Dream, Pumpkin Spice, and Snickerdoodle ice cream flavors; all my family and friends that I”ve served them to have raved about these ice creams! I think my favorite so far was the Maple Cinnamon Pecan (it”s pictured in teh top photo). You might note that all of these flavors are particularly fall-ish. Just Making Ice Cream is full of treats for every season.

I also wanted to point out that I”m not affiliate of Marillyn”s eBook. While I did receive a copy of her book for review, I don”t gain anything if you buy it. I just love it so much that I think every ice-cream maker/lover should get a copy!

Each purchase of Just Making Ice Cream supports a great cause, Rancho Oasis for Youth, the youth ranch that Marillyn”s family founded in Central America.  Rancho Oasis is a ministry that joins with local youth and their families to teach them the proper care and use of animals, sustainable gardening techniques and other skills that will improve life, break the cycle of poverty and direct them to God.

Win a Copy Of Just Making Ice Cream

This giveaway has ended. 

Marillyn has been generous enough to offer one lucky Simple Organic reader a copy of her eBook!

This eBook isn”t just a handful of recipes either. Here”s what it includes:

113 pages and over 70 recipes to choose through all 4 seasons of the year… who says ice cream is only for the summer?! The book starts off with 25 pages about everything you need to know to make delicious, nourishing frozen desserts…

  • 10 reasons why you should make your own ice cream
  • Ice cream 101: ingredients, tips and equipment
  • How to choose an ice cream maker
  • 5 ways to make ice cream without a maker
  • Know your frozen desserts
  • and MORE!

You will also enjoy over 30 ice cream & gelato recipes, 9 cultured milk recipes, 10 sherbet recipes and 10 sorbet recipes!

How to Enter

1. Leave a comment here telling us your favorite ice cream flavor (if you are reading this in a reader or email you MUST click over to the blog and leave a comment here to be entered).

2. {BONUS ENTRY} Choose one and leave a comment telling us you did so: Like Just Making Noise on Facebook or vote for Just Making Noise on Babble.

Giveaway will end on Saturday, November 19th, at midnight PST. Good luck!


About Nicole

Nicole can be found blogging at her lifestyle blog GidgetGoesHome.com, and is the editor of Simple Homemade. She loves to read, sew, make ice cream, take pictures, watch baseball and go for walks by the beach with her hubby and three little kiddos. She loves anything handmade and is affectionately known as a bit of a hippie among family and friends.


  1. Vanilla is our favorite….but we have a gzillion different toppings to keep it interesting!

  2. Christine S says:

    Sounds delicious! Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. I love butter pecan! Just got an ice cream maker for my birthday and have made spiced apple and candy corn ice creams so far. This book would be perfect right now!

  4. voted on Babble

  5. My favorite ice cream is my homemade vanilla. I can then put tons of different toppings on it depending on what I want that day! I make ice cream several times a month, more often in the summer, of course. I love my cuisinart ice cream maker!

    I’ve been making it with evaporated cane juice or demerara raw sugar, since I don’t buy white sugar anymore. I’m going to try soon with sucanat to see how that goes. I would love a copy of this book for all the different ideas! Thanks for the entry!!

  6. Also I liked the facebook page!!
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  7. Mmmmmmm! Homemade Honey Blueberry ice cream has topped our family’s favorites chart.

  8. Banana with pecans and chocolate chips! Yum!

  9. I ‘liked’ Just Making Noise on FB!

  10. Java Chip is my usual go to!
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  11. I voted on Babble

  12. I looooooove Mint Chocolate Chip. (I don’t know if that recipe is in there or not, as I didn’t see a listing of the recipes when I clicked through to her page.

  13. I Liked Just Making Noise on FB.

  14. My favorite ice cream is a really good vanilla ice cream.
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  15. I liked Just Making Noise on FB.
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  16. Heather Myhr says:

    My favorite ice cream is Peppermint.

  17. Love chocolate chip!

  18. My favorite IC flavor is mint chocolate chip, but pumpkin is a close runner-up!

  19. Yumminess! I’m a chocolate girl. :-)

  20. Ohhhhh…..homemade peach!!!!

  21. I can never make up my mind about anything, so neopolitan is my favorite ice cream flavor! ;)

  22. I liked JMN on FB. :)

  23. I love chocolate and peanut butter together!

  24. I already like her on Facebook

  25. I love mint chocolate chip ice cream! Wonder if I could make some of that… :)

  26. My favourite ice-cream is homemade peach. Delicious!!

  27. I voted on Babble for Just Making Noise.

  28. I like Just Making Noise on Facebook!

  29. I LOVE chocolate almond ice cream, (and just about any other ice cream!). As a celiac and type 1 diabetic, however, I have to be very selective about what I can put in my mouth. Your recipe book sounds like an answer to prayer! It would be fabulous to win a copy! I have an ice cream maker, but the recipes it came with are not very suitable. Thank you for offering your give away! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I win a copy!!!

  30. yum! just found a Deni ice maker while thrift shopping and can’t wait to make a tri-berry ice cream from our summer harvest. heading to fb now…

  31. Angie Caron says:

    My favorite is quite simple. I love homeade vanilla ice cream. My grandpa use to make it for us when I was a girl. It’s been many years since I’ve had any homeade ice cream since he’s been gone for more than 25 years. I still remember watching him and my great uncle make some. I’ve often thought of giving it a try, but haven’t as of yet. Thanks for this post it has brought back some good memories.

  32. pecan praline! Yum.

  33. Do I have to have a favorite? Anything rich and creamy (and loaded with add-ins). :)

  34. Salty Caramel is my favorite!

  35. Well, my answer today is strawberry… it could also be vanilla, peace, pumpkin pie, ….. :D

  36. Thank you so much! Great write up and pictures :o)

  37. Peppermint!

  38. cookies n cream is my fave
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  39. I really like strawberry!

  40. My favorite depends on my mood, but among the usual suspects are anything with peanut butter cups, cookie dough, or just plain strawberry. This would be an awesome gift for my hubby. I think I just decided to get him an ice cream maker for Christmas! Thanks for the idea! :)
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  41. I love flavors moose tracks, or anything with peanut butter and chocolate.

  42. I like them on Facebook.

  43. Mint Chocolate chip!

  44. coffee

  45. Gold Medal Ribbon – from Baskin Robbins. It’s a weakness! These look great though!

  46. I am so happy to read about that are not reserved about trying the raw egg yolks in the ice cream! I used to have a recipe that called for it – and I thought that recipe was the best!!! Then one summer when I went to find my tried and true recipe – I couldn’t find it. To this day, I still don’t know what happened to it. I have looked for a replacement since then, but no one is willing to even talk about good free range, eggs and I have been disappointed alternative ones I have tried. I look forward to experimenting with Marilyn’s “Just Making Ice Cream” ebook. Thanks for sharing.

  47. At this time of year, I am always favoring pumpkin. During summer, my favorite is home made strawberry. The rest of the year a really rich chocolate.

  48. Oooo, pick me!! I so enjoy ice-cream, but the ingredients in the commercial brands just put me off… I’d have to say that my favorite ice-cream flavor is Root Beer! Great giveaway – thank you!

  49. I absolutely love rocky road!

  50. Stacy Cobb says:

    I love chocolate