Rolo Buttermilk Ice Cream

Updated On: Sep 13, 2023

About 2 weeks ago, I had this crazy idea for this ice cream recipe.  I have had Rolo’s on the brain lately, I guess.  I have always loved them…the hard chocolate shell that gives way to the perfect caramel center.  So yummy!

You may have seen around the blogosphere that many bloggers are Rolo-ing-it-up as well.  I guess I’m not alone with Rolo’s on the brain.  Or maybe I’m just inspiring others to think of them too.  Whichever it is, here’s my Farmgirl take on it.

I had a jug of buttermilk that needed to be made into something when I saw this recipe on Smitten Kitchen for Buttermilk Ice Cream.  I’d never had Buttermilk Ice Cream before, but what the heck.  I needed to use it up and this was a perfectly simple recipe.  Well, almost perfect.  If you go back 6 sentences, you’ll see that I have Rolo’s on the brain….so I decided to add chopped up Rolo’s to the mix.  I also had a small amount of mini chocolate chips hanging around (thanks to a teenager) so I tossed them in as well.  The results….WOW!  Really, wow!  Who knew that Buttermilk Ice Cream would taste that great, or the slight crunch of frozen Rolo chunks would be a welcomed addition to ice cream?  Not I, but I am a changed woman.

Rolo Buttermilk Ice Cream

2 cups heavy cream
1 1/4 cups white sugar
8 large egg yolks
2 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch of Kosher salt
2 packages Rolo’s, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1 In a large heavy saucepan, combine the heavy cream and sugar, bring to a simmer over medium heat.
2 In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks together until light colored.
3 Remove the cream mixture from the heat and drizzle a small amount, slowly into the egg yolks and whisk constantly.  Continue to drizzle small amounts into the egg yolks to warm them, whisking constantly.  Pour the egg mixture into the remaining cream mixture and whisk to combine.
4 Cook the cream and egg mixture over low heat until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.  Cool slightly and then add the buttermilk, vanilla and salt.  Place the covered saucepan into the refrigerator to cool completely.
5 Per the ice cream makers manufacturers instructions, freeze the cream mixture.  Add the Rolos and chocolate chips just before the ice cream is in it’s final frozen state.  Remove from the ice cream maker and place in a container with a lid and freeze until solid.

Buttermilk Ice Cream recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen


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  2. I just came across your blog tonight. I happen to have some buttermilk in the fridge that I was wondering what to do with. I guess I’ll just have to go buy some rolos, because I’m pretty sure that I won’t stop thinking about rolo ice cream, until I make some. 🙂 I’m excited to check out your other recipes.

  3. Back again for more 🙂 We would love if you submitted this and any two other dessert recipe links to this weeks Get Grillin’ event 🙂 xo

  4. Oh my Heather…this looks just amazing! I will now have Rolos on the brain after this! I can see why you’re a changed woman!

  5. Wow, this looks fantastic, my kids would be all over this!

  6. I love rolo ice cream. There’s a commercial version up in Canada I’m obsessed with. I go through an entire tub when I’m up there. I think it’s going to be next on my list to make!

  7. Rolos rock as does this ice cream! My kids would go crazy for this treat 🙂

  8. You have had Rolos on the brain ever since our conversation months ago when you and I thought they were the ONLY candy worthy of being included in a cookie. Or a bar. Or…obviously…ice cream! Very nice indeed my dear.

    Now wondering. Can we buy Rolos in bulk?

  9. Please won’t you be my neighbor?!

  10. Awesome! That first photo made me drool!! 🙂

  11. Next time I’m at the store I’m picking up a bag of Rolo’s just to make this ; ) xoxo

  12. OK, it’s not even fair to post something that awesome on such a hot day!! That looks sooo good and your pictures are incredible!! I prefer Riesens over Rollo’s, but FROZEN rollo’s just might win me over 🙂

  13. Sweets are growing on me, Heather! And I am growing, too, sadly. LOL I’m with Marnely on the buttermilk and photography! This is a summer treat!

  14. I will eat your ice cream, sitting next to Nelly. And if she won’t eat the Rolo pieces, I will. Rolos are Awesome! Love the addition of buttermilk in your ic–a little tang is good for the soul:)

  15. Wow! Rolos are the BF’s favorite candy but I just cannot seem to love them! Love the butermilk ice cream idea and gorgeous photography darling! I might just need to make this for him in 118 days!

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