Coffee Heath Bar Ice Cream

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Inspired by Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch ice cream, this coffee-infused ice cream is mixed in with chopped Heath Bar toffee.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

My absolute most favoritest (yes I meant to say that) of all candy bars growing up was the Heath Bar. To this day I have what one might call “self control issues” when confronted with them, or any English toffee for that matter. (You know those cute little crunchy toffee bars in a box of See’s? Same thing.)

So when my friend Audrey came by this week to help me with some cooking and mentioned she had been making a homemade version of Ben and Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, my brain practically short-circuited, the synapses were so lit up with their version of a happy dance.

Coffee Heath Bar Ice Cream

Here’s her recipe, a classic custard base, infused with coffee, churned and then mixed in with broken up Heath bars before freezing. Enjoy!

Coffee Heath Bar Ice Cream Recipe

  • Yield: Makes a little more than a quart

The "via" instant coffee packs at Starbucks work great for this recipe.


  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 1/2 cups cream
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 ounces of Heath bars or other English toffee


1 Combine the milk, 1 1/2 cups of the cream, sugar, brown sugar, instant coffee, espresso powder (if using), vanilla and salt in a medium saucepan. Heat the base until it begins to steam, whisking continuously.

2 Whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl. When the base begins to steam, pour 1/2 cup out of the pan and into the egg yolks, whisk immediately. This step tempers the eggs so that they don't curdle when adding them to the hot milk cream mixture in the next step.

When completely combined, add the yolk mixture back into the rest of the of the base, and heat until the mixture reaches 170°F, or until it coats the back of a spoon.

3 Remove immediately from heat and pour through a fine mesh sieve. Add in the remaining cup of cold cream and let chill for several hours, preferably overnight.

4 Hit heath bars (still in their wrappers) repeatedly with the back of a wooden spoon, until they are thoroughly crushed. (You can also put the toffee into a plastic or paper bag and do the same.) Place heath bar pieces into a container and freeze while you churn the ice cream.


5 Pour the base into an ice cream maker and churn according to your ice cream maker manufacturer's instructions. Remove ice cream and stir in heath bar pieces.

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Showing 4 of 32 Comments / Reviews

  • Greg

    How much does this make? My ice cream maker is a 1 or 2 quart, can’t remember which.

  • Kathy

    Would 1% milk be appropriate for this recipe? When a recipe calls for milk I’m not sure which type to use. I always have 1% on hand, but wasn’t sure if that mixes well with the heavy cream. I would assume you would have to use whole milk. Thanks

  • Donna

    FOR the Europe-dwellers…DAIM toffee bars are an EXCELLENT choice to replace the Heath toffee bar….Easy to obtain in France, Italy and Switzerland!

  • LizD

    Just when I was thinking that I needed to make some ice cream. I love heath bars and my husband loves coffee ice cream. Your coffee, cookie and mount gay ice cream is his favorite so far, but I think this may be in the running for a new favorite. Thanks for the ice cream flavor of the week!

  • Anna

    Toffee Health bars are one of my favorites candies and ice cream flavors, too. I make espresso ice cream pretty regularly (without the candy, though), but I skip the cooking stuff (actually, I use the uncooked cream, milk, and egg custard base from the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cookbook, but with about half as much sugar).

    I get eggs from a local backyard flock so I know they are safe to eat raw (I have these raw eggs in smoothies several times a week and make mayonnaise, Caesar dressing, and other classics from them, too). With chilled ingredients and no cooking, I can whisk the ingredients together and put the custard into the freezer bowl to churn right away – no need to wait for the mixture to chill. From start to finish I have soft-serve consistency in less than 45 minutes (hard “scoop” ice cream needs to ripen in a shallow container in the freezer for an hour or two). I often start the ice cream at 4pm and it is the right consistency for scooping after dinner.

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