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Jul 17, 2021

Green Tea Ice Cream

This Green Tea Ice Cream has a lovely herbal sweetness. The color and flavor come from matcha, a bright green powdered tea.

Green Tea Ice Cream in a bowl.

If I had to pick a favorite dessert, it would be ice cream. It also reminds me of my dad, who loved having a big bowl of ice cream every night after dinner. I think he probably had ice cream just about every day (at least in my memory). 

When my dad talked about growing up, he would talk about his favorite ice cream parlor, Fosselman's in Alhambra, California. Amazingly, that place is still there and still run by the Fosselman family. Since 1919! Every time I see it, I give a little wave and say, "hi dad."

Green Tea Ice Cream in a bowl.

This recipe is from the book, Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States: Make the Real Recipes from the Greatest Ice Cream Parlors in the Country. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for an honest review. 

This recipe was inspired by an ice cream flavor from Dave's Hawaiian Ice Cream. 

According to the book's author, green tea originated in China and has been associated with many cultures throughout Asia. It was introduced to Hawaiian culture when sugar plantation workers arrived in the early 1800s, bringing many Asian-influenced flavors to the islands. 

Green tea is now popular all over the world, but many Hawaiians feel like it is an integral part of their culture. Dave’s Hawaiian Ice Cream shares their love of green tea through this soothing ice cream flavor.

Note: Matcha is finely milled green tea. It is bright green and a very fine powder. Matcha can be found in the tea aisle of most grocery stores, or look for it at your local Asian market. You can also find it onlline

I've also used it to make Green Tea Sourdough

Green Tea Ice Cream in a bowl.

This is an updated post. I originally posted this recipe in March of 2014. I had the opportunity to be a part of the Blog Tour for the debut of the cookbook. I also made the chocolate coconut ice cream with macadamia nuts, which was amazing. 

I had some leftover matcha powder from making this Green Tea Sourdough Bread, so it was perfect timing to remake this ice cream. 

The book has over 80 ice cream recipes inspired by some of the best ice cream shops across the country. Some of the recipes I want to try from the book include Honey Sunflower Seed, Chunky Turtle, Toasted Marshmallow, and Apple Butter Rummy Pecan. 

I just wish the book would have mentioned Fosselman's. Southern California needs to represent! 

Welcome to another Sunday Funday! Did you know that today is National Ice Cream Day? We are celebrating it with our host, Mayuri of Mayuri's Jiconi

Be sure to check out everyone's recipes for delicious ice cream and frozen treats. 

Celebrating National Ice Cream Day:

Green Tea (Matcha) Ice Cream in a bowl.

Green Tea (Matcha) Ice Cream

Green Tea (Matcha) Ice Cream
Yield: 8
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
This Green Tea Ice Cream has a lovely herbal sweetness. The color and flavor come from matcha, a bright green powdered tea.


  • 1 ½ cups (355ml) whole milk, divided
  • 1 tbsp (9g) cornstarch
  • 1 ¾ cups (414ml) heavy cream, divided
  • 2 tbsp (16g) matcha powder
  • ⅔ cup (133g) sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt


  1. Fill a large bowl with ice water. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons (30ml) of the milk with the cornstarch, whisk and set aside. In another bowl, add ½ cup (118ml) of the cream and matcha powder. Whisk vigorously to combine.
  2. Combine the remaining milk with the remaining 1 ¼ cups (296ml) heavy cream and sugar in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring the milk mixture to a low boil. Cook until the sugar dissolves, 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the milk mixture from the heat and gradually whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Return to a boil and cook over moderately high heat until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Gradually pour the hot milk mixture into the bowl with the cream/matcha mixture. Whisk in the salt. Set the bowl in the ice water bath to cool, 20 minutes, whisking occasionally. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Once chilled, pour the ice cream base into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.


Recipe from Scoop Adventures by Lindsay Clendaniel. (Page Street Publishing, March 2014, Printed with permission)

Inspired by Dave’s Hawaiian Ice Cream, Oahu, Hawaii

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  1. The craziest, most adventuresome ice cream I've ever had was Garlic Ice Cream at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Shall we say, it's an acquired taste?!

  2. My favorite "unusual" ice cream is ice cream I get at an Oriental Store here. It is called Creamy Halo Halo by Magnolia Ice Cream. Like a fruit salad.
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  3. What is the most adventurous ice cream flavor I have tried? I would have to say a Sambuca Coffee Frappe Ice Cream.

  4. I haven't tried many unusual flavors. The only flavor that was unusual was bacon.. let's just say I prefer traditional flavored ice cream!

    1. I'm with you. While I love bacon, I like it savory.

  5. Sadly I'm not that sesame ice cream while staying at a ryokan in Kyoto, Japan. Japan certainly has some exotic flavors of ice cream, though, including horsemeat, octopus, shrimp, snake, wasabi...

    1. Wow! I don't think I'm all that adventurous either. =)

  6. I used to have green tea ice cream in japanese restaurant ages ago.. this recipe brings me some good memories :)

  7. Probably the most adventurous one I've tried is avocado. It was not bad, but kind of bland.

    1. There is an avocado ice cream in the book...

  8. I have Matcha on my shopping list for the sole purpose of making a batch of this icde cream - I love that color. Beautiful, Karen! :)

  9. this green tea ice cream looks great.

  10. I haven't had an opportunity to be very adventurous when it comes to ice cream! The offered flavors have always been pretty normal dessert flavors. Although I did order bubble gum once. It wasn't very good. Gum balls mixed in that turned into a gloppy mess of goo when chewed.

    1. Wait! I'm changing my answer ... It was corn ice cream! And it was AMAZING!

    2. Oooh, that sounds really good! I've made corn cookies, so I can imagine that the flavor would work.

  11. I love making my own ice cream! I tried taro once, which was actually good.

  12. I love green tea ice cream! When I'm not in Japan, I like to sprinkle matcha on vanilla ice cream! So good!

  13. Growing up I think we all have our favourite ice cream parlours. Fortunately, the one I use to go with my huge extended family in Nairobi still exists, only the location has changed. Green Tea Ice Cream looks so creamy and love the colour. Karen, you're tempting me to give matcha ice cream a try.

  14. This sounds like a new flavor I need to try...also, I'm really interested with playing around with that Toasted Marshmallow!!! YUM!!!

  15. I LOVE green tea ice cream. I have cream and matcha... it's a Sunday... canisters are in the freezer... YES.

  16. Matcha is a fabulous ingredient though my family says I overuse it. Nonsense. And green tea sourdough. I'm putting that on my list.

  17. A lovely creamy matcha ice cream!


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