Williams Sonoma Ice Cream Starter, Vanilla

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Summary

Everything is more fun with ice cream, and the easiest way to whip up a batch of velvety vanilla is with our all-natural ice cream starter. Simply mix with heavy cream and half-and-half, pour into your ice cream maker and freeze. Customize with favorite mix-ins like chocolate chips, chopped nuts, crushed cookies or candy sprinkles. In about 30 minutes, you’ll enjoy rich, creamy ice cream showcases the sweet, creamy flavor of Madagascar Bourbon vanilla.

  • 12.4 oz. (contains two individually sealed packets; each makes 1 quart premium ice cream).
  • Made in USA.
Ingredients
  • Granulated sugar, Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, salt.
  • This product is prepared and packagedusing machines that may come in contact with wheat/gluten, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy.
Shipping

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Orders received by 9:00 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Thursday will arrive the next business day; orders placed Friday through Sunday will arrive on the following Tuesday.

Return Policy

At Williams Sonoma, we take great pride in the quality and craftsmanship of our products. Attention to design, materials, safety and construction are our priority. Upon receipt, please inspect your purchase and notify us of any damage; we will arrange for a prompt replacement.

If within 30 days, you are dissatisfied for any reason, you may return your purchase for a refund of the merchandise value. An original receipt or gift receipt is required for all returns and exchanges. Returns with a gift receipt will be refunded in the form of a Merchandise Credit for the amount indicated on the gift receipt. Returns with original receipt will be refunded in the original form of payment, cash and check refunds over $100 will be issued as a company check (may take 14 business days from time of request).

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For returns of items purchased from your Williams Sonoma Gift Registry, we will gladly provide a refund or exchange for the merchandise within 90 days of your event or within 90 days of purchase, whichever date is later. View Full Returns Policy.

The Best Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the milk, cream and 1/4 cup of the sugar. With the tip of a knife, scrape the seeds from the vanilla beans into the pan, then toss the pods into the pan. Place over medium heat and bring just to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let steep for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, vigorously whisk together the egg yolks, salt and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar until the mixture falls in a thick, wide ribbon when the whisk is lifted. Remove the vanilla pods from the milk mixture and reheat to a bare simmer. Slowly add the milk mixture to the yolk mixture while whisking constantly. Pour the custard back into the pan and cook gently over medium-low heat, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until thickened enough to coat the spoon, about 3 minutes. Draw a finger across the spoon. The custard is ready if it does not immediately bleed back together. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean storage container, let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate overnight.

Pour the chilled custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a tightly covered container and freeze for at least 6 hours before serving. Makes 1 1/2 quarts.

Adapted from Williams Sonoma Family Meals, by Maria Helm Sinskey (Oxmoor House, 2008).

See full The Best Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe.

  • Rated 5 out of 5 by from To die for! I bought the vanilla Ice Cream Starter when I purchased my ice cream maker. Last week, I used it for the first time and was amazed at the creamy, rich taste. Not only was I impressed, but my husband, who stays pretty low-key, pronounced it "awesome!" - a rave review! You want to try this, but don't buy it all - leave some for the rest of us!
    Date published: 2017-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This starter makes wonderful thick and creamy vanilla ice cream. It's better than any brand I've bought in the grocery store. We prefer to eat it straight from our Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker as we favor a soft serve consistency. I've been playing around with add-ins and have hit on a favorite of caramel topping and chocolate covered toffee bits added in several minutes before the ice cream is ready. I keep several of the flavors stocked when on sale.
    Date published: 2017-06-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious flavor The best flavor! It is much better than the store bought ice cream. The whole family loves it. Will definitely buy more.
    Date published: 2016-12-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Natural Vanilla Flavor This is a good basic vanilla ice cream mix. I have also used it as a base to make other flavors like peanut butter ice cream, banana ...
    Date published: 2016-10-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best homemade icecream I am a chocolate lover, but it have to say the vanilla starter makes the BEST ice cream! The Macassar vanilla just pops. My family looks forward to dessert at my house, as there is always vanilla ice cream to add to any dish...or my husband just wants the ice cream!
    Date published: 2016-09-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Very Best Have used these ice cream starters for several years, and they really can't be beat! My favorite recipe is the Vanilla flavor with 3 chopped Butterfinger candy bars and 2 TBS of Kahlua added during the last five minutes of freezing. Pretty much to die for!
    Date published: 2016-08-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is really good A bit pricey and makes a small amount however two packets per container and it is delicious - so much better than store bought and so much easier than doing it from scratch. I usually buy it online when they are offering a 20% discount and free shipping then get the 2 canister option. Love it when mixing in mini chocolate chips!
    Date published: 2016-08-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vanilla Starter This is delicious all by itself but even better if you add things to it. I love chocolate chip mint so I add mint extract (1/2 -1 tsp) and then add mini chips when it's time for add-ins. It is so easy - no cooking egg yolks, etc.
    Date published: 2016-07-11
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