Cantaloupe Ginger Ice Cream

Cantaloup ginger ice cream

Here in Ohio we’ve had a very mild summer this year (and I thank the weather gods for that), but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying all the delicious treats that this season brings with it. Some of my all time favorite summer treats are melons, watermelons, cantaloupes, muskmelons… wow! Nothing says summer refreshment like melons.

That’s why when my lovely friend Meeta of What’s for Lunch, Honey? and Hillary of Chew on That announced the theme for July Monthly Mingle was Marvelous Melons I knew I had to come up with something delicious and refreshing. Since I have been having a lot of fun with my ice cream machine the most obvious (and easiest) thing to make was ice cream. However, this time I decided to spice it up a little and fresh ginger was the best choice.

Cantaloup ginger ice cream

Cantaloupe Ginger Ice Cream
Recipe type: Dessert
  • •1 medium cantaloupe
  • •1/4 cup peeled and coarsely grated gingerroot (approx)
  • •4 egg whites
  • •1 cup heavy cream
  • •1 can evaporated milk
  • •1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • •1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. In a small pot warm up heavy cream with ginger. Stir constantly until it starts to boil.
  2. Transfer milk to a bowl and whisk in egg whites. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Cut cantaloupe in half. Discard seeds and refrigerate one half to use as a serving bowl.
  4. Blend the other half with evaporated milk, condensed milk and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour ginger milk through a sieve and whisk in the melon mix.
  6. Freeze ice cream following ice cream machine instructions.
  7. Serve ice cream in the half cantaloupe you saved. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and enjoy!

Cantaloup ginger ice cream

¡Buen provecho!

And speaking of ice creams, here is the roundup for July’s Homemade challenge: Ice cream. I am sorry it took me awhile to post it, but with all the activities I’ve been doing this summer time just flies by! Please visit the participants’ blogs and comment on their fabulous entries:

The Homemade event will take a break in August because I don’t have the time right now to promote it (or the forum). This will allow me to think about what I want to do with my almost dead forum, but the event itself will come back in September either way.

Thank you everybody!


  • This sounds so light and lovely with the melon and the use of egg whites! The ginger sounds delicious in it too.

  • One of these days, I really have to drag the ice cream machine up from the cellar and start making my own. I love cantaloupe, and can only imagine that in ice cream form it's even more delicious.

  • Hey, this goes right on back to everything is better with condensed milk, right buddy? I love your ginger addition, it's very summer spicy dude :)

  • This is a very creative combo, sounds great for the hot weather. Thanks for the round up.

  • Truly gorgeous photos, Ben! I've been eyeballing the cantaloupe and love the idea of the ginger in this ice cream. I don't think I've every put 1/4 c. of fresh ginger in anything though. I'm dying to know what this tastes like! It has summer written all over it!

  • hehe! i made watermelon ice cream with soeren and his friend today. i way thinking of cantaloupe tomorrow. looks great ben!

  • Ahhh this looks perfect!! I've had the biggest ginger obsession ever lately, and ginger ice cream sounds amazingly refreshing!

  • Nicely done! Over in Indiana we have been having a very mild summer too. Not that I am complaining about not sweating every flipping time I go from house to truck but it has caused an increase in tomato blight problems which sucks. Oh well. Our melons at the market are starting to look killer so I am really happy about that. Definitely in for some ice cream melon style.

    p.s. liking the new comment style. Are you on wordpress and if so did it incorporate easily?

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