Animal Cracker Ice Cream

Nothing brings me back to childhood more than this animal cracker ice cream! With the addition o sea salt and caramel you’ll be wishing you had this treat back when you were a kid.

spoon in ice cream with scoop and container of ice cream and animal crackers

If there is one dessert that I love that I’ll probably never stop loving is ice cream. We grew up eating it almost every night. We had chocolate chip milkshakes though, so not that crazy. As I ventured out on my own over the years I developed a real passion for flavors and combinations. That (for me) goes hand in hand with trying to come up with new ice cream flavors.

In a few of my jobs I have been able to create some funky but fun ice cream flavors. Goat cheese, brown butter, and even beer flavor just to name a few. I absolutely LOVE the Salt & Straw ice cream base. They have done all the right things and I really hope to be able to develop something even remotely similar. Now, I’ve actually never been to a Salt & Straw (hypocrite I know), but have made their signature Sea Salt Ice Cream with Caramel Ribbons many times as it is one of my favorite flavors from their book!

puddle of melted ice cream with ice cream scoop and crumbled waffle cone

Ingredients & Equipment Needed For This Recipe?


Ice Cream Base

  • Whole Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Xantham Gum
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Non Fat Milk Powder

This recipe is not mine, but can be found in their book or here. It is super adaptable and one of my all time favorite ice cream recipes to make at home. You can also make this recipe with your favorite store bought vanilla ice cream!

Sea Salt Caramel

For this recipe I used my Perfect Caramel Sauce. The full recipe can be found here. You can substitute for your favorite caramel recipe or store-bought option.

Animal Crackers

I used the cheapest animal crackers I could find for my recipe (sorry not sorry). I believe there are some gluten-free animal cracker options out there for this to be a gluten-free recipe!


  • If spinning the ice cream yourself, you will need an ice-cream machine. I acquired mine in mint condition for $13 at a Goodwill (score!!). If you’re in the market for one depending on how much ice cream you plan to make should depict the amount you spend. In my opinion.
  • Rubber Spatula or Wooden Spoon– This I have found works best for extracting the ice cream from the machine. This tool will also be used to layer the ingredients.
  • Loaf Pan or Other Vessel to put the ice cream in. Preferably a close-able container so there is a less chance that your ice cream will develop a “skin”.
  • Parchment Paper– To place on top of the ice cream after extraction, again to help from forming a “skin”.
waffle cone with animal cracker ice cream and ice cream scoop with ice cream. waffle cone crumbles

My Kinda Professional Tips for Sea Salt Caramel & Animal Cracker Ice Cream

  • Luckily this recipe is pretty simple and straight forward. My biggest piece of advice is to just be patient and work sort of quick. You don’t want the ice cream to melt too much while you’re assembling or that will translate to the finished product.
  • If this recipe sounds good but you for whatever reason don’t like animal crackers. Don’t use em! The beauty of making things like ice cream yourself is that you can make it literally exactly to your liking. I have found that chocolate sandwich cookies pair super well with this recipe also… Just an idea!

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