Avocado Ice Cream

avocado ice cream


We've been unable to track down an exact history of this unusual dessert. The beginnings of the recipe (at least in the U.S.) seems to be California. This is no surprise given California has historically been the largest grower of avocados in the U.S. The earliest recipe we've found so far dates back to 1932 from the Calvo Growers of California published in the "New Calavo Hostess Book". This version includes milk, cream, egg white, fresh avocado, vanilla, sugar and vanilla.

We found yet another early version in the San Francisco Examiner Cookbook from 1947 which strengthens our California lineage theory. That being said you can also find avocado ice cream in other countries like India or the Philippines.

Since those early basic recipes, many ingredient variations have surfaced including some that use pre-made ice cream as a base and others with additions of chiles, tequila, orange juice or coconut.

In our humble opinion the best recipes are the ones with the most basic of ingredients given the avocado has such a delicate flavor it can be easily overwhelmed.

Basic Avocado Ice Cream

Adapted from Avocado.org


  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 lbs California Avocados, ripe (5 medium)
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


Beat yolks and sugar until thick; reserve.

Heat milk to boiling, stirring frequently.

Temper reserved egg mixture with a little hot milk; stir tempered mixture into remaining hot milk.

Heat mixture over low heat to 185 degrees F, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat; continue to stir a few minutes; stir in cream. Thoroughly chill mixture.

Meanwhile, pit and peel avocados. Puree in a food processor with lime and lemon juices.

Whisk avocado puree into chilled custard. Freeze in an ice cream freezer following manufacturer's instructions.

Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

Avocado Facts

  • California is the largest grower of avocados in the U.S.
  • 80% of all avocados are consumed by 20% of the US population
  • Cinco de Mayo is the largest avocado consumption day of the year with Super Bowl Sunday being the 2nd largest day.
  • Mexico is the largest grower of avocados in the world.

Buy Avocado Ice Cream

Mitchell's Ice Cream is a San Francisco landmark and one of their specialties is Avocado Ice Cream. If you are in the San Francsico area make sure to drop in.

Mitchell's Ice Cream
688 San Jose Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-2300


Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of GourmetSleuth.com she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.