Are there eggs in ice cream?

In this article, we will answer the question “Are there eggs in ice cream”? and discuss how to use eggs safely in homemade ice cream and the difference between ice cream and other related products.

Are there eggs in ice cream?

Yes, there are eggs in ice cream, but it depends on the recipe. You can read the ingredients of every brand to check whether they contain eggs or not. Mostly, organic ice cream contains eggs as emulsifiers, because the only emulsifiers allowed for organic ice cream are lecithin or eggs.

How to use eggs safely in homemade ice cream?

Many families made ice cream at home as a traditional dessert. You should follow the proper steps when you use eggs in homemade ice cream to make it safe for everyone as eggs are an important ingredient for ice cream. 

Eggs enhance flavour, add colour, stop crystallization and give a smooth and creamy texture to ice cream. You can follow the Food and Drug Administration guideline for safely using eggs in recipes to ensure safety. 

To make a cooked egg base as FDA recommend cooked base egg, follow the steps described below:

  • First mix eggs and milk according to the recipe. You can add other ingredients like sugar at this stage.
  • Now cook the above mixture at 160-degree Fahrenheit. Stir continuously. Cooking can reduce the risk of salmonella. To check the temperature, use a thermometer if possible. If you don’t have a thermometer then use a metal spoon. At this temperature, the egg clings to the metal spoon.
  • In this step cool the mixture before adding other ingredients.

According to the American egg board, you can substitute raw eggs with pasteurized eggs if the recipe calls for eggs.

Do stabilizers make ice cream bad?

No, stabilizers don’t make the ice cream bad. People make ice cream bad when they have no experience. It is not dependent on stabilizers. Stabilizers can increase the texture and consistency of ice cream. 

It may be an emulsifier to make it less prone to melt or people can use guar gum, xanthan gum or carrageenan to make it thick and stable. As it takes more time to reach your table from the factory.

If you use stabilizers in excess, it makes the ice cream gummier and stickier. It might stick with your tongue and disturb the ice cream texture. But if you skip stabilizers, it can increase the risk of melting and make it bad.  

Can you use alcohol to make ice cream less icy?

One of the most common problems you face in homemade ice cream is that ice cream turns into crystals. This is due to the excess of water in the recipe or lack of sugar, fat or air. Some recipe writers suggest a shot of alcohol in the ice cream to avoid freezing by lowering the freezing point of ice cream.

But adding alcohol to the recipe lowers the freezing point which means that it also lowers the melting point, so your ice cream melts faster in your hand, mouth and even in the freezer. It can make your ice cream worse. Don’t replace stabilizers with alcohol.

Is there any difference between ice cream, frozen custard and gelato?

  • Ice cream and frozen custard 

According to the FDA’s ice cream consists of dairy ingredients and is produced by stirring a sterilized mixture. Dairy products include condensed, evaporated, concentrated, sweetened, skimmed milk and more like cream known as plastic cream that is also known as concentrated milk fat.

It must contain 10% of milk fat that must weigh 4.5 lbs. of a gallon. This is known as overrun that is the amount of air whipped in the product. Unless frozen custard, ice cream contains less than 1.4 % of egg yolks.  

According to the FDA’s both custard and ice cream are made up of milk, sugar and cream but the amount of egg yolk in custard is 1.4% of the solid weight but ice cream contains less than 1.4% of egg yolk.

  • Gelato

The Italian version which is creamier and easily spreadable is related to ice cream, but it contains less air as compared to ice cream and about 4 to 9% of butterfat is less than to ice cream. It can be served at high temperatures.

According to Ferrari, a great gelato has the following properties: 

Gelato has a natural, intense, clean and long-lasting taste. It should be creamy and spreadable which means that it must be soft. Its texture should be fine and consistent throughout the consumption.

  • Soft serve

It is known as soft serve because it is never packed and frozen and there is no FDA’s standard for soft serve. It has less milk fat than the ice cream and it can be served at a lower temperature. To make it soft and fluffier you can introduce air by churning.

It can vary from region to region and even restaurant to restaurant, it may be like frozen custard with egg yolk or simply a softer version of ice cream.


In this article, we answered the question “Are there eggs in ice cream”? and discussed how to use eggs safely in homemade ice cream and the difference between ice cream and other related products.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know. 


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.