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Ninja Creami Blue Moon Ice Cream

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Enjoy the Midwestern staple by making blue moon ice cream in the Ninja Creami!

This Ninja Creami blue moon ice cream is easy to make, with its vibrant hue and classic fruity flavor.

overhead view of two scoops of Ninja Creami blue moon ice cream served in a glass dessert cup, with a spoon alongside it.

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Have you ever heard of blue moon ice cream?

It’s a popular flavor in Midwestern states, where it’s an iconic treat to enjoy in the summer time.

As its name suggests, it’s a brightly colored dessert reminiscent of Smurfs.

The flavor is a little bit harder to describe.

It’s been compared to Froot Loops cereal, with multiple fruit flavors blended together into a creamy treat.

Although popularized by ice cream brands such as Kilwins and Hudsonville, you can now make your own at home with this easy recipe!

This Ninja Creami blue moon ice cream is a simple treat that’s sure to bring back lots of memories.

a Ninja Creami pint container of blue moon ice cream, with an ice cream scoop in it.

Blue Moon Ice Cream in the Ninja Creami

To make this easy recipe, I started with some instant vanilla pudding mix.

Using pudding mix in Ninja Creami recipes provides sweetness and also helps to create a nice and creamy texture.

Plus, the hint of vanilla flavor pairs really well with the fruit extracts.

I chose to add lemon and raspberry extracts, which complement each other without being overpowering.

And of course, you’ll need some blue food coloring to achieve that beautiful hue!

side view of a glass dessert cup serving scoops of blue moon ice cream made in the Ninja Creami. A spoon is in the cup.

How to Make Ninja Creami Blue Moon Ice Cream

It’s really easy to make this iconic dessert!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Milk
  • Vanilla instant pudding mix
  • Heavy cream
  • Red raspberry extract
  • Lemon extract
  • Blue food coloring
overhead view of a pint of Ninja Creami blue moon ice cream with an ice cream scoop in it.

How to Make It:

(Full printable recipe is available below)

Dissolve the pudding mix. First, you’ll combine the milk and pudding mix in a small mixing bowl or large liquid measuring cup.

Whisk well until the pudding mix is dissolved.

Next, you’ll add the heavy cream, red raspberry extract, and lemon extract.

Add in a few drops of blue food coloring, then stir to combine.

You’ll need to continue adding blue food coloring, a little at a time, until your desired color is reached. I ended up using about 15-20 drops.

Pour the mixture into a Ninja Creami pint container, being careful not to exceed the max fill line.

two photos; one shows ingredients for blue moon ice cream in a measuring cup, the other shows them mixed together and poured into a ninja creami pint container.

Freeze. Close the lid on the container, then transfer it to a level surface in your freezer for at least 24 hours.

Spin. Remove the container from the freezer and take off the lid. Place it in the outer bowl of the Ninja Creami, securing the outer bowl lid.

Lock the outer bowl into place in the Ninja Creami machine, then press the Ice Cream button. Allow the cycle to complete.

two photos; one shows frozen blue moon ice cream base, the other shows the base in the ninja creami machine, with a finger pointing to the Ice Cream button.

Re-spin if needed. Check the consistency of the ice cream. If it appears crumbly or powdery, place it back into the machine and press the Re-spin button.

If it’s still crumbly after that, add a tablespoon of milk to the ice cream and Re-spin once more.

two photos; one shows crumbly blue moon ice cream after initial spin in the ninja creami, the other shows the ice cream after a Re-spin, and it's nice and creamy.

It should be nice and creamy when it’s ready.

Serve and enjoy!

overhead view of a serving of homemade blue moon ice cream in a glass dish, with the remaining pint of ice cream and a spoon in the background.

Notes and Adaptations:

  • I used liquid food coloring and it took about 15-20 drops to achieve this color. If you’re using gel food coloring, you may need more or less—just add a little bit at at time until you’re happy with the color!
  • Lemon extract is generally easy to find in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. Raspberry extract can be a little more difficult to find. I ended up buying this raspberry extract from Amazon.
  • To make this recipe dairy-free, you can use a nondairy milk (such as almond milk, oat milk, etc.) instead of regular milk. You can use canned coconut cream instead of heavy cream. In this case, an immersion blender may be helpful to combine well.
bottles of red raspberry extract and pure lemon extract in front of a glass measuring cup of blue moon ice cream base.

Recommended Equipment:

Yield: 1 pint

Ninja Creami Blue Moon Ice Cream

a pint of Ninja Creami blue moon ice cream with an ice cream scoop in it

This Ninja Creami blue moon ice cream has a refreshing fruity flavor and a brilliant blue hue! It's a take on the Midwestern classic flavor, and it's easy to make at home.

Prep Time 7 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 7 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl or large liquid measuring cup, combine milk and instant vanilla pudding mix. Whisk together until the pudding mix has dissolved.
  2. Add the heavy cream, raspberry extract, lemon extract, and a few drops of food coloring. Stir to combine, then continue adding more drops of food coloring until your desired shade is achieved.
  3. Pour mixture into a Ninja Creami pint container, being careful not to exceed the max fill line. Place lid on the pint container and transfer to a level surface in the freezer for at least 24 hours.
  4. Remove pint from freezer and take off lid. Place pint into the outer bowl of the Ninja Creami, securing the outer bowl lid. Lock the outer bowl into place in the Ninja Creami machine, then press the Ice Cream button. Allow the cycle to complete.
  5. Remove the outer bowl from the machine and check the ice cream's texture. If it looks kind of powdery or crumbly, insert it back into the machine and press the Re-spin button. If it's still crumbly after that, add a tablespoon of milk to the ice cream and Re-spin once more.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • I used liquid food coloring and it took about 15-20 drops to achieve this color. If you’re using gel food coloring, you may need more or less—just add a little bit at at time until you’re happy with the color!
  • Lemon extract is generally easy to find in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. Raspberry extract can be a little more difficult to find. I ended up buying this raspberry extract from Amazon.
  • To make this recipe dairy-free, you can use a nondairy milk (such as almond milk, oat milk, etc.) instead of regular milk. You can use canned coconut cream instead of heavy cream.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and is not guaranteed for accuracy.

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two photos of Ninja Creami blue moon ice cream; one shows scoops served in a glass dish, the other shows a pint container of ice cream with a scoop in it.
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