Tutti Frutti Ice Cream Recipe

July 13, 2015
Tutti Frutti ice cream in a bowl

This Tutti frutti ice cream recipe creates a delicious vanilla ice cream with candied fruit running through it. Find out how to make your own.

On a hot day there is nothing nicer than ice cream served outside in a dish. The great thing about ice cream is it comes in so many flavours, there is one to suit everyone.

When I was little I used to love tutti frutti ice cream. The vanilla ice cream with fruit and nuts running though it is delicious. With every bite I would try and identify the different fruits, pineapple, cherry, raisins and more. Every mouthful was different, you never knew what flavours you might encounter next.

These days it seems tutti frutti ice cream has fallen out of favour. I haven’t seen it in shops for years. Even ice cream parlours seem to neglect this flavour. This weekend I decided I was going to make my own tutti frutti ice cream and see if it was as tasty as I remembered.

Tutti Frutti ice cream in a glass bowl

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What is tutti frutti ice cream?

Tutti frutti ice cream takes its name from the Italian “tutti i frutti” which means all fruits. It is a vanilla ice cream with candied fruits and nuts.

Ingredients for tutti frutti ice cream

The usual ingredients for tutti frutti ice cream are cherries, raisins and pineapple with a mixture of nuts. You can use any dried fruit in your cupboard.

I had a look through my cupboards to see what I could find. I always have a selection of dried fruit, left over from making cakes. Half open packets take over the cupboard.

I found glacé cherries, mixed peel, a packet of mixed berries and pineapple, pistachio nuts and dried mango. These are perfect for tutti frutti ice cream. Just chop them into small pieces to add into the ice cream.

For the ice cream you will need double cream, egg whites and vanilla sugar.

Tutti frutti ice cream served in a sundae dish on a table outside with spoons

What is vanilla sugar?

Vanilla sugar is caster sugar which is flavoured with vanilla. You can buy it or you can make your own. It is really easy to make, just slice a vanilla pod in half and put in a jar. Cover with caster sugar and leave for twenty four hours with the lid on. The sugar will absorb the vanilla flavour adding more flavour to the ice cream.

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How do you make tutti frutti ice cream?

There are many different ways to make ice cream. To make the vanilla ice cream for the tutti frutti ice cream just whisk the double cream until it thickens. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until they are stiff then mix them with the vanilla sugar. I recommend using an electric mixer it will make things easier.

Fold the egg white mixture and double cream together and stir in the fruits and nuts. Leave in the fridge to cool for about an hour then add into an ice cream maker.

Home made Tutti Frutti ice cream in a bowl

Can I make tutti frutti ice cream without an ice cream maker?

The advantage of using an ice cream maker is that the ice cream is smoother. The churning movement will help break up ice crystals that form while the ice cream freezes. Ice cream makers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and at various prices.

I use one I got as a special buy at Aldi, you freeze the bowl overnight, pour in the ice cream mixture and leave it to churn. I found a similar ice cream maker from Andrew James on Amzon for £27.98. (Affliate link)

Andrew James Ice Cream Maker Machine | Makes Delicious Soft Ice Cream | Detachable Mixing Paddle | 1.5L | Voted Best Buy by Which? Magazine | White

If you don’t have an ice cream maker you can pour the ice cream mixture into a tub and leave it in the freezer for a few hours. It may be a little more grainy but will taste just as nice. If you want you can stir it a few times during the freezing process which will help it become smoother.

What does tutti frutti ice cream taste like?

The resulting ice cream was rich and creamy and bursting with flavour. Each mouthful is an adventure, different fruits adding a flavour all their own. It really is a blast from the past and a recipe well worth trying..

Tutti frutti ice cream in sundae dishes served outside on a table with bushes behind the table.

As it was a sunny day we ate the ice cream outside. The family sat in the sunshine and enjoyed the ice cream. Tutti Frutti ice cream was just as nice as I remembered it being. Why don’t you try making some and share the flavour with your kids?

Tutti Frutti ice cream recipe

Tutti Frutti ice cream



  • 2 egg whites
  • 120 g vanilla caster sugar
  • 300 ml double cream
  • ½ tsp almond essence
  • 60 g glacé cherries
  • 60 g dried mango
  • 60 mixed berries
  • 30 g pistachios


  • Chop the dried fruit into smaller pieces
  • In a bowl whisk the cream until it is thick
  • Whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl until they are stiff. Add the sugar and whisk.
  • Fold the egg white mixture into the cream
  • Add the fruit to the mixture and stir though
  • Churn in a ice cream maker until ready or freeze in a plastic tub for four to five hours until firm

I hope they start selling tutti frutti ice cream in shops again soon. Have you seen tutti frutti recently? I would love to know where.

Why not pin the recipe for later?

Tutti Frutti ice cream in a bowl. Get the recipe to make it at home

If you are looking for other ideas for ice cream why not try banoffee ice cream cake which is a delicious treat on a hot day.

Banoffee Pie Ice Cream

For a refreshing taste of summer jasmine ice cream is light and refreshing.

Jasmine Ice Cream
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Linking up to the Kitchen Clearout linky on Madhouse Family Reviews as I cleared out loads of dry fruit from my cupboards.

13 responses to “Tutti Frutti Ice Cream Recipe”

  1. Ooh yes, I remember tutti frutti ice cream and you’re right, I haven’t seen it for ages – great idea for clearing out the cupboards 🙂 #KitchenClearout

  2. This really does look like a great recipe to use up some dried fruit. I have a ton of the stuff and I have been wondering what to do with it.

  3. That tutti frutti ice cream looks delicious, I’m impressed that you made your own, Alison

  4. I used to love tutti fruitti ice cream & what a great way to use up dried fruit. I like the idea of using egg whites instead of the whole egg, thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Galina V says:

    Wonderful ice cream, and I’m very envious of your sundae dishes. I want some! 🙂

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