Dippin Dots Ice Cream Recipe

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This healthy homemade Dippin Dots Ice Cream recipe is a wonderful treat on a hot summer day. And you don’t have to go to the mall to get some!

Okay, I admit it. I’ve had this popular ice cream once in my life, and I absolutely hated them. I just cannot understand the fascination with this type of ice cream. But that said, I know a lot of folks out there LOVE the stuff. The kiosks are in local malls around the entire country. And since they are so popular, I decided to give a homemade version a try.

A white bowl filled with Dip N' Dots Ice Cream. A few white dots lay scattered around the base of the bowl.

I can tell you that both Mini Chef and I are now HUGE Dip N Dots fans….. of the healthy, homemade variety. It’s a wonderfully healthy treat for kids and adults alike and makes for a really fun snack. It may not have the coloring of the traditional version, but you can’t beat the cool, delicious flavor. If you like to make your own ice cream, you’re gonna love these!

What Are Dippin Dots?

If you’ve never heard of them before, the best way to describe them is little multicolored dots that come in strawberry ice, lemon ice, rainbow ice, orange ice, blue raspberry ice and a variety of flavors that all get mixed together and served in a bowl. 

They are typically made using liquid nitrogen and, come in lots of colors that deliver more on look than on flavor, in my opinion. They are similar to regular ice cream, but are frozen with the liquid nitrogen to give they a harder outer coating (almost like a candy coating) that keeps them from sticking together. 

They have a lot of corn syrup, artificial flavoring, and food dyes and are definitely do not contain any high quality ice cream ingredients.

A spoon holds a few Dip N' Dots Ice Cream up to the camera.

What You’ll Need To Make Your Own Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream At Home

Where most recipes would call for heavy cream or whipping cream (or even pudding!), This is a much simpler recipe.

Greek yogurt – Get the plain stuff with no sugar added. Regular yogurt will be too thin, so make sure you grab the Greek stuff. Use more yogurt if you’d like to. I just picked an arbitrary measurement to have a starting point.

Honey to taste – Everybody likes a different amount of sweetener, and thankfully, this is super versatile. Add as much or as little sweetener as you like.

You can also try maple syrup or even granular sweeteners such as Monk Fruit, Sucanat, or coconut sugar. Just be aware that these unprocessed sugars will color your Dippin’ Dots in a somewhat unfavorable color if you use a lot. So tread carefully.

If you use granular sweetener, you must dissolve it completely in the yogurt before proceeding with the recipe. This will require letting it sit in the fridge for a bit as well as some frequent stirring.

Optional Additions

If you want extra mix-ins, you can try one of these:

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

¼ tsp. peppermint extract – Use the real stuff, not flavoring

½ tsp. of just about any other extract

A spoon sits on the side of a bowl filled with Dippin Dots Ice Cream.

How To Make Dippin Dots Ice Cream At Home

The Dip N' Dots Ice Cream recipe ingredients, mixed together in a small, white mixing bowl.

In a mixing bowl, mix together the yogurt and honey until well combined.

Transfer the yogurt to a zipper-top sandwich bag, and zip it tightly shut.

Rows of healthy homemade Dippin Dots Ice Cream on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Cut a very small corner off the bag. Using the sandwich bag like a pastry bag, try to press out any air bubbles, and squeeze out tiny beads all over a parchment-lined cookie sheet. You can place them very close together because they won’t spread much.

Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for several hours

A small white bowl sits on a white surface filled with homemade Dippin Dots Ice Cream.

Using a spatula, scrape the dots off the cookie sheet into a bowl and return to the freezer until you are ready to eat them. These melt somewhat quickly, so don’t remove them from the freezer until you are ready to eat them.

Recipe Tips

  1. While this is not essential, it helps to freeze your cookie sheet ahead of time. If it’s cold when you put the yogurt on it, the yogurt will spread even less on the tray, giving you better-shaped dots. But again, this is not essential. Greek yogurt holds its shape fairly well.
  2. You can also use an empty plastic ketchup bottle to squeeze out little clumps or dots. And if you really want to get it perfect, you can use a large, empty kitchen syringe or clean turkey baster.

How To Serve Homemade Dippin Dots

The easiest way, of course, is just to each them out of a bowl. However, you can also serve them over a banana split, over a slice of pie, or with a muffin or cupcake! They are also good mixed with chopped fruits such as berries, or with a drizzle of chocolate syrup over the top.

Dippin Dots Ice Cream dots on a parchment lined cookie sheet, ready to freeze.

Recipe Supplies

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Dippin Dots Recipe

These are delicious as is, but you could also blend in some fruit for different flavors. You would have to give the dots more room on the cookie sheet because they will spread more.
2.8 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freeze Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 1 batch
Calories: 59kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Equipment

  • Zipper top sandwich bag OR frosting bag with a small, round tip.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • honey to taste

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, mix together the yogurt and honey until well combined.
    The Dip N' Dots Ice Cream recipe ingredients, mixed together in a small, white mixing bowl.
  • Transfer the yogurt to a ziplock sandwich bag, and zip it tightly shut. Cut a very small corner off the bag. Using the sandwich bag like a pastry bag, squeeze out little dots all over an ungreased cookie sheet. You can place them very close together because they won't spread much
    Rows of dots on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for several hours.
    Using a spatula, scrape the dots off the cookie sheet into a bowl and return to the freezer until you are ready to eat them. These melt somewhat quickly, so don't remove them from the freezer until you are ready to eat them.
    A small white bowl sits on a white surface filled with dippin dots.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data does not include honey.

Nutrition

Serving: 1entire recipe | Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 141mg | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 110mg


Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 3/18/2012.

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21 Comments

  1. You could also add some chopped almonds or pistachios to this too! I am going to try these this week. I also purchased some puffed cocoa quinoa, that could also be another variation.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Klacy – Great! Let me know how they turn out!

  2. graciouspantry says:

    Elysa – Let me know how you like them!

  3. graciouspantry says:

    Lauren – It is easy!!

  4. graciouspantry says:

    GMD – Thanks so much! I do love pinterest!

  5. graciouspantry says:

    Jen – I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Jem – Wonderful! I hope you enjoy it!

  7. graciouspantry says:

    TBB – So true. So true. Hope you enjoy this version!

  8. graciouspantry says:

    Nursinmamaa – Haha!! Enjoy!

  9. graciouspantry says:

    Stephanie – Let me know how you like it!

  10. Great idea!! I saw the original recipe on Pinterest, but thought the same thing about disliking them being made from the sugar/artificial flavor filled yogurts. Thanks for the great ideas!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Suzy – You bet! Hope you enjoy them!

  11. graciouspantry says:

    Bridgett – Glad I could help! Congrats on 80 lbs! What an achievement!!!

  12. graciouspantry says:

    Apecott – Definitely! Enjoy!

  13. graciouspantry says:

    Billie – I hope you enjoy it! When it comes to making the switch, don’t focus on cutting things out of your “diet” to get healthy. Focus on ADDING things to your eating plan to get healthy. It’s a very different approach to food and you’re much more likely to stick with it.

  14. graciouspantry says:

    Jennifer – Don’t diet! Just eat clean. It’s all you need! Diet is a nasty 4 letter word in my humble opinion. Enjoy the Dip N’ Dots!

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  17. This is pure genius! Will have to try this.

  18. This is just and awesome new twist and only 2 ingredients and I am laughing, getting things in order for the new year with menu and food preparation.

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