10 Ways to Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast

Vanilla-Almond Ice Cream with Cherries and Pistachios
Photo: John Kernick

When it comes to national food holidays, it's not often that we're moved to celebrate. But we see Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, which falls on the first Saturday of February, as a call to action. Though we definitely won't judge you for enjoying a morning scoop of ice cream any other day of the year, this day is the ultimate excuse. So, we've gathered our most breakfast-centric ice cream recipes — from coffee ice cream to peaches and mint — to prepare you for the occasion. Rise and shine.

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Coffee Ice Cream

Coffee Ice Cream
Abby Hocking

What do you need to drink to function every morning? Coffee. What conveniently often comes in coffee flavor? Ice cream. Creamy, cold and caffeinated, this ice cream is everything your morning iced coffee should be. Thus, it is more than appropriate to eat it for breakfast. For those so inclined, decaffeinated coffee beans work well here, too.

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Roasted Peaches with Mascarpone Ice Cream

Roasted Peaches with Mascarpone Ice Cream
© James Merrell

Fruit is definitely acceptable for breakfast and adding a side of ice cream never hurt anyone. Chef Daniel Humm was inspired by his native Switzerland when creating this recipe. "Every house has an herb garden," says Humm of Ticino, the southern region of Switzerland. Accordingly, he infuses roasted peaches with honey-rosemary syrup. The mascarpone in the ice cream reveals the strong Italian influence on Ticino's cuisine.

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Peach-Buttermilk Ice Cream

Peach Buttermilk Ice Cream
John Kernick

This creamy, fruity ice cream is made with just eight pure ingredients and takes just 40 active minutes to prepare. Be sure to use the best buttermilk you can get for this recipe: The ice cream is just as much about the rich, tangy buttermilk as it is the fragrant peaches.

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Coconut Mochi Ice Cream Sandwiches

Coconut Mochi Ice Cream Sandwiches
© John Kernick

Pastry chef Jen Yee of Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery in New York makes these fun and pretty sandwiches with a simple Japanese dough that combines sweet glutinous rice flour, sugar, water and coconut milk. They're not too sweet, though, which makes them ideal for your morning ice cream consumption.

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Mochi Ice Cream

Mochi Ice Cream
Abby Hocking / Food & Wine

Green tea and matcha are practically the definition of morning flavors. Once you source the sweet glutinous rice flour, making mochi, the chewy Japanese rice cake, couldn’t be simpler. Here, we use a microwave to make mochi flavored with matcha (a powdered green tea). We then wrap the matcha around scoops of green tea ice cream.

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Mint Ice Cream

Mint Ice Cream
© Frances Janisch

For a cool, refreshing wake up, look to this tasty mint ice cream from Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. This exceptionally creamy ice cream relies on two unexpected ingredients: corn starch (to help thicken it) and cream cheese (to make it scoopable). Note: cream cheese is also a breakfast ingredient.

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Vanilla Ice Cream Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel

Vanilla Ice Cream Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel
John Kernick

If you're looking for a way to indulge in a scoop at breakfast, this recipe is not that. But if you want to celebrate National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day without actually licking some cold stuff, you can have this bread pudding instead. This genius bread pudding is made with melted vanilla ice cream, eliminating the need to make a custard.

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Apple-Caramel Sundaes

Apple Caramel Sundaes
John Kernick

Who needs eggs when fruit and ice cream make for a delicious breakfast? For this sumptuous sundae, Food & Wine's Justin Chapple chops up the best apples he can find and mixes them into a buttery brown sugar caramel. This is perfect over vanilla ice cream and some fresh apple slices.

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Melted Ice Cream Hot Chocolate

Melted Ice Cream Hot Chocolate
Justin Walker

Though we don’t like to admit it, there are days that are just too cold for ice cream. But then how do you celebrate National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day? With creamy, rich and uber thick melted ice cream hot chocolate, of course. The addition of marshmallows is optional (but not actually).

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Vanilla-Almond Ice Cream with Cherries and Pistachios

Vanilla-Almond Ice Cream with Cherries and Pistachios
John Kernick

Vanilla, almonds, pistachios and cherries could very well be ingredients in a granola you'd eat at breakfast. Here, they make up a stellar ice cream that tastes fresh and bright for the morning. Plus, F&W’s Justin Chapple doesn’t use an ice cream maker for this sweet and creamy custard-based ice cream.

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