It’s so great to be back to Ice Cream Tuesdays again! And for this go-round, I’m focusing all on no-churn options. While I love my churned bases, not everyone has an ice cream maker, so no-churn is the great equalizer. If you’ve never tried it, give it a shot. There are tons of recipes on the Internet, or you can start with my Andes Mint Chip Ice Cream. Now, get ready to make some Salted Caramel Turtle Fudge Swirl Ice Cream!

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A wooden bowl of Salted Caramel Turtle Fudge Swirl Ice Cream with a metal spoon.

Salted caramel turtle fudge swirl started out with a simple idea, and one that I’m sure isn’t original: if no-churn ice cream is made with sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream, why not swap out the scm with a can of dulce de leche? So that’s what I did. Before I go any further, let me remind you how freakish I am about caramel and butterscotch. About how they are two different things and that butterscotch, real butterscotch, is every bit as delicious as caramel. 

I generally make dulce de leche by submerging a can of sweetened condensed milk in boiling water for three hours, but this time, I just went ahead and bought a can. I was all excited, but what I found when I opened the can was something thinner even than condensed milk and a different color–darker–than the dulce de leche I’m used to. And when I tasted it: fake butterscotch. Still, since I had it, I used it. I am working on an ice cream for next week though that is based on homemade dulce de leche. I will link to that one when it’s up because I will be playing with proportions of cream to dulce to take into account the super-thickness of dulce de leche.

At any rate, I submit that this salted caramel turtle fudge swirl ice cream is still really decadent and delicious, so I’m going to tell you how I made it. Just know that you’re really having something more akin (in flavor anyway), to butterscotch. You’re still gonna love it. So, let’s make some, shall we?

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Salted Caramel Turtle Fudge Swirl Ice Cream (No-Churn)

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Salted Caramel Turtle Fudge Swirl Ice Cream (No-Churn) | Ice Cream Tuesday

Jennifer Field
This Salted Caramel Turtle Fudge Swirl Ice Cream is decadent, creamy, and delicious. Prepared in ten minutes, it’s ready to eat once completely frozen, about six hours.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Ice Cream Recipes
Cuisine American


For the Base

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14 oz can dulce de leche (store-bought)
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

For the Turtle mix-ins

  • 10 turtle candies (chocolate/pecan/caramel), chopped fairly finely

For the Fudge Swirl

  • about 1/2 cup your favorite fudge sauce store-bought or homemade (if it is too thick to pour, barely heat it until you can drizzle it)


For the Base

  • Combine all four ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer (start with the lesser amount of salt) and whip just until the base thickens and mounds in the mixer. It does not need to come to “peaks,” stiff or otherwise).
  • Very quickly whip in the chopped candies. Fold to distribute them throughout the base.

To Finish

  • Layer 1/3 of the ice cream base in a loaf pan (or similarly sized pan). Drizzle on 2-3 Tablespoons of the hot fudge sauce.
  • Layer another 1/3 of the ice cream and 2-3 more Tablespoons of the sauce.
  • Finish with the last of the base. You can also add a bit more fudge sauce to the top.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until completely firm, about 6 hours.

Did You Make Any Changes?


Leave the base vanilla by using sweetened condensed milk rather than dulce de leche. Reduce the salt to 1/4 teaspoon.
If you like your ice cream extra nutty, mix in some toasted, chopped pecans along with the chopped turtle candies. Also feel free to substitute the fudge sauce with caramel sauce if you prefer a caramel swirl.
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And there you have it. One delicious-as-it-is salted caramel turtle fudge swirl ice cream, and a couple of ideas for variations as well. Nice! 

A metal loaf pan of salted caramel turtle fudge swirl  with an ice cream scoop and a wooden bowl with a serving of the ice cream.

Thanks for spending some time with me today. Enjoy the ice cream, and have a lovely day.

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