Mashed Potatoes Ice Cream Recipe

A side that looks like a dessert? We're all about it. Get the scoop on making a batch of mashed potatoes ice cream with your kids this holiday season.

Who’s the goofy gobbler that disguised the mashed potatoes as ice cream? Your kooky Aunt Kim, most likely. This recipe for mashed potatoes ice cream is totally up my alley.

Give young kids a big-time culinary psych – or, better yet, have them get in on the fun – with our wacky-fun Thanksgiving (or any-time-of-year) recipe that disguises those taters as perfect ice cream scoops.

Kiddos will get a kick out of helping you get the incognito “flavors” just right – beets for strawberry and, believe it or not, baking cocoa for chocolate (trust us, it tastes great!).

Portion it out with a small ice-cream scoop – and, if desired, drizzle on some gravy “hot fudge” for the final flourish. It’s one of those simple joys that’s sure to get some grins.

Try it for yourself – and be sure to try Metro Parent’s other kids holiday menu recipes, too.


  • 3 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • Salt and/or white pepper (to taste)
  • Baking cocoa (for “chocolate”; about 1 tsp. per 1 cup mashed potatoes)
  • Canned sliced pickled beets (for “strawberry;” about 1/8 cup per 1 cup mashed potatoes)


  1. Peel potatoes and cut into 1- to 2-inch cubes.
  2. Bring a large pot of cold water to a boil (eyeball it – roughly enough to cover all the potatoes). Very carefully add potatoes to the boiling water.
  3. Turn heat down to medium and let boil about 30 minutes.
  4. Test potatoes with fork. If soft, drain in a colander and return to pot.
  5. Add butter and mash with masher.
  6. Add sour cream and mash with masher.
  7. Add salt and/or white pepper to taste.

To create flavors, first divide potatoes into three bowls. For “vanilla” – do nothing. For “chocolate,” stir in about 1 tsp. Baking cocoa per cup potatoes. Mix well. For “strawberry,” toss beets (with juice) into a food processer to grind them up. Add about 1/8 cup per each cup potatoes. Mix well. Bust out the scooper and transform one “flavor” at a time into a pile of “ice cream” to dole out as sides.

Don’t forget to try out more of Metro Parent’s kids holiday menu recipes.

Photo by Lauren Jeziorski


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