For easy ice cream flavors, I recommend buying several different bottles of extracts or flavorings at the grocery store and mixing it up to see what you like.
My favorite is Mint Chocolate Chip
To the basic ice cream recipe I add
3/4 tsp mint extract
1/4-1/3 cup chocolate chips I've chopped up into little pieces in my food processor
wait until the last 10-15 minutes to add the chocolate chips. Store leftover chips in your freezer.
My husbands favorite is orange creamsicle
add 1 tsp of orange extract - yum!
Another favorite is banana coconut
add 1tsp each of banana and coconut extract
You can get creative and put ice cream toppings in your ice cream rather than on top. Add chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, sprinkles, food coloring, etc.
I love peanut butter so I'll make peanut butter ice cream by adding 1/2-2/3 cup peanut butter to the milk and then stir until dissolved. (Don't add the cream until after you've added the peanut butter or the extra stirring could give you buttery ice cream). You can also add Nutella or chocolate sauce to make it chocolaty.
I have two suggestion for people who are in the mood for ice cream, but have no cream in the fridge:
1) put chocolate milk in your ice cream maker.
It will make a Wendy's-type Frosty
2) make sherbet
Basic Sherbet Recipe
3 cups milk
1/2 can of juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 cup sugar
This is very good with limeade as it makes a very tasty lime sherbet.
When fruit is in season, we'll make fruit ice cream. Before making the ice cream, (several hours before you make the ice cream is best although it works if you just do it first too) slice fruit and put in a bowl with 1/4 cup lemon juice and half of the sugar. Stir together and let macerate in juices. Add to ice cream in the last 5 minutes of freezing. Depending on the fruit you may need to adjust your sugar to up to a cup.
If you LoVe to make ice cream treats too-please SHARE your ideas with a comment. We love to try new flavors!