halva ice cream

halva ice cream and delicious with extra honey drizzled over the top

This is one of my all time favourites and is an incredibly easy ice cream to knock up and tastes like the frozen version of the Israeli treat Halva. It is delicious, unusual and perfect on its own, but goes very well with a range of fresh fruits and nuts. Its got a bit of the ‘WOW’ factor.

This is another of my ice creams that was featured in the Feb edition of Oprah magazine.

I have also made it with yoghurt , but prefer the creaminess of ice cream

This makes 2 litres (serves 10- 12)

2 litres vanilla ice cream
80ml tahini
80ml of runny honey
½ cup of shelled pistachio nuts chopped

Allow the ice cream to soften at room temperature until its slightly liquid around the edges. Add the honey, tahini and half the pistachios and gently fold them through the ice cream. Put the tub back into the freezer until firm and sever with the remainder of the chopped pistachios sprinkled over. You could also drizzle over a little extra honey.

very easy halva ice cream

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12 Responses to halva ice cream

  1. cherrypix February 17, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    you just made my day! halva is one of my favourite sweets, combining it with ice-cream is too much goodness!

  2. Candice February 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Oh Sam, this is beautiful!!

  3. Sam February 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Thank you Candice 🙂

  4. Petro February 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Hi Sam
    Great ! Going to try it!
    Were in Cape town area could you recommend for the cones if you need a lot for a function ?

  5. Sam February 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Hi Peet, you should be able to buy directly from any ice cream shop. I bought these from Spar in Sea Point. I am not sure where you will get them wholesale though, try Sagra Foods?

  6. usha singh February 19, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Hi Sam

    This is wonderful and i can use an ice cream that has no eggs, thanks for sharing and as usual the pics are amazing

  7. Sam February 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Thanks Usha 🙂

  8. Brenda February 20, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Where do I buy tahini from?

  9. Anthony February 22, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Brenda you can get from Spar, PNP, or Shoprite Checkers under the Mediterranean Delicacies label? 😉

  10. strawberrybanana July 8, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    Hi! What do you mean 80ml tahini? Is the same with the gr? Also is the same if I put tahini with orange flavor or not?

  11. Sam July 8, 2015 at 4:46 pm #


    Tahini is sesame seed paste nothing at all like orange flavour. Im not sure how well it will go with organ. 80ml tahini is 1/3 of a cup.


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