Indulgent Spumoni Ice Cream Terrine: A Colorful Italian-American Delight

Classic Italian Spumoni Ice Cream Terrine: A Step-by-Step Guide

Inspired by the vibrant flavors of Italian gelato, Spumoni Ice Cream Terrine is a showstopper that’s surprisingly simple to make. Perfect for hot summer days or any time you need a little dolce vita in your life.

Spumoni, a beloved Italian-American treat, combines three classic flavors: rich chocolate, nutty pistachio, and sweet cherry. While you might not find this exact dessert in traditional Italian gelaterias, the flavor combination is undeniably delicious and reminiscent of Italy’s colorful culinary heritage.

A Slice of Summer Nostalgia

‘This dessert is a breeze to whip up and guaranteed to impress!’

Remember those colorful blocks of Neapolitan ice cream from childhood? Spumoni takes that concept to the next level with its trio of sophisticated flavors. The best part? This dessert requires no baking or cooking – just a little assembly and patience as it freezes to perfection.

The result is a stunning terrine that, when sliced, reveals beautiful layers of green, pink, and brown. It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds, guaranteed to transport you straight into a game of Candyland – with a gourmet twist!

A Taste of La Dolce Vita

While authentic Italian gelato might be hard to come by outside of Italy, this Spumoni Ice Cream Terrine brings a touch of that magic right to your kitchen. It’s the perfect way to end an Italian-themed dinner party or to simply treat yourself on a warm summer evening. So grab your favorite ice cream flavors, and let’s create some edible art!

Spumoni Ice Cream Terrine Recipe


  • 3 cups pistachio ice cream, softened
  • 3 cups vanilla (or cherry vanilla) ice cream, softened
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cherry brandy
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • A few specks pink food coloring
  • 3 cups chocolate ice cream, softened


  1. Prepare your loaf pan by lining it with plastic wrap, then place a sheet of parchment paper on top, allowing the edges to hang over the sides. This will make removing your terrine a breeze later! Spread the softened pistachio ice cream into the pan, creating a smooth, even layer. Pop it in the freezer for about 20 minutes to firm up.
  2. While the pistachio layer chills, create your cherry-almond layer. In a bowl, mix the softened vanilla ice cream with chopped cherries, almonds, cherry brandy, and almond extract. For an extra pop of color, stir in a few specks of pink food coloring until you achieve a lovely rosy hue. Gently spread this mixture over the semi-frozen pistachio layer. Return the pan to the freezer for another 30 minutes.
  3. Now for the crowning touch – the chocolate layer! Spread the softened chocolate ice cream over the cherry layer, smoothing the top to create a perfect finish. Wrap the entire pan tightly and let it freeze until solid, about 3 to 4 hours or overnight for best results. When ready to serve, remove from the pan, unwrap, and slice with a hot, wet knife for clean, beautiful layers.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
374 Calories
19g Fat
46g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 374
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 108mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 192mg 15%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 365mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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