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No-Churn Tiger Tail Ice Cream

This iconic Canadian tiger tail ice cream recipe is NO-CHURN so it can be made without an ice cream machine! You’ll love the orange ice cream mixed with black licorice. Don’t let another summer go by without trying this no-churn tiger tail recipe!

Tiger Tail No-Churn Ice Cream

Please note: This post was originally published in 2017. I’ve since redone the text but the recipe remains the same.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! I’m so glad my usual day to post something new landed on this spooktacular holiday. Obviously, I had to do something Halloween-themed. You wouldn’t typically think of tiger-tail ice cream when you think of Halloween – but – it’s orange and black, so to me, it fit right in.

I’ve always been a big fan of tiger-tail, although I think it might be one of those flavors that you either HATE or LOVE. It really comes down to whether you’re in the black licorice camp or not. I’ve always been that weird kid who preferred black to red licorice, and would get pretty excited about my grandparents’ bowl of licorice allsorts.

Tiger Tail No-Churn Ice Cream

What flavor is tiger tail ice cream?

I know it sounds weird, but tiger tail ice cream is a mix between black licorice and orange ice cream. It is seriously so good!!!

The licorice flavor in this no-churn ice cream (that’s right – NO-CHURN!!!)  is thanks to pure star anise extract. It has a strong licorice flavor and you can buy it at almost any grocery store in the bakery aisle. The complementary orange flavor? Pure orange extract, of course. Also in the bakery aisle!

How do you make the black and orange colors?

To achieve that signature orange and black coloring, I used a few drops of gel color from Wilton’s line. I find gel colors are so much easier to use when you’re trying to get a strong shade without an entire bottle of food coloring! The gel also incorporates into icings and (ice cream) very well, without making it too runny. Funny, but I really should have listened to my own advice when I tried to make Oscar a red fire truck cake and ended up with a hot pink one. SO – I highly, highly recommend using gel coloring for this recipe! 

These Wilton Gel-Based Food Colors are my favorite!

How do you make no-churn tiger tail ice cream?

No-churn ice cream couldn’t be easier to make!! 

BUT – just because it isn’t summer, it doesn’t mean you can’t indulge on the cold creamy stuff! Especially when it’s this easy to make. Whip up some cream, fold in condensed milk, freeze, and voila! Ice cream. Of course, if you want tiger-tail, you’ll need to add in the colors and flavors 😉

Once the condensed milk is folded into the whipping cream, you’ll want to divide the mixture into 2 equal parts: one for black coloring and the star anise, and the other for orange coloring and orange flavor.

To swirl them together, first layer half of the orange ice cream into a freezable container (I like using a loaf pan), and drop spoonfuls of the black ice cream on top. Use a spoon to swirl the two together, and then repeat.

The ice cream will need to be frozen for 5-6 hours before it’s ready. If you’re reading this on Halloween morning, you’ll have just enough time to make a batch of this for a special Halloween dessert! And still have time to sew some spider legs onto a giant black onesie for your husband to wear. 😉

Happy Halloween guys!! Today we’re handing out some Halloween cake pops to Oscar’s pre-school class and going for a quick trick-or-treat run around the neighborhood after dinner. I can’t wait to do a quality check on the kids’ candy bags once they’re in bed…

And then follow up with a scoop of this tiger tail no-churn!

Tiger Tail No-Churn Ice Cream


Tiger Tail No-Churn Ice Cream

If you’re as big of a fan of no-churn recipes as me, then you HAVE to try these other ice cream flavors:

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no-churn tiger tail ice cream

No-Churn Tiger Tail Ice Cream

  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pint 1x


ice cream made without an ice cream machine! Delightful orange ice cream mixed with black licorice. The best tiger tail recipe!


  • 2 cups heavy cream, cold
  • 1300 mL can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp pure orange extract
  • 23 drops orange gel food colouring*
  • 4 tsp pure star anise extract
  • 34 drops black gel food colouring


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or using an electric handheld mixer, whip the heavy cream on high speed until stiff peaks begin to form, about 5 minutes. Using a spatula, fold in the sweetened condensed milk until incorporated.
  2. Pour half of the mixture into another large bowl. In one of the bowls, add the orange food colouring and orange flavouring, using a spatula to combine until the mixture is fully saturated with orange. Do the same with the other bowl, using the black colouring and anise extract.
  3. Pour half of the orange mixture into the bottom of a freezer-safe container, such as a standard loaf pan. Drop half of the black mixture in spoonfuls on top of the orange. Using a spoon or a knife, create gentle swirls between the two colours. Repeat with the remaining orange and remaining black mixture.
  4. If using a loaf pan, gently press a piece of parchment paper on top of the ice cream. Freeze the ice cream for 5-6 hours. The longer the ice cream is in the freezer, the harder it will become.

Ice cream will last in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.


  1. I strongly, strongly recommend using gel food colourings for this recipe, rather than the liquid bottles you can buy at any grocery store. The gel won’t add additional liquid to the recipe and you need much less of it than the liquid version.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: ice cream
  • Method: no-churn
  • Cuisine: canadian

Keywords: tiger tail ice cream, tiger tail recipe, orange ice cream, no churn ice cream

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No-Churn Tiger Tail Ice Cream


  1. I eat ice cream year around! Love the colors in this!

  2. i’ve never heard of tiger tail before! that’s not really a flavor in the us (well at least not in california!). i wonder if charcoal would work to make the licorice ice cream black- people seem to be using it all the time these days, and if you add activated charcoal to ice cream, that makes it healthy right? (;

    • I had no idea it wasn’t an American thing! It’s big here in Canada, or at least it’s very controversial haha. You have to like black licorice flavour! I LOVE your idea of using the charcoal – there’s actually an ice cream shop in town that does that. And ya – totes healthy then 😉

    • Made this for my Canadian hubby and it was grand! It was SO EASY, only about 10 minutes prep time. I couldn’t believe how simple it was. I did make a few changes – I added 1/2 more orange extract to the orange batch, and reduced the anise extract by 1tsp and only made 1/3 of the mixture black to try and more closely match the ratio of licorice to orange as what he grew up with.

      Eventually, I’m going to flavor caramel with anise extract for licorice ribbons like the real Canadian stuff! I’ll comment how it turns out when I do.

  3. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    Licorice all-sorts are my FAVORITE! I saw some at the grocery store the other day and had to walk quickly in the other direction so I wouldn’t go home with a bag (like I need any more sugar. . .) I’ve never heard of tiger tail ice cream but it’s my new favorite :). Happy Halloween, Katherine!

  4. blahnikbaker

    This is just EPIC! Kinda perfect for Halloween but I will take this all year long!

  5. crumbtopbaking

    Oh my gosh! Licorice Allsorts are the best. I get a bag in my stocking every Christmas! So, naturally, this ice cream totally appeals to me!! And it’s perfect for Halloween. Speaking of which, all of your costumes sound awesome! Hope it was a happy Halloween!

  6. I just can’t get over how cool this ice cream looks! And the flavors sound amazing too. Happy Halloween 🙂 xoxo

  7. So fun! And I love licorice too! I bet this one tastes so good so pinning for sure! That gel colouring is so awesome, isn’t it? I just used it last week. Boy, oh, boy have to be careful, though. It is potent! I had white nail polish on at the time and I could just see that getting ruined, lol. Quality control of that candy is definitely necessary 😉 A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right 🙂 ? Hope you guys had an fun Halloween!

  8. Warsaw, Indiana’s school mascot is a Tiger. They would go ga-ga over this for any celebration and it’s perfect for Halloween for sure. I would have to fore-go the black licorice flavor and make it a different flavor, but my dad and sister would be all over that!. Those orange and black swirls Katherine are so pretty, you were right to use the gel color! I have done the same! 😀 Lessons learned and keep on learning! Pinning!

    • Aah so cool!! I should send them a link to the ice cream 😉 You could totally swap the licorice flavor for chocolate! My hubs isn’t a huge fan of black licorice either. So many lessons learned as I go along – next time that fire truck I make will be definitely be red. Thanks Kim!!

  9. marcie@flavorthemoments

    I’ve never heard of tiger’s tail flavored anything! While I don’t like black licorice, I can take a walk on the wild side and enjoy this ice cream! It’s so fun and perfect for Halloween!

  10. Omggg, you are my savior for creating this recipe! I LOVE tiger ice cream (always just called it tiger), and I always find that I can hardly ever find it – such a shame. Now I don’t need to worry though, because you posted this amazing recipe and it’s freaking no-churn! If you couldn’t already tell I’m actually legit freaking out, I’m so excited!

    And this really is perfect for Halloween with those colors! Such an awesome idea! Also really love the pictures 🙂

  11. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    I have never been a huge fan of licorice. I’m fine with a subtle aftertaste in the background, but having candy or chocolate? No, thanks (I traveled to Finland and Sweden few times, and licorice is quite popular thing here. I always needed to reed the list of ingredients as this sneaky licorice could easily be found everywhere haha). Anyways, last year I saw this ice cream first time ever, and skeptically decided to give it a try. Besides, this flavor is manufactured only in Canada, so it’s kind of a must, right? It was amazing! Licorice and orange flavors do go well together. I was even thinking of making it at home this summer. But having browsed some recipes, it looked a little time-consuming as they require real licorice candy to be melt first. I would have never thought of star anise extract – it’s so simple and genius, Katherine!

    • Oh yes, they LOVE their black licorice in Sweden!! I find their black licorice is even more intense than what you’d taste over here! I’m so glad you enjoyed tiger tail the first time you tried it!! I actually had no idea it was only a Canadian thing until after I posted this!! Canadians have some great ideas, don’t you think? 😉 I love star anise!! Thanks Ben!

  12. Oh my gosh!! I love black licorice, I always eat way too much!! This ice cream is wonderful and I love the orange with the licorice flavor!! The color combo can’t be beat. Take care. 😉

  13. That color combo is bang on perfect for halloween! I haven’t tried licorice ever :P, I know I am missing something… But I so want to try this freaking awesome Tiger tail Ice-cream!

  14. I looooove that color combo, can’t get more Halloween than that. So pretty and creamy! Hope you had a great Halloween with the kids:)

  15. I hope you had a great Halloween and that your quality check went well 🙂 This ice cream is perfect for Halloween! Licorice ice cream is new to me, but I need to try it now!

  16. Oh hello Tiger Tail No-Churn Ice Cream!! This is SO cool Katherine. I love that you used pure star anise extract to get that licorice flavor. I’m not the biggest fan of licorice, but I am HUGE fan of ice cream and orange so I am sure I would love this! 🙂

    • Thank you Alia!! I’m glad you like it! Totally understandable you’re not a big fan of licorice – it’s one of those love or hate flavours!! You could totally change out the licorice for chocolate too 🙂 Have a great weekend!!

  17. Deborah Taylor

    Thanks for posting all your ice cream recipes, Katie! I went for this one to be able to use the extracts i already had at home. I also added mini chocolate chips 😋. Everyone loved it!

  18. I’m so happy I came across this recipe! Tiger icecream was my favorite flavor as a child but we moved to Texas in 2000 and it doesn’t exist here. Can’t wait to try it out.

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  22. hi Katherine,
    May I know if you ever made a video on this? I have no idea how to make swirl for the black stripe?

  23. Thanks so much for your reply.
    Katherine, I have seen some other recipe that make the Licorice stripe in liquid then serves as drops onto the ice cream (instead of yours is more like making two parts of ice creams). May I know which way is more authentic?

    Also, mind do I ask if you also share any other Canadian specialised dish or dessert recipes? Do you have any links to them please? Thanks

  24. This ice creaam looks so yummy <3 Gonna try this recipe for sure <3

  25. I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our version from our local dairy was called Tiger Tiger. I loved the stuff! One day as I was a tween it disappeared. I am so grateful our Canadian friends enjoy it and it is still available. I have a hunch our dairy swiped the idea from Canada in the first place. 😉

  26. An interesting alternative, but after trying twice, with lots and lots of orange and black gel, it’s a mystery to me how you could possibly get those colors. And after three days in the freezer, it’s still a very soft (and poor) substitute to ice cream.

  27. Dee Barr

    Made this today; it is amazingly tasty! I am trying to figure out why the gentleman above (Roger) had issues. Perhaps he didn’t whip the whipping cream enough? Regardless, it should have frozen solid so that’s a real mystery.
    I wasn’t as careful as I should have been with the division of the mixture, I’ll be more precise next time. I had to add several extra drops of the black gel food colour to get the dark colour I wanted; thankfully, it didn’t affect the taste at all.

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  30. Our local chain ice cream store, Baskin-Robbins used to make Black Licorice Voodoo ice cream every October. I loved it but it disappeared shortly after its debut in 1969. I found out about Tiger tail ice cream and can’t wait to try your recipe! No churn too!
    Thank you!

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