Ice cream lover's guide

The ultimate vanilla ice cream; 10 luscious flavors; fabulous toppings; sorbets, yogurts, and ice cream desserts
ANDREW BAKER, BARBARA GOLDMAN, and ELAINE JOHNSON

It's the tiny ice crystals that form when the cream hits the cold metal container. It's the rhythmic circling of the dasher. It's the giddy anticipation. But most of all, it's that first sweet, cooling lick that makes homemade ice cream one of our most addictive indulgences. To make these frosty desserts, you need a good ice cream maker. An old favorite may do the job very well, thank you. But today's frozen-canister and self-refrigerated models make ice cream easier to churn than ever. With the mechanics under control, dip into the 27 recipes that follow.