I finally made homemade ice cream last summer with the wonderful ice cream maker I had had sitting in its box, purchased about 4-5 years ago. There it sat, patiently waiting for me to come to my senses. I have no idea what the heck I was waiting for. The Roasted Cherry & Vanilla Ice Cream I made last summer when I finally cracked her open was so much better than anything I could buy at the grocery store!
A few weeks ago I received the new cookbook Scoop Adventures “The Best Ice Cream of The 50 States” by Lindsay Clendaniel and I had SO much fun looking it over. I decided right then and there that each member of my family could pick 2 ice cream flavors from the book to try between now and the end of summer. Oh boy are we in for some treats! Lindsay gathered the best of the best when it came to specialty ice creams from local ice creamery’s across the country – tough job, right!! Ummm, hellloooo, does anyone need me to travel across the country or world and eat then replicate what I tasted? I’m in if you do (wink!)!
A few standouts from the book in my opinion are the Balsamic Fig ice Cream (Oh my gosh!!), Steen’s Molasses Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream, Key Lime Pie Ice Cream, Chipotle Raspberry Ice Cream and this Chunky Turtle Ice Cream.
I chose to omit the salted pecans when I decided to let my minions make the ice cream (my kids are allergic to nuts). My 9 year old daughter and my 9 year old niece are the ones who are to be credited with making this ice cream. They did a wonderful job! Both prepped the ingredients, Samantha helped man the stove, while my niece Skylar, kept reading and re-reading the steps aloud. We had fun in the kitchen and tasted what we were making along the way and all three of us found it delicious!
This result was a slightly salted caramel ice cream with bittersweet dark chocolate chunks and it was de-licious!
My next “Must Make” from this book is the Blueberry Mojito – OMGee! And yes, it does call for some rum! Oh yeah!
My daughter wants to make a strawberry ice cream, so stay tuned and see what else we might make and share!
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