***Brad and my Uncle Hal have created a monster...an ice cream monster! Brad surprised me with a Cuisinart ice cream maker as part of my Valentine's present this year. I was so excited, because I've been wanting one for a while. My Uncle Hal found this particular ice cream maker while we were shopping during their recent visit.
Get this...it makes ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet...all just by flipping a switch. There's no hand-churning, rock salt or bags of ice required. This machine makes it so easy, which probably isn't very good for our waistlines! Thank goodness we've both been working our butts off (literally, I guess! haha) on the treadmill. A little ice cream is a good reward for such hard work, right?? That's what I keep telling myself, anyway. :-)
When I asked Brad what flavor he wanted me to try first, his answer was a resounding Mint Chocolate Chip! See, that's always been one of his favorites, if not his #1 favorite. I found a great recipe at allrecipes.com, which I decided to give a shot. There are a lot of recipes out there that call for real, fresh peppermint leaves. Because fresh peppermint is in short supply around here, I had to stick with a recipe that included peppermint extract. I did use dark Ghiradelli chocolate, which was fabulous...we love the hint of dark chocolate. The results were nothing short of mind-blowingly, decadently delicious. In fact, I just finished off a few scoops about an hour ago.
Oh, this could be dangerous...
Still churning away in the ice cream maker...
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- 2 cups 2% milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 3 drops green food coloring (optional)
- 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, stir together the milk, cream, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and peppermint extract until the sugar has dissolved. Color to your liking with the green food coloring.
- Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. After about 10 minutes into the freezing, add the chocolate chips. After the ice cream has thickened, about 30 minutes later, spoon into a container, and freeze for 2 hours.