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Candy Cane Ice Cream

21 Dec

One of my favorite recipes of the season is Candy Cane Ice Cream…  It is probably the easiest thing you will make this season…  There is a super easy way and an easy way…  I’ll share both :)!

Here is the SCOOP…

1.  Buy (super easy way) or make (just easy way) a half gallon of your favorite vanilla ice cream. I usually make a “cream base” using my ice cream maker, but you can just as easily buy a half gallon of vanilla from the grocery store…  If you use store bought ice cream, let it sit out for a couple of minutes so it’s soft, but not melted…

The base I make is as follows:

2 eggs

3/4 cups sugar

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup milk

2 tsp. vanilla

Whisk the eggs until light and fluffy, slowly add in the sugar until mixed well.  Add cream and milk and mix together.  Add the vanilla.  Poor into your ice cream maker and watch it work… Mine takes about 30-45 minutes, I just watch it for the consistency I’m looking for.

2.  Buy a package of TRADITIONAL Peppermint Candy Canes…  Unwrap each (I used 5) of the candy canes and put them in a large ziplock bag.  Using the back of a spoon, hammer, etc…  SMOOSH up all of the candy canes… You probably want about a cup of candy canes, but if you like it more peppermint-y then add as many as you like!  This is a great way to release some holiday stress too…  My boys had fun doing this!

3.  OK if you bought ice cream, go ahead and scoop the ice cream into a large bowl.  Add the smashed candy canes to the ice cream in the bowl.  Using a large spoon, mix the ice cream and the candy canes together…

*  If you made your ice cream add the candy canes at the end of the ice cream makers cycle.

4.  Re-freeze the ice cream until ready to serve…  This pic was taken before the re-freeze process… It will thicken up!

5.  I love to serve this with mini chocolate bundt cakes, brownies, chocolate waffer cookies, or even just all by itself!  YUMMY…

 

OK and how cute is this little blog photographer…

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