http://www.blogger.com/html?blogID=6593354323055800358 Tight Wad in Utah: Peppermint Crackle Ice Cream (Guest Post)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Peppermint Crackle Ice Cream (Guest Post)

Guest post by Lauren at Lauren's Latest

Honestly, this stuff is ridiculously easy and super good! Basically, you add in a bunch of stuff to plain ol’ vanilla ice cream and the refreeze it! Easy, right?! I added in chopped chocolate, broken bits of candy cane and peppermint extract. A quick word about the extracts: I’ve made this a number of times and I’ve found that artificial extracts are not as strong as pure extracts. So, please start with a small amount and work up from there! Just to make sure you don’t over do it! Other than being a little careful with that, this stuff is a breeze to make! 

Peppermint Crackle Ice Cream
yield: 8 servings or so

Ingredients:
1-1.5 quart container of vanilla ice cream, softened
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, chopped
6 candy canes, smashed
1/2 tablespoon peppermint extract
(start with this amount and work your way up)


Directions:
First, start by emptying the entire container of ice cream into the large bowl of a stand mixer. Loosen it up by mixing it by itself for a few seconds.

Smash your candy canes by putting them in a thick storage bag and banging away. You want pretty small pieces. Same with the chocolate! Chop it pretty small.

Pour in the chocolate, candy canes and extract into the bowl of ice cream.
Stir it all around until well combined.
See step by step pictures here.
Pour it back into the empty vanilla ice cream container and re-freeze until it firms up! That’s it! Enjoy!

Lauren
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