June 7th is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. How will you celebrate?
Eat your favorite chocolate ice cream (plain, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Almond Fudge, Rocky Road, etc.)?
Have a scoop atop a slice of apple or blueberry pie?
Make a Blondie Sandwich or Brownie Sandwich or Jumbo Cookie Sandwich with chocolate ice cream in the middle?
Have a chocolate shake, ice cream soda (a.k.a. float) or Brown Cow?
Make a Chocolate Stout Float with chocolate stout and chocolate ice cream or a regular Guinness Float?
We took a fruit route: We had a pint of fresh raspberries, which we mixed into a pint of Talenti Belgian Milk Chocolate Gelato (here’s the difference between gelato and ice cream).
RECIPE: YOUR CUSTOM CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM
Your favorite chocolate ice cream
Your favorite mix-ins (see suggestions below)
1. SOFTEN a pint of ice cream on the counter, until it’s the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
2. ADD your mix-in(s), totaling 1/2 cup per pint.
3. EAT soft, or return to the fridge for a half hour to harden.
Soften the ice cream, mix in the raspberries (photo courtesy McConnell’s).
ICE CREAM MIX-INS
Baking chips: butterscotch, chocolate, peanut butter, etc.
Candies: Butterfinger, diced fudge (chocolate, maple, peanut butter, vanilla) Gummies, Heath Bar, Junior Mints, Kit Kat, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, toffee bits
Chopped cookies or brownies, including cookie dough and diced cake
Chopped nuts: with chocolate ice cream, we prefer almonds, peanuts, pecans or macadamias
Dried & other fruits: dried apricots, brandied cherries, dried cherries, dried cranberries, raisins
Fresh fruit: berries, bananas or other fruits
Wild card: ancho chilies, bacon, cacao nibs, candied jalapeños, chipotle, coconut, pumpkin seeds, pretzels, toasted sesame seeds, trail mix
CHECK OUT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ICE CREAM AND THE HISTORY OF ICE CREAM.