This is a blog about ice cream. That is self-evident. Not unlike certain tenets of the Declaration of Independence. O.K. This blog actually has nothing to do with the Declaration of Independence, unless you consider ice cream part of your own personal pursuit of happiness.
Knowing the following things will make your enjoyment of this blog complete:
1. The purpose of this blog is to inspire you to create your own ice cream flavors and thereby find happiness, as is your right as an American. Or even if you are not an American. A wise man once said, “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” As silly as it sounds, inventing new ice cream flavors makes me happy. I can only imagine that it will make you happy, too.
2. I try to use as many healthy, natural ingredients as possible in my ice cream. Yes, yes, heavy cream and whole milk may not be healthy. But you could use the organic versions of these items and tell yourself they are healthy. While milk and cream are indispensable ice cream ingredients, high fructose corn syrup and anything with the word “artificial” in front of it are not. I therefore use real fruit (not fruit flavorings), real essential oils (not flavor extracts) and allow ice cream to be the color it really is without adding artificial coloring. I will admit to adding a drop or two of green to my Mint Lover’s Ice Cream, but that’s about it. I also must confess, in the spirit of full disclosure, that a few of my recipes call for some pudding mix. If this offends you, you can call me an ice cream fraud (fraudster?) and move on. If you feel the need to call me out, please visit the disclaimer section of this website for instructions on how to properly do so.
3. Time is of the essence. Happily, many flavors of ice cream can be made while your dinner guests are enjoying their main course and be ready just before they decide they are too full for dessert. There are some flavors of ice cream that take a bit longer, and others still that take quite a big longer, as there are several steps involved in making them. For each recipe, I will indicate if the time commitment is “low,” medium,” or “high, but worth it.”
“Low” indicates that you can mix up the ice cream in five minutes and pour it directly into your ice cream maker.
“Medium” indicates that you may have to do something like heat up milk or melt chocolate and then let them cool before proceeding.
“High, but worth it” recipes typically will have add-ins like cheesecake crust or berry topping that will need to be prepared beforehand.
Please note that upon exiting your ice cream maker, your ice cream will be of soft-serve consistency. If you want your ice cream to be harder, you will need to put it in your freezer for several hours.
I hope you enjoy your time here. I enjoy my time here. I also enjoy my time making ice cream. And eating it. And sharing it with my friends. Hey, will you be my friends? Great! I’ve got some awesome ice cream to share with you!