The cold wind has set in and the snow is starting to fall. Winter wants usually go as follows: warm socks, reliable boots, and a coat that uses your body heat to create a personal furnace. It is a fact that winter serves up its fair share of cold but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite flavor of ice cream! Here are ten wonderful places to enjoy a scoop during the winter months:
Thanksgiving weekend has come to an end and the holiday season is now in full swing. The smells of winter fill the air and leftovers are abound. If you went holiday DIY this year you might have some leftover pie to serve up. (Or eat for breakfast- we don’t judge!) Don’t let that little bit of extra pumpkin puree sit in the back of the freezer until next year. Pull it out and whip up a creative and cool leftover dessert: pumpkin spiced ice cream. [Read more...]
For seasonal grocery shoppers, winter can feel rather bleak. Yes, the first crop of squash is exciting and pumpkin pies are always a fall favorite. But after months of root vegetables, the flavor selection can seem painstakingly limited. Your brain might be screaming “Eat local” but your tongue is salivating at the thought of slightly less fresh fruit trucked in from very far away.
Ice cream lovers: have no fear! There are plenty of ways to add a touch of fruit into your wintery dessert. One of the best fall decisions you can make is to stock up on a selection of apples from your favorite stand at the farmer’s market. Apples require just a little bit of coolness in order to stay fresh in storage for a longer period of time. Cool temperatures alone will be enough to keep apples fresh for weeks. Tarter varieties, such as Jonathans, Granny Smiths, and Fuji, are excellent for longer terms storage. (Think in months, not weeks!) Simply wrap each apple individually in a piece of newspaper and store in a cool place. [Read more...]
Nothing quite finishes Thanksgiving dinner like a freshly baked pie straight out of the oven. But let’s be honest- nothing quite tops a pie like sweet and delicious ice cream. While many families trod the traditional (and perfectly awesome) trail of topping their pies with vanilla, ice cream lovers might want to “wow” their guests with these amazing but totally approachable pie and ice cream pairings.
Apple Pie and Caramel Ice Cream
Let your guests enjoy the last bits of fall with a dessert that reminds them of crunchy leaves, knit sweaters, and the simple joy of a caramel apple. Top with a dusting of cinnamon for an extra elegant touch.
Pecan Pie and Butterscotch Ice Cream
Both warm and full of flavor, it is amazing that this pair rarely [Read more...]
Feeling Grateful: Top Ten Reasons to be Thankful for Ice Cream
Next week is Thanksgiving family and friends will be gathering around the extended table to dive into some classic American cooking. Turkey! Cranberry Sauce! Stuffing! And if the food does not excite your gratitude, hopefully the familiar faces surrounding you can leave your heart as full as your stomach. But let’s not forget who hangs out in the back of your freezer when it seems like there is truly no one left in the world who understands your pain. Yes, that sweet and delicious friend who always has your back. Here are the top ten reasons you should be thankful for ice cream.
Ice Cream is a Faithful Friend
Ice cream will never leave you, cheat on you, or tell you that your fat. It will always be just where you left it. It is ready to play copilot to this crazy flight you call life.
Ice Cream Wants to Celebrate with You
Ice cream is okay with being stuffed in a birthday cake. It doesn’t feel under-appreciated on your special day. It wants to celebrate with you. It wants to offer you the cherry on top because being with you is sweet enough. [Read more...]
It seems so quintessentially American- a heaping scoop of sticky sweet ice cream balanced on top of a perfectly formed waffle cone. It’s no surprise that people around the United States can’t get enough of this frozen sensation but where do the real ice cream fanatics go for their fix? From the craft small-batch movement in Portland to culturally creative flavors in New York, here are some cities that are doing ice cream right- and the places you can go to get something that is sure to hit the spot!
Portland, Oregon: it’s no surprise that a city that prides itself on craft distilleries, delicious coffee, and farmer’s markets would also be a hub for fresh small-batch ice cream. Many of their ice cream shops focus on local tastes that are sure to leave you licking the bottom of your bowl. Described as Portland’s “farm-to-cone” ice cream shop, Salt & Straw uses local cream from family owned farms in the Willamette Valley as a base for their exotic flavor combinations such as strawberry, cilantro lime, cheese cake and pear with blue cheese.
Other notable handcrafted ice cream shops in Portland include: [Read more...]
It’s hard to beat a trip to the ice cream shop. The flavors, so neatly displayed, are packed into a delicious cone for your immediate pleasure. But sometimes it is nice to have a late night (or midday!) treat from the comfort of your own home. In the middle of grocery shopping a turn down the freezer aisle can be both exciting and overwhelming. The shelves are always stocked with brightly packaged and enticing novelties. With so many options to choose from, how can you be sure that you are selecting something that will satisfy your sweet tooth? Let this list of store-bought flavors help you make an educated and delicious decision!
Haagen-Dazs Five Vanilla Bean: can be topped with almost anything. Vanilla lovers across the world can be happy with Haagen Dazs’ take on this frozen staple treat. Made with only five ingredients, this product makes a pure and classic statement.
Ben and Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch: is a concocted flavor that combines rich coffee with the sweetness of toffee chunks. Could this ice cream be any better? Yes! Their coffee is sourced from Fair Trade certified farms making this a conscious and appetizing selection. [Read more...]
It’s hard to imagine that anything could make ice cream better than it already is, but could you be missing out an essential element to the tasty experience? Setting matters! Try eating your dessert in one of these classic backdrops to truly enjoy your ice cream in all its sweet excellence.
On a Beach: there can be very little argument about ice cream’s central role in summer break. It’s a cold and refreshing remedy for the hours spent working on your tan. Take time to let your cone melt down your fingers and complete your day at the beach.
On a Couch (with your best friend and an excellent chick flick): it doesn’t always have to be a girl’s night out. Although it is always a blast to get dressed up for a night on the town, sometimes it is just as nice to kick it comfy and curl up on the couch for a decadent treat and some one-on-one time with your best girl. [Read more...]
Whether cooling down on a hot summer day or kicking it back in comfort with a pal, ice cream can be a sweet taste of nostalgia. But who says you can’t take your pint-sized happiness to new and exciting places? With a stand-mixer (or wooden spoon and elbow grease) you can create these ten delicious flavors using the ultimate beloved snack foods.
PB + J
Peanut Butter Cups + Strawberry Preserves + Vanilla Ice Cream
Shake up your average vanilla ice cream with a touch of this classic school lunch sandwich. Simply crush up your candy, mix in with the vanilla ice cream, and add a few spoonfuls of strawberry preserve.
Aloha Almond Joy!
Almond Joy + Toasted Slivered Almonds + Coconut Ice Cream
Close your eyes and imagine coconut trees as you enjoy this creative delight. Place a small amount of slivered almonds in a heavy ungreased skillet and stir until they are golden brown. Mix in with chunks of almond joy and coconut ice cream!
The days are longer, the air is warmer, and the work is hopefully lighter. Yes, it is summertime and you shouldn’t have to turn on your stove! The good news is that delicious and gourmet sundaes are an easy alternative to your average pan of brownies. Here are five essentials elements that will help you build the perfect summertime dessert.
Ice Cream, Gelato, Sorbet, Oh My!
Let’s get down to the basics- you need an excellent beginning for your glass. If traditional is what you are after, a basic vanilla is versatile and easy to make. If you already have an ice cream machine, Cuisinart has several delicious options that are compatible with most devices. Check out their Simple Vanilla Ice Cream that uses only four basic ingredients and takes about 20 minutes to make. If you don’t have a machine, have no fear! Taste of Home has outlined a method that uses an ice bath and a whisk. It might take a little extra work but the results will be worth the effort.