Every few days, I make a batch of peanut-free, nut-free ice cream for my son with our Cuisinart Ice Cream. His favorite flavor right now is coffee ice cream, and I just made a new batch today--National Ice Cream Day!
If you use a Cuisinart Ice Cream machine, it only takes 30 minutes to make. I try to always keep the bowl in the freezer ready to use. It has to stay in the freezer for at least 8 hours to successfully make a batch of ice cream.
1-2 teaspoons Autocrat Coffee Syrup (or your fav brand!)
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 cups Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
1 cup Milk
In a mixing bowl, add each of the above ingredients mixing one in at a time. I find a whisk works best. When the ingredients have been mixed thoroughly, quickly pour into your Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine, insert the mixing paddle, and put the cover in place. Turn on machine for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, immediately scoop ice cream from the ice cream machine bowl into a storage container. I recommend freezing the ice cream for about 15 minutes in order to solidify the ice cream a bit more.
NOTE: If you like to add in bits of candy or cookies, you can add them after the ice cream has mixed for about 25 minutes and let the candies or cookies get combined with the rest of the ice cream ingredients for the last 5 minutes
My son especially enjoys adding in Enjoy Life Foods Dark Chocolate Morsels or Mega Chunks. For toppings, we use Mrs. Richardson's Hot Fudge and any nut allergy safe brand of Whipped Cream. Today, we added about a half cup of Dark Morsels to our Coffee Ice Cream--an awesome ice cream treat to end a hot summer day. Talk about the perfect weather for National Ice Cream Day! To make it extra special, we are using these adorable personalized bowls from Personal Creations. See the below photos--it was hard to slow down to take a photo before they gobbled their ice cream up! You can have two lines of up to 10 characters per line and you can select a character to accent your bowl. You can even choose hair color, skin color, etc. My teenage son got a teen boy character and his name on a bowl (bottom photo), my younger son got a bowl with a boy and his name (below photo)--which is really cool since we never can find his name on anything!--and I got a cute mom character with the word Mom (bottom photo). It's such a fun gift for a child (or a grownup!) and makes having your own homemade allergy safe ice cream even more special.
The bowls are a bit like giant tea cups with cute handles and they scream brownie sundae to me because they are so big! If you are looking for an adorable, fun, and personalized gift, these ice cream bowls are wonderful! I noticed they can be microwaved, so they could also double as big soup bowls for a winter treat in the colder months! The bowls are $16.99 and personalization is included in that price. I peeked at some of the other Personal Creations products and I saw a number of gifts that would be great for a lot of different people and occasions. (I am thinking of future gifts for some people in my own life too!)