July 31, 2013

Recipe: Homemade Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Bridge Mix from Josh Early Candies

by Josh Early Candies



Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? We at Josh Early Candies encourage all of you to celebrate the occasion by making up a batch of homemade ice cream that highlights the different chocolate-covered nuts– hazelnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, almonds, and peanuts – in our Dark Chocolate Bridge Mix ($10.25). Once you see how easy it is, we bet you’ll want to see what other ice cream varieties you can make using our candies as mix-ins.


What You’ll Need:

  • Ice Cream Maker (at least 1.5-quart capacity)
  • Medium Bowl
  • Whole Milk
  • Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Wire Whisk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Josh Early Candies Dark Chocolate Bridge Mix

 Yields: 1 ¼ Quarts Ice Cream

Step 1:  Prepare your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You want to give the freezer bowl component plenty of time to freeze completely before you start assembling the milk and cream mixture.

Step 2:  In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup whole milk, ¾ cup sugar, and a pinch of salt with a wire whisk until the sugar has dissolved. The salt helps accentuate the vanilla flavor of the ice cream, so don’t omit it!

Step 3:  Gently stir in 2 cups heavy cream and 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract until well combined.

Step 4:  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. If you’re working ahead, then you can leave the bowl in the refrigerator overnight and finish the ice cream the next day.


Step 5:  While the mixture is chilling, measure 1 ½ cups Josh Early Candies Dark Chocolate Bridge Mix. We recommend chopping the larger pieces (i.e. the Brazil nuts) into chunks so they’ll mix into the ice cream easier.

Step 6:  Place the freezer bowl onto your ice cream maker and turn the machine on. Slowly pour the milk and cream mixture into the freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 20 minutes.

Step 7:  Add the Dark Chocolate Bridge Mix and allow ice cream to continue mixing for 5 minutes.

Step 8:  At this point, your ice cream will have a soft and creamy texture and will be ready to serve. If you want a firmer consistency, then transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place it in the freezer forat least 2 hours. Remove the ice cream from the freezer about 15 minutes prior to serving.

Even though this ice cream only requires a handful of ingredients, you’ll be able to detect deep layers of flavor. Using pure vanilla extract helps produce a rich-tasting ice cream that plays on the natural flavors of the orange peel in the Dark Chocolate Bridge Mix. This ice cream is simple enough to prepare for a weeknight dessert and elegant enough to serve to guests.

Now, would you like one scoop or two?