We All Scream For Ice Cream

30 Jul

If it’s scorching hot outside what do you crave? If you’re like me then the answer is ice cream!!! So Delicious made with Coconut Milk makes a few flavors of non-dairy ice cream. Because their ice cream is made from coconut milk instead of the regular moo-milk, there is a distinct difference in flavor. It’s not necessarily a bad thing but some combinations will taste a little awkward, especially if you’re already used to the regular ice cream made from cow’s milk. My husband was not a fan of the green tea flavor (oh well, more for me!) then again he’s not a big ice cream fan in general (oh the horror!… again more for me!). I’ve also tried their chocolate and mint chip. Both me and my husband thought the mint chip was the perfect mix.

Well, if you find a coupon or sale for these coconut milk based ice-creams you should probably get a whole freezer full because they are pretty darn expensive. I decided to look into making ice cream myself. I wanted an ice cream maker! This was before my anniversary, and before I got my amazing leather-pressed print breakfast tray, so I told my husband exactly what I wanted for our anniversary. Being a wonderful husband, he simply said, “you know I already got you something?” Ah I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t going to get my requested gift, but happy that he didn’t forget about our anniversary. I ended up getting myself one anyways, the Cuisinart ICE-21.

For my first attempt, I wanted something simple with ingredients I already had, and after looking online for different concoctions, I found a Coconut Cinnamon Ice Cream recipe. I ended up using all coconut milk and substituted regular white sugar instead of the agave syrup (haven’t learned how to use agave syrup yet). I followed the instructions, blending the ingredients together first, then slowly pouring the mixture into the ice cream maker. In about 20 minutes the ice cream was ready. I tasted a little but I just put it in an airtight container and kept it in the freezer to harden a little more.

I had guests over that evening so they were my first guinea pigs. When I took the ice cream scooper to it, I found the ice cream a bit more icy than a regular ice cream would be, so the ice cream actually “crumbled”. Not the creamy texture I was expecting. Taste-wise I could probably have used less ground cinnamon; my husband thought it was a bit over powering. My guests said they liked it, so that’s a good sign.

Today we’re trying a funky mix with mangoes and purple yams. This should be interesting! Anyone have any suggestions for making ice cream with coconut milk or any flavors that might make a good tasting treat?

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4 Responses to “We All Scream For Ice Cream”

  1. kristianne July 31, 2011 at 10:32 PM #

    I haven’t tried making my own coconut milk ice cream but Trader Joe’s has coconut milk ice cream too!! so far, only chocolate and strawberry. I’m slightly lactose intolerant now (but so far, cheese is still ok!) and I didn’t really notice an “off” taste in the Trader Joe brand of coconut milk ice cream.

    I would try using coconut cream, instead of coconut milk to see if that would cut down on the “icy” factor.

    • mantousmom July 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM #

      My first coconut milk ice cream experience was actually from TJ’s. I just can’t remember what I bought. But the taste is not bad, it’s just not the same for me. I’ll try the coconut cream next time. Thanks!

  2. Tonya Quillin August 2, 2011 at 5:08 AM #

    interesting-i did like the coconut milk sample at the grocery store-we are not in as severe allergy land—our man has all nuts and shellfish allergies-the oldest is all nuts but not peanuts which are a legume but our doctor said-tell everyone she is allergic to all because most people think you are making up a story if she can eat peanuts not understanding it is a different species–good thing you live where you do…it is hard to find such variety of products but giant eagle is getting better

    • mantousmom August 2, 2011 at 10:50 PM #

      It’s realistic to be allergic to tree-nuts and not peanuts! Totally different… what if the other kids are eating peanut butter cookies, would she not eat them? Yes, glad we have Whole Foods nearby, but our local grocery store, Safeway, also has a bunch of gluten-free products too. I just read that the FDA is opening a public comment period about how to label gluten-free foods. See all these allergy-free foods will eventually be more mainstream just have to make people more aware of them.

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