One of my favorite wintertime treats is peppermint ice cream. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I remember eating gallons of it with my grandmother, but I do always remember giggling with her whenever I eat it. She felt that at her age it was silly to eat candy ice cream but I always assured her it was perfectly normal. Yes, I enabled her to make this particular seasonal purchase, and she supposedly bought it to make me happy, but we all know that she enjoyed it too. Why not? I’m an adult woman now and I love it.
To make this recipe I used the Vanilla Ice Cream recipe in Nourishing Traditions and the I altered it with my own variation. It’s that simple.
Does it taste good? It’s delicious. The basic recipe tastes good too but it’s always fun to have some variations. This is a great recipe to serve during the holidays – maybe for a holiday dinner dessert!
A Note on Ice Cream Makers
This recipe does call for an ice cream maker, and I highly recommend having one as part of your kitchen. They also make great gifts for the ice cream lover in your life, even if that person isn’t really a cook! Ice cream is easy to make, and many times doesn’t even require heating the ingredients, just mixing them prior to making. I bought my husband one for his last birthday, and he uses it weekly and now never buys ice cream at the store.
I recommend a couple different ice cream makers. You can find good ones at many different price points.
See these links for some suggestions:
Tips for making Peppermint Ice Cream
- Try to smash the peppermint candy with a hammer when your kids aren’t around. (You’ll never hear the end of it.) Additionally, if your feel like your relationship with your kids is to the point where you can trust them smashing peppermint candy with a hammer, then ask for their help. I am pretty sure they’ll be interested for a number of reasons. In my case, it simply made my husband crack up. We’ll both do anything for a good bowl of ice cream and I proved it to him.
- If you’d like to have mint-chocolate instead you can replace the hard candy with Andes mints. Simply use a knife to cut them up.
- You could also pour over some Carob or chocolate Sauce.
Peppermint Ice Cream
Makes 1 quart
Page in NT: 550
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup grade B maple syrup or raw honey
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder
- 3 cups heavy cream, preferably raw, not ultrapasteurized
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/3 cup smashed hard peppermint candy - choose one without corn syrup and only cane sugar if possible
- Beat egg yolks and blend in other ingredients.
- Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the directions.
- At the end of the ice cream cycle, add the mint candy. Let it churn a bit more or stir in by hand.
- For ease of serving, once finished, transfer the ice cream into a shallow plastic container, cover, and store in the freezer until ready to serve.