Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Whopper (Malted Milk Balls) Ice Cream

My husband is getting treated quite well this week.  First he got his favorite pie, pumpkin.  Now he gets his favorite ice cream. He thinks I'm being a loving wife.  Little does he know that I have a  huge project planned that I will need his assistance with!  he he
Whoppers are his favorite candy so when I incorporated them into a plain vanilla ice cream base many years ago he instantly declared this as his favorite ice cream.  It's so easy to make.  The ice cream base is adapted from a Ben & Jerry's recipe.  It has a creamy texture and a mild taste making it a good background for any kind of fruit or more substantial add-ins such as Whoppers.

Whopper Ice Cream

2 large eggs
3/4 sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla **
2 cups heavy or whipping cream
1 cup milk
1/2 cup crushed Whoppers
Chopped Whoppers, in desired quantity

Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.  Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more.  Add vanilla, cream, milk and crushed Whoppers and whisk to blend. 

Process according to your ice cream maker's instructions. When done, stir in chopped Whoppers. Some people like a high candy to ice cream ratio, others not so much.  You be the judge of how much candy you want to add in!

Makes 1 quart

** I always have a canister of vanilla sugar in my kitchen so I used 3/4 cup of vanilla sugar, omitting the liquid vanilla.  To make vanilla sugar, add split vanilla beans to sugar in a canister or jar.  Stir every now and then, until the sugar has a vanilla scent.  Add more sugar and/or vanilla beans, as needed, to maintain a full container. It's wonderful stuff, great for baking, whipped cream, even in a cup of coffee!
Instead of just adding chopped Whoppers to the ice cream I like to crush some of the candy, too. This gives the ice cream more of a malted milk taste rather than tasting like vanilla ice cream with candy in it. Doing so also gives you little flecks of chocolate throughout the ice cream mixture.

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