Homemade Ice Cream Recipe
Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? That’s as good an excuse as any to try some new flavors. A few months ago, I was a little surprised when my son asked for an ice cream machine for his 10th birthday. The only ones I have experience with involve lots of ice, salt, and cranking. Not my cup of tea. But when I started Googling, I discovered there are lots of options than that don’t involve as much labor. We got a machine and started experimenting. Several flavors have risen to the top of our most-requested list, and today I’m sharing one of them: Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream.
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Our Ice Cream Machine
After researching lots of different types of ice cream makers, we ended up buying a Breville Smart Scoop. We had narrowed it down to the Breville, the Cuisinart ICE-100, and the Whynter ICM 200. We paid a little more for the Breville, but from all of the reviews I read, it was one of the easiest and most “automatic,” and therefore would be best for my son to use. Plus, the Breville has cool features like playing a cute little ice cream truck song when the ice cream’s ready and an alert sound to let you know when to add candy or cookies or other mix-ins. Also, it’s capable of making everything from gelato to soft-serve style ice cream to regular hard ice cream.
Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
- 2 large eggs (or you can use liquid pasteurized whole eggs)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup milk (we used skim)
- 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped chocolate-covered pretzels
- 1/2 cup mini Reese’s peanut butter cups (or regular sized ones roughly chopped)
- Whisk the eggs in a bowl until light and fluffy (1-2 minutes).
- Whisk in the sugar a little at a time; continue whisking until completely blended (another 1-2 minutes).
- Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend.
- Pour mixture into ice cream machine and follow directions to churn/process.
- After the ice cream firms up (about 2 minutes before it’s done processing), add in the candy.
- For soft-serve, eat when finished. If you like harder ice cream, put it in the freezer for 1-2 hours before serving.
Makes: 1 generous quart.
Ice Cream Containers
If you’re new to ice cream making like we were, you’ll want to get some freezer-safe containers for your ice cream. We always make 1-quart sized recipes, so we found some great containers on Amazon that are sturdy, easy to open, the perfect size, BPA-free, and freezer-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe. They get great reviews, too.
We All Scream…
This ice cream is SO yummy and easy to make! Soon I’ll share recipes for our other two favorite homemade flavors: Lemonade Cream and Double Chocolate M&M. Now that we have our own machine, we can make any amazing flavor we can dream up. We’ve had lots of fun, super-delicious flavors, and only a few fails. If you’ve been thinking about getting your own ice cream machine, there’s no better time than National Ice Cream Month to take the plunge. What flavor combinations are you excited to try?