Impulse buying is part of who I am. Usually, it's clothes. Sometimes, it's a cute throw pillow. This time, it was an ice cream maker. This Cuisinart ice cream + frozen yogurt maker was on sale on Amazon for 60% off, so I went for it. As someone who loves ice cream no matter the temperature outside, this seemed like an incredibly logical decision.
After making my favorite variety—mint chocolate chip—I'm here to tell you that I'm opening an ice cream shop out of my apartment. This stuff is so good and SO EASY! Bonus points: you can make it with or without an ice cream maker.
Using a recipe from Half-Baked Harvest (via Tablespoon), I embarked on my journey. With only 5 ingredients, I knew nothing could go horribly wrong.
You can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to whip your heavy cream, and you want to do so until stiff peaks form. I used a high setting, and this seemed to work fine. (How inexperienced do I sound!?)
Fold in a can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 tsp peppermint extract, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Depending on what kind of chocolate you're using, you'll add this next. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but didn't want a ton of big chips in the ice cream. So, I put them in a plastic baggy and crushed them with a hammer. You can either fold them in at this point, or if you're using an ice cream maker, you can add them through the ingredient spout.
Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker. If you're just going the freezer route, pour into a freezer-safe container and freeze for 5-6 hours.
If you're using the ice cream maker, let it work its magic for 20 minutes.
Either way, when it's fully frozen, it's ready to eat. How easy was that!?
Do you use an ice cream maker? What's your favorite kind to make at home?