How About Some Chocolate Ice Cream with a Bit of Trail Mix
While I was down in the basement working out, I heard my youngest daughter upstairs in the kitchen preparing something. My daughter has cerebral palsy and uses a walker to get around so I could hear the wheels rolling back and forth as she pulled ingredients out of the refrigerator and prepped them to make this chocolate trail mix ice cream. Basically she made a chocolate ice cream with the addition of trail mix consisting of M&M’s, assorted nuts and craisins. I couldn’t have been prouder.
What makes this ice cream so easy to prepare is you don’t need to combine the main ingredients over heat before chilling like you do with egg based ice cream or gelato. Just mix everything in a bowl, set in the refrigerator a while and prepare in an ice cream machine. The addition of the trail mix comes in the last 5 minutes of freezing in the ice cream maker. For the record, I didn’t serve the ice cream with trail mix. It’s just for the photo.
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Chocolate Trail Mix Ice Cream
3/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup dark or light brown sugar
pinch sea salt
1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup trail mix
How To Prepare At Home
In a bowl big enough to hold all the above ingredients, combine the cocoa powder mix with the sugars and salt. Add the milk and combine using a hand mixer set on low speed or a whisk like I did until everything is dissolved and combined well.
Add the heavy cream and vanilla and whisk until everything is again well combined. You now have your ice base. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or as long as overnight. Maddie let it sit overnight before adding to the ice cream machine.
Before you add the base mixture to your ice cream maker, be sure to whisk it again. Follow your cream maker’s instructions and let it do its magic for about 40 - 50 minutes. During the last 5 minutes, add the trail mix so it gets well combined with the ice cream.
At this time, the ice cream will be soft with a creamy texture, too soft for my liking so I stick it back into the freezer for a couple of hours to let it firm up.
Before serving, remove it from the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes, if you can wait that long.
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