Whomping Good Mint Chip Ice Cream

August 8, 2013   |   28 Comments
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Oh, you like Mint Chip Ice Cream?

We do too.  I like the rough edge of the chips against my tongue as I lick the creamy custard.  You’d think I’d be satisfied.  But, right in the middle of enjoying classic mint chip, I start to miss the toothy sticky crunch of Cookies and Cream.  Which is better?  Hard to say.  So, let me introduce: Whomping Good Mint Chip.  We double up on the mint chips, and throw in a box of Thin Mints.  When you come to our home and hear, “Mommy, I used to have Caramel Kisses, but I have Mint Chip Hugs instead!” you’ll know why…

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It begins with a pack of Mint-Fudge cookies, aka Grasshoppers, aka Girl Scout Thin Mints.  We also like a bar of dark chocolate laced with mint.  With visions of impossibly good Mint Chip Ice Cream, I’ve stocked both.  Beluga and Mingus greedily eye the treats as they load them into Ziploc bags.

Whomp!  Whomp!  Whack!  Beluga slams his toy hammer down onto the bag, breaking the cookies into bite sized bits.  Mingus joins the party, thwacking his bag of treats with a wooden spoon he’s found in our tool drawer.  Ben & Jerry argue the best way to crush cookies and chocolate bars is to drop them from a tall ladder.  I haven’t tried it.  Small children and ladders make me nervous.

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Our kitchen sounds like a construction site.  Two high energy tykes thrust into the task of breaking up cookies.  Hindered by nothing but….

“I want that piece!” directs Beluga, spotting an especially large crumble he wants to eat.  Everything stops, as they await my answer.

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“Pick 3”

The boys gleefully chomp their tidbits, as they “jackhammer”, “bash” and “demolition” the chocolate and cookies.

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It takes a certain amount of fortitude to shift gears.  We take a deep breath and get out a pot.  Step 2.  Into the pot goes the cream, the milk, the sugar, and a pinch of salt.

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I tend to think the base doesn’t really matter in an ice cream chock-a-block full of goodies.  We’ve made plenty of ice cream following the no-cook method.  But, with the August issue of Bon Appetit in hand, we’re going for a classic custard base.  I turn on the stove and begin to heat our mixture, while Mingus and Beluga get ready for Step 3 – eggs.  They root through our cabinets for a bowl and beater, debating who gets the first turn with them.

They love to crack egg shells.  Separating the yolk from the white, however, is something new.  Mingus starts.  He’s surprisingly adept at it.  Still, there are mishaps, which go in a bowl with the egg whites, to become an omelet tomorrow.

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The cream base quickly simmers in the background and I turn it off, letting it sit while Beluga gets his turn.  We’re using fabulously fresh eggs, so Bon Appetit’s instruction to beat the yolks “until pale” is hopeless.

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We temper the yolks – I pour in a cup of the warm cream and the boys take turns beating the mixture.   Then I lift the bowl up and add it to the custard pot, stirring it all together.  As Mingus and Beluga scrub their yolk-covered hands, I  stir the heating custard for a few minutes, until it thickens.

“Could you get the big tray of ice cubes out of the freezer and dump them into the sink?” I ask the boys.

I don’t understand their fascination with ice cubes exactly, but they’re delighted enough to work as a team.  We turn on the faucet to make an ice bath and I lower the pot down into it.  Beluga reaches up to start transferring ice cubes into our custard pot.

“Wait!”

He looks at me quizzically.

“That’s going to be the ice cream – we want to keep it pure.”

Beluga looks horrified that he might have ruined our ice cream.  In our family, he’s the passionate ice cream-ophile.

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Once the custard cools, we pour it into the ice cream maker.

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As the blade scrapes the sides of the freezing bowl, Mingus is thinking about adding his mint chip crunchies.

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Why not… I let him toss a few in while the ice cream mixes.  They jar the motion of the mixer and, seeing it grind, Mingus waits to add the rest until after the custard has frozen.

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The ice cream is thick and everyone grabs a spoon to scoop it into our Tupperware bowls.  Mingus dumps the crunchies on top and folds them into the frozen custard, making sure they spread evenly throughout.  We all sneak a few bites, but most of the ice cream makes it into the freezer.

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A few hours later, it has set

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is ready to eat…

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and not one finds it a challenge to eat before it melts.  It’s a party.  Beluga is two and a half years old.   As the ice cream oozes over his fingers, he licks every last drop.

We’re not the only ones who celebrate half-birthdays, are we?

Whomping Good Mint Chip Ice Cream
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Serves: 8
 
We’ve adapted Bon Appetit’s basic ice cream custard to make the most fabulous Mint Chip Ice Cream around.
Ingredients
  • 1½ Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • A Pinch of Salt
  • 5 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1 Box Fudge Mint Cookies
  • 1 Mint Dark Chocolate Bar
Instructions
  1. Load the cookies and chocolate bar into a Ziploc bag and smash them to pieces.
  2. Then combine the heavy cream, milk, and salt in a pot. Bring the pot to a simmer turn off the heat, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes to cool.
  3. Separate the eggs and beat the egg yolks for a couple minutes until frothy. Gradually whisk in about ½ cup of the warm cream. Add the mixture back into the pot and cook over medium heat for a few minutes. The custard should thicken some, so that it coats a wooden spoon.
  4. Place the pot in an ice bath, stirring occasionally.
  5. Process the custard in an ice cream maker.
  6. Transfer the custard into an airtight container, pour the mint chips and cookie bits overtop and fold into the custard. Cover and freeze until firm.
Notes
Tip: It works great to make this ice cream at snack time, munching on the crunchies. Snack time on day 2 is the ice cream, perfectly set from sitting in the freezer overnight.

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28 Comments

  • Ash- foodfashionparty
    August 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Sweet little helpers and this icecream looks perfect.

  • sandra
    August 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    That is so cute – your little helpers are super!

  • Amy @ Elephant Eats
    August 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    This looks like a great recipe, and what wonderful helpers you have! I only hope that I’m as patient in the kitchen when i have little ones helping :)

  • Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig
    August 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Ah, my fave flavor of all times!! Love that last pic of the cone and baby hand!

    • Laura Clark
      August 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Sometimes I think Dulce de Leche is my favorite. And if I’m in Italy, I think Pistachio is the best. But – I totally agree – sooner or later I always come back to mint chip….

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Aww he’s such a cute helper! And I love the idea of celebrating half birthdays! 😀 It’s coming up to my half birthday soon 😉

    • Laura Clark
      August 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Happy Half Birthday Lorraine!

  • Laura @ Family Spice
    August 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Oh you are brave to make ice cream with young kids! I suppose I’m stuck on the mess issue. I feel like I’m always cleaning up a big mess! And yes, we DO celebrate half-birthdays – it’s a MUST!

  • Joanne
    August 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Aww I love how much the kids helped out with this! I’m sure it made it that much more delicious knowing they had a part in it.

    • Laura Clark
      August 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      You’re totally right! They were beaming with pride.

  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits And Veggies
    August 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Oh wow! I couldnt imagine anything better than Ben & Jerries minty ice cream with cookies until I read this. Sounds perfect to me!

  • Eat Good 4 Life
    August 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    This ice cream looks amazing. Nothing better than homemade ice cream!! Lovely pictures.

  • Pam
    August 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Oh my… it looks creamy and delicious! I love that your kids made this with you.

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    August 12, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Your helpers are adorable! I’d love to reach in and grab that cone.

  • Rosa
    August 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Mouthwatering! This ice cream looks and sounds really good.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    August 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Can I come over and join the ice cream party? It looks like so much fun, not to mention delicious.

  • Elizabeth
    August 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I’m speechless, especially because I’m drooling a little. This looks like maybe the best ice cream ever. Hats off to you for inventing what is clearly going to change the face of ice cream forever.

    • Laura Clark
      August 29, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      I think this comes under the same category as my brother “inventing” peanut butter and banana sandwiches. But, it thrills me nonetheless!

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker
    August 14, 2013 at 1:54 am

    I love mint chip ice cream! Homemade ones must be sublime! Delicious. :)

  • Kristen
    August 14, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    What a great recipe with one of my favorite ice cream flavors.
    You have such a sweet blog – love your kiddos in the kitchen helping out!

  • Denise@There's a Newf in My Soup
    August 16, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I hope they help cleaning up the kitchen too! Beautiful kids, styling and photography!

  • Lynda Tatrai
    August 16, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Cooking with kids is so fun to do and chocolate mint ice cream with mint cookies, yummy!!

  • Kim@Treats & Trinkets
    August 17, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Yum, this ice cream sounds amazing. I do love mint chip, and there is nothing wrong with thin mints in your ice cream. And such sweet helpers to lend a hand!

  • addie | culicurious
    August 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    wow, this looks AMAZING!! :) i love your blog concept, too. Kids benefit so much from being in the kitchen!

    • Laura Clark
      August 29, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks! It is so fun to cook with them – they have crazy ideas and learn so much.

  • Kimber Brown
    September 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

    This looks so scrumdiddlyumptious I can’t even take it! I can’t wait to try this out! I’m so glad I stumbled upon our blog!!

  • michael
    November 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Ooo… there is nothing better than homemade ice cream!! It’s great to include the kids, they will always remember that time!!

  • Marissa | Pinch and Swirl
    August 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Whomping good is right!!


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