Peppermint ice cream is a popular favorite around the holiday season. The candy cane flavor is a wonderful Christmas treat. You know that the holidays are on their way when you start to see pumpkin and peppermint ice cream cartons appear in the grocery store’s freezer.
Unfortunately, the store-bought peppermint ice cream brands are only available in November and December. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy peppermint ice cream and other desserts whenever you are in the mood. If you get a craving for peppermint ice cream in July, here are some creative ideas for adding it to your frozen desserts.
Make Homemade Peppermint Ice Cream
Peppermint ice cream is easy to make! All you have to do is find a good vanilla ice cream recipe, replace the vanilla extract with half the amount of peppermint extract, and add 1/2 cup of crushed peppermint candies to the mix. You can either use either round peppermint candies or candy canes to make your crushed peppermints. Just place the candies in a plastic bag and give them a smash with something heavy (Try a rolling pin). Add them in at the very end of the mixing process, when there is only about 30 second left to churn.
You can also add crushed peppermint candies to chocolate ice cream. Chocolate and peppermint are a great combination, so this one is delicious. A teaspoon of peppermint extract will pump up the flavor even more. This is one peppermint ice cream that you won't be able to find at the store.
Decorate Ice Cream Sandwiches
Making your own ice cream sandwiches is a fun way to use Christmas cookies and make a delicious treat. Soften the ice cream on the counter for about 10 minutes, put a scoop on the bottom of a cookie, and use another cookie to press the sandwich together. If you soften the ice cream and freeze the cookies first, this is an easy process.
Before you pop them back in the freezer to set up, why not roll the exterior of your sandwich in crushed peppermint candies? This will give your ice cream sandwiches a great texture on the exterior and a pop of holiday fun. Peppermint goes best with chocolate or vanilla ice cream and you can try using chocolate chip or sugar cookies for the exteriors.
Layered in Molded Desserts
Are you planning on making an ice cream bombe, pie, or cake this holiday season? This is an easy place to add a pop of peppermint. In between the layers of ice cream and other ingredients, add a sprinkling of crushed peppermint candy. You can also stir a teaspoon of peppermint extract into softened ice cream to brighten up the peppermint flavor.
Adding a touch of peppermint to your frozen desserts is an easy way to turn your regular dessert into a seasonal special. Make great Christmas ice cream this year by adding a touch of peppermint.