Blue moon ice cream is a unique ice cream flavor typically found in the Upper Midwest portion of the United States. It is said to have originated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is known for the signature bright blue hue. The distinctive flavor and is made with a combination of artificial raspberry flavoring, lemon extract, and vanilla extract. Some describe the flavor as "tutti-frutti," cotton candy-like, bubble gum, or similar to Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles. Of course, blue food coloring is added until the desired shade of blue is achieved. Although it is usually only found in ice cream shops in the Midwest, it is easy to churn your own blue moon ice cream at home using an ice cream maker.
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 teaspoon raspberry flavoring
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Blue food coloring
Prior to making the ice cream, place the bowl of an ice cream maker in the freezer overnight. Gather the ingredients.
In a medium bowl lightly beat the egg yolks with 1/4 cup of the sugar and set aside.
In a medium saucepan whisk together the cream, milk, and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Heat the mixture over medium low heat until bubbles begin to form along the edges of the pan.
Remove from the heat and add the warmed cream mixture to the eggs one tablespoon at a time while whisking constantly to temper the eggs.
Once the cream mixture and eggs have been combined, return to the saucepan and heat over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture coats back of a spoon and a line drawn with a finger leaves a distinct trail. Mixture should register between 170 to 175 degrees F. Do not allow mixture to overheat.
Pour custard into a medium bowl and whisk in vanilla pudding mix until thoroughly incorporated. Whisk in the raspberry flavoring, lemon extract, vanilla extract, and blue food coloring until thoroughly incorporated and the desired color is acheived.
Let cool at room temperature for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, then cover and refrigerate overnight until completely chilled.
Churn the chilled custard according to the manufacturer instructions on your ice cream maker. It will take about 25-30 minutes.
Transfer ice cream into a bowl or container that will hold about 1 quart. Cover and freeze for at least 3 hours to fully set.
When ready to enjoy, just scoop and serve the ice cream.
- If miniature marshmallows are added to blue moon ice cream it is often referred to as "Smurf ice cream."
- Sometimes blue moon ice cream is swirled with lemon and cherry ice cream to create the colorful "Superman ice cream," made to reflect the colors of the superhero costume.