Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Marshmallow Ice Cream! And a Frozen S'more!

I wanted to make marshmallow ice cream before - but what flavor is marshmallow, really? I've made marshmallows, and there's not much but sugar, gelatin, and vanilla.

Sugar is just sweet. Gelatin doesn't have much flavor at all. And vanilla is .. well, it's vanilla. But marshmallows have a distinct flavor. It's not just sweet vanilla.

My first attempt involved using toasted marshmallows as the sugar component in ice cream. It was a really good ice cream, but I don't think anyone would have accused the ice cream of tasting like marshmallow.

So ... how could I get more marshmallow flavor into the ice cream? More marshmallows didn't make sense, since I didn't want it over-sweetened. But what else tastes like marshmallows? Well, nothing really. But then I found out that there is a marshmallow flavoring. Well, okay, then.

Instead of toasting the marshmallows, I threw them into the blender as-is. After blending, there were tiny bits of marshmallows remaining.

An interesting thing about this ice cream is the texture. Because it went into the ice cream maker straight from the blender, it had a bit of air in it before the churning started. The finished ice cream was a little fluffy, the way a marshmallow is fluffy.

Marshmallow Ice Cream

5 ounces (1/2 of a 10-ounce bag) marshmallows
1 cup milk
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon LorAnn marshmallow flavoring
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Pinnacle Whipped vodka

Put the marshmallows and milk in the blender and blend until the marshmallows are very small bits. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until very well blended.

Churn in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.

Transfer the ice cream to a storage container and freeze until firm.

Frozen S'Mores

Or should it be a s'more sundae? You decide.

Just a graham cracker, a scoop of marshmallow ice cream, and a drizzle of a fudge-y chocolate sauce.

I considered dipping the graham cracker in melted chocolate and letting it harden, or making ice cream sandwiches using graham crackers, or crumbling the graham crackers and sprinkling them on top.


How about an ice cream pie with graham crackers as the crust? Maybe chocolate swirled through the ice cream.

Uh boy, I think I need to make more ice cream.

How would you serve yours?

LorAnn supplied me with a selection of flavorings to work with. I was not required to write about the product.