Aug 28, 2018

Ice Cream Camouflage On The Beach!

Ice cream comes in all kinds of flavors and colors but have you ever come across a camouflage ice cream? Well I just did!

I was on holiday recently and decided to try a new ice cream flavor from one of Europe's top commercial ice cream makers. I don't normally do this as I much prefer homemade ice cream but it was a hot day and the combination of ingredients displayed on the advertising board for this new popsicle looked too good to resist.

The ingredients combination was:
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Milk chocolate coating
  • Maple syrup and chopped walnuts mixed into the chocolate coating
I bit into the popsicle the moment it was handed to me. It tasted surprisingly good for a commercial ice cream. Then it occured to me .... I should take a photograph to share this new flavour with my ice cream blog readers. 

Only when I finished eating the ice cream and looked at the photo I had taken did I realise that it was initially hard to detect against the background. The background of the sandy beach with its ridges and shadows was so similar to the popsicle that the ice cream seemed to be in camouflage!

"Camouflage Ice Cream" -  now there's an idea for some really unusual ice cream recipes. I need to make time to see what I can cook up. Watch this space!

Nov 26, 2017

A Fun Christmas With Ice Cream

If you love ice cream, you are probably planning to eat some over the holiday season. That, however, is just the beginning of the fun you can have with ice cream. Here are some ideas for Christmas gifts that you can buy on - for yourself, your family, children, friends and even your pets!

Ice Cream Makers - Ice Cream Bowls - Ice Cream Pyjamas & T Shirt - Ice Cream Toys for Pets

I'm a serious ice cream fan and love to make my own homemade ice cream. I actually bought 3 of these items myself and have been delighted with them. What did I buy?  

The Cusinart ICE-45 soft serve machine - brilliant fun especially if you are having a party, Children just adore the idea of having a soft scoop cone with a choice of sprinkles. It's like having the ice cream truck come by the house!

The Lello 4090 Gelato Pro - this is what I use for more serious and adventurous ice cream making. Great for custard base ice cream recipes, making gelato and even sorbets. I have tested all my ice cream recipes on this model of ice cream maker for over 15 years. Just on my second machine now after the old one gave an amazing 14 years/ faithful service!

The Set of Ice Cream Bowls & Spoons - brightly coloured with a sense of fun which makes them ideal for parties. The cone shaped spoons are great too.

Wishing all ice cream lovers everywhere a very Happy Christmas.


Jul 5, 2017

Blue Skies and Blue Ice Cream - What Summer Fun!

I'm sure many of you will agree that there's no greater pleasure on a warm summer's day than eating a cool, delicious ice cream!

In fact I actually remember many places that I've visited by association with a particular ice cream flavour that I ate whilst there. Here are a couple of examples:

La Rochelle in South West France - a wonderful, medieval French port with a stunning harbour, great restaurants and coffee shops. What do I think of when someone mentions La Rochelle? Pistachio ice cream! Here is the pistachio cone I ate on a visit to La Rochelle some years ago.

Pistachio ice cream cone

Le Puy du Fou in the Vendée - one of the world's best theme parks and it's all based on history. The spectacle at the Roman Amphitheatre is incredible ....

..........  but then so was the ice cream I had there! I queued to get this delicious violet ice cream cone.

Violet ice cream cone

Matching your ice cream to the location

It may sound a little crazy but you can actually go one step further with all of this. You can even  match the colour of your ice cream to your surroundings! I did this recently on a visit to La Flotte on the beautiful Île de Ré. It was a beautiful morning with a glorious, bright blue sky. So I bought a bright blue ice cream!

Can you guess what ice cream it is?
It's a mint flavoured water ice (sorbet) with chocolate chips. Unusual but refreshing!

If I had to pick a favourite it would be the pistachio. Its colour, texture and taste was superb. I even have my own pistachio ice cream recipe which you can try and make at home. You don't have to go to La Rochelle for it!

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