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Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

2 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/4 cups granuated sugar
6 large egg yolks
2 cups half-and-half
2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
3/4 cup crushed peppermint candy

Heat cream and sugar in a large saucepan, over medium heat, stirring often, until hot-but not boiling.

Whisk the yolks together, in a large bowl, until combined. Gradually whisk half of the hot cream into yolks, until combined. Add the yolks into the saucepan containing the rest of the cream, whisking constantly.
Continue to cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until custard reaches 170-175 degrees F.
Strain custard into a large bowl. Place the bowl in an ice bath for 15 minutes.

Whisk in half-and-half, extract, and food coloring, until well combined. Chill the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, but preferably more. (I chilled mine overnight)

Pour custard into ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's direction. in the last 5 minutes of processing, add the peppermint candy, and allow to finish churning. Pour the ice cream into a freezer-proof container, and freeze for 2 hours, or until ready to serve.

Yield: 10 servings


  1. I feel for you. I hate icy conditions and don't like driving in the snow either. I guess I should be used to it living in New England, but I still get nervous every time I hear freezing rain and snow in the forecast.
    The ice cream really looks devine. I can almost taste it!

  2. Hope your weather isn't too bad, but I've been watching that ice band across the mid-section. Thank goodness you had a fireplace to get you through the storms last year!

  3. Peppermint Stick Ice Cream, a perfect addition to the holiday meal!

  4. i hate icy conditions too..were lucky enough not to have that often.;but the last time we fingers were all swollen because of too much cold..:-) but i wouldnt mind passing an icy moment with a company of your lovely recipe :-)

  5. My husband LOVES peppermint ice cream. He's been asking me to make him some homemade, so I'll give this a try.

  6. TWO WEEKS!!!!!!! That's insane. You should have driven to Las Vegas and camped out until the worst was over. I'll keep my fingers croseed that the weather folks are wrong.

    That ice cream, except for the peppermint part, looks great. Couldn't you have made Jamocha Almond Fudge (a flavor from my childhood)or even vanilla with a caramel swirl?

    Your Royal Food Joust badge looks great by the way. Congrats again!

  7. Nice touch with the Candyland board underneath the bowl. I didn't even notice the first time.

  8. Oh, how I love AZ right now, this is when we all realize why we actually live here! I would go nuts in the snow. However, all I can say is Yummmm about your ice cream. My family loves peppermint flavor ice cream. Looks great!

  9. Emiline--Good luck with the storms! I can relate, as we were without power for a week and a half after hurricane Wilma here in Florida. Thanks for stopping by my blog, by the way!

  10. Hey,
    Edwards is losing his voice too.
    So he made us watch this video on the elephant man. I just sat there drawing the whole time. I don't know if he cares that I wasn't paying attention or not. I guess I'll find out the next time I come to class.
    About 10 minutes and I can go home.

  11. Yum! You know right before we moved to Florida from VT we had the same exact experience! The week we were moving we had no pwer - so we were packing boxes with our winter parkas and gloves on. No electricity means no water, which means of course no toilet. We packed our cooler with our freezer stuff an buried it in the snow. We cooked everything and stayed warm with our wood stove in the basement. Luckily after a few days, they cleared the roads of all the downed trees and we were able to get to a friend's house in MA to sleep. it was a time I will always remember! Florida was so welcoming after that experience! You brought me right back!!!

  12. Annie- Thanks! I should shut up, since you live in New England.

    Janet- Thanks for your concerns, Janet.

    Columbia Foodie- Yes, I think so.

    Dhanggit- Swollen fingers sounds like a bad deal.

    Anna- I didn't even base this off of another recipe. I wonder how many are out there?

    Sue- Yes, 2 weeks was 2 much. I almost hopped on my private jet and flew to Vegas.
    You're a mint hater, are you? Lots of people are.
    Jamocha Almond Fudge sounds good, too.
    I like the badge.

    Jenny- Thanks! Arizona sounds pretty good to me, right now.

    Julie- That must have been scary.

    Jenn- That sounds like quite an adventure. So you can definitely relate how frustrating it was.

    Anon- You keep harassing me!
    Just kidding. Sign your name, as Hannah. I know who you are kiddo. Hey....
    Did I spook you? You should have seen your face.

  13. Wow - I can't imagine going 2 weeks without power. We get lots of snow, but luckily, we don't get ice storms.

    I need to get my ice cream maker in the freezer so I can try this ice cream out. It's been years since I've had peppermint ice cream, so it sounds heavenly right now!! (Even though it's 19F outside right now!!)

  14. Emiline this looks wonderful!!! is so beauty!! Gloria

  15. My mom makes something similar. SO good.

  16. Mmm. Looks fabulous.
    I noticed a comment of yours on another blog-- did you know that fresh mozzarella is actually super easy to make? No need to pay $4.50 if you don't want to (though the initial outlay is more expensive.)