yuppie gadget + frugal recipe = tasty peppermint ice cream!

One of my favorite yuppie kitchen gadgets is the ice cream maker we got for our wedding. Although it’s one more gadget to own, you can make better ice cream than Haagen-Daas at home for a fraction of the price (with no useless container to throw out in the end.) It’s quicker and easier than you think.

My favorite is peppermint candy ice cream.

1. Smash up some peppermint candies. Break them into pieces with a rolling pin or other heavy object. Exercise AND pre-ice cream stress relief! If the pieces fly everywhere, you can wrap them in some wax paper first. I reused an old ziploc bag.

2. Combine the candy, 2c. heavy whipping cream, 1/4c. milk, a few drops of peppermint extract, and 1/2c. white sugar in a bowl. Mix thoroughly. Let sit for ten minutes for the candies to dissolve a bit.

3. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Eat!


This recipe makes ~1.5  pints of ice cream for less than $3. Much cheaper than Haagen-Daas. The ice cream maker pays for itself and you get better quality than you can buy in a store.

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