Monday, July 9, 2012

Andes Mint Chip Ice Cream (Creme de Menthe)

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

 It's funny because I am not really an ice cream fan, except in summer, and then only a few flavors, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and mint chip; and it has to be homemade, because I love to eat it when it is almost a soft serve right out of the container.

I know it is easier to go to the store, but you are missing out on the fun and frankly it is too easy not to make it yourself. I used a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker that I have had for years, I purchased it at Bed Bath&Beyond but you can find them at Costco( for $32.00), and Amazon too. I decided for my first batch of ice cream this summer to make mint, and I "kicked it up a notch" by using Andes Creme de Menthe Thins but you can certainly use whatever you like.


* 2 cups half and half or whole milk
*4 lg egg yolks
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 cup heavy whipping cream
*2 tsp. Peppermint extract
*3 ounces of Andes Candies or bittersweet chocolate chopped (2/3 cup)


NOTE: 1 day ahead, place ice cream maker bowl into freezer

* Prepare a bowl of ice water, set aside.
* In the top of a double boiler, or a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water, heat the half and half until just steaming
* In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks, then add the sugar and mix.
* Add 1/2 of the half and half to the egg yolk, sugar mixture, mix. Add to the steaming half and half. * Stir and cook over simmering water for about 10 minutes or until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
* Immediately place bowl into ice bath, stir occasionally until mixture is at room temperature.
* Transfer to a Tupperware container, add cream and extract, refrigerate about 3 hours.
* place mixture into ice cream maker bowl, turn on machine and let the magic begin!

In the case of my Cuisinart, about 20 minutes. Add chocolate pieces and blend an extra 20 seconds. You can eat it right away, as a soft serve, or place into Tupperware container and freeze for a few hours.

This ice cream is delicious! I could have eaten the entire quart straight from the machine. It is creamy, rich, and has a slight hint of mint, with a crunch from the Andes Candies. A tasty treat for a sweltering day! I hope you try it! If you do not want a recipe that has eggs in it there are many that you just mix everything in a bowl and churn, it still taste fabulous.

Enjoy your Monday! Have a great week!

Stay cool, hopefully we will see some relief today! We are sweltering. and the plants are wilting. Stay hydrated and check on your elderly neighbors and relatives.

I know this goes without saying, but I will anyway. Please do not leave your children or dogs in the car! Tell anyone that you see doing it, how dangerous it is. Already this summer 3 kids and a few dogs died because people thought it was OK to leave their kids in a car that reached temperature of 134! Honestly, it boggles the mind and it is heartbreaking.

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  1. Looks delicious, now if only the sun would come out here to accompany the ice cream.


  2. The bowl of our ice cream maker is in the freezer and I'm so making this mint chip, one of my favorites!

    Dylan dog has been taken for joyrides in our trucks so he can be in the air conditining but I would never leave him in there knowing how hot he gets. I don't know why people are dumb enough to leave their pet in a hot car. It's 54 degrees here right now so come on up and enjoy the cool air!


  3. Oh sweet friend, I missed your silent Sunday as I did not do my regular blog rounds yesterday. HE IS SOOOO CUTE! AND LikE you, I cannot bear any other flavor of ice cream other than vanilla or strawberry. Even chocolate (from the store) is too rich and sweet for me. But give me a citrus sorbet any day! This recipe looks fabulous though!!!

    I am worried about you all on the East coast; our heat wave has gone over to you now and it was a bad one. Please be well and enjoy some slow quiet days. LOVE! Anita

  4. I do love ice cream in the summer. I am a vanilla girl, but the mint does look yummy. I like it almost melted. I hope you are seeing some relief in the heat this week. We are dropping into the low nineties. It will feel like a cold is all relative.

  5. Hi, Elizabeth ~
    Ice cream is perfect for summer, indeed. Thanks for sharing the recipe.....will be fun to make during the weekend. I urge anyone who sees pets in cars during this heatwave to please report it asap.
    Happy Monday!

  6. Hi Elizabeth!
    I am going to pull my IC maker out again and freeze that bowl again so I cab make this for my family. They LOVE mint chocolate chip ice cream so they will be extremely happy if I whip this up one day and surprise them!

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  7. Hi Looking Yummy and Delicious Ice cream. I love Strawberry Ice cream with a little chips of chocolates and Almonds. I am not a Ice cream maker abut I am a Ice ream lover. I specially like Ice cream in summer night. So It will be feel us little bit cold. web directory

  8. I love Ice cream a lot and I generally prefer Strawberry and vanilla Ice cream with a little chips of Almond and little small pieces of chocolates. I am Ice cream lover. I generally Prefer ice cream in summer night so it will feel me cold. Ice cream is my favorite and I know the recipe of strawberry Ice cream. web directory

  9. My mother used to sip on teensy little glasses of creme de menthe!

    I found you on Stone Gable's On the Menu Monday. I have linked in bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Have a nice week.

  10. I'm not usually an icecream fan (hubby eats it all the time!) but every now and then I get a real craving for it. I'm thinking I might just have to invest in an icecream maker to satisfy my cravings - that way I can make whatever flavour I want. I do like the sound of of your creme de menthe icecream - yum. And thank you so much for your kinds words - appreciate them :)

  11. That icecream looks delicious :)

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  12. This sounds delicious! Andes mints are my favorite but I never thought of putting them in ice cream. Thanks for sharing at the Open House Party.

  13. Elizabeth...

    My only favorite ice cream is Rocky Road from Baskin Robbins. But, this sounded so good that I printed it out and made it for the weekend. It turned out soooooo good!! So refreshing! Now I have 2 favorite ice cream flavors and I think Andes is now #1!!!


  14. Oh, how I love your recipe!! I've used it since 2012...and I'm going to share it on my Blog! I'm making this for the Holiday! That last comment from All Ways Designing is old blog!! :)


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