Monday, May 20, 2013

Trader Joe Joe's Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cream Ice Cream

Good Morning! Did you enjoy your weekend? I did, but then I rarely do not. 

 Just curious did you have time to visit all of the links from Anita at Castles Crowns and Cottages French party? If not the party is all week and all of the posts are beautiful, insightful and offer a glimpse of many wonderful parts of France, not just Paris. I am still working my way through them all but have discovered so many "new to me" blogs that I find myself getting distracted by not just one post but by them all. 

 In between reading blogs and dodging rain drops I tried a few new recipes this weekend. As you can see from the photos I made ice cream,  I am experimenting so I can offer my summer guests something besides the things I like. 

I made Trader Joe Joe's Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cookie Ice Cream, otherwise known as "Cookies and Cream" ice cream and I must admit that it was delicious. 

The recipe is very simple and can be made with or without an ice cream machine. 

Trader Joe Joe's Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cookie Ice Cream
Recipe adapted from Lou Seibert Pappas Ice Creams & Sorbets


* 2 cups half and half or whole milk 
*4 lg egg yolks
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 cup heavy whipping cream 
*2 tsp. Vanilla Bean Extract
*6-10 Trader Joe Joe's Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cookies crushed


NOTE: 1 day ahead, place ice cream maker bowl into freezer, mine must be frozen for 24 hours

* 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! 
* My Cuisinart takes about 20 minutes for soft serve. ALL machines work differently, please follow the directions of your machine.
** NOTE: If you are not using a machine pour the mixture into a Tupperware container and freeze until desired consistency. 

Are you an ice cream fan? Do you make your own? What is your favorite flavor and do you have a recipe if you make your own?

I hope that you have a wonderful week. I think the week is going to go very quickly for some as it is a holiday weekend coming up. 


  1. Oh man, you are killing me Elizabeth!! This looks SO good!

  2. Oh indeed I am an ice cream fan. I love chocolate, vanilla and pistachio, separately of course! luckily we have a wonderful gelaterie just near enough to travel to when the urge takes us and just far enough away so that I don't end up there very day:)

  3. A weakness of mine, this will have to wait until I lose my final 8 lbs..maybe a celebration dessert!!!!!

  4. Dearest Elizabeth!!!!

    Thanks for the mention about the party. It has been SO FUN! Thanks for joining for the one day.

    Trader Joes is exceptional. The only thing I have ever purchased there that I did not like was dish soap!!!!! But the can you match it? I love their frozen vanilla yogurt; it is THE BEST and I eat it by the bucket loads!

    Have a super day my dear and thank you for visiting the other France posts. Anita

  5. Looks soooo good! It is always dangerous to read all of these food related posts so early in the morning! Will certainly try this with some guests. I have one of the ice cream makers that you need to freeze the canister as well, but am looking to upgrade to a Breville unit that has a built in compressor. No need to freeze and the best part; unlimited ice cream making ability!! Thanks for sharing your treat! - Tonya

  6. Yummy!'s that time of year:) It's such a treat to have a bowl full of ice cream on a warm summer's night:)


  7. Oh, how splendid!!! Yummy yum...and with a little mint. Perfect. Thank you, dear Elizabeth...I will try this out.
    It is finally warm enough for watermelon and ice cream.. :)

    Thank you so much for coming over to "le cafe"! :) Someday I do hope you and I will meet at a REAL one!
    Much love,
    - Irina

  8. OH MY GOSH that looks sooo good! Too back I'm lactose intolerant. :(

  9. Now this would hit the spot about now. Over 100 here.. I am still working my way through all the beautiful posts too... It is so nice to meet new women and become so inspired.
    Thank you for the ice cream!

  10. Oh, Elizabeth, that ice cream looks so delicious! How fortunate for your guest! I hope you have a wonderful week.

  11. The ice cream looks delicious. I love ice cream. Alas, I am pretty plain vanilla though. Growing up we were always making ice cream. Have a great week. Bonnie

  12. Lovely to discover your blog via Anita's party.
    The icecream looks so delicious and thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Happy week

  13. Homemade ice cream with class! Surely EVERYONE likes ice cream. I usually go with Vanilla, unless I'm feeling really privileged, in which case I love Mississippi Mudd, which is about as decadently Chocolate as you can get. I never made my own ice cream, but I recently purchased an antique ice cream churn, which would be fun to try out.

  14. That looks delish! I love, love tiramisu ice cream! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my post. Looking forward to following along too:-). Happy Monday!

  15. gosh that ice cream..
    looks absolutely awesome!!!
    i am going to follow you see where this
    ice cream leads you!

  16. Thank you Elizabeth! I am so happy you enjoyed Bebe. I appreciate you taking time to stop in.

  17. I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  18. I would very much enjoy that kind of ice cream!

  19. Looks so delicious and refreshing~ One of my favorite flavors~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines


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