I Scream, You Scream...

   We all scream for ice cream, right?? I am a serious lover of all things frozen, be it gelato, fudgesicles, frozen yogurt..my list could go on for days! Growing up, some of my favorite memories were going to an ice cream shop called Friendly's after a summer day of swimming at the beach, and getting a banana split!

    The thought of actually making my own ice cream? Not so much. I always thought of these big, expensive machines, taking hours to churn. Or some crazy contraption with dry ice, that your arm falls off by the time you are done cranking it! Then I was reading an article last week in the latest Food Network Magazine about no-churn ice cream! My mind was going crazy! Would it really work? Would it taste like ice cream? I decided to find out.

   After looking at quite a few recipes, there are lots and they are all basically the same. I decided to make cookies and cream! I got out my Kitchen Aid and went to work! The basic recipe is 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped to stiff peaks with a little vanilla. (I added 1/2 tsp. I will add more next time). Gently fold that into 14 oz. of sweetened condensed milk. Then I folded the cookies in. Finally all there is to do is layer half into a glass loaf pan, swirl in some chocolate(or caramel, or butterscotch, yum!), cover it with plastic wrap, and freeze for 4 or more hours. 

    I cannot even put into words how amazing this ice cream was!! Creamy, rich, not too sweet...mind blown!! What really made me feel good, was that I knew exactly what was in it! I will never (well, maybe if I feel super lazy, tee hee) buy commercial ice cream again! I really encourage you all to try this, you will not regret it. Unless you eat the whole pan. And then you still might not...because it's THAT good! 

-V xoxo