I think my favorite holiday may be the 4th of July. It gives me a chance to not only run around grilling to my hearts content without people thinking I am a mad man playing with fire and knives, but it gives me a chance to delve into what is considered to be true-blue (or true red/white and blue) American cooking. It's fun and that really is what cooking should be all about.
In this series called An All-American 4th of July, we will have some fun with some true American cooking. It will be tasty! It will be easy and it will give you a chance to celebrate the birth of the greatest nation on the face of this earth while filling your stomach with delicious morsels of Americana!
There comes a time in every man's life when we revert back to our childhood. Okay, that's a lie. We never really leave our childhood! Regardless, the other night while wasting money on a movie at the theater I bought a box of Milk Duds and the minute I popped one in my mouth, a rush of memories came back. The movie was the usual Hollywood piece of celluloid crap but the Milk Duds were pretty good.
So the next day I am in the test kitchen and we are making ice creams for various features coming up dealing with Summer and Summer foods. I get this bright idea to slowly melt some Milk Duds and then add them to some homemade vanilla ice cream -- a sort of chocolate/caramel swirl type of thing. I had no idea what to expect. It took a few batches before we got it down to the right consistency but I have to admit, the final product is just what any Milk Dud fan would dream of!
Ingredients needed to make Melted Milk Dud Ice Cream (makes about 4 cups):
- 2 cups cream
- 1 cup milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tbs. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 5oz. box Milk Duds
- In a sauce pan over medium heat whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt. Continue whisking until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is a tad more than warm (do not boil).
- Pour the cream mixture into a bowl and chill about 2 hours.
- In a sauce pan over low heat, add the Milk Duds and let them melt. You want them to melt slowly so the chocolate and caramel will blend.
- Pour the cream mixture into an ice cream machine and churn 20 minutes.
- While the ice cream is churning, slowly add the melted Milk Duds and churn an additional 5 minutes.
- Either serve directly from the ice cream machine or if you want a harder ice cream, freeze until ready to serve.
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