Friday, July 29, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball

The Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker is a new-fangled version of the homemade ice cream in a can method. It is a hard plastic ball with an open cylinder down the middle, which is where the ice cream ingredients are poured, and a hollow space around the cylinder, which is where you place rock salt and ice. The two compartments are sealed shut and the ball is shaken, tossed, rolled, and kicked for about twenty minutes until finally, delicious ice cream is made. This would be lots of fun for kids and as a family activity. You can buy the Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker online. The quart size ball is around $40.00, and the pint size ball is about $25.00.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dondurma ~ aka Turkish Ice Cream

Dondurma is the Turkish word for ice cream. Turkish dondurma though, is different from the ice cream we eat here in America due to special ingredients that make the ice cream "chewy" and more resistant to melting. Dondurma is made from milk (usually goats milk), sugar, and two added ingredients which create it's unique texture and flavor: salep flour, made from the the dried tubers of wild Orchids, and mastic, a resin obtained from the Mastic tree. As this special ice cream mixture is frozen and churned by hand or machine, it develops into a dense, elastic mass similar to the way bread dough is kneaded to develop it's gluten and form an elastic dough. The final product is so firm that it is served with a specialized paddle and is often eaten with a knife and fork. If you click on this link, you'll see some amazing pictures of this unique ice cream. (It takes a minute to load, but don't give up, the pictures are worth the wait.)

The most popular dondurma is the maras dondurma from the Kahramanmaras region which is said to contain more salep than usual. Vanilla dondurma is said to be the favored flavor, although it is also said to not really taste that much like vanilla.

Controversy surrounds the production of salep dondurma as the wild Orchids from which the salep flour is made are being used up faster than they can grow. Export of salep flour from Turkey has been banned and the flour is used exclusively within Turkey other than that which is smuggled out.

Another unique characteristic of dondurma is the way it is sold by street vendors. Traditionally, vendors play games and tricks on their customers as they serve the dondurma. The following is a video of a Turkish dondurma vendor having some fun with a customer.

Sources: Wikipedia  New York Times  Turkish Cooking Everyday  Cooking Issues

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich Grasshopper Bites

Here is a nifty recipe from Blue Bunny Ice Cream for Grasshopper Bites. These are an elegant little ice cream treat that are simple enough for kids to make. I'm gonna give it a try, I hope you will too.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Flash frozen Ice Cream

I'm sure most of you have heard of Dippin' Dots ice cream beads. You see them at most amusement and theme parks, and they are also sold at McDonald's restaurants in the western U.S. I love these little jewels of cold, ice creamy goodness! They are a little costly, but in terms of flavor and fun, are worth the splurge once in awhile.

Dippin' Dots are made by flash freezing a stream of liquid ice cream mix at very low temperatures using liquid nitrogen. This process creates hard little beads of ice cream that contain very little air or ice crystals. They are stored at around 40 degrees below zero (a temperature colder than most home freezers) and served at 20 degrees below zero. They come in many flavors such as: Neapolitan, mint chocolate, banana split, bubblegum, coffee, and sherbet flavors, to name a few.

Dippin' Dots ice cream was created by Curt Jones, a former vocational education teacher turned research microbiologist from Grand Chain, Illinois. In the mid 1980's, Jones worked for Alltech Biotechnology Center, in Lexington, Kentucky, developing a process for making cattle feed by freezing it in pellet-sized chunks at 350 degrees below zero, which better preserved the nutritional content. In 1987, while making homemade ice cream with a friend, Jones conceived of the idea of using the same flash freezing technique to make a frozen ice cream treat, and the rest is history!

Here is a video from Food Network TV which demonstrates how the Dippin' Dots company makes this yummy treat.

And here is a video demonstrating how you could make the flash frozen treat at home. Beware, I'm sure liquid nitrogen contains an element of danger.

Sources: Funding Universe  Wikipedia  30 Second MBA
Image: Orange County City Search

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mock Fried Ice Cream

I did a post today on Lisa Loves Holidays about fried ice cream. Here is a Mock Fried Ice Cream recipe from Family Fun using granola cereal. It looks and sounds pretty tasty!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ice Cream Candy

Moderation in all things, meaning: we shouldn't let our children go hog wild on ice cream and candy, but a little sugary treat here and there probably won't hurt too much and, it can add a little to the fun factor of life. Heaven knows we can all use a little fun!

Here are some cute ice cream candies that you and your kids might enjoy.

See more at Lisa Loves Holidays.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

National Gummi Worm Day ~ July 15

Quick Facts:
National Gummi Worm Day is celebrated every year on July 15.
The creator and origin of Gummi Worm Day are unknown.
Gummi is German for rubber. We, in America, spell it Gummy.

The Gummi Worm's Predecessor
To find out where the gummi worm came from, we must first learn about it's predecessor, the gummi bear. I was surprised to learn that the gummi bear, the world's first gummi candy, was created almost 90 years ago in 1922.
When German born Hans Riegel was a young man he trained and worked as a confectioner for a candy making company in Bonn, Germany.  In 1920, at age 27, Hans set out to start his own candy making business. He acquired a house in Kessinech, a district of Bonn, where he began making hard candies. He named his company HARIBO, an acronym for Hans Riegel of Bonn. In 1921, Hans is married to Gertrud, who not only becomes his wife but his first employee, making candy deliveries on her bike.

To boost candy sales, Hans began experimenting to make a soft candy, and in 1922, the first gummi bear was born, it's name was "the Dancing Bear" modeled after the popular real dancing bears of the circus. Hans' company began to grow and become successful until 1939, when World War II began. During the war the availability of raw materials was scarce making candy production difficult. Hans and Gertrud had two sons who were taken as prisoners of war and, in 1945, as the war was coming to an end, Hans Riegel died an untimely death at age 52.

With the end of the war, Hans' sons, Hans (Jr.) and Paul Riegel were releaseded from the prisoner of war camps, and returned to run their father's business. HARIBO continued to grow and expand into other countries. The "Dancing Bears" candy evolved into the "Gold Bear" which they are known today. In 1982, HARIBO opened it's first plant in America introducing us to the Gummi Bear.

The Gummi Worm
HARIBO was the first company to produce gummi candies, but another German candy manufacturer, Trolli, picked up on the popular gummi candy idea and in 1981, introduced the gummi worm. It's funny to me that gummi bears have been around for nearly 90 years, but Americans were first introduced to gummi candy via the fairly recently created gummi worm.

Here's a video from the Discovery/Science Channel which demonstrates how gummy worms are made.

Sources: HARIBO  Wikipedia
Image: Untitled Originally uploaded by Jamie Kim Photography

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Making Ice Cream Out of Snow

Of course there isn't any snow to be found in the middle of July, but here's a video that teaches us how to make ice cream out of snow so when winter does come around again you'll be prepared to run out and capture some fresh, clean snow to make ice cream for the kids. See recipe below.

Snow Ice Cream

1/2 cup half & half or whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
4 cups clean snow

Mix half & half, sugar, and vanilla together until sugar is dissolved. Pour half & half mixture over snow. Stir thoroughly until half & half mixture is completely incorporated. Serve and enjoy!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Making Ice Cream in a Can

If you go to you'll find instructions on how to make ice cream in a can, there's also an ice cream cone template available there that you could use to make invitations, cards or your own Ice Cream Cone Behavior Chart

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Photo - from Homemaking Fun

An ice cream sundae bar is a great idea for a children's party, baby shower, or ice cream social. Here are a few ideas and tips to help pull an ice cream bar together.
  • Set up a long table covered with pastel paper or a pretty tablecloth.
  • Have a large container ready to fill with ice to place your cartons of ice cream in.
  • Place ice cream scoops next to the large ice cream container.
  • Set out individual bowls. Paper or plastic bowls are great for easy clean up.
  • Put your various candies and sprinkles in fun/decorative containers.
  • Set out various ice cream toppings.
  • Place napkins and spoons at the end of the table for guests to grab after assembling sundaes.
  • Have wet-wipes ready for occasional clean ups.
Suggested ingredients for an ice cream sundae bar
Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Ice Cream
Strawberry Ice Cream
Sorbet (for non-dairy guests)
Waffle Bowls
Toppings (sauces):
Mini Chocolate Chips
Broken Toffee-Bar Pieces
Broken Oreo Pieces
Gummy Bears
Rainbow Nonpareil Sprinkles
Chopped Nuts
Bananas (unpeeled)
Fresh Blueberries
Fresh Raspberries
Fresh Strawberries (sliced)
Maraschino Cherries
Whipping Cream (Squirt Cans)

Don't Forget:
Pastel Paper or Tablecloth
Paper or Plastic Bowls
Plastic Spoons
I love this waffle cone bowl idea for putting toppings in from:

Image: - A "Favorite Things" Party

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ice Cream Making Toy

What do you think about this?  It is a toy in which children can make real ice cream. It's called, Makin' Real Ice Cream and it's made by Little Tikes. The little ball in the top left-hand corner provides a gyroscope motion for making the ice cream. It comes with recipes, 2 ice cream storage tubs, an ice cream scoop, a serving tray, a spatula, and 3 sprinkle containers. It sells for around $45.00.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Ice Cream Cupcakes

Take a look at these adorable Ice Cream Cupcakes! You'll find the how-to over at My Cake School. Super cute!

Be sure to check out Lisa Loves Holidays each day in July to see more ice cream ideas.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

National Strawberry Sundae Day

National Strawberry Sundae Day is observed every year on July 7th. Traditionally, sundaes consisted of vanilla ice cream, a sauce of some sort (chocolate, cherry, strawberry, etc.) maybe some candy sprinkles and/or chopped nuts, whipped cream, and a cherry on top, but you may use whatever flavor of ice cream you wish, the sundae police aren't going to come and beat you down for not using vanilla (they don't do that anymore). 

Here is a video showing how to make a basic strawberry sauce that can be used for your strawberry sundae. You can omit the balsamic vinegar or substitute it with a teaspoon of vanilla extract, but add it at the end, after cooking.

Photo: Strawberry Sundae at Saint's Alp
          Originally uploaded by kaikai666

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Behavior Ice Cream Scoops

Emily, from Aggiemania is a clever mom with a sweet idea for encouraging good behavior from her boys. She has come up with this cute Ice Cream Scoop Behavior Chart. Each child has an ice cream cone taped to the refrigerator. The daily goal is to earn 5 ice cream scoops by doing such things as: completing chores before school, doing extra jobs mom asks them to do (without complaining), and going to bed and staying there at night. Scoops can be taken away for noncompliance, and rewards are given if the child earns his five scoops. As the mother of seven sons, I know the power that motivational charts like this can have on children - and this is a super cute one!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Hello Kitty Ice Cream Key Chains

Do you love Hello Kitty? Here is a super cute Hello Kitty Colorful Bunny ice cream cone key chain/pen. The set is made by Sanrio and will be released on July 7, 2011.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

In this video, Matt Damon recites the Declaration of Independence, which was approved on this date in 1776. He gives us his thoughts on the meaning of the Declaration - some good food for thought.

As a side note, did you know that former President Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who both helped draft the Declaration of Independence, died on the same day, exactly 50 years, to the day, after the Declaration was approved? They both died on July 4, 1826. Interesting!

4th of July Ice Cream Cone

Uncle Sam Ice Cream Cones from Family Fun.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

National Chocolate Wafer Day

Today is National Chocolate Wafer Day. Most traditional ice cream sandwiches are made using some sort of chocolate wafer. Here is a recipe for a cute ice cream sandwich from Better Homes and Gardens. 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Darling Clown Ice Cream Cones

Here's a link to the Cutest Clown Ice Cream Cones ever! Apparently, they're from Baskin Robbins, but you could totally do this!

Friday, July 1, 2011