I'm into anything DIY, and I love the idea of making my own ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt where I can control all the ingredients and know exactly what goes into every creation. Trying out cool, unique flavors (Sweet Corn! Strawberry Basil! Caramel Macchiato! Juicy Peach!) that aren't readily available for purchase is just the cherry on top of the homemade sundae.
After doing much diligent research (a favorite hobby of mine) I purchased this ice cream maker:
For my first try, I went simple with a chocolate ice cream base and Heath Bar pieces mixed in. You should try it too!
WHAT YOU NEED
2 Cups Heavy Cream // 2 Cups Half & Half // 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder // 1 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract // Handful of Heath Bar Pieces
HOW TO MAKE IT
Mix all ingredients, except heavy cream and Health Bar pieces, in a large bowl until fully combined. Stir in heavy cream.
Pour the mix into your ice cream maker, according to your maker's directions.
Process for about 20 minutes, pouring in the candy mix-ins at the 15 minute mark, and enjoy!
Mine was more like soft serve in texture, but after freezing the left overs (this recipe makes about 1.5 quarts) the mixture was much firmer and just like traditional ice cream in texture.
As far as unnecessary kitchen accessories go, an ice cream maker is really worth it. I hate products that take up space and never get used so the best way to remedy that is to commit to making ice cream all the time. Ugh, the sacrifices I make. I can't wait to try new flavors!