In the Kitchen with the Kids - July 2013

Easy Chocolate Truffle Ice CreamYou don't have to be a kid to love ice cream; you need only be a kid at heart. Our markets carry a wide variety of options, including some great locally made, hand-crafted and artisanal choices in gourmet flavors you might not expect. If you're looking for something hyper-locally produced, try making it in your own kitchen!

While homemade ice cream is actually pretty easy, classic formulas use eggs, and if your tempering technique isn't perfect you can easily end up with chocolate scrambled eggs. Eggless recipes (sometimes called Philadephia-style) are a great alternative, especially for youngsters who want to try their hand at it. This egg-free recipe gets rich flavor and intensity from high-quality dark chocolate, balancing out the sweetness of the cream base. Unlike some commercially made product, there is very little air incorporated into your ice cream in a home machine, meaning this ice cream is extremely dense with a silky, soft bite reminiscent of a cold chocolate truffle.

Featured Recipe


2 1/2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder
- dash kosher salt
8 oz. 70% bittersweet chocolate (such as Scharffen Berger), finely chopped
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together cream, sugar, cocoa and salt until smooth; heat until just simmering. Add chocolate; whisk gently until completely smooth. Remove from heat; whisk in the milk and vanilla. Cover with plastic; refrigerate until completely chilled (3 hrs. to overnight). Pour into ice cream maker; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Scoop into an airtight storage container; freeze until firm. Makes 1 qt.

Top It Off

Looking for a unique, slightly more "grown-up" topping for your icy confection (homemade or otherwise)? We've got some novel ideas to get you started:

  • Kowalski's Maple Syrup
  • Melted peanut butter
  • Caramel corn
  • Crushed potato chips
  • Thinly sliced Australian licorice
  • Kowalski's Honey
  • Chopped candied ginger
  • Kowalski's Sea Salt & Pepper Peanuts
  • Brown sugar
  • Granola
  • Hot espresso or crushed espresso beans

Zyliss Ice Cream Scoop (shown above) is available in several summery colors in the Marketplace Department.

Selection and availability of products vary by market.

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