Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mocha Ice Cream

Confession time!  If I want coffee from a coffeeshop, I go out of my way to make sure I get it from a local shop.  Nashville has SO many great, authentic, unique shops.  I have a different reason I love each and every one of these I could tell you, but I don’t want this post to get too long and rambling.  I will at least name my favorites: Crema, Dose, Drinkhaus, Bongo Java (especially Fido), Frothy Monkey, & Dunn Bros.  Starbucks doesn’t enter my mind as an option very often (unless they are having some kind of special like Frappuccino Happy Hour!).  I just find the coffee at all the aforementioned places to be much better.  However….(and this is where the confession comes in) ever since I attended Blog Her Food ’11 back in May, I’ve been incredibly, embarrassingly addicted to Starbucks Iced VIA.  Like really, really, really addicted.  As in, I recently found a mega-deal and purchased enough to have 50 little packets of instant goodness ready for my enjoyment.

It was at the closing party that I stopped at the Starbucks table and chatted with the lovely ladies representing Starbucks.  They had swag bags to give out with a few different VIAs, including Italian Roast, French Roast, Decaf, and the aforementioned Iced VIAs.  They encouraged me to take some of the extra samples of the (non-iced) VIA packets.  Me, being lover-of-all-things-free, happily dug my hand into the bowl for a fisty stash.  Only later at home, when I was counting my swag did I begin to wonder what in the heck I was gonna do with all this Starbucks VIA, especially the decaf!  Finally, it came to me… Make ice cream!

This ice cream was definitely rich!  Decadent, and deep with flavor.  I brought some to my parents to share with them, and my little brother told me when him & his friends were eating it, they ate vanilla alongside it because it was so rich!  If you like coffee, and you like chocolate, this will definitely be the flavor for you.  I’m so glad I had the decaf VIAs to use to make this.  That way, I could enjoy this ice cream at night, and not worry about it keeping me awake all night!  Along with the Starbucks swag I used to make this, I also used the Scharffen Berger chocolate we got as swag at the conference too.  They were nice enough to have LOTS of their awesome product to share.  I think the Scharffen Berger really contributed to the richness in this ice cream.

If you’re interested in attending a food blog conference, whether it be for the swag, to meet other bloggers, or to pick up tips on how to be a better blogger, there’s one coming to Nashville!  Food Blog Forum is coming Saturday, October 8th (with a kick-off event the Friday before).  I’m really excited, as I’ll be going!  It’s not too late to get your ticket and join in on the fun!  After all, besides all the Nashville bloggers in attendance, there’s going to be some pretty awesome out of towners too!  ;)

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Mocha Ice Cream

Yield: 5 cups

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) package semisweet chocolate squares, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup strong brewed coffee
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup half-and-half
3/4 cup sugar, divided
3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
4 egg yolks

Directions:

Microwave chocolate in a 1-quart microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring twice; stir in brewed coffee. Set chocolate mixture aside.

Bring whipping cream, half-and-half, 1/2 cup sugar, and coffee granules to a boil in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar and coffee dissolve.

Beat yolks and remaining 1/4 cup sugar at high speed with an electric mixer until thick and pale. With mixer at low speed, gradually pour hot cream mixture into yolk mixture; return to saucepan.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until mixture thickens and coats a spoon. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate mixture. Cover and chill 2 hours.

Pour chilled mixture into freezer container of a 5-quart hand-turned or electric freezer. Freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.

Pack freezer with additional ice and rock salt, and let stand 1 hour. Serve ice cream with cookies, if desired.

from MyRecipes (June 1997 Southern Living) as seen on Lauren's Kitchen

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9 Responses to “Mocha Ice Cream”

  1. 1
    Lesley Eats — August 8, 2011 @ 6:35 am

    Wow, that does look decadent. The richness of the color alone is making me feel a little pudgy.

  2. 2
    Snippets of Thyme — August 8, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    Beautiful scoop of ice cream. The photo is lovely.

  3. 3
    amy (fearless homemaker) — August 8, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    wow, looks + sounds amazing. i’ll take any extra if you need to get it off your hands. =)

  4. 4
    Memoria — August 8, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    That photo of the scoop makes me want to cry. I would like all of that ice cream RIGHT. NOW. I’m so so so tempted to go to the store and buy all those naughty ingredients and make this. Instead, I will control myself, bookmark the recipe, and make this in the (near) future. :D

  5. 5
    Susan in the Boonies — August 8, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    That ice cream looks great, and weren’t you clever to find a way to utilize your swag.

    I think you should call it Mocha Swag. Frozen Swag. Swig o’Swag: even better!

    Hey: I am really interested in attending the Food Blog Forum, but unfortunately, my designated play money is already spent on the upcoming Bloggy Boot Camp in Atlanta on Oct. 23.

    I live very near Nashville, and if there are any tickets that are unsold that go on sale for a very reduced price, I would be very interested in coming. I just can’t afford it this year. (My husband had open heart surgery and we owe St. Thomas all our income + our firstborn child.)

    If you have any helpful thoughts, please, don’t hesitate to let me know!

  6. 6
    Barrett Green — August 11, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    The ice cream looks awesome. It my favorite dessert. Like the previous poster, I think it should have a hip name to. Have a good scoop day or maybe 2 what the heck. It ice cream right.

  7. 7

    This looks so delicious! I am so happy when I find other Nashville area bloggers! I have been enjoying reading over your posts!!

  8. 8
    Courtney — August 17, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    Oh my Oh my Oh my goodness. Yum!

  9. 9
    CrumbGuy — August 22, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    wow. that does look awfully decadent… agree with you on the local coffee shops! Starbucks rarely gets my $ any more… great post!

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