Happy Valentine's Day!!
It's really just a normal day around here (same old schedule & gym classes for us tonight), but if for nothing else, February 14th is a good excuse to tell everyone in your life (family, friends, pets, neighbors, significant others, etc.) "I LOVE YOU."
I, of course, had to make some sort of celebratory dessert, and thought it would be a fun idea to use some personalized (showcasing photos of us together) M&M's as a mix-in for a batch of homemade spicy/sweet ice cream for my hubby & I to enjoy together.
I made a simple standard vanilla bean ice cream base, added in a few extra spices to kick things up a bit -- nutmeg for warmth, and cayenne pepper for heat, and at the very end of the churning process, threw in these personalized M&M's along with some semi-sweet chocolate chips for added texture, color, & sweetness.
Spicy... yet soothing -- What better way to symbolize the good & bad, give & take necessary for any relationship? :)
What are you enjoying with your sweetie(s) for V-Day this year?
Happy Valentine's Day to EVERYONE in my life!
I love you all!
Good & Evil Ice Cream
Makes ~5 cups
Printable recipe here
1 cup vanilla soy milk, cold
1/2 cup vanilla bean-infused granulated sugar
2 cups heavy cream, cold (can use cashew cream or extra creamy hemp milk here if desired)
1 TBS pure vanilla bean extract
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Pinch of sea salt or fleur de sel
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup M&M's (personalized, if possible)
In a high-speed blender or food processor, throw in all ingredients except for chocolate chips and M&M's and blend until incorporated.
Pour into the frozen drum of your ice cream maker and process according to your ice cream maker's directions until thickened, ~15-20 minutes.
Add in chocolate chips and M&M's, and let it run for another minute or two until it's all combined.
This ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture and is best eaten right away, but can be stored, obviously, in the freezer in a freezer-safe container.
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