I made this ice cream for the first time back in October and I have been saving it to share with you when it got a little closer to summer! Today was a beautiful, sunny day and it put me in the mood for a nice summer day and ice cream and summer just go together so I figured today was a good day to share it. I also decided the lovely green color would be perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration. I love mint ice cream and the addition of the Andes Mint candy is the perfect touch. If you are lucky enough to have a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints hanging around they would be delicious broken up and added into this ice cream too instead of the candy!
Our family is a divided camp when it comes to mint. Some of us love it, some of us don’t. That just means there is more for the mint lovers! I am definitely a mint fan.
It just seems that green and mint go together. Add in a little chocolate and you’ve got a great combination. I am a big fan of those little rectangular Andes Mints. They are yummy and just the right amount of chocolate to pop in your mouth for a little sweet treat. They also make a great addition to ice cream because they don’t get too hard when frozen.
I used my basic ice cream recipe for the base of this and then added in mint syrup (like the kind you add into coffee) The Green Mint one can be difficult to find most of the year but it seems to show it’s self this time of year. If you can’t find it you can always use mint extract and some green food coloring. I also used the green mint flavoring for a yummy Shamrock Shake you can check out the brand I used in that post.
Now that I’ve got you in the mood for ice cream check out these other yummy flavors:
Andes Mint Ice Cream
- 1 1/2 C whole milk
- 1 1/4 C sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 C half and half
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 2 C whipping cream
- 6 Tbsp mint syrup or to taste
- 1 box of Andes mints chopped
- Combine sugar, whole milk, salt, half and half, vanilla and whipping cream. Stir to combine and allow sugar to dissolve.
- Add in mint syrup to taste and chopped Andes mint candy. Pour into ice cream freezer.
- Process in ice cream freezer until set up and firm. May place in freezer when done processing to allow it to set up more.