So I have developed quite a love affair with peppermint this holiday season. I blame it on those white chocolate peppermint M & M’s. They got me started and I can’t seem to stop.
When my husband was a kid they had a family tradition on New Years of making peppermint ice cream with all the leftover candy canes. I like that kind of tradition.
Tillamook Peppermint Candy Ice Cream is or should I say WAS one of my favorites. This summer I discovered that Tillamook has discontinued Peppermint. I almost cried right there in front of the gal at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. How was I going to survive?
I decided I was going to survive and I wasn’t going to have to wait until New Year’s to enjoy peppermint ice cream. So I dug in the back of my cupboard and found half a box of candy canes leftover from last Christmas and I made myself some peppermint ice cream. Who needs Tillamook!!
This ice cream is amazing. Unfortunately for me my husband loves it too which means I have to share!
The pretty pink color comes from the candy canes dissolving into the ice cream as it churns. You end up with a few pieces though that don’t dissolve so you get a nice little candy crunch in the ice cream too.
Peppermint Ice Cream
- 1 1/2 C whole milk
- 1 1/2 C half & half
- 2 C whipping cream
- 1 1/4 C sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp peppermint extract or Torani Peppermint Syrup or to taste
- 1 C crushed candy cane
- Mix together milks and sugar. Add in salt, and extracts. Add in crushed candy cane. Mix well. Pour into ice cream freezer and process.