Coffee Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Flecks-a deep coffee flavor with tiny bursts of dark chocolate! A coffee lover’s dream come true!
Almost 2 months ago, I had the privilege to head out to Santa Barbara, California and meet up with some blog friends. The location was perfect, the food was fabulous and the company…seriously some of the best people I know. Dorothy of Crazy for Crust, Julianne of Beyond Frosting, Lindsay of Love, Life and Sugar, Hayley the Domestic Rebel, Jen of Yummy Healthy Easy, Debra of Taste and Tell and Krista of Joyful Healthy Eats.
Being food bloggers, our hosts (Dorothy, Julianne and Lindsay) made sure we were treated to some of the best food available. While I loved it all, McConnell’s Dairy had the biggest impression on me. Probably because My grandparents had a dairy farm but really it’s because it was all about the ice cream!
I fell in love with all the flavors but especially the coffee ice cream. I even had it for breakfast one morning (it is coffee after all!) I knew I’d be coming home and making several of their flavor combinations.
Not having a full dairy at my disposal, and knowing I wanted this ice cream to be easy, I did take a few shortcuts, I know McConnell’s would never take.
Instant coffee. You could seep whole coffee beans to extract the best coffee flavor, but when there are some excellent instant coffees on the market (Starbucks) go for easy.
Don’t let the dark color scare you off, once you add in the heavy cream, it will lighten up quite a bit and still maintain that rich coffee flavor.
The same can be said of the chocolate you choose to use. I love dark chocolate and coffee together. I just might have had a Special Dark Candy Bar (or 3) in my freezer. Cheese graters aren’t just for cheese.
The McConnell Coffee Ice Cream is speckled with chocolate, not big chunks like chocolate chips. I won’t judge if you use mini chocolate chips. Add the chocolate shavings just before the ice cream is ready.
Normally, I’ll transfer my homemade ice cream to a container and freeze it to make it a little harder but this Coffee Ice Cream didn’t stand a chance. We had it as soft serve.
I was hoping the kids wouldn’t like it so it would be all mine. Not a chance. I had to save a small bowl for my son who wasn’t home when it was made, just so he could have a small taste.
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