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Every scoop of Raw Peppermint Kiss Ice Cream is loaded with tasty raw peppermint candy pieces. Delicious any time of year, the ice cream is an especially welcome treat when served at winter holiday gatherings. I choose to create a vanilla based ice cream, and I wanted the vibrant colors of white and red to pop for our Christmas gathering. You could easily add a few tablespoons of raw cacao powder to the vanilla base, making it a chocolate based ice cream. Or, you could add in raw cacao nibs giving it that extra crunch texture and a chocolatly flavor.
I purposely chose not to add any additional peppermint extract or oil to the vanilla base because I find that the flavor of peppermint can be rather intense. The idea was for the raw peppermint kiss candies to highlight the vanilla flavor, giving each bite just a hint of peppermint. As a personal preference, I don’t care for hard fruit pieces or candies to be in my ice cream. I like having different textures but I find hard candies tend to stick in my teeth as the cream ice cream washes down my throat, leaving me to picking chunks of hard sugared candy out of my teeth. And frozen fruit chunks always seem sort of dry and flavorless to me. But these little kisses are perfect because they are made from date paste which doesn’t freeze solid.
This way, the creamy vanilla ice cream coats your mouth and at the same time you get the chew of peppermint candy which causes the flavors to intermix, giving you that one-bite-wonder. I am not a painter, but I am trying to paint a clear picture here of what you can expect from this treat. :) I could have just said it was wonderful …. delicious … but what does that really tell you?
Last night, we sat around the living room playing games with the family. Mom got up to grab a single serving of the ice cream, she set it on the coffee table to let it warm up a bit before diving in. Before she knew it… my sister had snagged some, she moaned with pleasure, then handed a spoonful to her boyfriend, then a spoonful to my dad… Let’s just say that by the time mom even noticed that it was missing from her side, it was three-quarters of the way gone. hehe Good thing we had plenty to go around.
I love freezing my raw ice creams in individual-sized mason jars. That way others can