White Chocolate Ice Cream with Amarena Cherries #Sponsored by Chocoley

I know that I should be gearing up for all things pumpkin, but I thought that since the weather is still fairly warm I'd give you once last taste of summer— in ice cream form, of course! Thanks to my sponsorship with Chocoley I spent the summer living the dream, or at least a chocoholic's dream. They sent me a whole box of goodies to help make our summer ice cream series possible. If you enjoy this recipe, then you may want to check out the rest of the series which included Magic ShellChocolate Dipped Cones, and Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

For the final recipe I wanted to do something special, so I chose pair two of my favorite ingredients together—white chocolate and Amarena cherries. If you aren't familiar with this variety of this cherry that's because they come from Italy. They're a sour black cherry that you'll often find folded into gelato or spooned over panna cotta. Since they are imported you'll need to take a trip to a specialty store or order them online (see our notes below for sources.)

If you've never had the pleasure of biting into an Amarena cherry, then you've definitely been missing out. They're nothing like the super-sweet maraschino cherries you'll often find topping ice cream. These gems are tender and full of flavor, sweetened by the thick sugar syrup they come preserved in. If you love cherries, but haven't had an opportunity to try these, then why not cement your love of cherries with a batch of White Chocolate Amarena Cherry Ice Cream. It's so good it will leave you screaming for more.

White Chocolate Ice Cream with Amarena Cherries

White Chocolate Ice Cream with Amarena Cherries
makes slightly more than 1 quart

Ingredients

6 eggs yolks
2 cups whole milk
1¼ cups heavy whipping cream
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon lemon zest
1 vanilla bean
2 ounces Chocoley White Chocolate - Indulgence Ultra Couverture Dipping & Enrobing Chocolate
¾ cup Amarena cherries, cut in half (or more to taste)

Directions
 

 

  • Before beginning separate your egg yolks, whisk until smooth, and set aside. In a saucepan, set over medium-low heat, warm milk and whipping cream. Add sugar and lemon zest, stirring frequently until the temperature reaches roughly 105˚F and sugar is completely dissolved. 
  • Trim the tips off the vanilla bean, slice down the center, and scrape the seeds into the saucepan. Add chocolate and egg yolks, then warm until the temperature reaches 160˚F. While the custard is heating, stir frequently, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the pan.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat, run everything through a fine-mesh strainer to catch any stray bits of egg white, and allow the custard to cool to room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator.
  • Allow mixture to chill, covered, for at least 4 hours, or overnight before transferring to the ice cream maker. Churn according to manufacturer's instructions. You'll want to add the cherries just before transferring to the freezer, otherwise your ice cream will turn pink.

Notes

Having trouble locating Amarena Cherries? I found mine on Amazon

Don't toss out the cherry syrup, keep it in the refrigerator and use it to sweeten oatmeal, smoothies, or as an ice cream topping.

Not sure what to do with the leftover egg whites? Don't worry, we have you covered! You can use them in a batch of Honey Walnut Granola

Disclosure

 

Chocoley provided chocolate to help facilitate this project. All other supplies were purchased on my own.

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Lucky Mix aka White Trash

White trash mix... what a terrible name for such a delicious party snack. I've had it made various ways over the years, but my favorite incarnation is made with Lucky Charms cereal. Whoever decided on this change is an absolute genius! I still remember the Saint Patrick's Day party in elementary school when some enterprising room mother brought it in. In fact, it's the only thing I remember about that party, but my love for Lucky Mix was cemented that day. Now any time I need a quick sugary snack to bring along somewhere this is it.  

The first time I busted this out for poker night I was surprised how many people had never had it. Now when it's our turn to host it's the first thing I make, my husband insists on it. I will admit that I messed up a bit last time we hosted poker night. I forgot to make it, but in my defense I was in the middle of a crazy mission to make 7 different hot dips in an attempt to use all my crock-pots at once. What can I say, we're an odd bunch and I do have a somewhat excessive amount of crock-pots. I'm also pretty sure my husband had a bet going with someone that I wouldn't be able to pull it off.

Just let me warn anyone who tries to issue a food related challenge. You are going down, end of story. I'm just stubborn like that. Besides, food is kind of in my wheel house.

And now for a quick word of warning in case you decide to try this recipe out for your next party or poker night, it's highly addictive. If you've got a large group coming over make sure to double the recipe, this is always the first thing to disappear.

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Lucky Mix
makes approximately 12 servings

Ingredients

1 box Lucky Charms Cereal (11.5 oz)
1 bag white chocolate chips (12 oz)*
2 cups M&Ms
2 cups pretzels
2 cup honey roasted peanuts 

Special Equipment

Double boiler, for melting the white chocolate

If you don't have access to a double boiler you can construct one using a mixing bowl over a pot of simmering water. Just make sure the pot doesn't come in to contact with the water.

Directions

  • Fill the bottom of a sauce pan or double boiler with several inches of water. Do not allow the water to touch the bottom of mixing bowl or double boiler.
  • Bring water to a simmer and add white chocolate to the double boiler. Stir occasionally until there are no lumps and chocolate is smooth.
  • While chocolate is melting separate the marshmallows from the lucky charms cereal and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl combine peanuts, pretzels, and lucky charms cereal (but not the marshmallows, the warm chocolate will melt them.)
  • Once chocolate has melted pour over the contents of the mixing bowl and stir until well coated.
  • Spread the coated cereal on a baking sheet to cool for several minutes before adding marshmallows and m&m's.
  • Let stand for 20 - 30 minutes while chocolate hardens, break pieces up, then enjoy!

Notes

If you happen to have an Easter bunny or two lying around uneaten melt those babies down! They make a great coating for lucky mix.

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You thought I was kidding, didn't you? Didn't I just warn you that we're a weird bunch?

If you're having trouble getting the chocolate to set up, stick your Lucky Mix in a gallon sized ziploc bag and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes. I've noticed that on hot or humid days my chocolate doesn't always want to behave.

Inspiration

This tasty treat has been around since I was a kid, although I'm not sure where the recipe originated. It could have been the back of a cereal box or a recipe belonging to a very ingenuous room mother. Those ladies have quite a bit of talent when it comes to making fun treats for holiday parties.