I cannot believe how amazing this ice cream is! It is better than any chocolate ice cream I have ever had. And I can’t believe that I made it by myself, and without a maker! HA! Freaking Awesome!
I used David Lebovitz’s recipe for chocolate ice cream….which you can find here in Google Books…..
But what I think really made this ice cream as stellar as it is, is the Askinosie Chocolate and Cocoa that I used in it. Months ago I mentioned Askinosie in my blog and was contacted by them and they sent me some of their awesome chocolate. I had been hoarding it….using a little bit here, a little bit there….But I decided it was time to have the full on Askinosie experience, so I used up the last of my solid chocolate from them and more of the cocoa. The last full bar I had was their “San Jose Del Tambo, Nibble Bar + Crunchy Cocoa Nibs”. It added a little texture to the ice cream, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I hadn’t really had cocoa nibs before, so this was a wonderful first experience for me. But I am now sad to say that I only have about 1/3 cup of cocoa left and NO chocolate bars. Very sad.
Back to the ice cream….for a minute….did I mention that I added some coconut extract in to the ice cream? Just enough that there is a hint of it, but not overpowering that awesome Askinosie chocolate taste. I am really trying to save some for Jason (who will be home some time this week) but I don’t quite see it happening! LOL I thought about topping this ice cream with something to make it a “true” Sundae, but I just couldn’t bring myself to put anything on top of it. It is truly perfect just the way it is!
I urge you to check out D.L.’s Perfect Scoop – the recipes in there are so easy to make (with or without a maker) and the flavours are great. I see myself making more and more ice cream and becoming more and more adventurous with my flavs….kinda like Anna is with hers….check out her blog Very Small Anna and her awesome creations – she is inspiring!
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