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All About Ice Cream

Churned frozen desserts like ice cream, sherbet, and sorbet get their soft, spoonable texture from being stirred with a paddle (known as a dasher) while they are cooled to below the freezing point in an ice-cream maker. The stirring action ensures that the ice crystals remain tiny and introduces enough […]


Buttermilk Sherbet

Makes about 1 1/4 quarts (about 8 servings) Corn syrup helps prevent the sugar in this recipe from forming crystals that could give the sherbet a grainy texture. This is especially helpful in a recipe like this one, with virtually none of the butterfat that keeps ice creams smooth and […]


Coffee Ice Cream

Makes about 1 1/4 quarts, or 8 servings Freshly ground coffee gives this Philadelphia-style ice cream a bold flavor. Coffee beans are sold by variety or as a blend, and in varying degrees of “roast,” from a light, or American, roast to inky black and shiny espresso roast. Coarsely grinding […]


Easy S’mores Ice Cream Bars

Makes 16 bars These bars can be as homemade as you like, from the ice cream to the hot fudge and marshmallow cream. Higher quality ice cream will freeze firmer, making the bars easier to handle, but don’t hesitate to refreeze the bars as many times as needed to make […]

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Flavoring Homemade Ice Cream

As the summer settles in, there is no greater joy than a scoop of ice cream on a hot day. No matter your favorite flavor, from simple vanilla to the rockiest rocky road, an ice cream cone is the ultimate way to treat yourself. Near our San Antonio campus, where […]


French Vanilla Ice Cream

Makes about 1 1/4 quarts, or 8 servings This is your classic vanilla ice cream, with a clean vanilla flavor and those signature flecks from the seeds of a fresh vanilla bean. If you can’t find vanilla beans, vanilla paste is your best substitute. Ingredients 3 cups heavy cream 1 […]


Homemade Chocolate Shell

Makes about 1 cup You can use refined or unrefined (or virgin) coconut oil for this recipe, but refined has a more neutral, and less coconut-y, flavor. For dipping, use the higher quantity of coconut oil for a more fluid finished product. Ingredients 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or roughly […]


Hot Fudge Sauce

Makes about 2 cups Ingredients 6 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted 1/2 cup cocoa powder 2/3 cup water 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Directions Combine the melted chocolate, cocoa powder, and water in a […]

Family Fun

Make it Yourself: Homemade Chocolate Shell

Are you a fan of chocolate shell? You might also know it as magic shell or chocolate dip. We find it hard to imagine that anyone can hate chocolate meant to cover ice cream, but hey, some people like those circus peanut candies that taste like bananas. If you’re in […]