Coffee + Ice Cream = One Tasty Treat

It’s getting hotter outside and sometimes, you just don’t want to settle for a fruity Popsicle. Perhaps you’d like to combine your love of coffee with a frozen dessert. If this is the case, you may want to consider making coffee-flavored ice cream sandwiches. Below you will find a recipe for this unique ice cream treat.

Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

(this recipe makes 8 servings)

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces butter or margarine (room temperature)
  • 2 ounces caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 4 ounces flour
  • 16 ounces coffee ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Icing Sugar

Directions

1) Lightly grease 2 to 3 baking sheets.

2) Use an electric mixer or wooden spoon to beat the butter until soft.

3) Add in the caster sugar and beat together.

4) Add in the flour and coffee – mixing by hand in order to form an evenly blended dough.

5) Wrap the dough in a plastic bag and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

6) Lightly sprinkle your work surface with icing sugar.

7) Knead the dough on the sugared surface for a couple of minutes. The dough should slightly soften.

8) Use a rolling pin dusted with icing sugar to roll out the dough. It should have a thickness of 1/8 inch. Use a 2 ½ inch fluted pastry cutter to create 16 rounds from the dough.

9) Place the rounds on the prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

10) Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and bake the biscuits until they have turned a lovely light golden color. This should take about 30 minutes.

11) Allow the biscuits to cool and firm up before taking off of the baking sheets and placing on a wire rack to completely cool.

12) Remove the ice cream from the freezer and let soften for 10 minutes at room temperature.

13) Using a metal spatula, evenly spread the ice cream on the flat side of eight biscuits. Leave room around the edges of the biscuits. Place one of the remaining biscuits on top of the ice cream – flat-side down.

14) Arrange the ice cream sandwiches on a baking sheet, and cover. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour or longer if you want a firmer sweet treat. Sift the cocoa powder over the tops before eating or serving.

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Power of Fruit® Launches Frozen Fruit Bars Into Wegmans Chain

Great news, everyone! Wegmans shoppers can cool off with Power of Fruit bars this summer. On June 25 top sellers Power of Fruit’s BananaBerry and Original flavors were launched in the Nature’s Market Place section of each of their 77 stores.

“Wegmans is known for its fresh produce and that is where Power of Fruit fits in. POF bars are just fresh fruit – chopped up and frozen,” said Marcia Blackwell, Marketing Director at Power of Fruit. Carrying Power of Fruit bars is just another example of Wegmans commitment to healthy eating.”

This Wegmans announcement follows the inclusion of Power of Fruit Bars in 96 Winn-Dixie stores and an additional 158 natural food stores nationwide. Total distribution is over 2000 grocery and natural foods retailers.

About the Power of Fruit®: Power of Fruit® Bars are made purely from fresh fruit, frozen. Unlike other frozen bars that claim to be natural, they have no 6-syllable ingredients or laboratory additives that would disqualify anyone from a spelling bee. All five flavors of POF Bars are a blend of whole fruit with just a little all-natural fruit juice concentrate and water. That’s it. Coming in at less than 35 calories per bar, the treats are also equivalent to ½ a daily fruit serving.

The Power of Fruit® was founded in 2008 by four hungry guys looking for a flavorful and healthful dessert to share with their kids and hopefully a few million of their closest friends. Power of Fruit bars are distributed nationwide. For Further information please visit www.poweroffruit.com.

About Wegmans: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 77-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland. Its first New England store will open in Northborough, Massachusetts in October 2011. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for fourteen consecutive years. In 2011, Wegmans ranked #3 on the list.

Let’s Make a Tropical Ice Cream Sundae

Ice cream sundaes usually come topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry on top, but this is not the only way to enjoy this popular frozen dessert. When looking for different ways to spice up your ice cream treats, consider taking a walk on the tropical side. The following ice cream sundae recipes incorporate island flavors and fruits:

Tropical Fruit Sundae

Perfect for fruit lovers, this sundae incorporates the flavors of pineapple, coconut, kiwi, and passion fruit.

Ingredients

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Sliced kiwi
  • Passion fruit
  • Coconut
  • Whipped cream

In a sundae dish, add one scoop of vanilla ice cream. Add pineapple chunks, kiwi slices, pieces of passion fruit, and coconut. Top with whipped cream. Optional toppings include chopped nuts and sprinkles.

Tropical Coconut Sundae

Coconut ice cream might not be the easiest ingredient to find, but you can always invest in making a completely homemade dessert. You may also substitute the coconut ice cream for Perry’s Tropical Neapolitan, which offers mango, pineapple and coconut flavors of ice cream.

Ingredients

  • Coconut ice cream
  • Mango sauce
  • Sliced banana
  • Pistachio nuts

Put a scoop of coconut ice cream in a bowl. Add mango sauce and top with slices of banana. For the finishing touch, sprinkle pistachio nuts.

Warm Tropical Banana Ice Cream Topping

When you’re looking for a tropical alternative to hot fudge, consider this island twist on a warm topping.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 6 ripe bananas (sliced)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 3 ½ tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

Over medium heat, melt the butter in a skillet. Add the banana slices to the skillet. Stir in the vanilla extract, and cook the ingredients until the bananas turn a golden brown color. Add the coconut flakes and stir. Top with confectioners’ sugar and walnuts. Serve quickly over ice cream.

Grilled Pineapple Sundae

If you love pineapple, then this sundae is right up your alley.

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (or maple syrup or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Maple syrup

Prepare a fresh pineapple for slicing. Cut the fruit and trim off the rind of each ring. Remove the tough core. Place the rings to the side, and preheat your grill to medium-high.

As the grill preheats, mix the butter, brown sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Heat the ingredients until they are evenly mixed. The sugar should completely dissolve. This will serve as your glaze.

Brush one side of the pineapple rings with the glaze. Place the rings on the grill with the glazed side down. Brush the tops of the rings with the glaze.

Close the cover of the grill and cook for about 3 minutes (or until the pineapple rings show the characteristic grill marks).

Turn over the rings, and brush with the glaze again. Grill for another 3 minutes (or until grill marks appear on the other side). Remove the pineapple from the grill.

Place one or two pineapple rings on a plate. Add one or two scoops of ice cream to the center. Drizzle with maple syrup, and serve immediately.

Banana Pineapple Sundae

This sundae will satisfy the foodie that enjoys the taste of pineapples and bananas together.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 small bananas (firm and sliced)
  • 1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
  • ½ teaspoon rum extract
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream

Add brown sugar, orange juice, butter and cinnamon to a large saucepan. Bring the ingredients to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, and cook for 2 minutes. Make sure to stir the contents while cooking. Add the bananas and pineapple. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes longer. Remove the ingredients from the heat and stir in the rum extract. Top a scoop of vanilla ice cream with the cooked fruit mixture.

 

Summertime Sweet Treats: Homemade Gelato

When you’re looking to put your ice cream maker to good use, consider experimenting with the rainbow of flavors possible with homemade gelato – the Italian version of ice cream. After sampling a host of tantalizing gelato flavors at the local Italian bakery, it got me thinking – what do I have to do to make this dessert at home? From mango to pistachio to coffee-flavored gelato, you can recreate the intense flavors of gelato for your next summertime sweet treat.

What’s So Special About Gelato?

Gelato is to Italy what ice cream is to North America, but with three distinct differences. For starters, gelato contains significantly less butterfat than ice cream. Since there is a lower butterfat content, gelato doesn’t freeze as solid as ice cream. Because of this – gelato melts in your mouth faster, delivering an instantaneous blast of flavor.

gelatoManufacturers often add air to their product to double their quantity. However, the quality of the ice cream suffers. With gelato, no air is added, which creates a much higher density than ice cream that produces a richer and creamier sweet treat in taste. Gelato is actually served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream with about a 10- to 15-degree difference. In its less frozen, the taste of gelato is further amplified as it melts in your mouth.

When you buy gelato at a shop or grocery store, look for selections that use real fruit, nuts, chocolates, milk and cream, instead of flavored syrups.

Homemade Gelato Recipe

You can also make your own gelato at home with:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan, mix 2 cups of milk and 1 cup of cream. Warm the mixture until foam starts to form around the edges. Remove the saucepan from the heat.

2. Beat 4 egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until they become frothy.

3. Gradually pour the warm milk into the egg yolks. Whisk constantly, and then return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture gels slightly and coats the back of the spoon. Remove the mixture immediately if you see lumps of egg begin to appear.

4. Into a bowl, pour the mixture through a sieve or fine strainer. Cover, and chill for several hours or leave in the refrigerator overnight.

5. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the maker’s instructions. Transfer the gelato mix to a sealed container. Freeze until it becomes firm. If the gelato is too firm, place in the refrigerator until it reaches the desired consistency.

If you don’t feel like making your own, you can always buy some! Check out this Gelato Classico Variety Pack (Pack of 6)!

Frozen Raspberry Dessert Recipe

Ingredients
Crust
1 cup crushed vanilla wafers (28 wafers)
1/2 cup finely chopped blanched almonds or macadamia nuts
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Filling
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur or orange juice
1 package (10 oz) frozen raspberries with syrup, thawed
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
2 drops red food color
Sweetened whipped cream, if desired
Chocolate hearts, if desired

Instructions
1. Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, mix crust ingredients. Press firmly in bottom of ungreased 8-inch springform pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

2. In large bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and liqueur with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add raspberries; beat on low speed until well blended. Fold in whipped cream and red food color. Pour over crust. Freeze at least 2 hours or until firm.

3. Just before serving, let stand at room temperature about 15 minutes. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream and chocolate hearts. Store dessert in freezer.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Pillsbury.com.

Blackwell’s Organic + Giveaway – NOW CLOSED

Today I’d like to introduce you to Blackwell’s Organic! They make delicious gelatos and sorbettos that are “Better for your body, your soul and the planet ®”.

About the Company:
Founded in 2005 by Marcia & Tom Blackwell.  Tom is lactose intolerant and had been making these recipes at home for several years. Neither was happy with the non-dairy desserts on the market. They both wanted to create a product and a company that was a reflection of their personal values and their lifestyle. They live in a 100% solar powered home, organic garden and drive a Prius.

About the products:
Their delicious gelatos and sorbettos are certified organic, kosher and FairTrade.

The “Blackwell’s Organic” Difference:

  • Delicious flavors: A deep dark bittersweet chocolate gelato that is to die for.  A strawberry sorbet that tastes like strawberries fresh from the field.  They are all so incredibly delicious, you won’t even know they are better for you!

  • USDA Certified Organic and Star-K Kosher Certified: Their products are 100% Organic and Kosher– dairy-free, preservative free, gluten free and vegan. Nothing artificial! They are the perfect indulgence for the educated and health conscious consumer who is craving a delicious dessert that meets their health and dietary needs.

    Traditional Italian Dairy gelato is made with cow’s milk and contains less butterfat than traditional American ice cream. Gelato is usually at 2-4% butterfat and American style ice creams 10% to 18%. Blackwell’s Organic is made with soy milk which is cholesterol free and has much less fat than even traditional gelato. Only 2- 6 grams of fat per ½ cup serving.

  • Certified Fair Trade: Blackwell’s Organic is the only frozen dessert company that has FairTrade certified ingredients in every flavor. A Fair Trade Certified label on a product ensures consumers that a fair price was paid for the product, fair wages were paid to the workers producing the item, monies were invested in the communities in which the product was produced for vital projects such as schools and health clinics, and that the goods were produced in a sustainable manner; protecting both the workers and the environment.

Where to purchase: at Whole Foods in NY, NJ, PA, CT, KY, MD, OH, VA and Washington DC or via mail order at www.gelatobymail.com

To learn more about Blackwell’s Organic, please visit their Web site: www.BlackwellsOrganic.com.

GIVEAWAY

Blackwell’s Organic has generously donated 4 pints of gelato/sorbetto to be shipped to a winner anywhere in the continental USA via their gelatobymail.com website.

This giveaway is open to US residents only.

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Frozen Sweet Treats: What’s the Difference?

In the past, ice cream was once an expensive and rare treat because it took quite a long time to prepare the dessert before the invention of modern refrigeration was born. Today, ice cream isn’t the only frozen indulgence that satisfies a sweet tooth. We can now choose from a variety of frozen sweet treats that offer an array of ingredients, flavors, and textures, including:

Ice Cream

ice cream dessert
Image Credit: Richard Dudley

Dairy products, such as milk and cream, play a significant role in making ice cream, which comes in fat-free, slow churned, sugar free, and low-fat versions. The variety of fruits, nuts, flavors, and other ingredients livening up our ice creams are endless. From rosewater-flavored selections served at Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream (Los Angeles, California) to inspired blends, like Turkey Hill’s Limited Edition Baked Apple Dumpling, creative minds cease to surprise our taste buds. Ice cream is also used in a variety of delicious desserts – ice cream pies, parfaits, cakes, and other desserts, like the infamous Baked Alaska.

ice cream dessert
photo credit: Michal Zacharzewski

Introduced as a healthier alternative to ice cream, frozen yogurt (also known as ‘froyo’) is made from or contains yogurt and/or other dairy products, which contributes to a lower calorie count. Frozen yogurt possesses a softer consistency and is considered tartier than ice cream. A basic frozen yogurt recipe generally includes milk solids, milk fat, yogurt culture, sweetener, gelatin, corn syrup, coloring, and flavoring. Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, peach, and other fruity flavors dominate the frozen yogurt market.

Frozen Custard

Similar to ice cream, frozen custard carries a high percentage of butterfat and egg yolk, which creates a thick, creamy texture. This frozen treat offers a much smoother, softer consistency than ice cream. The best place to enjoy frozen custard is at a modern stand or facility, where the treat is prepared fresh. It’s usually hard to track down frozen custards in a grocery store. Standard flavors include chocolate and vanilla with the occasional unique blend – often touted as a ‘flavor of the day.’

Gelato

The Italian version of ice cream is called gelato – a frozen dessert typically consisting of milk, cream, sugar, and natural flavorings – most often fruit and nut purees. This traditional sweet treat usually delivers a bolder flavor and contains about 3% less fat than ice cream. Often served in a small glass dish or paper container, popular gelato flavors include chocolate, pistachio, coffee, egg custard, strawberry, raspberry, and lemon.

sorbetdessertSorbet

A range of sorbets is found in restaurants and grocery stores – a frozen treat consisting of sweetened water flavored with frozen fruit juice or puree. Wine, liqueurs, and chocolate can also play a role in the creation of sorbet. While ice cream uses dairy products with an abundant amount of air whipped in, sorbet differs in its composition – allowing a dense and fuller flavor to emerge in this non-fat or low-fat dessert. Popular flavors of sorbet include key lime, mango, and coconut.

Sherbet

Sherbet offers a refreshing frozen blend of sweetened fruit juice and water. Sometimes, sherbet contains egg whites, gelatin, and milk, but usually only a small amount. The sweet treat possesses a lighter consistency than ice cream and is known for its vibrantly fruity flavors. Raspberry, orange, lime, and lemon represent standard sherbet flavors. Tropical blends, such as pineapple, mango, and coconut are also available. Pair orange sherbet with vanilla ice cream to create a dazzlingly traditional combination.

Italian Ice

Not to be confused with an Icee or flavored shaved ice, Italian ice actually undergoes the same process as ice cream – mixing ingredients and pouring them into a batch freezer. This frozen dessert is comprised of concentrated syrup flavoring or natural fruit purees. Cherry, lemon, orange, and blue raspberry are popular flavors of Italian ice, which is typically served in small cups or tube-like containers.