Wednesday, March 14, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Green

Do you wear green on St. Patrick's Day? Not only do we wear green on St. Patrick's Day, we even wear green the night before. Who really wants to be woken up by being pinched? Don't worry no one has been pinched to this date. It is like a game and no one gets caught without green in this household. Plus I wouldn't pinch anyone hard but I couldn't guarantee the kids play by the same rules. I sure don't want to find out.
Last year, I purchased The Perfect Scoop cookbook by David Lebovitz and my ice cream machine gets used often. If my husband had his way, it would be used daily. He has been disappointed lately since I haven't used it once this year. I wanted to continue with an Irish theme that was kid friendly. Since I didn't find one I liked, I decided to create one using the Chocolate Ice Cream, Philadelphia-Style as my template. The end result was delicious!
Irish Mint Chocolate Ice Cream
3/4 cups of Baileys Irish Cream Coffee Creamer
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
6 Tbsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 package of Andes Mint Chocolates, 18 pieces chopped
1 cup low fat milk
1/4 tsp mint extract

Directions:
  1. In a large saucepan, mix the creamer, heavy cream, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt.
  2. Over medium heat, mix the mixture until a rolling boil.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the chopped bittersweet chocolate and half of the chopped mint chocolates.
  4. Stir until the chocolate has melted.
  5. Add the milk and the mint extract until well combined.
  6. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  7. Add the mixture to an ice cream machine. 
  8. Follow the ice cream machine's instructions for the amount of time to mix the mixture.
  9. At the end of the mixing cycle time, add the remaining chopped mint chocolates.
Created by Jen of Sweet Morris.
Did you already know..........
-The first St. Patrick's Day parade occurred in New York City in 1762.
-Besides New York, Boston, Savannah, Philadelphia, and Chicago have a St. Patrick's Day parade.
-Every year, Chicago dyes the Chicago River green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The city has been doing this tradition since 1962.

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