Peppermint Stick Ice Cream with Hot Fudge Sauce
The most delicious mint ice cream there is--tinted pink and studded with crushed candy canes or peppermint candies. This is bound to become your new fave. And if you top it with hot fudge sauce, you may be ruined for all other ice cream, going forward.
- Serves: 8 persons
- Ice Cream:
- 2cups whole milk
- 1cup heavy cream
- ¾cup white sugar, divided
- 6large egg yolks
- ¼teaspoon table salt
- 2½ teaspoons peppermint extract
- 3drops red food coloring
- ¾cup crushed peppermint candy canes, or more to taste
- ¾cup heavy cream
- ⅓cup light corn syrup
- 5tablespoons white sugar
- ¼cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1¼ cups chopped bittersweet chocolate
- 3tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- ½teaspoon table salt
Step 1Combine milk, cream, and 1/2 cup sugar for ice cream in a medium pot over medium heat; bring to a simmer.
Step 2Meanwhile, stir together egg yolks, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and salt in a small bowl.
Step 3Pour some of the hot milk-cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture, whisking quickly to avoid scrambling the eggs. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Whisk and cook until custard coats the back of a spoon and does not flow when you run a finger through it, about 3 minutes.
Step 4Transfer custard to a clean bowl and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours but preferably overnight.
Step 5Remove custard from the refrigerator and stir in peppermint extract and food coloring. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions, about 20 minutes; add crushed candy canes at the end of the churning time, or right before. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.
Step 6Combine cream, corn syrup, and sugar for hot fudge sauce in a medium saucepan. Sift in cocoa powder, stir, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add chocolate, reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until completely melted. Remove from the heat and stir in butter, vanilla, and salt.
Step 7Place a scoop of peppermint ice cream into a bowl, dribble on some hot fudge sauce, and sprinkle with additional crushed candy canes.