Ice Cream Toppings & Mix-ins
As if plain ol' ice cream wasn't good enough...along comes ice cream toppings and mix-ins...additions that make ice cream irresistible to even the most "ice-cream-resistant"!
The difference between toppings and mix-ins? As their names imply, toppings are sprinkled on top of ice cream and mix-ins are stirred right into the ice cream.
- Scoop out 1 or 2 servings of ice cream onto a clean flat surface.
- Flatten the ice cream to form a relatively thin layer.
- Sprinkle your desired mix-ins on top of the ice cream.
- Using 2 forks (1 in each hand), quickly stir the mix-ins evenly throughout the ice cream.
- Place ice cream in bowls or cones and serve immediately.
- Please note: ice cream will melt quickly during this process. It is best to do your mixing on a stone or aluminum tray that has been chilled in the freezer.
- If you're making ice cream in an ice cream maker, simply add the items during the last few minutes of mixing.
Preparing Ice Cream Toppings and Mix-Ins
- Chopped items: use cutting board and sharp knife
- Crushed items: place in clear Ziploc bag, crush with the heel of your hand, rolling pin, or small hammer
- Crumbled items: break into small bits with your hands
- Dough: make according to normal baking directions, omit eggs, roll into small balls
- Fruit: fresh fruit is best, but frozen or canned is possible; add sugar to fresh and frozen fruit
- Size: mix-ins must not be too large if using an ice cream maker
Ideas for Ice Cream Toppings and Mix-Ins
- Chocolate Chips
- White Chocolate Chips
- Chopped Chocolate Bar: any kind
- Crushed Oreo Cookies
- Crumbled Fudge
- Crumbled Brownie
- Chopped Walnuts
- Chopped Pecans
- Chopped Almonds
- Chopped Macadamias
- Chopped Strawberries
- Chopped Peaches
- Chopped Pineapples
- Pie Filling: any kind
- Mini Marshmallows
- Mini Gumballs
- Crushed Life-Savers
- Gummy Bears/Worms
- Cookie Dough
- Crumbled Graham Cracker Pie Crust
- Crumbled Cheese Cake
Syrups & Sauces
- Peanut Butter
Is your mouth watering yet? With these ideas and some of your own, you can create decadent ice cream sundaes and specialty ice cream flavors - right in your own home!
By Jenn Fraiser
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