8/14/09

mint chocolate Oreo chunk ice cream

copyright 2009 dawn finicane

Back in the beginning of spring I finally broke down and bought an ice cream maker. Of course it sat in the box unopened for a good two months before I finally used it. Why did I wait so long? To be honest, I truly though ice cream making was hard, very hard. Slaving for hours over the stove, stirring till your arm is numb, then chilling, reheating, then chilling again, then churning to finally freezing. That was so not the case. My friend the ice cream expert, Ms. Esi told me ice cream making couldn't be easier (kiss my hips goodbye!). I fell in love with the whole process of making ice cream; I can now make my own ice cream MY WAY. I don't know about you, but I am a stickler for having lots o' junk in my ice cream. I cannot eat boring smooth ice cream without some sort of texture and flavor combo. And my dear friend Ben & Jerry has, over the years, gone way down in the amount of stuff they put in their ice cream. I mean you're lucky if you get a whole smashed up cookie in their ice cream pints. What's up with that? Why all the decrease in stuff in ice cream? Is there a cookie shortage somewhere?
I will say this, ice cream is super hard to photograph! Tips I found out, thanks to my buddy Manggy, is too make sure the bowl the ice cream will be sitting in is kept in the freezer for a while before you put the ice cream in it. And get a good ice cream scoop! I bought one of those cheapy crappy ones at the grocery store and it broke on the third scoop! Which brings me to my photo; this is the only good photo I got as my ice cream scoop broke. I was lucky to get this one photo.
The easiest recipe people I promise! And it really tasted very rich and creamy just like a homemade ice cream should. I started with is Alton Brown's chocolate ice cream. And from there all I did was add in a hint of mint and lots of crushed up Oreo's. Mmm hmm.
So, the recipe is found here Alton Brown. What I did: I used only half the amount of vanilla extract; and before it goes into the fridge to chill that's when I added the peppermint flavoring or peppermint oil (1 tsp); lastly during the last 3 - 5 minutes of churning in the ice cream maker I added about 1 & 1/2 cups of crushed Oreo's. You can add as much or as little as you like.

57 comments:

  1. Growing up, there used to be an ice cream place that had mint oreo. It was my FAVORITE, and I can't find it anywhere now! I will be tying this.

    And, I totally botched the cookies. I'm the worst baker ever.

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  2. Homemade ice cream is the best. We love making our own. This flavor looks oh so good!

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  3. I can have certain flavors of ice cream plain, but I tend to favor the huge chunks of cookies. If you're gonna have a cookie ice cream it's the whole point! Glad your ice cream maker is getting some exercise!!!

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  4. Just reading the title of this post gave me shivers (in a good way). This looks beyond excellent! Ben & Jerry's used to make a similar flavor but I think its been discontinued... :( Guess I should make my own! Have a good one!

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  5. I hear ya about the lack of cookies in ice cream - here's to TONS of 'em in every scoop :-D

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  6. I need an ic cream maker stat!!! Or if you've got any more...pass me a bowl, will ya?

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  7. oh my gosh yum! I want an ice cream maker so bad!

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  8. Saw your ice cream tweets today and knew that this would be so good. Oreos make all things good.

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  9. That ice cream looks decadent! I've had an ice cream maker on my wish list for a while, this makes me want one even more!

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  10. Cookie shortage??? Who me?? Are you looking at me about the cookie shortage..I dont know what you are talking about. Cookie Shortage???
    LOL

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  11. I want one, too! Specifically the attachment for my KitchenAid. I love this ice cream combo... on vacation to Cape Cod a few weeks ago, it was called Grasshopper at the ice cream place near us.

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  12. I think I have the Ben & Jerry's version of this in the fridge right now, but the ice cream is green (just minty), rather than chocolate. Yours looks fabulous! I've been contemplating getting an ice cream maker so I could come up with my own flavors... to satisfy any ice cream cravings!

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  13. I'm with you on the smooth ice cream thing. It is def better with some kind of chewy, tasty debris type thing going on :)

    And I laughed at you breaking ice cream scoop. Those plastic ones look nice, but man they aren't even good at scooping Jello :)

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  14. i hide oreos in the cupboard so I could make ice cream with them, I'm gonna try this, thanks Dawn!

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  15. This looks good to me! I've been making ice cream like crazy these last few weeks (and popsicles too!). Hopefully I'll get a post in tonight.

    Yum!

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  16. Ahh, a new ice cream convert like myself (since June). Love it! Yep, kiss the hips goodbye!
    This looks and sounds awesome!

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  17. Oh man, I love tons of stuff in my ice cream. That looks awesome!

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  18. Oh, I just had something like this this afternoon! Can you believe it? It was GOOOOOD

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  19. My daughter had this exact ice cream flavor in a little ice cream shop in Cape Cod on our vacation and she said that it was the best ice cream she's ever had. She's been asking for it so I'm really excited that you posted this, can't wait to make this yummy ice cream at home!

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  20. This is dangerous territory. The Sundae School's Mint Oreo used to be my favorite ice cream (back when I allowed myself to eat ice cream).

    We got an ice cream maker six months ago, but didn't use it until about a month ago. I was intimidated too. All that making of custard, etc. It seemed like too many steps, until I actually tried it.

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  21. Sounds so good! I rarely eat ice cream and the last time I did it was B&J and I had to really dig to find a chocolate fish too :/
    Can you make sorbets in the maker too? I've never thought of buying one, but the possibilities could be endless, thinking about it that way...
    Happy eating!

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  22. MMMMMMM,...your ice cream looks so lovely,...dark & mysterious!

    MMMMMM,...

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  23. Hey how did I miss that you were back!! My blogroll didn't update. Grrrrrr!! Nice to see you. :) And so glad you are back to me me hungrier than ever with these delicious desserts! This Oreo cookie looks awesome, Dawn! I'm feeling a baking coming on. Hope you had a wonderful summer. Mine was busy as ever. I can't wait to rest from summer! Lol!

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  24. This ice cream looks heavenly, but I'm dying to try the peach pie (and the fact that I don't have an ice cream maker cancels that out!)
    I love your blog - so glad you are back!

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  25. Oh. My. Gosh. I want some right now. This looks delicious!

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  26. Nothing beats homemade ice-cream! I can't wait to get an ice-cream maker too!

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  27. good tip about freezing the bowl a bit! and come on, what a stellar ice cream. mint chocolate chip is a favorite, and variations like this are the reason i absolutely cannot have an ice cream maker. :)

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  28. Hey Baby! You're back! :)

    Missed you lots. Hope you had a great time.

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  29. pigmeewill loves iiiiiccceee creaaaammmm with pieeeeee! Are you going to make a pieeee?? I love pieeeesss! I love to have pie when I do my garden......I really want to plant a rock garden, but I'm afraid what it will look like if the rocks die....

    DEET DEET!!!

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  30. Looks heavenly! My kind of ice cream.

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  31. Man, I thought it was just me that struggled with taking good ice cream photos. Thanks for the tips.

    I think it wild that someone as baking proficient as yourself would think ice cream difficult. (You make up your own recipes.)
    ~ingrid

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  32. Oh wow, I would love this (I always order mint oreo blizzards when we're on road trips!), it looks amazing! Glad you got an ice cream maker :)

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  33. OMG, yes, yes, yes! And it would be perfect in the pie! Looks absolutely delicious! BTW, my favortie cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory is: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough. I'm sure I'm the only one...it's violently rich and makes the most of the chocolate-peanut butter combo.

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  34. Ah! I was surprised to suddenly see my name there-- thanks sweetie :) I think I am the opposite, though. I like plainer ice creams (but then again, what use is my ice cream maker, huh?). All the better to *add* toppings, my dear ;)

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  35. This looks sinfully delicious!!! I'm all for lots of cookie chunks - that's the best part!

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  36. I like youure philosophy about not wanting smooth ice cream. I like that you add lots of goodies and do it your way! High 5 girlfriend!

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  37. I am loving this ice cream flavor. Who wouldn't love big chunks of oreos in mint chocolate ice cream? YUM!

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  38. Oh YUM!!! There really is nothing like homemade icecream.. I love the mint and oreo combination!

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  39. this is the kind of theraphy i'm looking for to fight against sadness!! this is absolutely delicious!! love love it!!

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  40. I always knew I loved you.

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  41. This looks great to me, Dawn, even though I prefer a smooth ice cream! :)

    Ben & Jerry's sold out, dude.

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  42. That scoop is calling my name. My daughter sand I love chocolate mint. And who can resist an Oreo?

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  43. Gosh - best looking ice cream!

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  44. I wished I liked ice cream, because it looks amazing!

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  45. Oh. Oh my goodness. I have become increasingly convinced I need an ice cream maker... it's going on my Christmas list this year. And THEN... I will absolutely make this.

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  46. me oh my... i just brought my ice cream maker to the house i'm at this week (dog-sitting). luckily they have more room in the freezer than i do! this sounds incredible, and i love chunks :)

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  47. oh, you shouldn't have... how did you know Oreos are my biggest weakness?

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  48. Sold! I am getting an icecream maker - stat!

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  49. mint and oreo..now what could be possibly better than that!

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  50. Congrats on getting an ice cream maker. When I got mine, I opened it up, put the base in the freezer, and made vanilla bean ice cream the next day haha.

    Your ice cream looks yummy! I will have to make this soon.

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  51. This looks & sounds absolutely delicious, cant wait to have a go!

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  52. Love homemade ice cream, and this one looks great. I've broken about 3 scoops, and now rely totally on my one-piece cast aluminum scoop. No moving parts to break.

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  53. my my!1 vat a perfect yummy looking ice cream!! luv the addition of the oreo chunk!! definitely gonna give a try!!
    cheers!!

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  54. oh my goodness! This looks like the best icecream ever! Mint and oreo are my favorite! So glad I found your blog :)
    -Mini Baker

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  55. WOW!!!Great blogsite-I really enjoyed the pictures! Thank you for brightening my day-Francis http://www.geothermalquestions.net

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