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wherein i enter an organic valley employee ice cream competition.

wherein i enter an organic valley employee ice cream competition.

and so it came to pass that there was to be an organic valley employee ice cream competition. since i have recently started making my own, and i’m the milk and cream product manager, and we just launched some new, tasty creamers it seemed to make some sense that i actually enter the competition.

truth be told, i thought i had very little chance of winning because, well, i work for a dairy cooperative that employs some very talented ice cream makers ( as it happens, some of those who could/should have won didn’t enter for a variety of time and energy reasons ). but i went for it anyway and made a simple variation on odin’s favorite triple chocolate ice cream. i used our excellent hazelnut half and half instead of the plain, reduced the added sugar to 1/3 cup and didn’t add the milk chocolate chunks at the end, resulting in a double chocolate hazelnut ice cream.

i contemplated going a little fancier and doing a double chocolate candied bacon recipe but decided to keep it simple since this was a “popular vote” competition and i thought most regular folks would cringe at the thought of bacon in their ice cream ( don’t get me wrong, i’m not one those people. ).

turns out, i was almost wrong. one of the entries was a “bacon whiskey” concoction, “smokey and the bandit” ( in the middle of this photo ) that was really excellent, even though it didn’t have enough time to freeze thoroughly and had the consistency of a bacon whiskey milkshake.

and, i must say, the double chocolate rides right up to the line of “over the top” rich chocolishishness ( made with eight egg yolks! ). i mean, right. up. to. the. line. for some folks it could possibly cross the line. in other words, if you’re not Really Into Chocolate you could always ease back on it be just fine.

in the end, my “you really can’t go wrong with a double chocolate” strategy seemed to work, since i somehow ended up with the most votes ( this shot was taken about half-way through voting, but really i did! honest! )!

recipe: triple chocolate ice cream!

recipe: triple chocolate ice cream! I.

being the lucky guy that i am, kris and odin got me an ice cream maker for our kitchen aid mixer for my birthday so, naturally, i set out in search of the perfect recipe for first batch.

i knew i wanted something that really played to the home field advantage of being able to use eggs laid fresh in the morning by The Girls and i didn’t have to look very far since the recipe booklet for the ice cream maker had a wonderful-sounding recipe for triple chocolate ice cream that called for eight egg yolks!

anything with 3 kinds of chocolate, heavy whipping cream, half and half and eight egg yolks has to be super tasty, right? it’s like that old joke about pizza, even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.

and remember, if you’re going to make ice cream, why not use the very best ingredients like *cough* shameless plug *cough* organic valley heavy whipping cream and half & half 🙂

( note: don’t miss the 2 cooling steps! i did which extended the whole process to three days given my schedule. you can certainly make the ice cream in one day if you plan ahead. )

triple chocolate ice cream

2 cups organic valley heavy whipping cream
2 squares ( 1 oz, 30 g each ) semisweet baking chocolate, cut into chunks
2 squares ( 1 oz, 30 g each ) unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into chunks
2 cups organic valley half & half
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
8 egg yolks
4 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 bars ( 1.55 oz, 46 g each ) milk chocolate, chopped ( about 1 1/2 cups )

recipe: triple chocolate ice cream! II.

in a small saucepan, place 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, semisweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate. heat over medium-low heat until chocolate melts, stirring frequently. remove from heat; set aside. in medium saucepan over medium heat, heat half & half until very hot but not boiling, stirring often. remove from heat; set aside.

recipe: triple chocolate ice cream! III.

in small bowl, combine sugar and cocoa powder. set aside. place egg yolks in mixer bowl. attach bowl and wire whip to mixer. turn to speed 2 and gradually add sugar mixture; mix about 30 seconds, or until well blended and slightly thickened. continuing on speed 2, very gradually add chocolate mixture and half & half; mix until well blended.

recipe: triple chocolate ice cream. IV.

return half & half mixture to medium saucepan; stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until small bubbles form around edge and mixture is steamy. do not boil. transfer half & half mixture into large bowl; stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream, vanilla and salt. cover and chill thoroughly, at least 8 hours.

recipe: triple chocolate ice cream. V.

put ice cream “freeze bowl” and mixing attachments in place and turn on speed 1. pour chilled mixture into freeze bowl.

recipe: triple chocolate ice cream. VI.

continue on speed 1 for 10-15 minutes or until desired consistency, adding milk chocolate during last 1 to 2 minutes of freeze time. immediately transfer ice cream into an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours.

yield: 16 1/2 cup servings.

recipe: triple chocolate ice cream. VII.

so, how does it taste? if you’re into chocolate and creamy, rich goodness, then really, really, really good. it rides right up to the line of over-the-top richness and stops just short.

in a blind taste test, odin said he preferred my triple chocolate homemade ice cream to the leading organic store brand ( store brand is in the bowl on the right, recipe results are in the spoon about to be consumed )! and both he and his mother said it was THE BEST ICE CREAM THEY’VE EVER HAD!!!!. and i sampled the ice cream at lunch at work to a pretty discerning group of ice cream fanatics to rave reviews.

all-in-all, i’d rate this recipe a knock-it-out-of-the-park homerun. two big thumbs up.

wow. alden’s has totally reformulated their organic chocolate ice cream.

since taking over the ice cream case at our local food coop, alden’s organic has been our go-to ice cream. while we’d love to support local ice cream makers, it consistantly scores “above average” on snowdeal family taste tests, is easy to get since it’s stocked at the coop and is relatively affordable.

i don’t have a particularly strong “sweet tooth” but i’ve grown fond of their chocolate ice cream with it’s deep chocolate color and rich taste. so i was quite surprised to open a new carton to see what appears to be a dramatic reformulation.

gone are the rich, dark color tones and if i’m not mistaken the new product has a softer feel out of freezer that i’m guessing means they are whipping more air into it.

i’m no ice cream supertaster so i have to admit that the two products taste similar, but jeez – visually – they sure look different.

i’m sure alden’s product managers are happy with the improved margins on the new product 🙂