Thursday, March 12, 2009

Chocolate.. chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream!

So I was twittering yesterday because all the cool kids are doing it and I saw "pinkcupcakegirl" say she hadn't heard of chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. I thought... me either! and why not? It's chocolate and cookie dough.... what's the deal! So I thought we better make some and find out whats behind this little mystery.

First, I made the chocolate sauce which is dark cocoa powder, organic vanilla extract, organic sugar.

I put all three in a bowl together and add just a small amount of hot water. (I know you great chefs out there are probably yelling at your computers right now like a construction worker watching a football game) but trust me it works really good. No heating or cooking needed.

I wisk all the ingredients together till it's a thick chocolate sauce. I make my own because if you buy ANY chocolate sauce to make ice cream with... it's not even close.

Now, if you taste this sauce before you add the ice cream mix you won't like it! It's not sweet. If you make it sweet now, it will be too sweet as an ice cream or gelato.

Next I pour in an equal amount of ice cream mix... I like dark chocolate and I like mine strong. I want to know I'm eating chocolate no question.

Next, I froze the mix using liquid nitrogen in the G4.. yes I just happened to have one of these machines sitting around...:)
Last, I mixed in the cookie dough, I mix the cookie dough and frozen ice cream together for only 2-3 seconds. I want cookie dough chunks in chocolate ice cream not chocolate cookie dough flavored ice cream... make sense? Good..

Also, I was lazy and used store bought cookie dough.
Your freezing process will probably be different than mine so if you try this recipe let me know how it turns out for you and how you froze your mix. I would like to hear about it.

This whole process took less than 5 minutes from start to finish. That includes making the chocolate, adding the ice cream mix and freezing. I made about a pint.
I know all ice cream makers are different so the freeze time will vary.

End result..
It tasted Fantastic! I mean really fantastic, better than the vanilla version. I think it should be in the stores for sale!

Here's to you "pinkcupcakegirl".

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Our Press Release

Yesterday, we sent out our first press release through PRWeb.. and with the amazing work and assistance from Ria Romano at RPR Public Relations, Inc. it has been very exciting. You can check out our PR right HERE.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Making scary ice cream at the Gilda Club in Seattle.

Ok so one of our moments of giving back is making ice cream for men, women and children living with cancer. This last Halloween was our second year doing this and we always have a great time.
Gilda Club;
Named in honor of Gilda Radner, provides meeting places where men, women and children living with cancer and their families and friends join with others to build emotional, social and educational support as a supplement to medical care. Free of charge and nonprofit, they offer support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a nonresidential, homelike setting.

Each Halloween, the Gilda Club holds a Noogiefest Halloween Party. So Ward and I donate our time and supplies and we pack up our G4 machine, ice cream mix and goodies, and we drive 175 miles over the Cascade Mountains from Wenatchee to Seattle so that we can make ice cream for everybody at the party. It's a cool event, and we have a good time doing it. The children and adults dress up, they have food, games, activities, and a little haunted area. Afterwards Ward and I grab a bit for dinner around 10 pm and then we usually get back home around one or two in the morning.
I did get a parking ticket this last time because I didn't realize I was in a paid parking spot... Anyway, I called to ask if they would waive the fee since I was doing this event for charity. They dropped the ticket to $5.. that was fair I thought...:) Thanks!

This last Halloween we made Oreo ice cream using the orange Halloween Oreos.

This is Rob in action.

Halloween Oreo Ice Cream

Busy Weekend

Oh, what a busy weekend we had. We spent hours shooting pictures of our machines on Saturday and then on Sunday we started at noon shooting video and finished editing at 10:30 at night.
Thank you Ward, Kristen, Karl, Kelly, Julie and Derek for all your help.
During the shoot we made the classic vanilla ice cream, then we used the fresh strawberries and blueberries pictured below and made some gelato. Afterwords, we took the whole piece of chocolate cake in the picture below with sliced banana... and made an ice cream with it. Oh, yeah it was really good!
I know, it's a tough job... make ice cream, taste it. Make gelato... taste it. Make sorbet... taste it. But somebody has to do it!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The newest G4 Ice Cream Machine

2008 Up north there is a cool little fruit stand (Orondo Cider Works) that makes there own own apple cider, doughnuts, and salsa. Two years ago they added fresh made ice cream and gelato to their menu by leasing a machine from us and then a year later, they decided to purchase the newest version. Ward and I went to work and here it is; the 2008 G4.

Building the bowl bracket.

Tapping the handle.
Cutting, bending, welding, sanding the head.

Bolting and welding the unit together.

A nearly finished product.

Red to match Cider Works and then ready for delivery.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Bailee's Birthday

May 31st 2008 was Wards daughters 4th birthday. And since we do what we do.. you better be ready for some ice cream. In the picture below we have a machine outside at Ward's house making ice cream at Bailee's party. One batch of ice cream was homemade dark chocolate, which you can see in the second picture below. We made 3 or 4 different ice cream flavors at the party. I believe we made a Baileys Irish Cream for the adults... and yes, we use the real stuff.. it's sinfully good!

Making Ice Cream at the Alpenhorn in Chelan WA

Ok, so in April 2008, the Alpenhorn cafe in Chelan Washington opened under new ownership. With our portable cart, Ward and I set-up in the beer garden to make ice cream during their live music night outside. We spent the evening with friends and family jammin out and making ice cream. We created a few way cool ice creams that are unheard of.. perhaps we'll share them in a later story. Til then, here's a pic of Ward and myself with our portable cart.