We all scream for…

by Ashley on April 4, 2011

Ice cream! We are barely feeling spring here, but I am starting to get a taste for something cold and creamy. Ever since Sweet Paul’s special For Kids Issue came out, I’ve been thinking about trying out the recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip frozen yogurt. Making ice cream (or frozen yogurt) is super simple with the right equipment and would be a great kitchen activity for kids; we love our Cuisinart and keep a bowl in the freezer for when the mood strikes, but you could just as easily put an eager ice-cream fan to work with some rock salt and a hand-cranked machine.

We gathered the ingredients listed in the recipe (here): fresh mint, honey, sugar, chocolate chips, Greek yogurt, and buttermilk, and got to work.


I was a pretty picky kid and the only true Mint Chocolate Chip in my opinion was the version at Baskin-Robins, with its chocolate slivers (versus large chips). To replicate that, we used a cheese knife and chopped up a bar rather than using a bag of chocolate chips.

One thing that appealed to the adult in me was the use of Greek yogurt (as opposed to custard) for a base: the high protein content would be a nice balance to all the sugar. And when you make your own frozen yogurt, you have the option of adding food coloring–or not. There was recently an article in the New York Times quoting a study published in The Lancet noting that food coloring may increase hyperactivity in children prone to ADHD, so we opted for a green-free mint chip.



In the end, I’m not sure the picky Baskin-Robbins fan would approve of the white, yogurt-based version of her favorite flavor–but who knows? Everything changes when you have a hand in the process. For the Pinkberry-accustomed child of 2011, however, this would be delicious! In fact, I would take down the sugar and honey a bit and just add another cup of mint leaves in the next go-round. And there will be one.

 

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Vanessa April 4, 2011 at 10:18 am

Buttermilk and Greek yogurt? Sold.

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Sarah April 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm

This made me want ice cream so much!! (also summer!) love both blogs, congrats on the little one 🙂

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Heather K April 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

you are such a cute expectant mother!
making ice cream reminds me of being in kindergarten- we made it for a class experiment!

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Ashley April 6, 2011 at 9:35 am

Thanks, guys! We’re still finishing up the “pint” and it was even better after a night in the freezer.

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Jill April 6, 2011 at 11:07 am

Um, that sounds delicious! I’ve been on a huge ice cream kick through this whole pregnancy and that just looks dreamy!

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Yeri April 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Yum!! I am totally trying this for the summertime. Thank you for sharing. Now if it would only be warmer in Seattle….

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Yeri April 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm

And your photos are beautiful!

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Ashley April 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Thank you! I share credit with Aron–he takes great photos. 🙂

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Lauren Morton-Farmer April 8, 2011 at 11:05 am

I was (and still am) a BR Mint Chocolate Chip diehard… I’ll indulge in others but nothing beats those perfect little chocolate slivers!

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Ashley April 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm

There’s something about it, right?
The cheese plane and chocolate bar does a nice job of replicating the chocolate, at least–though the fresh mint is quite different.

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Ana April 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

looks and sounds delicious 🙂

xo

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kimia April 16, 2011 at 1:20 am

oh wow. this looks so delicious!

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Vernia Handzel April 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

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tobe | because it's awesome April 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm

i have to admit – BR’s mint choc chip is my all-time fave as well. nothing can touch it. as lauren said, it really is the slivers!! but that doesn’t mean that i won’t be trying this recipe STAT. looks amazing! thanks for sharing — and thanks for stopping by the blog!

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