Take Ice Cream to the Next Level with Sauces!

We’ve posted several great ice cream recipes to help us all survive the heat of summer. But we’ve decided that’s not enough. Man cannot live by ice cream alone. We need sauces too!

So here are our favorite ice cream sauces. They are all quick and easy to whip up and will compliment your homemade (or store bought, if you must) ice cream beautifully.

For more great frozen treats, check out our latest cookbook, Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids & Adults. It’s available online for only $2.99 exclusively at Amazon.

Okay, now for sauces – get out a saucepan, and let’s get to work!

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce

1 cup chocolate syrup

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

In a saucepan, mix together syrup and peanut butter. Cook, stirring, until blended. Serve warm or cool.

 

Chocolate Marshmallow Sauce

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup cocoa

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup small marshmallows

In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, milk and cocoa. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar melts and mixture is well blended. Remove from heat and stir in butter, vanilla and marshmallows. Serve warm or cool.

 

Blueberry Sauce

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 cup water

10-ounce package frozen blueberries, thawed and undrained

In a saucepan, combine cornstarch, sugar, lemon juice, nutmeg and water. Cook, stirring, until mixture comes to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add blueberries and cook, stirring, until well combines, Serve warm or cold.

 

Butterscotch Sauce

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup light corn syrup

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup heavy cream

In a saucepan, mix brown sugar, corn sytrup and butter. Cook, stirring until well blended. Cool. Beat in 1/2 cup heavy cream.

 

Maple Syrup Sauce

1 1/2 cups maple syrup

1/2 cup heavy cream

Combine syrup and cream in a saucepan and cook, stirring, until well blended. Cool before serving.

 

For more great frozen treats, check out our latest cookbook, Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids & Adults. It’s available online for only $2.99 exclusively at Amazon.

There are few treats more satisfying than a frozen popsicle on a sunny day. But why eat the boring same-old pops from the grocery store? They tend to be filled with sugar, corn syrup, and chemicals.

Making your own ice pops is quick and easy and it opens the doors to a world of great flavors. When making pops yourself, you can be sure to only include healthy ingredients or adjust recipes to include your kids’ favorite foods or to eliminate an ingredient your kids just won’t eat.

Although they are a dessert item, by creating pops make from fresh fruits, fruit juices, yogurts and natural sweeteners like honey, you can indulge in delicious treats that are still very healthy!

Ice Pops can be decadent and heavy, but many of the recipes included here are light and healthy. Starting with juices or teas, many of these delicious pops are low calorie and low fat or even no fat! (Don’t worry, we’ve included plenty of naughty Pops as well.)

This book is full of recipes and ideas for delicious, gourmet ice pops, divided into 3 sections — kids favorites, gourmet flavors, and adults only (recipes with alcoholic ingredients). Skim through the Table of Contents and you’re sure to find your new favorite!

Gourmet Ice Pops includes more than 50 delicious recipes with tips and notes to help you create your own variations! Includes color photos and illustrations to make the book more entertaining plus a hyperlinked table of contents for ease of use.

 

July 4th Celebrations Deserve Great Ice Cream

When I think of July 4th and food, the first items that come to mind are corn on the cob, watermelon, and ice cream!! The corn on the cob and watermelon pretty much take care of themselves, but not the ice cream. So many choices, so many flavors!

I think I made a great find at a garage sale when I purchased the Complete Book of Homemade Ice Cream for a quarter! It also includes Milk Sherbet and Sherbet recipes. This book dates from 1973 and boasts 300 recipes!

With the 4th right around the corner, I thought I’d share a few recipes from this book that look the tastiest!

First, a few ice cream making tips from Carol Anderson, the author of the Ice Cream book.

  • If no cooking is required, often the ingredients can be combined right in the freezer can, which means fewer dishes to wash.
  • If ice cream is to be hand-stirred during freezing, or if it is to be removed from one container to another, use a wooden spoon to prevent transfer of heat to the mix.
  • Always allow space in the freezer can for expansion of the ice cream when it freezes. Approximately 1/3 of the can is needed for the swell.
  • Cool the mix to room temperature or slightly lower before freezing. Churn-freezing a warm mix may cause a buttery texture due to the increased freezing period.
  • Rock salt can be saved for later use by pouring the used ice and salt mixture into a burlap sack. The the ice melt to leave the salt.
  • Lightly whipping ingredients such as egg whites or cream before adding them to the mix makes a creamier frozen product.
  • Chill serving dishes for 5 minutes in the freezer if the frozen dessert is not too firm.
  • To decorate ice cream, work on a cookie sheet over a pan of ice.

Okay, ready to make some ice cream? Try these recipes on for size.

World-Famous Philadelphia Vanilla

6 cups light cream

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

2 vanilla beans (3-inch size), split

1/8 teaspoon salt

In top of a double boiler, combine 3 cups cream, sugar, vanilla beans, and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, for 10 minutes. Remove beanpods, scraping pulp and seeds into the cream. Cool.

Add remaining 3 cups cream to the cooled mixture and mix well. Churn freeze. Makes 1/2 gallon.

Anderson notes that this is a key recipe, so cooks can use their own imagination to add fruits, nuts or flavorings to the vanilla to create many other great ice cream treats.

Banana Marshmallow Ice Cream

Anderson marked this one as a favorite of hers. It is certainly unusual.

1 cup milk

30 marshmallows

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3 cups sliced bananas (about 4 bananas)

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

3 1/2 cups heavy cream

In an electric blender, combine milk, marshmallows, sugar, sliced bananas, and lemon juice. Blend on high speed.

Whip heavy cream and then stir into blended banana mixture. Still-freeze. Makes 1/2 gallon.

Anderson notes that still-freezing is just what it sounds like. You make the ice cream mix, put it in a container, and freeze it in the freezer. No churning required. You can churn ice creams mixes that are made for still-freezing, but don’t still-freeze a mix that was created for churning. The still-freeze mixes have a lot more air whipped into them.

Blueberry Ice Cream

2 pints fresh blueberries

1 cup granulated sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cups heavy cream, lightly whipped

1 cup evaporated milk

Mash berries and cook with sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes.

Press berries through a sieve. Cool.

Add salt, lightly whipped heavy cream and evaporated milk to the berries.

Churn freeze. Makes 1/2 gallon.

For more great freezable flavors, try Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults. It’s full of great flavors, from kids’ favorites, to more sophisticated flavors, to naughty but delicious alcohol-infused party pops. Available exclusively through Amazon. On sale for the 4th at 99 cents. Now that’s a great party waiting to happen!

Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Gourmet-Pops-Kids-Adults-ebook/dp/B007SPP0I2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1341240133&sr=1-1&keywords=gourmet+ice+pops+for+kids+and+adults

Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids & Adults – Free June 19-20 on Amazon

We launched Gourmet Ice Pops through a special program called Amazon Select, but our time in that program is almost over. We are offering the book for free June 19-20 as a special promotion.

Here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SPP0I2

Gourmet Ice Pops includes more than 50 delicious recipes with tips and notes to help you create your own variations! Includes color photos and illustrations to make the book more entertaining plus a hyperlinked table of contents for ease of use.

This book is full of recipes and ideas for delicious, gourmet ice pops, divided into 3 sections — kids favorites, gourmet flavors, and adults only (recipes with alcoholic ingredients). Skim through the Table of Contents and you’re sure to find your new favorite!

Strawberry Shakes for Adults Only

Memorial weekend is always such a blast. A mini-vacation with friends to kick off the summer. Beautiful! And this weekend I discovered a new treat — Tequila Rose liqueur. It’s strawberry flavored and delicious. A friend was making delicious little shots with it. The bottle she brought was in a box with a couple of pretty little shot glasses – and recipes on the back!

The recipes look delicious. We were at the lake without the ingredients to make the interesting adult beverages in these recipes, but I thought I’d share them.

These frozen beverages call to mind the adult ice pops in Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults. It would take some adjustments to get these to freeze solid, but I bet they are a taste treat just the way they are. Here are the 3 that look the most delicious.

Tequila Rose Adult Milk Shake

2 ounces Tequila Rose strawberry

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

Whipped cream

Chocolate syrup

Red sprinkles

Drizzle chocolate syrup in a hurricane glass, blend Tequila Rose and ice cream, pour into glass, top with whipped cream and red sprinkles.

TR Banana Split

Tequila Rose strawberry

Double chocolate flavored vodka

Banana liqueur

Half and half

Pour equal parts of each into a beautiful glass in layers.

Strawberry Smore

1 1/4 ounce Tequila Rose strawberry

1/2 ounce vanilla flavored vodka

1/4 ounce butterscotch schnapps

Hot chocolate

Whipped cream

2 marshmallows

Chocolate sprinkles

Drizzle chocolate syrup into glass mug, then add Tequila Rose, vodka and schnapps. Top with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and garnish with marshmallows.

For more great adult treats, check out Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults. It contains recipes for homemade ice pops in assorted flavors, more unusual gourmet flavor pops, and a section of adults only alcohol infused ice pops.

Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults is available online for only $2.99 exclusively at Amazon.

Gourmet Ice Pops is #1 Free book in Cooking/Special Occasions at Amazon

Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults is free until midnight Monday, and it is tearing up the free bestseller charts over at Amazon! It is currently ranked #105 free on Amazon and #1 in Cooking/Special Occasions. This is our first book to run free at Amazon, so we are extremely pleased with these results.

To pick up a copy and be ready for summer with great frozen treats, click here.

A screen shot showing the book atop the Amazon chart follows.

Gourmet Ice Pops E-book Free May 12-14

Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults is free on Amazon May 12-14. It is regularly $2.99, so grab up a copy and be ready for summer with cold treats! See it at Amazon here.

Making your own ice pops is quick and easy and it opens the doors to a world of great flavors. When making pops yourself, you can be sure to only include healthy ingredients or adjust recipes to include your kids’ favorite foods or to eliminate an ingredient your kids just won’t eat.

Although they are a dessert item, by creating pops make from fresh fruits, fruit juices, yogurts and natural sweeteners like honey, you can indulge in delicious treats that are still very healthy! Ice Pops can be decadent and heavy, but many of the recipes included here are light and healthy.

Starting with juices or teas, many of these delicious pops are low calorie and low fat or even no fat! (Don’t worry, we’ve included plenty of naughty Pops as well.)

This book is full of recipes and ideas for delicious, gourmet ice pops, divided into 3 sections — kids favorites, gourmet flavors, and adults only (recipes with alcoholic ingredients). Skim through the Table of Contents and you’re sure to find your new favorite!

Gourmet Ice Pops includes more than 50 delicious recipes with tips and notes to help you create your own variations! Includes color photos and illustrations to make the book more entertaining plus a hyperlinked table of contents for ease of use.

 

Strawberry Season is Here!

I stopped at a roadside stand a few days ago and bought a special treat. The first locally grown strawberries of the season. There are few things more wonderful than fresh-picked strawberries!

One of my favorite ways to fix them is to clean them, chunk them up, stir them about in a bit of sugar and then eat them! If I can get my mitts on some Angel Food cake, pound cake, or shortbread – all the better. But the strawberries alone make a fantastic dessert or snack. Oh, and homemade whipped cream will never go to waste in my house!

Looking at the recipes in my newest book, Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults, my love of strawberries is evident in the number of recipes that contain strawberries! Plenty of them, for sure. Here’s one from the Kid’s section of the book.

Strawberry Banana Pops

1 small package instant banana cream pudding mix

1 3/4 cups milk

2 cups sliced strawberries

1 tablespoon sugar

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into ice pop molds, add sticks, and freeze.

For anyone using the HCG diet or looking for low calorie and low fat treats, try this strawberry delight.

Strawberry Lemonade Pops (HCG)

2-3 strawberries, mashed

Lemon juice, from 1/2 lemon

8 ounces water

Stevia to taste

Mix all together, pour into ice pop molds or small paper cups, add sticks, and freeze.

This drink is 1/2 of a fruit serving on the HCG diet. This recipe can also be made using Lemon Drop flavored liquid Stevia as the sweetener.

However you like to eat them, it’s strawberry time and that’s a great food celebration!

Ann Chambers is the author of several delicious e-books, including Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults available online for only $2.99 exclusively at Amazon and 25 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes, available online for only $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo or Smashwords.

 

Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults – New Release

Our latest cookbook is out just in time to beat the heat of summer. Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults is a fun, illustrated cookbook filled with great ideas for frozen treats.

There are few treats more satisfying than a frozen popsicle on a sunny day. But why eat the boring same-old pops from the grocery store? They tend to be filled with sugar, corn syrup, and chemicals.

Making your own ice pops is quick and easy and it opens the doors to a world of great flavors. When making pops yourself, you can be sure to only include healthy ingredients or adjust recipes to include your kids’ favorite foods or to eliminate an ingredient your kids just won’t eat.

Although they are a dessert item, by creating pops make from fresh fruits, fruit juices, yogurts and natural sweeteners like honey, you can indulge in delicious treats that are still very healthy!

Ice Pops can be decadent and heavy, but many of the recipes included here are light and healthy. Starting with juices or teas, many of these delicious pops are low calorie and low fat or even no fat! (Don’t worry, we’ve included plenty of naughty Pops as well.)

This book is full of recipes and ideas for delicious, gourmet ice pops, divided into 3 sections — kids favorites, gourmet flavors, and adults only (recipes with alcoholic ingredients). Skim through the Table of Contents and you’re sure to find your new favorite!

Gourmet Ice Pops includes more than 50 delicious recipes with tips and notes to help you create your own variations! Includes color photos and illustrations to make the book more entertaining plus a hyperlinked table of contents for ease of use.

Currently available for only $2.99, exclusively at Amazon.

Orange Tea HCG Ice Pops

Constant Comment tea is a favorite around here, and it makes a great beverage while doing the HCG diet. Constant Comment has an orange spice flavor to it. It comes in caffeinated or de-caf versions. For those who enjoy sweet tea, try adding Orange flavored liquid Stevia. It’s delicious hot or iced.
To make HCG ice pops, brew Constant Comment and add liquid Orange Stevia. Taste to ensure tea is strong and sweet. Once frozen, it won’t taste as strong or sweet. Pour into ice pop molds or small cups. If improvising with small cups, cover with small pieces of foil, cut a slit in the foil and insert sticks. The foil will hold the sticks upright. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.