"In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."
To celebrate this, the first day of Ice Cream month, it seemed appropriate to take a second crack at making some ice cream. I'm happy to report the results came out much better ...yes, cream makes a huge difference. Now, in the back of the Cuisinart Ice-20 cookbook, it mentions fudgsicles using instant pudding and low fat milk. Well, what if i mix that pudding with the regular ingredients? Time to play!
1.5 Cups of Whole Milk
1 Cup of Half & Half
1/2 Cup of Raw Cane Sugar
(I used up the regular sugar last time I played)
3/4 package of Instant Butterscotch Jello
5 smashed Oreos
Start the mixer, pour in the ingredients and let it rip. After about five minutes I mixed in half of my Oreos. Waited about five more minutes and mixed in the rest. Now I did cheat and add a smidge of Nesquik. It was an attempt to mellow the butterscotch just a little (I actually used about 7/8 of a package of instant jello, it was too much). The nesquik also gives it more of brown color from the original orange-tan color.
So, the verdict? Really Good! At this point, I'm thinking cookies & creme can be mixed with pretty much anything: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry ...and now Butterscotch! The instant pudding is definitely an interesting choice and adds a bit of smooth texture to the whole thing. Good stuff! So happy Ice Cream Month everybody! Don't forget, Sunday, July 20th is national ice cream day!