Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Tale of Two Flavors

I wasn't sure which path to travel this weekend, so I let my daughter decide. I was sure she would go the Dutch Chocolate Mix or the candy bits, but instead, she wanted to take another crack at Marshmallow. So off we go!

Dubba's (attempted) Fluffernutter Ice Cream
2 cups of half and half
1.5 cups of marshmallow
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 cup of peanut butter
--tablespoon of sugar (for PB)

So, trying to learn from last week's mistake of too much sugar, I put the half and half in a pan, warmed it up, and mixed in a cup of marshmallow. I started with a bit less but the marshmallow flavor was losing it's potency. I chilled the mix just for a bit, and then threw it in the Ice-20. After about 10 minutes it was obvious that the flavor just wasn't potent enough, so after about 5 more minutes I added another 1/2 cup of marshmallow. It wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad either.

While that was going on, I experimented with liquifying the peanut butter. So i started with a sample of peanut butter and added in some water, and then some more water. It was working, but the flavor was a bit off, so I added a tablespoon of sugar followed by some more PB (about a 1/4 cup or so in total). I don't have an exact measurement on the water, but we're talking about a basic 1 to 1 ratio for what appeared to be a decent consistancy.

Before we proceed, let me note that you can by liquid PB for your sundaes, and this is what I should have done, but I wanted to see if I could do it myself.

After about 25 minutes, I turned off the Ice-20 and decided to pour in the PB. Now, the ice cream was still fairly loose, and the peanut butter went everyone. Hmmm, guess 1:1 wasn't quiet the right ratio, and so much for making a PB swirl. Oh well, marshmallow and PB kinda mix when you make a Fluffernutter anyway.

Overall, it came out decent. I wish the marshmallow taste was more potent, but on the flip side, the peanut butter comes across much more mild than when I made PB chocolate chip. Unfortunately I'm thinking it wont freeze well since the consistency isn't quite right, still too much sugar I guess.

Now, where does the two flavor part come in? well, I also toyed with adding in some chocolate graham cracker crust. In the samples I made, it was good, but it totally takes you away from the Fluffernutter feel of the whole thing. To be honest, I'm not sure which style I prefer.

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