Marshmallow flavored ice cream packed full of Rice Krispie treats pieces!
“I’m… I’m going to need a second.”
The cashier failed to stifle a small frown of impatience, and the line — already trailing onto the sidewalk outside the small ice cream shack — writhed and bumped around me. A stray shoulder jostled mine, and I frantically scanned my options.
I’d decided hours earlier precisely which flavor of ice cream I wanted. But here we were and there it was — a sad white bucket nestled beneath the finger-printed glass of the freezer — with nothing but smears of pink and smudges of candy coating across a scraped-bare bottom.
“Are you ready yet?” An eyebrow raise.
“Just a soft-serve” No! Too late.
Plain-jane vanilla and chocolate-swirl, it mostly dripped into ant food and only Zach’s appetite saved it from the trashcan.
You’ve been there before, right? When you have your heart set on something very particular, and nothing else will satisfy your craving. Generally speaking, there’s nothing wrong with a good soft serve ice cream… but that’s not what I wanted.
And that sort of very particular craving for a very particular flavor was precisely how this ice cream was born.
The idea for this Rice Krispie Treat ice cream had been stewing in the back of my mind for a while, but I didn’t think it was actually worth trying out, so I kept setting the idea aside, glancing over it in my list of recipes-to-try.
But as I experimented with ice cream flavor after ice cream flavor (there’s been a lot of ice cream in my house recently), nothing was really hitting the spot.
So I decided to give this Rice Krispies mash-up a try, and though the recipe needed a few rounds of tweaking, I’m so glad that I did.
Creamy, sweet, and studded with crunchy rice krispie pieces, it certainly “hit the spot”.
The base for this ice cream is marshmallow-flavored (obviously, right?). Between the sweetened condensed milk and the marshmallow fluff that’s used, it had the potential to make for a very (too) sweet base, and so I thinned it out a bit with some milk. The final product is smooth (except for the krispie pieces, of course) and creamy, but (mostly thanks to the milk) not at all too rich.
Do make sure that when you make your rice krispie pieces, you let them harden completely before stirring them into the mix. They will soften a bit in the ice cream, but you want them to be still somewhat crispy in each bite. Otherwise your ice cream will just taste just like a soggy, sugared bowl of rice krispie cereal, and even plain old soft-serve is better than that ?.
Annnnndddddd… I really hope you like ice cream…
As I mentioned, it’s all I’ve been making recently — ice cream pies, ice cream sandwiches, and just plain old scoop-it-out-of-a-bread-pan-and-go-to-town, no-churn ice creams. In fact, I’ve been so wrapped up in playing with flavors and making and re-making ice cream, that all I have for you this week is… ice cream — 3 different frozen recipes.
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 12 Marshmallows regular size
- 2 cups crisped rice cereal
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 7 oz marshmallow fluff
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups heavy cream cold
- Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside.
- In a small/medium-sized saucepan, heat the butter over medium low heat until completely melted.
- Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
- Stir in cereal until combined.
- Pour cereal mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and spread thin (it's fine if it's not a solid sheet and is stringy).
- Allow the rice krispies to cool completely.
- Once Rice Krispies have cooled, break into small pieces (think: the size of a cookie dough bite in cookie dough ice cream, or smaller) and then prepare your ice cream.
- In a medium-sized bowl, stir together condensed milk and marshmallow fluff until completely combined.
- Add milk and vanilla extract and stir until combined.
- In a separate bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream
- until stiff peaks form.
- Fold the marshmallow/condensed milk mixture into the heavy cream until completely combined (be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl).
- Take about 3/4 of your rice krispie pieces (it doesn't have to be exact) and stir into the ice cream mixture.
- Pour into a 9x5 bread pan (I line mine with wax paper or parchment paper to protect my nonstick coating from the ice cream scoop) and sprinkle with the remaining rice krispie pieces.
- Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Serve and enjoy!
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