Written by, Bernadyn Nettles
Vanilla Pretzel M&M's Ice Cream
I hope you're all enjoying the summer. June just zoomed on by and now we're already in the second week of July! The days are hot, hot, hot! Summer to me (as a parent now) is all about sipping on cold drinks, trying to get in some R&R, spending time with the kids, catching up on sleep, reading, unfinished projects, work and enjoying cold treats.
That is a mouthful and as most parents know - most of those things can be far-fetched when you have little ones! Therefore, I have yet to accomplish that list of things to do, meaning, not much sleep, relaxing or getting much work done. I know for sure, however, that one of those things have been achieved repeatedly this summer, which is... enjoying cold treats!
We have been making our own homemade ice cream since summer began and so today, I bring you this delicious ice cream we whipped up one hot day when we had a bag of Pretzel M&M's handy...
Ice Cream with Candy...
I love how the different colors of the M&M's separated and swirled around when we mixed them up...creating this vivid rainbow effect!
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What You Need to Make Vanilla Pretzel M&M's Ice Cream:
- 1-2 cups Pretzel M&M's
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
|This is the bottom of the ice cream container - the kids thought this ice cream's flavor was that much more mind-blowing because of the rainbow the M&M's formed.|
How to Make Homemade Vanilla Pretzel M&M's Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Machine:
- Chill electric beaters and large bowl in fridge for 15-20 minutes. Do not skip this step!
- Remove beaters and bowl after chilled and pour in heavy whipping cream. Beat until stiff peaks form - about ten minutes at high speed.
- Place on low speed. Mix in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract for a couple minutes.
- Turn off mixer. Gently stir in Pretzel M&M's. We didn't need much but you can add in as much as you like. I believe we only used about a cup or a cup and a half. Our daughter doesn't usually like anything chewy or crunchy in her ice cream (unless it's sprinkles) so that's why we didn't want to put too much. She loved the beautiful spread of colors it created, though!
- Place in freezer-safe container (we usually store it in a plastic gallon-size ice cream container we reused from store-bought ice cream). Freeze for several hours, usually it takes at least 5-6 hours to get the firmness that is similar to store-bought ice cream. A good idea is to just freeze over-night. The texture should be nice and creamy. Let sit out for a few minutes before serving.
I love that we can create so many different ice cream recipes at home without using an ice cream maker. We also made Reese's Pieces Ice Cream using Reese's Pieces bites and this same recipe. See below for more homemade ice cream recipes I've posted.
We're also exploring the idea of creating lactose-free ice cream recipes. Be sure to be back for that as we've discovered a variety of ways to do that. I'm excited and can't wait to enjoy more ice cream as we try to go through the rest of our summer bucket list which should be up soon so be sure to check back if you need anymore ideas of things to do this summer.
What's your favorite ice cream flavors? Any ice cream suggestions that you would like to see here? I'd love to hear them!
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