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May I Suggest Ice Cream For Your Troubles?!

Updated: Dec 10, 2021

I've begun work on G581: Earth and yesterday was miserable for two reasons...

  • The lack of an outline (done and fixed now, thank you)

  • The lack of a decent ice cream

I was jonesing for Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream. If you have never had it, it's basically banana ice cream with chopped walnuts with chunks of semi-sweet chocolate.

I promised myself that if I wrote 1,000 words, I'd go and make it. And so, yesterday, when I reached the 1,000 word mark, I joyfully scampered into the kitchen and tossed the following ingredients together...

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup xylitol*

  • 1 tsp vanilla**

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (don't put these in yet)

  • 1/2 cup chopped semisweet chocolate (don't put these in yet)

*If you don't need a low-sugar alternative, stick with 2/3 cup sugar instead. I don't advise going 100% sugar free as it tastes a little off to me, but to each his own.

**If you have banana extract, then by all means, use it. Otherwise, just add vanilla extract in.

Mix it all up and toss it in your favorite ice cream maker. I happen to love my Cuisinart glycol-filled ice cream maker. It was super-inexpensive. I actually have two from my days teaching classes when I needed both of them. Here is a model similar to the one I use...

No need to ever buy ice cream salt and it takes a day to freeze completely in the freezer.

In any case, when I opened the freezer to pull out the frozen glycol bucket, I realized one still had the remnants of coffee ice cream and the other was sitting on the sink, clean, but completely defrosted.

In other words? I had to wait a day for my precious banana ice cream.

The gnashing of teeth that ensued...aieee!

In any case, the mix was fine with being refrigerated for the day and this afternoon I popped it into the now frozen bucket, mixed it for around 15 minutes before adding the walnuts and chocolate chips, and ten minutes after that it was all done.

Mischief managed. And yum, what a sweet treat indeed!

And now it is back to work!!!!

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