TCP Cooks: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Subtitle: Meet Christine. She’s evil.

No, not this Christine. Although she was The Complete Package’s inspiration.

Christine photo from

This Christine. TCP’s Christine. She’s every bit as dangerous & just as evil.

The Cuisinart Electric Ice Cream Maker

The Complete Package brought her home a few years ago. Seems he was craving ice cream and decided he could just make his own at home. Enter Christine. Three months and 15 pounds later (okay, that’s an exaggeration), he declared her evil and put her away. Every once in a while, when summer temperatures soar above 100F, TCP will pull out his former love and take her for a spin again.

This weekend, he made coffee ice cream to go with the Oooey Gooey Little Chocolate Cakes I baked. It was a good call. His coffee ice cream was a perfect complement to those dark chocolate beauties. Peppermint or mint chocolate-chip would have also worked perfectly with dark gooey chocolate. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It all starts with this recipe for Ben & Jerry’s Sweet Cream Ice Cream Base, which TCP found on the internet a few years ago. While I can’t vouch for its authenticity, I can vouch for its creamy goodness.

Sweet Cream Ice Cream Base (makes 1 quart):
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (TCP’s addition)

In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the sugar a little at a time; continue to whisk until thoroughly combined. Add the cream, milk and vanilla extract and whisk until blended.

Pour the ice cream mixture into the ice cream maker and process according to the machine’s instructions. If you don’t have an electric ice cream maker, just put the ice cream base into a bowl with a tight-fitting lid and place it in the freezer. Take it out and stir it every 15 minutes or so until it gets too firm to stir. Return to the freezer until it is firmly set.

This ice cream base lends itself to all kinds of experimentation.

Variation #1: For coffee ice cream, add an additional 1/4 cup of sugar to the vanilla base. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of espresso powder in 1/3 cup of brewed coffee; cool completely and add with the milk and cream.

Variation #2: For peanut butter ice cream, partially freeze the vanilla base; layer the vanilla ice cream with 1/2″ layers of softened peanut butter. Return to the freezer until firmly set.

Variation #3: For fruit flavors, partially freeze the vanilla mix, then stir in fruit that has been macerated in sugar. Return to the freezer until firmly set.

Variation #4: For mint chocolate-chip, add green food coloring (optional), mint flavoring and miniature chocolate chips or shaved dark chocolate. Freeze until firmly set.

This weekend, we were all about the coffee ice cream. It was spectacular, especially when scooped over those warm, gooey little dark chocolate cakes. Oh, Christine… you are evil. Deliciously evil.



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26 responses to “TCP Cooks: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Subtitle: Meet Christine. She’s evil.

  1. Pat Counts

    Now that does sound good. All I need is a few good recipes and 50 extra pounds. Jeanne, you are evil too. Pat

  2. You just made my day! We also have a Christine, and the poor thing is perpetually ready in the back of the freezer just waiting for me to take her for a spin. She’s awfully lonely. “Hey Ferb! I know what we are going to do today.” Cookies & Cream, here we come!

    • Again with the twins separated at birth stuff. We’re so alike it’s not even funny. Now you have a Christine, too? What’s next? Do you have a gallbladder-ectomy scar? Did you have a blonde cocker spaniel as a childhood pet? Was English Lit your favorite high school class? I’m going to guess that you can answer yes to at least one of those questions. heeheehee. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with this ice cream base, including your Cookies & Cream creation. Let ‘er rip, Tater Chip! Be sure to post it on your blog so I can see what evil genius you create. And thanks for the Phineas & Ferb reference. Made me laugh out loud. Thanks to Jonah Bear, I know exactly what you’re talking about. I have a crush on Perry the Platypus. That show is so clever, I’d watch it even without the grandkids… but that can be our little secret.

      • We make a “Hey! Where’s Perry?” reference at random times, almost daily. English Lit was indeed my favorite class in HS, I don’t have a gallbladder-ectomy scar, but I came close to getting one, and I had a black Schnoodle as a childhood pet.

      • I must be stalking NanaBread recipes today, because in addition to picking up the makings for Aunt Teeny’s Sweet Pickles, I’ve got a batch of Cookies & Cream going in the ice cream maker. My ice cream maker thanks you for inspiring me to get her bowl out of the freezer and back to work. I usually only make frozen yogurt or slushies, but you had me at Ben & Jerry.

      • Careful…. if your family hears you’re making pickles and ice cream, they’ll think Son #5 is on the way! Hubby might have a slight coniption. koniption. conniption? Heart attack.

  3. KJ Fritzemeyer

    Now I want ice cream…all variations…and small chocolate cakes.
    I also want to be 10 years old and think metabolism is a disease.

    • Oooo…. I want to be 10 years old with you. We can grab some ice cream, ride our bikes to the park and sit under a big old live oak to eat it. Then we can talk about how groady boys are and how we want to be kissed anyway. What we really need to do is find a way to bottle Lilly Bug’s metabolism. At almost 2, my sweet little grandelf could eat a reindeer and run it off in 20 minutes. If we could harness that, we could eat ice cream for 3 squares a day.

      PS – On a side note, it’s great to hear from you! I’ve missed your comments. Hope you’re feeling okay. Send me an e-mail and let me know how you’re doing. I’m at heynanabread at yahoo (dot) com. Welcome back!

  4. Evil has never been so good! Yummy does not cut it!

  5. Kat

    Oh, how delightful. It’s posts like these that make me want to run out and buy an ice cream machine, even though I know that Marcus wouldn’t touch ANY of it. This probably means I need to find friends who own them :)

    • What!?! You didn’t register for one as a wedding gift? Well, I guess that makes sense if Marcus isn’t an ice cream fan. I hope you find a neighbor or friend who has one so you can start an ice cream co-op. How cool would that be?

  6. Why do I feel like I’m the only one that doesn’t own one of these machines? It’s on my wish list now!!

  7. thegrommommonica

    Absolutely!! I have one too–looks different but probably b/c it has been around many years…and I use it ALL the time (if you’ve ever seen prices at a grocery store in Hawaii, you’ll know why I make my own!) Mine has lasted so well…
    Your recipe is different though–so I’ll be trying it for sure!

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