Huffington Post’s and 52 Scoops’ Best Summer Ice Cream Flavours – Top Picks for 2013

15 06 2013

The Huffington Post recently posted its editors’ top 10 picks for best summer ice cream flavours.  With the exception of one pint of Ben & Jerry’s, all others were small-batch, artisanal companies.  The line up of flavours looks AMAZING.  But the trouble is you might have a hard time finding these brands in your local supermarket.  And even though several companies offer online sales, I doubt many of you will actually do that.

So what do you do if you have your heart set on one of these gourmet ice cream flavours and you can’t find it locally?  You make your own, of course!  That’s the beauty of having your own ice cream maker.

Here’s the line-up of Huff Post’s Top 10 picks, paired with a 52 Scoops recipe that might do the trick when that ice cream craving hits.

#1 Craving Coffee?

cinnamon coffee ice cream

Huff Post’s #1:  Steve’s Cold Brewed Cinnamon Coffee Ice Cream (Photo Credit: Damon Dahlen/The Huffington Post)

The Official Taster says: "This is perfect for my coffee addiction!"

The Official Taster says: “Try 52 Scoops’ Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream

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#2 Want a Hit of Cinnamon?

Honey Cinnamon Ice Cream

Huff Post’s #2: Snoqualmie’s Honey Cinnamon Ice Cream (Photo Credit: Damon Dahlen/The Huffington Post)

Oatmeal Cinnamon Ice Cream Sandwiches

The Official Taster says: “Make Saigon Cinnamon Ice Cream Sandwiches!  Or, just make the ice cream.”

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#3 Need a Pucker?

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, lemon curd ice cream

Huff Post’s #3: Jeni’s Juniper & Lemon Curd Ice Cream (Photo Credit: Damon Dahlen/The Huffington Post)

Lemon ricotta ice cream

The Official Taster says: “Pucker up with Lemon Ricotta Ice Cream!

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So here we have it, 52 Scoops!!!

13 03 2013

That’s it!  Done!  Finito!  A year of ice cream making — a different artisan ice cream recipe for every week of the year — is complete!  So what do 52 flavours of ice cream look like?  Take a look at my year long compilation:

52 scoops of artisan ice cream

52 Scoops – a different flavour of ice cream for every week of the year!

Wow.  That was a lot of ice cream.

Over the last few of weeks, a number of people have been asking: What are you going to do after you finish 52 Scoops?

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MAKE MORE ICE CREAM, I SAY!!! 

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Don’t worry, 52 Scoops is here to stay.  While I might not be posting a new ice cream recipe every single week as I’ve done over the past year, I have plenty more recipe ideas up my sleeve, and I can’t wait to share them with you!  Follow @52Scoops on Twitter or subscribe to this blog to make sure you’re not missing out on any new posts.  Have a flavour idea?  Email me!

A few other questions have popped up quite frequently over the last few weeks:

Q: 52 weeks of ice cream making?  WHY???

A: It’s fun.  It’s tasty.  I can use local products and what’s in season, and I can minimize chemical additives.  Once you start making your own ice cream, there’s no turning back — what you make at home tastes far better than anything you can get at the grocery store.  It’s cheap too.  That salted caramel ice cream that costs $6 for a little scoop at a fancy ice cream or gelato shop?  (That’s over $30 a litre!)  You can make a litre of it at home for $2 or $3.

Q: So… how much weight have you gained?

A: I didn’t do an official weigh-in at the beginning of this project, so I’m not actually sure!  At Week #4, I eliminated whipping cream from my recipes for fear of wreaking havoc on my waistline.  I totally kicked up the exercise during the summer time — running stairs and hiking a lot.  There were some days I would hike the BCMC trail up Grouse Mountain three times in an afternoon!  Also, I actually only make half a recipe most of the time, and I often share the ice cream I make with my family, friends, and co-workers.  Overall, I don’t think there’s been a significant change in my weight.  My pants still fit.

Q: What are your favourite flavours?

A: Looking back over the past year, I would say my top two flavours are Hungarian Plum Dumpling Ice Cream and Mango Ice Cream with Chili Sea Salt.  There are numerous flavours tied for third place: Spicy Mexican Chocolate, Black Forest, Spiced Rum Raisin, Pomegranate, Tawari Honey, and Nutella.  It depends on my mood.  I’m sure my favourites will be continually changing as I experiment with more recipes.

Thanks to everyone who took a keen interest in 52 Scoops over the last year — blog readers, Twitter followers, ingredient donors, and, of course, ice cream tasters!  There’s lots more fun to come, I promise.








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