Gingersnap Chai Ice Cream


I have been sick for about a week now and I cannot kick this bug for the life of me. It’s terrible not being able to wake up and feel somewhat better than the day before. Despite drinking gallons of tea a day, my cough remains intact with no weakness in sight. I had a phone appointment the other morning and I’m pretty sure I could have passed for a man on the phone. I felt so bad and had to email the nice lady afterward to reassure her that I didn’t normally sound like that.


All that I want to eat when I’m sickly is dessert. Lots and lots of it. At work, people that non-rev sometimes bring the crew treats to thank them for the ride. I just finished a four day over Halloween and walked away with a luggage full of chocolate. It wasn’t just chocolate, I have bags of mini Kit-Kat bars and Twix that will be the death of me. I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure eating sugar when you’re sick isn’t good for you. I can’t help it. I have no willpower.


This gingersnap chai ice cream is full of fall flavor, which just so happens to be all of my favorite flavors! What a coincidence. chaigingersnap-4

After making the ice cream and letting it freeze in a container for a couple of hours, the gingersnaps soften up and practically melt into the ice cream. The bigger the cookie chunks, the better the spoonful.



I used my lovely ice cream maker for this, and it couldn’t be easier. It would make a great gift for the holidays!

Gingersnap Chai Ice Cream

Yield: about a quart and a half


  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup chai tea concentrate
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 15 gingersnaps, crushed


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Pour into chilled ice cream maker and let run for 20-25 minutes.
  3. Once done, fold in the gingersnaps and serve immediately or store in freezer.

Smucker’s Ice Cream Sundaes


As the summer temperature slowly rises, I’ve got ice cream on my mind. Mint chocolate chip, java chip, mud pie, french silk, cookies ‘n cream, s’mores, coffee…. Have I mentioned your kryptonite yet? Vanilla bean, neapolitan, pistachio, strawberry, almond fudge, pralines ‘n cream, rocky road, sherbet, chocolate chip, butter pecan…. How about now?



Let’s not forget about the toppings. What’s an ice cream sundae without a cherry on top?

I’m headed to Hurricane Harbor (a water park) with my nieces and nephew and couldn’t think of a better way to end the day after hours in the sun. Plus, kids love being able to decorate and create their own “masterpieces.” By creating a little ice cream sundae bar, kids can choose what flavors of ice cream they want and what toppings to add. Who says you can’t have your own mini party indoors at home and avoid the sweltering heat?

You can use whatever ingredients you want, but here’s what my layout looks like:







Smucker’s has released four new toppings for your ice cream sundae party: Hot Butterscotch, Hot Milk Chocolate, Magic Shell Pink Lemonade, and Magic Shell Rootbeer. Magic Shell was mesmerizing to me when I was little, and it still is twenty years later. As for the microwavable topping, it’s come a long way. There’s no more heating it up in a separate bowl, trying to get the right temperature, and then dripping it all over the place and making a mess. You just pop open the lid, microwave it for 30 seconds, let it sit for a bit, and then pour away. Pure genius.



But we’re jumping ahead of ourselves. Let’s start out with the waffle bowl– much more impressive than the waffle cone.


Fill it up with ice cream, whipped cream, and toppings.





Then, pour away!



Here’s my finished product.



I used cookie dough ice cream, sliced bananas, both chocolate and regular whipped cream, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, hot milk chocolate microwaveable topping, rainbows sprinkles, and of course, a maraschino cherry. Need a better picture? I created a little GIF just for you!

Want a chance to win a Smucker’s “Top Summer Fun with a Sundae” Kit (approximate retail value of $150)? It includes:

  • Smucker’s Pink Lemonade Magic Shell Topping, Smucker’s Root Beer Magic Shell Toping, Smucker’s Hot Milk Chocolate Microwavable Topping, and Smucker’s Hot Butterscotch Microwavable Topping
  • $50 American Express gift card
  • Beach themed disposable camera
  • Colorful beach towel
  • Banana Republic beach tote bag

Just leave a comment on this post with your favorite ice cream flavor by Friday, August 9th at 11:59 PM!

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


The kind folks over at McCormick sent me some goodies. All of the these are things I would have bought on my own, but it’s always nice to get something in the mail! I’ve used McCormick food coloring, extract, and spices for as long as I’ve been baking. Their products are top notch at an affordable price (and they’re easily accessible, which is a huge plus!).


Immediately, I chose the green food coloring and pure peppermint extract to make something festive for the upcoming holiday– St. Patrick’s Day!



There are a ton more recipes and ideas over on their site that include green ombre cake, green velvet cupcakes, and Irish cream swirl brownies, if ice cream doesn’t tickle your fancy.


But let’s be real here. When does ice cream not tickle your fancy? Especially one with chocolate chips?


The peppermint extract is strong. A little goes a long way! This isn’t the time to eyeball something… you don’t want to accidentally put in two teaspoons instead of one. If you’re sensitive to the taste, you can even cut back the one teaspoon to a half teaspoon instead. You can also sub the peppermint extract for mint extract to really make it match the color.


The green food coloring turned out even more beautiful than I imagined. I just kept adding drops until I got a color that I liked. That’s the beauty of it. It’s art!


Since this mixture is made of half and half rather than the normal whipping cream, it’s not as heavy as normal ice cream. That also affects the texture when frozen. It takes a little longer to firm up and a little longer to soften. I had to leave the tupperware at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before I could actually scoop it.




I used a Cuisinart ice cream maker for this.

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 11 drops green food dye
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl, except for the chocolate chips.
  2. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and let it run for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips. Serve immediately or freeze in a tupperware until desired consistency.