Happy National Ice Cream Day! It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
For a special day like this, I couldn’t just make any ice cream. No, siree. I had to really stretch my creative boundaries and think of a flavor that I wish someone would just go ahead and invent already. And you know what? Jackpot!
This is probably my favorite ice cream that I’ve made, and I’ve made a lot of winners. The base is creamy cinnamon with the best mix-ins in the world: cinnamon chips, chocolate chunks, and Rolos! Prepare to swoon.
It’s been super-hot in the DC area over the past week, with temps pushing well into the 90s. Tomorrow, we’re supposed to hit 99, and I think there’s even a 100 in the 10-day forecast. Everyone is complaining about it.
Well, everyone but me, that is. I revel in the heat. It’s just so welcoming. Last week, Kenny and I took paddleboards out on the Potomac. He was very busy paddling to and fro, but I had a different idea. I paddled mine toward the edge of the river with a nice view of the Key Bridge, and then I put down my oar and stretched out onto my board, staring up at the sun while the board bobbed gently over the water. When it got too hot, I dipped a foot in the river. It was sublime.
The upshot is that Kenny got back thirsty and tired, and I paddled back to the dock feeling pretty relaxed. Either way, the heat made the whole water trip even better. I felt like a cat in the sun.
You know what else is better in extreme heat? Frozen treats. I’m telling you, nothing feels quite so good as drinking something frosty or scooping up a cold spoonful when the sun is beating down on us all.
There’s no better time to have National Ice Cream Day than the middle of July when we’re all inhaling the frozen desserts right and left, and I really wanted to do it up right this year. You can’t go wrong with this one, and there’s no ice cream maker needed!
Here’s a tip from me to you: don’t cheat with Cool Whip. Not on National Ice Cream Day. Whip up the real stuff. It’ll taste just so much better. The hardest part of this recipe is whipping the cream, and it takes very little time if you have a stand or handheld mixer. The rest is super easy!
I wish you all a very happy time with your ice cream. Make it a day that’s worth its weight in ice cream. This is the time!
Cinnamon Caramel Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream
14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 cup cinnamon chips
3/4 cup chocolate chunks
1/2 cup Rolos, halved
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the cream until soft peaks form.
- Add the cinnamon to the whipped cream, stirring until well incorporated. Add the sweetened condensed milk and gently mix it into the cream until combined.
- Fold in the cinnamon chips, chocolate chunks and Rolos.
- Pour the mixture into a large loaf pan or square pan and freeze overnight.
- Store frozen.