Double ginger molasses ice cream and memories of the ice cream truck

 Double Ginger molasses ice cream with powdered and crystalized ginger

My earliest ice cream memories are of the sound of the bell on the ice cream truck.

I remember the thrill and anticipation.

But I don’t remember the actual ice cream truck. And I have no memories of actually buying an ice cream at the side of the road.

It all makes me wonder if there really was an ice cream truck in my neighbourhood. It makes me wonder if my older brothers and sisters were teasing me and my twin brother when they’d tell us they heard the bell and send us running to the end of the driveway.

Double ginger molasses ice cream with powdered and crystalized ginger

My next ice cream memories are of eating Dairy Queen Dilly Bars. I remember the swirl of the chocolate coating the feel of the first bite to crack through it. I can still picture drips of vanilla ice cream dribbling down the stick and I remember thinking it was a poor design to have that much ice cream balanced on one little stick.

I remember Neopolitan ice cream in a carton at my birthday parties. And I remember serving myself butterscotch ripple ice cream, searching out the veins of butterscotch.

I have vivid memories of Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium in Bar Harbor Maine and their homemade ginger ice cream (oh so creamy and studded with crystalized ginger). I used to order it in a dish so no dribbles would be lost as my husband and I roamed the streets of that pretty town.

And now I bring you to a brand new ice cream memory, my mom’s ginger molasses ice cream. Finally, after 14 years, I’m eating homemade ginger ice cream again, and I’m pretty excited about it.

 

Double ginger molasses ice cream with powdered and crystalized ginger

 

Ginger molasses ice cream

  • 3 cups 35% cream
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tsp. powdered ginger
  • ½ cup crystalized ginger, finely chopped
  1.  Bring 2 cups of the cream and the 1 cup of milk to a boil in a heavy saucepan.
  2. In another bowl whisk together egg yolks and molasses.
  3. Gradually whisk the hot cream mixture into the egg-molasses mixture.
  4. Return the mixture to the saucepan until the mixture thickens and leaves a path on the back of the spoon ( 185°F)
  5. Remove from heat, whisk in the powdered ginger and remaining 1 cup of cream.
  6. Place custard in fridge till well cooled. (Can be made 2 days ahead)
  7. Process custard in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. Stir in candied ginger
  9. Freeze

Recipe adapted from our recipe for coffee molasses ice cream.

 

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Our best cookies for ice cream sandwiches

chocolate molasses crinkle cookie

The best cookies for ice cream sandwiches

I consider ice cream the ultimate summer treat.

We have a few favourite ice cream stands that we visit during the summer: one near our cottage, another within walking distance of our home and another on the way to swimming lessons. Needless to say, we don’t have to go out of our way for a treat and when I think about it, going to get ice cream is actually more convenient than getting groceries.

We don’t eat ice cream at home very often, but when we do we indulge in homemade ice cream sandwiches.

The ideal cookie for an ice cream sandwich:

The ideal cookie for an ice cream sandwich is a little soft and a little chewy. It needs to be soft enough to bend with around the ice cream filling and chewy enough that it doesn’t break into pieces each time you take a bite.

Our top 4 cookies for ice cream sandwiches

Lacy chocolate chip cookies

Mom's chocolate chip cookies 1

This is my mom’s recipe, a yummy chocolate chip cookie with coconut and walnuts. There’s a lot of flavour and texture in these cookies so I think vanilla or butterscotch ripple would be a great sandwich pairing. If you want to go the extra step try homemade molasses ice cream.

Chocolate molasses cookies

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You could take the ice cream pairing in two directions. The actual recipe doesn’t call for any spices so you could choose a ginger ice cream, or something with brownies or chocolate fudge swirled in. If you want to add a few spices to the cookie then strawberry ice cream would be great, or something with a berry swirl. Lemon or orange ice cream or sherbet would be yummy too.

Brown sugar molasses cookies

Buttery brown sugar molasses cookies sandwiched with a creamy frosting

This is a classic brown sugar cookie so can handle an ice cream with lots of flavour. I’d go to town with a rocky-road-style ice cream or something with crunchy bits of toffee.

Molasses crackle cookies

Molasses crackle cookies - chewy with a crackly top sparkling with crystalized sugar

This is a classic ginger molasses cookie so you don’t need an over-the-top ice cream to make a great sandwich. A classic vanilla ice cream (especially French vanilla) or Neapolitan would be delicious. Homemade molasses ice cream would make a memorable ice cram sandwich too. (Omit the coffee from the molasses ice cream recipe for a true Halloween candy kiss flavour).

What are some of your favourite combinations for ice cream sandwiches?

My friend Heather makes ice cream sandwiches with ginger spice cookies and homemade pumpkin ice cream.

 

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heather's ice cream sandwich