Ice Cream: A Life Full of Memories
Ladies and gentlemen, when writing this post I couldn’t even think of a way to start professing my love for ice cream. It came out as just a list of childhood memories and locations:
- Walking down to Carol’s Dairy Bar after school with mom in Fitchburg, Massachusetts
- THE BIGGEST “large vanilla” I have ever seen at Kay’s Dairy Bar in Gardner, Massachusetts
- Cherry Hill Farm Ice Cream in Lunenburg, MA
- Trips with Dad through the Dairy Queen drive-thru window in Saco, Maine and driving to Camp Ellis to sit and eat our treats
- Orange soft serve in Fort Meyers, Florida–I swear my brother still has dreams about that ice cream.
- Martel’s Ice Cream with mom after dinner to get a scoop or two atop a chocolate chip cone
- Mill No 3 ice cream counter after my brother’s baseball games at Little Fenway/Anisin Park in Fitchburg.
- Visiting high school friends at work at the ice cream counter at Country Hill Pizza in Fitchburg.
- Hood even makes a flavor called Old Orchard Beach Whoopie Pie. Yes. It’s everything I have ever wished for in an ice cream.
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Then Mr. Geek went dairy free. Although there are some amazing dairy-free options in our local grocery store (finally!), I still couldn’t justify spending the money for such a small amount. Mr. Geek may have self control and consider it a treat. Me? I need my fix as often as possible!
Strawberry Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipe
2 cans coconut cream
1 cup of sugar (or sugar alternative/substitute)
1 cup of blended frozen or fresh strawberries (with a bit of coconut milk to blend)
Optional: vodka (see notes)
- Pour both cans of coconut cream in a large pot or saucepan on medium high heat
- Add the sugar (alternative or substitute)
- Stir until sugar is melted
- Add the blended frozen strawberries
- Stir until blended evenly.
- The mixture needs to be completely cool before adding into the ice cream maker. I put ours in the refrigerator a couple hours.
- Put together your ice cream maker attachment (mixing bowl needs to be frozen beforehand)
- Pour cooled mixture into ice cream maker mixing bowl and stir until frozen. The mixture will expand a bit and may come out of the bowl. Keep an eye on it! (I learned the hard way!)
- When completely blended and “creamy” scrape out of mixing bowl with a rubber scraper into a freezer-safe container and freeze. I like to keep in the freezer it overnight if I have enough willpower to wait.
- Enjoy your treat!
You will notice dairy free ice cream freezes a bit more solid and is not as scoop-able. I have read some people like to add a bit of vodka to make it more scoop-able. Mr. Geek and I just pop in the microwave for a few seconds.
I am on a roll with this ice cream maker and cannot wait to make more summer sweets and treats. Do you have a dairy free favorite to share? Leave your favorite dairy-free treats in the comments below!