Late Night Snack Copycat (Gluten Free)
It is the saddest of days when Ben and Jerry kill off your favorite ice cream flavor, (or stop stocking it in your local grocery store). What do you do? How do you live life now? Well, I don’t know about you but I make my own. I can’t just take that sitting down! If I can replicate it, I will. Si se puede!
This ice cream is all you could ever want in life. Sweet, salty, crunchy, caring; listens to you. There is quite a bit of work that goes into it, but the payoff… my goodness. There are just no words to describe.
2 cups half and half or whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
2 cups potato chips, crushed
9 ounces (1 1/2-2 cups) chocolate, melted
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup salted caramel sauce
Ice cream: Combine the milk and cream and sugar in a saucepan. Split the vanilla bean, scrape out the seeds and put them, and the rest of the bean in the milk. Heat to about 170 degrees. Refrigerate until cool. About 4 hours, preferably overnight. Put in ice cream maker and prepare to manufacturer’s instructions.
Potato chip clusters: Crush potato chips any way you want. You can put them in a ziploc and whack them with rolling pin, mortar and pestle, food process them. It doesn’t matter. Just make sure that you don’t get crumbs. You want potato chip pieces not sand.
Melt chocolate in your microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in coconut oil. Pour chips into chocolate and spoon onto baking sheet. As you can see, you don’t have to worry about being real tidy with this.
Refrigerate them until the chocolate hardens.
The potato chip clusters and caramel sauce can both be made days ahead of time, or while you’re waiting for your ice cream to cool or freeze. The important part is that right before you transfer the ice cream to the freezer, you’re going to want to add the caramel and potato chip clusters. Stir until the carmel sauce marbles but isn’t completely blended. Then take it to the freezer. Done! Perfect for saturday night in and a good movie.
Helpful tip: Keep in mind that when you add the caramel and potato chip clusters the ice cream will increase in size by over a cup, so choose your freezer container carefully.