“Your Love is Better Than Ice Cream…” Even better than Salted Ripple Chip Ice Cream. Make that Salted (!) Dulce De Leche (!!) Fudge Ripple (!!!) Chocolate Chip (!!!!) No Machine Needed (!!!!!) Ice Cream!!!!!! But I had to shorten it up because, just like a hit song, recipes title have to be catchy. And this certainly applies today since this week’s #SundaySupper is all about recipes inspired by music.
And there aren’t many things that I love more than ice cream. Except my boys, and especially The Hubby. And guess what?!?! August 10th marks 10 YEARS (!!!) since The Hubby and I started dating.
I’ve gotta tell you, at first, I totally couldn’t stand the guy. Heck, I like strawberry ice cream (which I don’t like at all) more than I liked him. We worked together (shhh… I actually worked for him for a short time) and he was 10 years older than me and gruff and serious and totally geeky. Absolutely, 100%, definitely someone with whom I would never ever ever be anything more than coworkers, or possibly friendly acquaintances.
But then the “Summer of Softball and the Shore” happened. We had a softball league at work. A few guys from our department started a team, and both The Not-Yet-The Hubby and I decided to play. Our team was awful, but we had a blast laughing at our awfulness, and even more of a blast during our post-game dinners and drinks at The Waiting Room. Then the group started planning weekend trips down the shore (yes, I am from New Jersey. We don’t go to the beach. We go down the shore). And during all of these fun times, The Not-Yet-The Hubby and I started talking more and more, getting to know each other better and better. And in the summer warmth, just like melting ice cream, all the things I thought I didn’t like about him started melting away.
Somewhere in the middle of the summer, he declared his feelings for me in a handwritten note. I just wasn’t ready. But he didn’t back off completely. He gave me just enough space to come around. And one day he asked me if I wanted to catch a movie with him. Then afterwards he took me to my (unbenownst to him) favorite ice cream place, Thomas Sweet. I don’t know what changed that night. Maybe it was the fact that he totally guessed what I was going to order, even though I decided to order something completely different from what I usually get. All I know is that was the beginning of a lifetime together. And the first of lots and lots of ice cream dates, which we still do to this day.
He may still be all of those things – 10 years older than me and gruff and serious and totally geeky. But instead of those things freaking me out or turning me off, those are the things that I love about him, because it is who he is. He may be 10 years older and more mature in some ways, but I’ve always gotten along better with people older than me. He may be gruff on the outside, but he is a softie on the inside. He is serious, but that makes him awesome at taking care of business – job, house, bills, kids – he’s always on top of things and getting stuff done. And geeky is cute, right?!
But you know how I knew he was a keeper? See these wedding favors? And those teensy-eensy bows? Yeah, he and his big ol’ fingers helped me tie 150 of ‘em. Without complaining. Because it made me happy. And all he ever wants, even in our hardest times, when our kids have us wound up and exhausted, when we disagree about where to go and what’s a priority and what color siding we should get for the house, when we think we want to strangle each other, is really just for me to be happy.
Notice the little nod to our first ice cream date with the lines from Sarah McLachlan’s song? Yep, The Hubby’s love may be better than ice cream and chocolate. But, THIS ICE CREAM.
Oh my goodness oh my goodness. So rich and creamy. Sweet, but with the perfect balance of saltiness (kinda like The Hubby). Chocolaty ribbons with some fudgy chunks. Loads of chips, because I am weird, and like to crunch my ice cream. Holy cow, it is almost embarrassing how much of this I consumed myself.
But not really, because it is that phenomenally good. Seriously! Make it! Today! That is all…
Oh, and food blogger tip – attempting to photograph ice cream while your 4 month old will almost certainly mean that he will wake up while this is happening… #foodbloggerproblems
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- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 t coarse sea salt
- ½ c heavy cream
- ¾ c water
- ¼ c cocoa powder
- ¼ c corn syrup
- ½ c (about 3¼ oz.) mini chocolate chips
- 1½ c heavy cream
- About 1¼ c (remainder of 10 oz. bag) mini chocolate chips
- Pour the entire can of sweetened condensed milk in a bowl or top of a double boiler, and place over a pot of simmering water. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 1-1½ hours, or until thick and light caramel colored (or use one of these alternative methods).
- Cool to room temperature.
- Stir in the sea salt and ½ c heavy cream.
- Whisk together the water, cocoa powder, and corn syrup in a small pot.
- Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.
- Place in the refrigerator until ready to use, cooling at least to room temperature (it will be fairly liquidy, not thick).
- Pour the 1½ c heavy cream in a large bowl and, using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat until stiff peaks are formed.
- Gently fold in the cooled dulce de leche, then gently fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour half of the ice cream mixture into a freezer-safe container and top with about half of the fudge ripple mixture. Swirl with a knife or skewer.
- Top with the remaining ice cream mixture and fudge ripple mixture, and swirl with a knife or skewer.
- Cover and freeze for 4-6 ours or overnight.
#SundaySupper has a musical menu for you this week:
Prelude (Beverages):Calimocho (Red Red Wine Cocktail) from La Cocina de Leslie inspired by Red Red Wine by UB40 Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe from An Appealing Plan inspired by Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen Horchata from Treats & Trinkets inspired by Horchata by Vampire Weekend Orange Crush from Magnolia Days inspired by Orange Crush by REM Pineapple Lemonade Slushy with Coconut Water from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz inspired by Lemon Tree by Peter, Paul & Mary Strawberry Tequila from Shockingly Delicious inspired by Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles
Overture (Appetizers):Mustard Dill Beer Bread from Curious Cuisiniere inspired by In Heaven There Is No Beer a German Polka
Intermezzo (Entrees & Sides):Chicken and Bacon Cheddar Waffles from I Run For Wine inspired by Glady’s Knight Classic Fried Chicken from The Food Army Wife inspired by Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band Margarita Chicken from In The Kitchen With KP inspired by Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet Meatball Duet from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings inspired by On Top of Spaghetti by Tom Glazer Pan-Seared Halibut with Corn Hash and Asparagus Puree from Crazy Foodie Stunts inspired by Saturday Night Fish Fry by Louis Jordan Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork from Neighborfood inspired by Something Like That by Tim McGraw Spaghetti and Pork Meatballs from Family Foodie inspired by On Top of Spaghetti by Kidsongs Teriyaki Burger from Juanita’s Cocina inspired by Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffet
Finale (Desserts):Banana Cream Pie Bars from Peanut Butter and Peppers inspired by Tra La La Song by The Banana Splits Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle from Foxes Love Lemons inspired by Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson Cherry Pie from My Cute Bride inspired by Cherry Pie by Warrant Cherry Marshmallows from Pies and Plots Chocolate Cappuccino Cream Puffs from Runner’s Tales inspired by Choux Pastry Heart by Corinne Bailey Rae Chocolate Chip, Walnut and Caramel Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwich from Ruffles & Truffles inspired by Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani Chocolate Covered Caramels from Big Bear’s Wife inspired by At Last by Etta James Coconut Rum Blondies from Gotta Get Baked inspired by I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts by Danny Kaye Easy Blueberry Recipe: Fruit Tart from Growing Up Gabel inspired by Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino Espresso Nib Ice Cream from Vintage Kitchen Notes inspired by Black Coffee by Ella Fitzgerald Fancy Watermelon Lime Popsicles from Daily Dish Recipes inspired by Watermelon Crawl by Tracy Byrd Fresh Peach Pie from Killer Bunnies, Inc. inspired by Sweet Sweet Pie by PWEI Jammin’ Oatmeal Cookies from What Smells So Good? inspired by Jammin’ by Bob Marley Many Flavors Whipped Cream from Noshing with the Nolands inspired by Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass Peach Basil Pie from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen inspired by Peaches by POTUSA Pina Colada Poke Cake from Cookin’ Mimi inspired by Two Pina Coladas by Garth Brooks Peach Donuts with Brown Sugar from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks inspired by Peaches by POTUSA Peach Strudel with Honey Bourbon Frozen Yogurt from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures inspired by My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music & Wild Honey by U2 Rainbow Pops from The Urban Mrs inspired by Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice Salted Ripple Chip No-Churn Ice Cream from Cupcakes & Kale Chips inspired by Ice Cream by Sarah McLachlan Salted Peanut Swirl Peanut Butter Ice Cream from girlichef inspired by Salt Peanuts by The Quintet Shall We Dance? Fairy Cakes from The Ninja Baker inspired by Shall We Dance from the Japanese Film Sugar Crusted Zucchini Bread from That Skinny Chick Can Bake inspired by Sugar, Sugar by the Archies Tangerine Sorbet from Webicurean inspired by Tangerine Speedo by Caviar Yeasted Banana Bread from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner inspired by I Like Bread and Butter by The New Beats
Love may be better than ice cream and chocolate, but these recipes are pretty darn good:
Plus a few from my friends:
- Peanut Butter Ice Cream from Sumptuous Spoonfuls
- Rocky Road Ice Cream from Sweet Twist of Blogging
- Cannoli Ice Cream from Full Belly Sisters
- Dark Chocolate Chunk & Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt from Chocolate & Carrots