Twix-Style Ice Cream

Nothing goes hand-in-hand quite like hot summer days and ice cream.  I love ice cream.  I probably have an unhealthy addiction to ice cream.  But it's not like I can help it.  It's in my genes!  My dad's family used to own an ice cream shop in Vietnam.  I look back fondly to the moments my dad and I shared watching Tom and Jerry cartoons and eating ice cream after dinner when I was younger.

One of my favorite things on ice cream is a nice, ooey-goeey melty salty caramel sauce.  So let's make some caramel chocolate ice-cream!  The sweetness of the ice cream and chocolate go well with the salty caramel flecks.  This recipe was inspired by this Tasting Table recipe for Snickers ice cream.

Twix-Style Ice cream
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. heavy cream, heated but not boiling
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Ice cream base:
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • pinch of salt

Mix ins:
  • 2 packages of Twix bars, chopped
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped
  1. Caramel: In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat, add the sugar.  Once the sugar starts to melt, fold over itself until sugar is evenly golden-brown.  Remove from heat and slowly add in heavy cream.  Cool in a glass bowl, then stir in salt.
  2. Ice Cream:  Have an ice bath ready to cool down the finished custard.  In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, sugar, and salt and simmer until dissolved.  Remove from heat.  In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Temper the egg yolks by pouring a little of the heated milk mixture into the yolks, a little slowly each time.  Don't scramble the egg yolks!  Then add the milk-yolk mixture into the rest of the milk.  Heat over medium, stirring constantly until mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 2-3 minutes.  Strain the custard into a bowl with heavy cream, set in the ice bath.  Add the vanilla extract.  Refrigerate until completely cool, 8 hours or overnight.  
  3. Freeze ice cream according to ice cream machine instructions.  Stir in Twix bars and chocolate chips.
  4. In a freezer-safe container, layer the caramel and ice cream.  Freeze until hardened, at least 4 hours.  Enjoy!


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