I need an ice cream maker.
I’m rapidly turning into an ice cream snob.
First came the days of Breyers, whose classy (and actually minty) Mint Chocolate Chip made me turn up my nose at Edys’ green, nearly flavorless junk. Then Haagen-Dazs, with its rich vanilla and decadent caramel. Now I balk at anything less than Oberweis, in my opinion the nation’s finest iced cream (narrowly beating out Gilles Frozen Custard, mainly because of proximity).
And after seeing all these recipes for DIY sorbet, gelato, custard…I have to make some of my own. Meaning I need an ice cream maker. Meaning, unfortunately, I need to spend more than they charge for a shake at my local Ice Cream Shoppe.
Now, I’m not opposed to spending money on indulgences. I have a staggering DVD collection and I’ll be wasting $400 come September so’s I can play one game. But those things last forever! Ice cream doesn’t last an hour in my house!
Still, I must. A whole world of culinary experimentation and unnecessary weight gain beckons, yearns, cries “Smylie!” at night while I sleep–
Look, I’m not crazy, I just really like ice cream. So I need your help. Where should I start? What brands are the best? Do I go manual or spring for electric?
Oh ye all-known sages of confection (all of whom, like, totally read our blog), please give me some tips. Because I need to make this recipe as soon as possible.
-Jim, hoping he gets to try all these soon, too