Category Archives: Ice Cream

Soda Fountain® Malted Milk Powder – Product Review

I’m always open to trying out new products and giving my honest opinion. I think it is helpful to all of you, as well as the product provider. It was not long ago when I was approached to try a product from CTL Foods, Inc. based out of Colfax, Wisconsin. I was all for trying their Soda Fountain® Malted Milk Powder, and granted they are not local in the sense, however four hours north of me, so even more excited to try another Wisconsin product.

Soda Fountain Malted Milk Powder

I was sent 2 pounds of their malted milk powder, which was based on all natural ingredients. A cute product shot of some classic kids sharing a malt was on the front of their label, which immediately reminded me of a great classic malt. Now if you have never been from Wisconsin, we are known for a few things, and custard is one of them. Custard like you will not find anywhere else in the country, and this season is ice cream, and custard season in my house. My kids pretty much have it for dessert a few times a week, so this was a great time to have them taste what a classic malt tastes like.

Malted Milkshake using Soda Fountain Malted Milk Powder

One of my lucky kids got my good old mustache drinking class, actually it was my daughter, just to add a bit more fun into the mix.

The recipe calls for the following, of which I stuck to, however you can get as creative as you want as noted on their label.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 scoops of any flavor ice cream (I used vanilla)
  • 3/4 cup of cold milk
  • 2 heaping tbsp of Soda Fountain® Malted Milk Powder

Start by adding everything to a blender, and blend until thick and smooth.

How to make a Malt

I made one for each of my kids and got their reactions. It took them a while to react because they sat there slurping and spooning the delicious malt for about 5 minutes, rarely coming up for air.

Their result was a two thumbs up. It was really their first malt (I think) they have ever tried, and they fell in love. Something they will continue to drink whether summer, fall, winter, or spring. If you are looking for a great malt product, give this a shot. Their products are sold online at http://www.ctlfoods.com/malted-milk-powder/.

For one lucky, and random winner, I have a 1 pound Soda Fountain® Malted Milk Powder to give away. Send me an email to daxphillips@gmail.com no later than August 24, 2014. I will then provide a random drawing and get one shipped out to you.

Mixed Berry Yogurt Pops

Since January, I have been on a morning juice kick. I love it, to be honest with you, and my morning commute seems a bit incomplete if I go without one. I’m jamming mixed berries, grapefruit, ginger, and spinach and kale into the juicer, and suck it down on the way to work. Let’s just say I feel really good, and have improved energy. With that said, I thought that I would utilize whole berries and make something with my daughter, who by the way not only loves berries but wants to be creative in the kitchen. This is when I thought of making mixed berry yogurt pops. Did I mention she also loves fruit flavored yogurt?

I ordered some Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds not too long ago with anticipation that my kids would love concocting some sort mixture to go in the molds. My daughter was the first to take a go at them (actually I asked if she wanted to help me), and we were both excited for the outcome.

Mixed Berry Yogurt Pops

Got berries, or mixed fruit and yogurt for that matter? Make these. Trust me. You will love them.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (non Greek)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of blackberries
  • ice pop molds

This is way too easy, so enjoy.

Start by adding the sugar, yogurt, milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice to a mixing bowl. Mix to dissolve the sugar.

Add in the berries.

Using a ladle, pour into the molds.

How to make mixed berry yogurt pops

Add the cover to the molds, and carefully place on a flat surface in the freezer. Freeze for 6 hours.

When ready to eat one (or two), remove  a pop from the base, and run the exterior under warm water for about 30 seconds, or until the mixed berry yogurt pop comes out of the mold.

The result is a perfect treat. It’s sweet, it’s sour, and you get great hunks of berry. My daughter only got about half way through hers before she put it back in the freezer, while my wife and I enjoyed one later that night. They were really refreshing, and pretty much good for you to boot. Hope you enjoy!

Mixed Berry Yogurt Pops
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups plain yogurt (non Greek)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup of black berries
  • ice pop molds
Instructions
  1. This is way too easy, so enjoy.
  2. Start by adding the sugar, yogurt, milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice to a mixing bowl. Mix to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Add in the berries.
  4. Using a ladle, pour into the molds.
  5. Add the cover to the molds, and carefully place on a flat surface in the freezer. Freeze for 6 hours.
  6. When ready to eat one (or two), remove a pop from the base, and run the exterior under warm water for about 30 seconds, or until the mixed berry yogurt pop comes out of the mold.
  7. The result is a perfect treat. It’s sweet, it’s sour, and you get great hunks of berry. My daughter only got about half way through hers before she put it back in the freezer, while my wife and I enjoyed one later that night. They were really refreshing, and pretty much good for you to boot. Hope you enjoy!

 

Shamrock Shakes

It was not too long ago where I was driving past a McDonald’s and noticed the sign that Shamrock shakes were there. That just brought back memories of getting that shake around this time of year, in late February and March. The creamy, minty flavor is just hard to beat. Every Sunday when my kids go to Sunday school, they beg, yes beg, for McDonald’s. I typically decline their request, but do give in from time to time, and as I declined their request this week, I was going to offer them something that would I knew would remind them of McDonald’s and make them extremely happy. This is where the shamrock shake came into action.

Shamrock Shake Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of 1% milk
  • 6 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 1  tsp peppermint extract, use more if you want more peppermint flavor
  • 1 1/2 tsp green food coloring
  • Whipped cream, to your liking

Doesn’t get any easier than that, right?

Add the milk to a blender, then add in your ice cream, peppermint extract, and green food coloring. Blend until smooth.

How to make a shamrock shake

Pour into your serving glass and top with whipped cream. Serve with a straw, and suck away.

My kids loved these shamrock shakes, and they were pretty much identical to those of McDonald’s. So skip the drive through next time and make your own. Your kids will thank you for it. Hope you enjoy.

Shamrock Shakes
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 5
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of 1% milk
  • 6 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract, use more if you want more peppermint flavor
  • 1½ tsp green food coloring
  • Whipped cream, to your liking
Instructions
  1. Add the milk to a blender, then add in your ice cream, peppermint extract, and green food coloring. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into your serving glass and top with whipped cream. Serve with a straw, and suck away.

 

Apple Crisp

Last week we decided to go on our annual apple picking adventure. We typically go later in mid-to-late October, but this year we thought we would get a jump start and be able to chose from a wider selection of apples. It was a gorgeous afternoon so we invited grandma and grandpa out for the afternoon as well. This year we decided to return to The Elegant Farmer for apples. I love The Elegant Farmer. They are known for their apple pie, but what I like is that after you pick apples, you can head into their store and have lunch, or purchase little, neat items from the grocery store. So after we spent a good couple of hours there, we came back to a big bushel full of apples. At first I thought we would be making pies, but then I decided to step it back a little bit, and go for something as comforting as pie, and create a recipe that was much easier and less time consuming, hence the apple crisp.

Apple Crisp

Let’s get started.

Ingredients for the Crumble:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, lightly melted

Ingredients for the Apple Crisp:

  • 10 apples, variety (I used Granny Smith, McIntosh) stemmed and cored
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider, reduced to 1/2 cup
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 whole lemon, juiced

Start by mixing your crumble ingredients in a mixing bowl, then set it to the side.

Add the cider to a sauce pan, and cook over medium-high heat until it reduces to about a 1/2 cup.

Apple Picking

Slice your apples into about 1/2 inch thick slices. Add them to another large mixing bowl. Once your apples are in the bowl, add the sugar, cinnamon, and pinch of salt. Add the lemon juice and reduced cider, mix, and set aside.

Next, get a large oven proof skillet onto the stove on medium heat.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Once the skillet is heated, add the butter, and cook for a few minutes until it begins to brown. Toss in the apple mixture, scraping the bowl, and cook the apples, stirring frequently on medium heat for about 10 minutes.

Once the apples just begin to soften, layer on the crumble mixture and pat it down with your spatula. Add the entire skillet into the oven, and cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until the crumble is nice and golden.

Apple Crisp Recipe

Remove from the oven and set aside to cool down.

Scoop the apple crisp into your serving bowl, and serve with ice cream if you prefer. The result is the sticky, awesome mixture that is perfectly balanced with that sweet and tart that you would expect in apples. My daughter who inspired (and helped make) me to make this recipe feel in love with it, well, and so did I, and so did my wife. Don’t even get me started on the crumble topping. I now know why I always loved apple oatmeal. Yes, it’s that good. I hope you enjoy!

Apple Crisp
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for the Crumble:
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup of oats
  • ½ cup of light brown sugar
  • ½ cup of walnuts, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, lightly melted
  • Ingredients for the Apple Crisp:
  • 10 apples, variety (I used Granny Smith, McIntosh) stemmed and cored
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider, reduced to ½ cup
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ whole lemon, juiced
Instructions
  1. Start by mixing your crumble ingredients in a mixing bowl, then set it to the side.
  2. Add the cider to a sauce pan, and cook over medium-high heat until it reduces to about a ½ cup.
  3. Start by mixing your crumble ingredients in a mixing bowl, then set it to the side.
  4. Add the cider to a sauce pan, and cook over medium-high heat until it reduces to about a ½ cup.
  5. Slice your apples into about ½ inch thick slices. Add them to another large mixing bowl. Once your apples are in the bowl, add the sugar, cinnamon, and pinch of salt. Add the lemon juice and reduced cider, mix, and set aside.
  6. Next, get a large oven proof skillet onto the stove on medium heat.
  7. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  8. Once the skillet is heated, add the butter, and cook for a few minutes until it begins to brown. Toss in the apple mixture, scraping the bowl, and cook the apples, stirring frequently on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  9. Once the apples just begin to soften, layer on the crumble mixture and pat it down with your spatula. Add the entire skillet into the oven, and cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until the crumble is nice and golden.
  10. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool down.
  11. Scoop the apple crisp into your serving bowl, and serve with ice cream if you prefer. The result is the sticky, awesome mixture that is perfectly balanced with that sweet and tart that you would expect in apples.