“Any sane person loves chocolate.” ~ Bob Greene
Seriously. I never understood people who don’t like chocolate. Something must be wrong with them (sorry Mom!)
Last week I had the distinct honor of attending the Chocolate Show in NYC. It was, simply put, one of the highlights of my
year life. All the credit goes to my friend. You see, her friend does PR for the show, so not only did we get in for free, yes, free, but we also got the sweet PR gift bags, which included hundreds of dollars worth of chocolate. I died and went to heaven.
Picture this. Thousands of square feet of chocolate, vendor after vendor offering free samples. This is my idea of girls gone wild. I went to every single booth and sampled whatever creation they had to offer. Needless to say, I did not eat dinner. I also got incredibly jolted and slightly insane (read: sugar high) after eating all that chocolate, but who cares!
All the treats were delicious, and of course, anything with salted caramel and chocolate got my vote. But, what absolutely stole the show was Salt of the Earth Bakery. I had recently heard of them through a friend, and being a lover of the sweet and salty combination I made a b-line for their booth. What were they sampling, you ask? Only the best salted chocolate chip cookies, ever. I ate one. Then another one. Then a salted brownie. It was outrageous. Oh, and then another one. After I stuffed my face, I told their representatives that I make ice cream and would love to use their cookies in a recipe. Without hesitation, they bagged up some cookies for me to use, and I was on my merry way.
This, my friends, is how salt of the earth chocolate ice cream came to be.
Before I give you the recipe, I have to share my coolest “celebrity” moment yet. When I was leaving the show I began talking with one of the PR representatives about ice cream. She told me that she recently bought an ice cream maker, and really enjoys making home-made flavors. I told her that I write an ice cream blog and handed her my card. She looked at the card. She looked at me. And then she looked at the card, one more time. You’re 365scoops?? she asked. Sure am! I said. I use your recipes all the time! she exclaimed. And that’s when I died and went to heaven for the second time in one night. She uses my recipes. She reads my blog. Ah! Love it.
So, without further ado…
Salt of the Earth Chocolate Ice Cream
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 tbs instant coffee
3 cups half-and-half
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 egg yolks
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Approximately 6-8 Salt of the Earth Chocolate Chip Cookies, chopped
Chop the unsweetened chocolate and sift the cocoa powder. You will thank me for the sifting later.
Heat 2 cups of half-and-half in a saucepan along with the sugar until small bubbles begin to form around the edges. Add in the unsweetened chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder, and sugar. Whisk vigorously until everything is well blended. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, in a large heat-proof bowl whisk together the three egg yolks. Slowly pour the hot chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, whisking after each addition. Pour the blended mixture back into the saucepan, add in the remaining cup of half-and-half and heat until the mixture reaches 170 degrees or is thick enough to coat the back of a spatula. Remove from the stove and let cool completely. Add in the salt and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to chill.
Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. While the ice cream is churning chop up the cookies into bite-sized pieces, making sure to keep them large enough that you can taste the cookie and salt in each bite. Approximately five minutes before the mixture is done churning add in the cookie chunks. Scoop the ice cream out of the machine and transfer to a freezer-safe container. Let it harden in the freezer for 2 hours before serving (if you can wait that long).
When you serve the ice cream, you’ll notice that the cookie chunks are beautifully woven into the ice cream, and within each bite, you’ll get a burst of chocolate, then cookie, and then you’ll finish with a salty note. Perfection.
The Verdict: This was good, really good. So good, in fact, that I don’t have a photo to show for it. You should know that I was so distraught about this fact, that I woke up at 3am on Monday morning in a cold sweat when I realized that all the ice cream had been devoured before I was able to photograph it. True story. We shared this ice cream with some friends, and then the The Husband and his friends devoured it Sunday night while watching Da Bears demolish the Detroit Lions. But, I did hear The Husband yell from the other room, “Honey, this stuff is damn good.” You’ll just have to trust me on this one.