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I am so pathetic. Here I am, at the computer, with an empty pint of Ben & Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch by my side. It was full when I started at the computer, however, not too long ago.

A friend of mine from college recently admitted to having B&J dinners. He was commenting on the astronomically huge selection of flavors (he was previously in Canada, where, he said, he only got about 5 flavors). I encouraged him to try them all.

C'mon. Admit it. Who else here does this from time to time? I know I'm not the only one!
 

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I am like that with Hagen Daz. God help me if I have a pint of coconut pinapple or cookie dough in the house! I also like the blueberry cheesecake. I do like Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey! I could do without the chocolate bits though (which I know sounds bizarre but the banana and walnut aspect is delish on it's own).

I figure at the end of my life I will be happy not sad for all of the decadent icecream I ate.
 

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I figure at the end of my life I will be happy not sad for all of the decadent icecream I ate.
That's exactly it! As long, that is, as it doesn't decide to start going to my hips, in which case I may become too large to smile.
 

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Used to spend more days doing that than I care to admit. A pint of Phish Food would just about do me for lunch ... though some flavors needed a little jar of fudge sauce, too ...

And it did go 'round the hips, mamas. I weigh 50 lbs more than I did 7 years ago. And while having 3 kids in 5 years has something to do with that (along with a few miscarriages in that 7 years' time) more than 30 lbs of it is directly attributable to Ben and Jerry, G-d bless them.



Have stopped the ice cream binge. It is no longer a part of my life. It was not as hard as quitting smoking, but only just quite ...
 

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Double scoop in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone, please
 

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Marlena, it just occurred to me...don't you make your own ice cream?


I have an ice cream maker for creating non-dairy frozen delights...I have a plan to make the quince sorbet recipe that's in this month's Gourmet.
 

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Breyers is my weakness with ever-so-slightly less guilt. I could sit down and eat the whole thing myself. I also like Edy's whole fruit bars. Has anyone tried the coconut?
In college I used to get Hagen Daas Raspberry sorbet and cream. I think they stopped making it (thank goodness.) I wish I could say I gave up the ice cream thing, but I fear that will be much harder than smoking for me.
 

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Marlena, it just occurred to me...don't you make your own ice cream?

I used to.
That was before we got this refrigerator with a drawer bottom freezer. We'd thought that the freezer would afford plenty of space, but we were WRONG. Our ice-cream maker is a Braun that you freeze before using (and, preferably, use while in the freezer). Now, there's no space.
We need to get another freezer, but it's hardly tops on the list of expenditures we need to make at the moment.

Quince ice cream? Cool! I've never seen any quinces sold in these parts, but we used to make mango ice cream, among other fruit flavors. Chocolate, however, was the old stand-by. Our version tastes almost exactly like Godiva's Belgian Dark Chocolate ice cream (not a surprise, given what we put in it
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[B...we used to make mango ice cream, among other fruit flavors. Chocolate, however, was the old stand-by. Our version tastes almost exactly like Godiva's Belgian Dark Chocolate ice cream (not a surprise, given what we put in it
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Oooooh, would you mind posting those recipes, Marlena?

I've had an ice cream maker for some time, but have never used it.
 

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I also have to freeze the bottom of my ice cream freezer, so I might not get to make the quince sorbet. My upstairs neighbors/landgentry have a freezer, but I think theirs is full, too.

The recipe for the quince sorbet isn't up on Epicurious yet, so I will paraphrase it here. You must cook quinces, they aren't edible raw. Peel, quarter and core 2 lbs. quinces (they are very hard.) Simmer them with 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and 8 cups water for an hour or so, until very tender. Puree the fruit and syrup mixture then sieve it through a strainer and cool to room temp. and add 2 tablespoons of poire William (some kind of pear liqueur.)

Freeze according to directions--this mixture makes enough for two batches in a home ice-cream freezer.

This recipe accompanied a very sophisticated and complex dessert involving pears, almond cream, pastry cream, and phyllo dough cookies. I figure the quince sorbet would also be good with honey cake for the Jewish New Year this weekend, if only I can find a freezer with space!

Sorbet is really easy to make, I am delighted to report. You just have to add way more sugar than is comfortable to any fruit puree, and make sure it is very smooth.
 

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Boy, since it's been over two years since we moved and got a new fridge, I don't recall the exact recipes offhand. All of them start with a custard base. Here's what I think it would be for the chocolate ice cream: scald a mixture of half and half and heavy cream with a scored vanilla bean (whole or half, depending on the quantity of cream you're using). Add sugar (depending on quantity of cream). Remove and scrape vanilla bean. Add egg yolks (again, based on the quanitity of cream you're using) and whisk over medium/low heat until the mixture thickens very slightly. Add more chopped high-quality chocolate (we usually use Callebaut 70% (bittersweet)) than you think you might need and stir till melted. Taste to make sure everything's right. Pour into ice cream maker and churn until ready.
 

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i'll admit to being an ice cream junkie, but i assuage my guilt with getting the organic kind from whole foods or our local coop. i'm sure the fat content, etc, is still just as high, though. i don't do the whole pint at one sitting, but i have it almost every night after supper so it adds up quickly. my dh who can't tolerate dairy has recently discovered the joys of soy cream, so it's a nightly ritual for both of us. amazingly, dd (2.5) refuses to try either one. guess she didn't inherit the family sweet tooth.
 

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I wouldn't say I am a junkie, but I do love B & J!!
My personal faves are: Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Fudge Brownie (and the lo fat frozen yogurt version is awesome as well!), Peanut Butter Cup, and Uncanny Cashew. Oh, almost forgot~ Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.
Other ice creams I adore are Haagen Dazs (Mocha Java Chip, Dulce de Leche, Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry) and Godiva... everyone of Godiva flavors are so rich and so decadant!!
But dairy is a seldom treat for me so I cannot say ice cream has been a regular meal replacement for me.
 

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BAH! I am still mad at them for not having Doonesberry anymore. (it was a really yummy sorbet different kinds of berry sorbet swirled YUM!) it was as good as having ice cream with less fat. But they don't have it anymore!!!!
 

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yeah, they broke my heart when the cut the sorbet line. doonesbury didnt' do much for me but... purple passion fruit, mango-lime, pina colada...... I need a drooling smiley to go here.

all through college I worked at a summer camp and every night 2 counselors were allowed to make a store run for all the staff -- we'd all eat a pint of B&Js every night. One summer, I started collecting the containers -- I had a huge pyramid of them stacked along the wall of my cabin. I agonized about it, but ended up throwing them away at the end of the summer, and I still regret it, cause right after that, they changed the cartons to the stupid boring uni-lever ones they have now.

Luckily for me, there is a great local organic dairy that is doing ice cream now, and a local sorbet maker that makes a blackberry-cassis, among other things....mmmmmm

yeah. I've been craving ice cream/sorbet all week.

I think I'll have to have some tonight.
 
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