Using leftover candy in this vanilla Halloween ice cream ensures a rich result, but truly unique to your making!
In early September, my daughter had the opportunity to celebrate Halloween early by going up to my Aunt’s trailer. Since the park closes before actual Halloween, they hold the celebration early for all the kids to enjoy. It was great! Except for the cold, and the rain… But that seems to be a common thing for Canada these days. The kids all managed to get FULL bags of candy (and I am not kidding when I say full!) Heck, she got more candy than she usually does trick or treating here at home.
Given that she had a full bag, we had to figure out a way to use up all the leftovers. We were all pretty good diving in and eating, but there was some candy that appeared more often than others. I decided to make this vanilla Halloween ice cream with Smarties and sprinkles because not only did we have a ton of Smarties in her bag, but my sister had bought her a huge Smarties candy container just before the big day.
A blend of cream, milk, and the wonderful amount of candy, this ice cream actually turned out really neat. I waited until the last minute or so of the ice cream churning before adding the Smarties and sprinkles. Good thing, too, because the colours began to leak from the candy, causing a nice rippling effect (but also giving some dark grey/black undertones that I associate with Halloween.) Basically don’t over-mix or you may have a lump of grey ice cream!
Like 90% of my recipes, this vanilla Halloween ice cream is easily interchangeable and can be made to your liking. I would love chocolate ice cream in this case, but vanilla is a favourite of my daughter and I knew you would see the vibrant colours much easier. I was tempted to make a pumpkin or apple flavour ice cream, but you really can never go wrong with vanilla.
10 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch
- Pinch of salt
- Leftover Halloween candy (I used Smarties and 1/4 cup of Halloween-coloured sprinkles.)
- In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of whipping cream and 1 cup milk. Pour in the sugar and salt and place over medium low heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is quite hot, but never allow it to boil.
- Mix the remaining milk with cornstarch. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the egg yolks and beat until a bit paler in colour. Carefully and slowly pour the hot mixture in the egg yolks, stirring vigorously and making sure not to scramble the eggs (tempering here.) When fully combined, add in the remaining milk mixture. Pour back into the saucepan and once again reheat. Stir in the vanilla extract and remove from heat.
- Allow the mixture to come to room temperature, stirring occasionally to prevent a film from building up. Transfer to the fridge to chill overnight, Once chilled, follow your ice cream machine's directions. In the last 2-3 minutes, add in desired Halloween candy and sprinkles. Store in an airtight container and keep frozen.
Now we only have to hope this Halloween is nice and warm! Every year since my daughter has been born our Halloween has been cold and wet… It is awful for the kids and not only that, we live on a giant hill so I maybe get a maximum of 25 kids. Seriously, 25. I really should do what my dad did when we were kids and hand out full-sized chocolate bars to reward the kids for their efforts. My dad always buys waaaaaaay too much candy and ends up eating it himself, haha. Now that I think of it, I could make this vanilla Halloween ice cream with all the leftover chocolate bars he has… Tempting!