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Summer’s Hottest Ice Cream Flavors

Coffee and Donuts Sundae: Fresh-Baked Cinnamon Donuts, Coffee Ice Cream and Hot Fudge Sauce.

Summer’s here, and that means indulging in our favorite summer foods: burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, frosty cocktails and — of course — ice cream.

Every year, ice cream store owners across the country predict which flavors will most appeal to customers. As new flavors come on the market, proprietors weigh the pros and cons of swapping in a new option for a low performer from the previous year. This can mean hitting the jackpot with a hot new flavor, or sinking money into a dud that will sit around all season.

Nowhere is ice cream in higher demand than at the beach, including the Jersey Shore, a destination for New Jersey locals and visitors from nearby New York City and Philadelphia. Skipper Dipper has been a local, family-owned ice cream tradition for 35 years, a line of beach-goers often snaking out the door of its Long Beach Island, NJ location.

Store owner Dave Powitz shares the early ice cream trends from this summer.

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Sifted: Homemade Funfetti, Boozy Foods and Summertime Treats

The Baker Chick's Funfetti Layer Cake

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Boxed mix funfetti is irresistible, but homemade is even better! The Baker Chick made the colorful layer cake from Momofuku Milk Bar and we’re stunned by the results.
  2. Salad for breakfast? If by that you mean a poached egg atop avocado and prosciutto, we’re in! – The Kitchn
  3. Chocolate covered pretzels might not be the best match for the sun. But Tikkido’s royal icing covered pretzels are a sweet and salty snack that can stand up to the heat.
  4. It’s pool party season. These yogurt and chocolate stuffed strawberries from ChefMom are a healthy and delicious snack your kids will love.
  5. Boozy foods: Tartlet Sweets takes banana nut bread to a whole new level with bourbon.

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Philadelphia-Style Chocolate Ice Cream

Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

When I was little I lived in Philadelphia, just steps from an ice cream parlor. At the time I didn’t know what Philadelphia-Style ice cream was, nor would I have cared. All I knew was that the ice cream was cold, creamy and delicious.

Fast-forward 40 years and I am brought back to this memory by a desire for chocolate ice cream. I’d usually make my favorite “French” custard base, which results in a rich, creamy, luscious ice cream, but I wanted it fast and without fuss. The French-style requires making an egg custard and then adding flavors. But, this is by no means the only way to make fantastic ice creams. The eggless version is often referred to as Philadelphia-style, which is just cream, sugar and lots of flavor. The texture is a bit lighter but no less delicious, and it is so simple and fast to put together.

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Grilled Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwiches

Grilled Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

I inherited my banana bread recipe from my future mother-in-law; it’s the only recipe my fiancé claims is worth making. I’ve made a few changes of my own to the recipe over the past few years, and now it’s the only recipe I claim is worth making. My secrets? I roast the bananas to bring out their natural sweetness (no need to let them rot on your counter). Both butter and a splash of oil keep the bread moist for days, and vanilla bean paste adds a certain something extra you can’t quite put your finger on.

Banana bread — especially this banana bread — is delicious all year round, but how ’bout a little summertime makeover? Think grilled banana bread ice cream sandwiches, a fun twist on an old classic! The best part? These are so simple you almost don’t need a recipe. I threw the bread on the grill to add a nice toasty flavor and to help it stand up in the freezer. When it came to choosing ice cream flavors, I got a little crazy. Vanilla made for a classic ice cream sandwich, but my favorite pairing was rich and creamy coconut gelato — such an amazing flavor combination. If you get really adventurous, try using your own homemade ice cream. (I went with banana. Oh my word.) Then the possibilities are truly endless!

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Sifted: Pantry Must-Have Plus French Toast In A Mug

Sauteed Squid with Chili Oil and Fried Garlic by Two Peas & A Pot

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

    1. Have you tried chili oil with fried garlic? 2 peas and a pot swears it will be your new favorite condiment (especially after you try it in their sauteed squid dish).
    2. In need of a better breakfast but have no time to spare in the morning? We hear ya! Steph’s Bite by Bite has mastered banana French toast in a mug, microwaved to perfection in only 2 minutes!
    3. Vegan Cake Batter Ice Creamsay what? Munchin with Munchkin’s secrets to the perfect soft-serve consistency and cake batter taste are frozen bananas and butter extract.
    4. Shaksuka, eggs poached in tomato sauce, is a staple enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner in Israeli cuisine. We love the presence of cumin in the sauce and cannot wait to try Katherine Martinelli’s recipe.
    5. Lighten up your dinner plate with It All Tastes Greek to Me’s take on Greek Moussaka. Her yogurt béchamel sauce proves that healthy substitutions can lead to tasty new creations.

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Cooking Channel Treat Truck Hits West Coast with Special Guests

What does Chuck do on his day off?  Eat ice cream, of course.

Cooking Channel’s Frozen Treat Truck hits the west coast this week, with a couple surprise guests in tow. Chuck Hughes from Chuck’s Day Off, Jeffrey Saad from United Tastes of America, and Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos from Extra Virgin will make special appearances to taste the local ice cream flavors, and meet you, the fans!

Here’s the full schedule:

Thurs, Sep 1 — Seattle
11am-5pm at Westlake Center
Serving:  Molly Moon’s Ice Cream
Meet Chuck Hughes 1-3pm

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Cooking Channel Frozen Treats Truck Hits the Midwest

After making lots of new friends in New York City, Pittsburgh and Boston, our Frozen Treats Truck is headed west!  The Midwest, that is…

Today we’re in Cleveland, handing out free scoops of Orange Blossom and Cream and Triple Berry-flavored ice creams from local producer Honey Hut.  If you’re in the area, come out and meet us!  We’ll be at the Wade Oval at University Circle, 4-9pm.

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Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches for the Bacon Lover

Ice Cream Sandwich

If making ice cream at home wasn’t a family tradition growing up (like it was for Cooking Channel editor Kirsten Vala), making the good stuff yourself might seem like the tallest of tasks. But like any other goodie we’ve grown accustomed to ordering from over the counter, making the frozen treat at home is far simpler than most are apt to assume.

Well aware of this, Natasha Case from Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches (recently featured on Cooking Channel’s food-truck show Eat St.) took it a step further. Back in the fall of 2008 she began not only making ice cream, but baking cookies out of co-founder Frey Estrellar’s kitchen, too. Three years later, their irresistible ice cream sandwiches can now be found in Los Angeles where it all began, as well as Austin, New York City, and even the Hamptons.

It being National Ice Cream Month and all, we caught up with Natasha, who was kind enough to share two ice cream sandwich tips, and one of Coolhaus’ most popular recipes.

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By the Book Giveaway: Splendid Homemade Ice Creams

Farmers' Market Sundae

Jeni's Farmers' Market Sundae is fresh summer berries and fruit topped with Lemon Frozen Yogurt.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
When I was young, the Fourth of July was the one day a year when I remember my family breaking out the ice cream maker, in all its mysterious glory. We filled the big wooden outer container with ice and rock salt, poured a cream and sugar mixture into the inside container and set it to churning. And, miraculously, we’d end up with a creamy and satisfying vanilla ice cream, with a special homemade taste and texture I’d look forward to year after year.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home proves that homemade ice cream isn’t just for the Fourth of July anymore (although it definitely should be part of your holiday weekend plans). Jeni, the owner of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Ohio, takes us season by season through the freshest and most creative flavor combos imaginable. All recipes are based on Jeni’s four-step process, using home equipment to make amazing, artisan American ice creams. Take a few of her recipes for a test churn: Farmers’ Market Sundae, Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream and Salty Caramel Ice Cream.

To celebrate ice cream-making season, we’re giving away one copy of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, by Jeni Britton Bauer. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite ice cream flavor. We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 4 p.m. ET on June 28th and 5 p.m. ET on June 29th. Subject to full Official Rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $23.95. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a/ Cooking Channel, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011.

So tell us: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Commenting is closed. The winner will be announced shortly!

Cooking Channel’s Frozen Treat Truck Tour Kicks Off

Cooking Channel is hitting the road again this summer to bring frosty, frozen treats to fans!

We’re touring the country in a tricked-out Frozen Treats Truck, to meet you and hear your Food Person stories.  Along the way, we’ll be joining forces with the most delicious, locally-based frozen-treat producers in your area to hand out tasty, refreshing frozen sweets.  Did we mention this is all for free?

The Frozen Treat Truck 2011 Tour kicks off today!  If you’re in the New York City area, swing by Chelsea Market from 1:00 to 6:00pm, and taste a specially-crafted blueberry gelato from favorite local producer, L’Arte del Gelato.  We will be there with special guests Rachael Ray, Ben Sargent, Nadia G and Kelsey Nixon.

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