Until now, Halloween party menus have been pretty predictable. Everyone’s seen deviled eggs that look like spiders and pigs in a blanket that look like fingers. This year, how about trying something new and unexpected like pumpkin ice cream made with dry ice?!
Here’s how to do it:
Ingredients - Pumpkin Flavoring (Recipe via AllRecipes.com)
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup chopped pecans
Ingredients - Ice Cream, Made with Dry Ice (Methodology via eHow)
- 1 small bag of Penguin Brand® Dry Ice
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 cup of table cream
- 1 cup of whip cream
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla
- Hand mixer
- Sauce pan
- Two bowls – one small, one large
- A large, flat wooden spoon
- Thick gloves
- Small fork
- In the small bowl, combine all of your pumpkin flavoring ingredients, EXCEPT the pecans. Mix until well blended. Then, add in pecans.
- Put on your thick gloves. From the block of dry ice, chip off roughly a cup and a half of dry ice for every 5-6 cups of your ice cream ingredients. Set the dry ice aside, and remove gloves.
- In the large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and ¾ cup of sugar together using a hand mixer.
- Pour the milk in a saucepan, then stir in the cream. Place the sauce pan on a burner and heat up the milk-cream mixture until it almost boils. Make sure to stir constantly to avoid burning.
- Pour milk-cream mixture from pan into the large bowl with the ice cream ingredients. Beat with mixer. Then stir in the whip cream and vanilla.
- Stir pumpkin flavoring into ice cream mixture.
- Put on your thick gloves. Add the dry ice to your ingredients, and mix well with the wooden spoon until it’s hardened into your desired consistency (you may need to throw in an extra chunk or two if it doesn’t look like it’s freezing fast enough).
- Once the ice cream hardens, let it sit for a few minutes to soften before eating. This is also a good time to check the ice cream and remove and discard any stray chunks of dry ice with a small fork.
If you try this at home, be sure to snap a photo when you’re mixing in the dry ice and enter it into our $1,000 October Dry Ice Photo Challenge!
Photo Courtesy of stuart_spivack