Let's Celebrate with National Ice Cream Month in July! #NMVIceCream

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Nielsen-Massey Vanillas & Flavors this July 2014!

Nielsen*Massey Vanilla's
Madagascar Bourbon * Pure Vanilla Powder
This July, join Nielsen-Massey Vanillas as we celebrate National Ice Cream Month. #NMVIceCream

Whether you want to be a star at the Summer Block Party or you are looking for a fun recipe for baking with kids this summer, making homemade ice cream sandwiches is sure to be a new family favorite.

Following are some tips and shortcuts for making and personalizing your own homemade ice cream sandwiches:
  • Dress it up: Roll the sides of finished ice cream sandwiches in mini chocolate chips, mini M&Ms, sprinkles, toasted coconut or nuts to add color and texture.
  • Take a shortcut: If you are short on time, purchase bakery cookies to use with the homemade strawberry ice cream recipe, below, to build your own ice cream sandwiches.
  • Chill out: Keeping your homemade ice cream cold is the secret to a sandwich that won’t fall apart or get soggy. Take the time to re-freeze ice cream between steps - your patience will be rewarded with perfect sandwiches every time.
  • Keep them fresh: Wrap each sandwich individually in plastic wrap immediately after building each sandwich. Keep them in the freezer until just before serving.

This brand-new recipe for Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, included below, also celebrates another summer favorite - fresh strawberries. Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract and Pure Lemon Extract add depth to the ice cream and complement the sweet summer strawberries. The ice cream rests between homemade chocolate sandwich cookies bursting with flavor from cardamom, Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Pure Chocolate Extract for an irresistible summer treat that literally melts in your mouth.

Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ice Cream (Yield 1½ Quarts)
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and washed
¾ cup sugar
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract
¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup whole milk

In a 4 quart glass measuring cup, add berries, sugar, vanilla and lemon extracts, and salt. Smash with a potato masher; stir in cream and milk; set aside.
Assemble ice cream maker. Turn ice cream maker on and pour ice cream mixture into *frozen container. Let mix until ice cream thickens, about 20 minutes.
Transfer ice cream into an air tight container; freeze for several hours, or for a firmer ice cream, freeze overnight. Scoop ice cream, place between 2 cookies and gently press.
Or, for a prefect ice cream round; line a 9x13-inch pan with foil then evenly spread ice cream with a rubber spatula; cover and freeze overnight. Then use a cookie cutter to cut desired diameter of ice cream rounds and place between 2 cookies.
*Follow manufactures directions for freezing container, 24 hours or longer is ideal.

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
(Makes about 3 Dozen)
2½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
⅓ cup cocoa powder (Dutch processed)
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (1¼ sticks) butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1½ tablespoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
1 egg
¼ cup unsulphured original molasses
¼ sugar to dip glass bottom

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 light-colored heavy baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, cardamom, and salt, set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add butter, powdered sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate extracts; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Beat in egg. Add molasses; beat until combined. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients in three batches, beating after each addition until combined.
Roll 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheets. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar, lightly press each cookie flat. Bake one sheet pan at a time on center rack until done, about 8-10 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

*Recipe courtesy of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.

Nielsen*Massey Vanilla's
Madagascar Bourbon * Pure Vanilla Powder

Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Powder's sweet and creamy flavor is ideal for dry powder mixes, liquid or color sensitive recipes like beverages or icing. Replace your regular vanilla extract or paste using the same amount of Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Powder. Great taste for only 20 calories per teaspoon.

About Product:
  • Kosher
  • Gluten-free Certified
  • All-natural 
  • Allergen Free
  • GMO Free
  • No Alcohol
  • No Sugar

  •  Maltodextrin (a modified cornstarch)
  •  Vanilla Extractives

Want to try more Ice Cream recipes? Madagascar Vanilla Bean Ice Cream contributed by The French Pastry School at City Colleges of Chicago or Vanilla Ice Cream are just two more to get you started for a great National Ice Cream Month. Enjoy!

Make a purchase: You may find Nielsen-Massey products online at Amazon, Walmart(6pk. @$60), Sears, and other fine retail stores.  It retails around $13.95 for 2.5 oz.

Social Connection: Nielsen-Massey Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NielsenMasseyVanillas and Twitter https://twitter.com/NielsenMassey .

Giveaway: One Loving Heart Designs reader will win a 2.5 oz bottle of Nielsen-Massey Pure Powder Vanilla. To enter, please leave a comment telling us what recipe you plan to make using Nielsen-Massey Pure Powder Vanilla! Contest ends July 31, 2014 11 PM EST. US Resident. No PO Box! Age 18 and older, please. 

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You can tweet daily the giveaway by including @luvnheartdesign & @NielsenMassey #NVIceCream and/or Share on Facebook. Please share your email with your main comment. :) (Ex. gahome2mom/at/gmail/com) 

Thank you,
Janet Coffield

Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a free sample of Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Powder for in exchange for a review posting through Wilks Communications. #NMVIceCream
*Recipe & some content was provided as a courtesy of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.

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