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Peanut butter is something that I need to be in the mood to want to eat. My husband, however, likes it more often than I do. He even puts peanut butter on his pancakes. Every once in a while though I get in a mood to want something with peanut butter, especially when there is chocolate. Typically I like to satisfy this craving with a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich with pieces of chocolate bar. It is gooey and messy, but oh so yummy. I think it’s best made in a pie iron over a camp fire, which is how I learned how to make it at the summer camp where I was a counselor for a few years. Anyway, I happened to be craving some peanut butter with chocolate when my husband and I went to Culver’s one day. So we decided to share a peanut butter frozen custard with peanut butter cups mixed in. It was so delicious that we decided to figure out how we could make our own at home. We began with our usual old-fashioned vanilla ice cream recipe from my favorite Betty Crocker cookbook as the base and added some peanut butter and chopped up peanut butter cups. It’s slightly salty and sweet like any good peanut butter and chocolate combination. The result is this delicious peanut butter cup ice cream.
A few notes about making the ice cream:
- If you are using an ice cream maker that requires a freezer insert, be sure that it is thoroughly frozen before you make the ice cream. I have had ice cream not turn out because the ice cream base or the insert was not cold enough.
- Homemade ice cream is not the same consistency as store-bought. I have found though that it is best to allow it to sit in the freezer for at least and hour before eating to allow it to become more firm. Also, covering it with plastic wrap helps to prevent freezer burn.
- If you don’t have an ice cream maker but like to enjoy ice cream or similar frozen treats, consider looking for one. The one I have is not high-end by any means. I found it on clearance at Target for $9.00 (normally $35.00). However, it works just fine and the money I spent on it is equals about 3 quarts of ice cream from the store. Money well spent I would say! Here is one on amazon that is similar to the one I have if you are curious what kind it is: Hamilton Beach 1-1/2 quart ice cream maker.