Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style…with a bowl of this Chocolate Stout Ice Cream!
Can we talk about taste buds for a minute or two? They say that our taste buds change every seven years. I’m not sure how scientifically accurate that is, but I completely agree that our palate changes as we get older. Our taste buds can recognize five different tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory (aka umami). I know that my tastes have changed as I’ve grown older.
I used to hate “stinky” cheeses. Blue cheese was this odd creation that I steered clear of at all costs. After all, who in their right mind wants to eat moldy cheese? But then it happened. I tasted a bit of my wife’s blue cheese dressing, and I didn’t hate it. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t hate it. Fast forward a couple of years, and now I love blue cheese. Same thing with olives. I couldn’t stand them when I was a kid, and now I love a good green olive. Go figure.
I’ve also noticed that my tastes in beer have changed over the years, too. When I first started drinking beer, I could barely handle the ubiquitous light American beer. I thought it tasted awful. Guess what? I still think it tastes awful…but for an entirely different reason. Now I really love a good strong-flavored beer. Given a choice, I’ll always opt for an American-style IPA loaded with citrus flavor and cascade hops. But I’m happy with any strongly flavored beer.
Take Guinness for example. I thought Guinness was so heavy and thick. I’d laugh and say that I preferred to drink my beer rather than eat it with a spoon. Now I’ll gladly reach for a nice, dark Guinness. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I wanted to play around with using Guiness in a recipe. This classic Irish stout pairs quite well with chocolate, and I was tempted to bake up a cake of some sort. But then it hit me. Ice cream. I needed to make Guinness ice cream!
So why exactly do you want to make ice cream while there is still snow on the ground? Well, for St. Patrick’s Day, of course. It’s one of those days when you get a free pass (like spraying your hair green). If you want to be the star of your St. Paddy’s Day shindig, then pull out a batch of this homemade Chocolate Stout Ice Cream.
My wife and I have already devoured this batch of ice cream, and we have plans to make more soon. I’ve made a lot of different ice creams in the past, and my wife and I both agreed that this Chocolate Stout Ice Cream is one of our favorites. You can’t necessarily pick out the Guinness flavor, but it definitely adds a depth of flavor. I can assure you that this ice cream will be a party favorite…even among those that think they don’t like Guinness!
So grab a pint of Guinness and a bowl of this Chocolate Stout Ice Cream…that way you can drink your beer and eat it with a spoon. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!