This homemade Peppermint Ice Cream is so tasty that
Santa might just skip the cookies this year!
Back when I was in high school, our next-door neighbor always made us a container of homemade peppermint ice cream for Christmas. We could count on the peppermint ice cream showing up a couple of days before Christmas…and we loved it! A little bowl of peppermint ice cream while sitting next to the fire and visiting with family was pretty much the definition of the holidays. Even when I went off to college, I still looked forward to coming back home for Christmas and finding a container of that peppermint ice cream in the freezer.
My mother recently moved from Raleigh to live near my little sis (and her new baby!) in Nashville. This means I can get a two-for-one visit whenever I head down to Nashville…but it also means we don’t have neighbors who make homemade peppermint ice cream for us anymore. So this year, I decided to make my own. I scaled back on the peppermint flavor just slightly in my version. It’s there, but eating a bowl of this peppermint ice cream won’t make you feel like you just ate a tube of toothpaste. In short, this ice cream is delicious! In fact, I think Santa might just pass right by the plate of cookies and go straight for this ice cream in your freezer this year. (How’s that for a mental image? …walking in and seeing Santa digging around in your freezer in the middle of the night…)
If you haven’t noticed, I’m a big fan of homemade ice cream. Who says that Spring and Summer get to have all of the ice cream love? There are just too many awesome seasonal flavors in the Fall and Winter. Take this Pumpkin Ice Cream for instance. You can’t have Pumpkin Ice Cream in July. Or Eggnog Ice Cream. Who’s heard of Eggnog Ice Cream in the middle of the summer? I’m not suggesting that you ditch the Christmas cookies or anything crazy like that. I’m just saying that ice cream feels a little left out at the holidays. We don’t want anyone feeling left out, right?