Thursday, April 3, 2008

Let's salute the Girl Scouts for Thin Mint Ice Cream!

Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold...
wow that song brings back great memories of Brownie troop!

And there's nothing better than springtime sales of Girl Scout cookies to relive the good old days too. Back in 1917 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, one of the first Girl Scout troops baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project and 91 years later America's obsession lives on. I am one of the addicts and Thin Mints are my game. So my first thought with this year's delivery of my Girl Scout cookies, besides plain eating them, was to make Thin Mint ice cream. Of course I thought this was the greatest idea ever but apparently and as I suspected, I was not the first to be the brain-child of this fabulous creation. Check out Edy's Thin Mint Cookie which is the slow-churned light version made with a vanilla base or for the real thing, Dreyer's Thin Mint Cookie made with a chocolate base. Sounds like you have 1 month to indulge since these are seasonal flavors offered from Jan-Apr. Better get some quick or if by chance you have a box or two of Thin Mints left in the house why not make your own...enjoy!

Thin Mint Ice Cream
3 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 cups of milk
1.5 cups sugar
4 eggs yolks
3 cups whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.5 Tablespoons vanilla or mint extract
1.5 cups crushed Thin Mint GS cook
ies (about 1 box)

Heat the milk and chocolate until smooth and slowly add sugar and salt in saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Separate egg yolks and place in medium size mixing bowl. Gradually whisk hot mixture into egg yolks. Return egg mixture to saucepan on low heat and add whipping cream and vanilla. Heat until mixture lightly coats a rubber spatula. Cool over an ice bath and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Freeze as directed in ice cream machine and then mix in crushed cookies. Place in freezer for 8 hours.

If ice cream isn't your specialty check out PickyPalate's Girl Scout Cookie Thin Mint Cheesecake cups, has a Thin Mint pizza that looks fun for the kids, and wow look at this super easy Triple Layer Thin Mint Pie that Austin's Cookiemadness makes.

And if baking and ice cream making isn't your thing...there's always room for a Thin Mint'tini!


Unknown said...

Ha! My Mint Girl Scout Cookie has been the most popular for the last couple of years, but I make mine with a creme de menthe base rather than chocolate!

Unknown said...

wow, that seemed like a snooty comment when I go back and read it. it wasn't...i was just commenting on the popularity of girl scout ice cream!


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