Rumor has it he was also a huge fan of jelly beans. In his honor, I made my Vanilla Bean Jelly Bean ice cream...
I have made this three times so far and each was a different kind of jelly bean.
I made a vanilla base, but instead of just using a vanilla extract, I use a vanilla bean paste (because I am too lazy for all the scraping of the vanilla beans) so I still get the specks of seeds.
The three jelly beans that I have tried are:
- Regular, run of the mill Brach's Jelly Beans (the most common type around at Easter)
- Starburst Jelly Beans (by special request of my sister)
- Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Creations Jelly Beans (I mean, c'mon, that's just a given!)
Having tried them all, my vote is for option 1.
Happy National Ice Cream Day!
P.S. For a nice history of National Ice Cream Month, The Ice Cream Bloke writes a nice history on the Food Channel website.
Photo of Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Creations Jelly Beans from the Jelly Belly site.