This ice cream recipe was directly inspired by the now discontinued Ben & Jerry’s ‘Late Night Snack’, which I first tasted while staying in California for the birth of our daughter.
With the additions of chocolate and crisps, this ice-cream basically consists of everything you’d grab out of the pantry and stuff in your face whilst having some kind of emotional breakdown, or perhaps after coming home after one too many drinks. And I cannot recommend it highly enough!
This recipe uses a plain caramel sauce, which you could either buy from a shop, or make yourself. My rather excellent recipe is here, though I would leave out the salt on this occasion, as the crisps will provide more than enough.
Midnight Feast Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream:
- 1 egg (large)
- 100 g sugar
- 150 ml whole milk
- 300 ml double cream
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 50 g potato chips
- 100 g milk chocolate
- 200 ml caramel sauce
- If you are concerned about the risk of salmonella, pasteurise your eggs first.
- Using an electric hand mixer, whisk the eggs for 2 minutes, until light at fluffy.
- Slowly sprinkle in the sugar, and continue whisking until dissolved.
- Pour in the cream, the milk, and finally add the vanilla extract.
- Continue to whisk until everything is evenly incorporated.
- Transfer the mixture to an ice-cream maker, and churn for about 30 minutes, until almost firm.
- Meanwhile, bash or blitz the potato crisps to a fine crumb. Add just enough of the caramel sauce to create a mouldable mass, then roll into small balls about the size of a chickpea.
- Arrange the balls in one level in a suitable container, then transfer to the freezer for 5 minutes.
- In the meantime, melt the milk chocolate in the microwave.
- One by one, submerge the crisp balls into the melted chocolate, and remove with a fork to place on a lined baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet in the fridge, or freezer, to allow the chocolate to firm up completely.
- Scoop the ice cream mixture into a freezer safe container and ripple through the remaining caramel sauce, along with the chocolate and crisp balls. Freeze until completely solid – at least 4 hours.