Ok there are actually nuts in Nutella, but it doesn’t taste like there are, and that’s all that is important in our household. Neither Eric nor I like peanuts or walnuts or cashews. It’s actually pretty surprising that Eric likes peanut butter (which I don’t). However we both love Nutella, so when I decided that I wanted to make ice cream, Nutella ice cream seemed liked something we’d both enjoy. By the way, be prepared for lots more ice cream recipes as we move through the summer. I love my ice cream maker plus in my mind, if I make it, it’s not nearly as fattening! 🙂
I made a recipe found here because it wasn’t just a smooth ice cream but is “crunchy” as well. Compared to some of the ice creams that I’ve made this one has very few ingredients, egg yolks, heavy whipping cream, half and half, Nutella and salt. I only had to buy the half and half for this recipe. The reason that this is termed crunchy was because at the end more Nutella is swirled into the ice cream, which is really tasty and ramps up the Nutella flavor. I didn’t swirl all of the 1/4 cup in, but I wish I would have. For us, it didn’t seem to add a crunch as much as just a different texture. It’s kinda like finding chocolate bits in your ice cream. It makes it go from tasting like chocolate ice cream to Nutella in my opinion. One note from me is that you might want to put this in something microwaveable. It gets VERY solid when it’s completely frozen and even our really sturdy spoons and ice cream dippers felt like they were going to bend when dishing this out. A quick zap in the microwave would really save some spoons I think.
We’re still finishing this ice cream off. It’s hard to have a dessert in the evening when you have a toddler you don’t want to share with and he keeps going to bed later and later! Not to mention trying to eat a little healthier. It was really good though, and I now want to try other Nutella desserts as well!