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Aug 16, 2008 04:19 AM

Green Tea Ice Cream and Matcha

Who makes the best green tea ice cream? Haagen Dazs is the only brand I can find around here, and it's not so good. While in Hawaii, I had a brand that I really liked at Genki Sushi, but I can't remember the name. I've been craving good green tea ice cream recently, but can't find any. Since I have an ice cream machine, this raises a question: Does green tea ice cream have to be made with matcha? Have you ever had it made from regular green tea that has been powdered? If so, does it look/taste the same? I ask because I don't have an Matcha, and it isn't easy to find, unless I order online. Is this a necessary component of green tea ice cream, or can I try to use regular loose green tea which I powder myself?

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  1. I have some Yamamotoyama powdered iced tea that led to some research:
    So it seems matcha is processed and handled differently...

    1. if there's an asian grocery anywhere nearby you should be able to pick up a canister of matcha powder.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        There isn't much of an asian population in my area. The only one reasonably close seems to have closed up shop. I'm sure there would be one in the next closest large city, but with the price of gas, I might as well ship it, which I'm trying to avoid. Eventually though, as seems to be the case with all my food related quests, I will probably cave in.

        1. re: madgreek

          if you really want to get the flavor close to what you've had, you will need to use matcha powder. i know paying for shipping stinks, but as you pointed out, paying for gas to drive out of your way to get it isn't cheap either! plus, a little of the powder goes a long way, so if you get a can of it you should be able to make it last for a long time.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            This is pretty much what i have discovered since I posted the topic. Matcha has to be used. The idea for this stemmed from the fact that I had milk and cream that I need to use very soon, and I knew mail order would take too long. No big deal. I made a decent chocolate ice cream instead. I need to pick up some matcha soon though. It's definitely something I'd like to get to before the end of the summer. Green tea ice cream is so refreshing!

      2. you can get matcha from slowly stone-grinding the very young spring tea leaves,Gyokuro, to get a refreshing and sweet tasting green tea powder. The stone grinder is capable of grinding these delicate tea leaves to very fine powder, without "cooking" the leaves. Other types of leaves, even if called "green tea", might not have the same taste, but rather, have a bitter taste that can be unpleasant.

        1. I'm from Hawaii, and I'm not sure what brand Gyukaku serves, but Dave's and Bubbies make the best green tea ice cream ever. Unfortunately, they're both local brands, so if you're on the mainland, you're out of luck--everything I've tried on the mainland is doesn't taste much like it (and the mainland kind also tends to be that bright green color).

          1. If you are ever in the Los Angeles area, Fosselmann's Ice Cream (in Alhambra) makes some wonderful green tea ice cream. They also make taro and lychee, too. They produce all their ice cream locally.