Do you like "stuff" in your ice cream?
Lets take peach ice cream as an example.
Do you like your peach ice cream with chunks of peaches mixed in?
Or do you prefer your peach ice cream made simply with pureed peaches so that the resulting product is smooth and without anything chewy?
As I see it you can make peach (or any fruit) ice cream in one of three ways:
1. Pureed peaches only.
2. Ice cream base with chunks of peaches mixed in.
3. Ice cream base mixed with pureed peaches PLUS chunks of peaches mixed in.
Personally, if I had to choose, I'm partial to No. 1.
Which do you prefer?
I'm a "chunks and pureed" kinda gal. And knowing me...I would not sneeze at adding chocolate. That's just how I roll.
YES--lots of chunks please. That said, I mostly like chunks of the chocolate/cookie/nut variety. For a fruit ice cream, I'm just as happy to have #1. A porous fruit like peaches (maybe I'd have a different opinion on, say, cherries) can get water-logged and become frozen ice that doesn't melt at the same rate as the ice cream around it.
I'm partial to number 3. When I eat something like cookies and cream or peanut butter, I always pick at the crunchy bits first before heading to the cream itself. I think the added texture makes it all that much more interesting.