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Jun 8, 2010 02:06 PM

cinnamon ice cream

Can you find this in the supermarket? What brand is best? Can you make it yourself from vanilla ice cream and ground cinnamon? Thanks.

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  1. You may be able to buy; we have a few local ice cream and gelato makers in NYC that make and carry it, but why not make it? I checked with David Lebovitz, my go-to ice cream guy and came up with a recipe from Garrett McCord of Vanilla Garlic, simple and delicious. Garrett doesn't mention any particular type of cinnamon, I would think freshly ground Ceylon might be nice:

    For another simple idea, from Sean Greenwood, of Ben & Jerry's fame: "Cinnamon ice cream is Sean Greenwood's hands-down, at-home favorite, using a cinnamon-sugar mixture and swirling it into vanilla ice cream base."

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    1. re: bushwickgirl

      I just sprinkle my cinnamon sugar on top of my ice cream and sort of mix it in as I go. It's also nice to do with chocolate.

      1. re: TongoRad

        Yes, it can be just that simple, and the cinnamon+chocolate connection is brilliant.

        1. re: bushwickgirl

          LOL...I was coming back to this post to say the same thing...I've added good quality cinnamon to chocolate ice cream (and others)...delicious!!! Once I added it to mocha ice cream...oh dear..that was really great!

    2. I made cinnamon basil gelato last year. It rocked!

      If that's not your speed, hit me back if you'd like Bruce Weinstein's original recipe for straight-up cinnamon gelato--I can paraphrase for you. I've made (and played with) several of his recipes with great success! And it all started here on CH from a kind poster (was it CindyJ?) who posted his peanut butter gelato for me when I was new to the boards...and gelato-making!

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      1. re: kattyeyes

        Cinnamon gelato sounds great - if you have a minute... : )

        1. re: waver

          I must be losing it and I apologize! Bruce Weinstein's recipe is for cinnamon ice cream. He has two--one is "Philadelphia Style"--but not gelato. I guess I played with this one more than I realized. If you would like the regular ice cream (or Philly Style!), I'd be glad to paraphrase. But I just scoured the book and there's no cinnamon gelato--that was on me. ;)

          1. re: kattyeyes

            Problem solved: I have the wrong book! I borrowed The Ultimate Frozen Dessert Book from the library so frequently last year it felt like it was purchased for me...but it's The Ultimate Ice Cream Book. Dammit. ;)

            1. re: kattyeyes

              I would love the Philly-style cinnamon. I prefer it. Thanks!

              1. re: Becca Porter

                You've got it!
                --paraphrased from The Ultimate Ice Cream Book by Bruce Weinstein--


                3 cups light cream
                2/3 cup sugar
                1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
                1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

                Heat cream in large pan over medium heat till small bubbles appear around the edge. Do not allow the cream to boil.

                Remove from heat, add sugar, stir till dissolved. Whisk in vanilla and cinnamon. Cool to room temp, then cover and refrigerate till cold (or overnight). The cinnamon will rise to the top, but will incorporate into the ice cream as it freezes.

                Stir chilled custard, then follow instructions for your ice cream machine to freeze. When complete, the ice cream will be soft, but ready to eat. For firmer ice cream, return to freezer for at least 2 hours.

                Stay cool and enjoy! :)

      2. Are you looking to make it with purchased vanilla ice cream or do you have an ice cream maker? If it's the latter, recipes abound on the internet (and I've made Weinstein's version, but not the gelato one that kattyeyes mentions). Fabulous with apple pie!

        If it's the former, maybe you can just sprinkle a cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of vanilla. Haven't done that, so I don't know how it will taste.

        1. LL, your post makes me a little sad...Publix used to sell one of their own ice cream flavors called "fried ice cream" was cinnamon ice cream...and so delicious...but they stopped making it....ugh!

          1. Try Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk. It's cinnamon ice cream with chunks of oatmeal cookies and tiny bits of fudge. The fudge ruins it for me, but that's a whole other story.
            Use B&J's flavor locator to see if you have that flavor available nearby.

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