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HELP! - Ice cream base is too sweet...

e2nyc Oct 10, 2011 09:37 AM

Hello all,

I would appreciate your help in fixing an ice cream base that has turned out way too sweet for my liking!

I am in the process of making a bittersweet chocolate ice cream; the ingredients I used are as follows:

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

8 ounces dark chocolate (preferably 72 percent cacao), roughly chopped

1 tablespoon rye, bourbon or rum.

I definitely added more chocolate than the 8oz. it called for. I was thinking of adding half and half or 2% milk to the mix in order to thin it out a bit, but I am not too sure as to how I should proceed with this since the base is already chilling in the fridge and it's pretty much ready to be poured into the machine.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    acgold7 Oct 10, 2011 11:44 AM

    It will taste much less sweet later. Your sugar proportion looks about right (it actually looks a little low) unless you used a sweeter chocolate. Spin it and let it cure first, then taste. If it is still too sweet you can melt it down, dilute and try again.

    But less sugar would also adversely affect the texture and make it less scoopable.

    The base was heated and the chocolate evenly melted throughout the mix, yes?

    1. monavano Oct 10, 2011 11:59 AM

      You could make it interesting and "Mexican" with chipotle, cayenne or other pepper AND cinnamon.

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        jaykayen Oct 10, 2011 12:38 PM

        You can always stir in some liquid even if it's already chilling.

        I'd add another tablespoon of liquor.

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        1. re: jaykayen
          e2nyc Oct 10, 2011 12:42 PM

          Great advice re. the cayenne & the extra liquor.

          Even if I don't use now, I will def. try both suggestions in the future. Thank you.

        2. The Chowhound Team Oct 10, 2011 12:45 PM

          More replies on a duplicate thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/811586

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