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Seeking opinions about Pumpkin Ice Cream

I'm making some.

Wondering whether there should be add-ins and, if so, what kind.

So here's a ballot for you to vote on if you'd be so kind.

1. No add-ins. Simple is best
2. Nuts (either pecans or walnuts, or maybe both)
3. Candied Ginger chunks
4. Chocolate Chips
5. Peanut Butter Brittle
6. Other [specify]

Thanks.

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  1. umm, all of the above? ;)

    seriously, i like every one of those ideas, with the exception of the peanut brittle - i can't imagine crunching down on rock-hard shards of it. ouch. globs of PB though? absolutely!

    other ideas:
    - cinnamon
    - salted or spiced caramel swirl
    - graham cracker or gingersnap crumbs/chunks
    - cheesecake swirl or chunks
    - espresso chips

    8 Replies
    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      +1 on cheesecake chunks, or a spiced cream cheese swirl.

      1. re: ohmyyum

        Agreed, a creamy swirl is great. Just bought some pumpkin ice cream with marshmallow swirl. Yum. Could also swirl with vanilla ice cream.

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

        While you're adding spices, mix in nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. +1 on the gingersnap.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Along the idea of graham cracker, use biscoff.

          1. re: chowser

            Brilliant idea. I wish they made ice-cream cones out of that stuff.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              i almost suggested them as a joke :) but nah, potato doesn't work with pumpkin for me.

            2. re: goodhealthgourmet

              If you take the brittle and whiz it up in a cuisinarts you get praline powder. Fold this into your spun ice cream and freeze to harden. It ends up being lovely pockets of praline, with whatever toasty nuts you choose to use giving the ice cream a nice contrasting flavor. Walnut praline, pistachio praline, peanut...endless possibilities and no hard chards.

            3. Candied ginger sounds delicious.

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                1. re: Tara57

                  Delicious, yes, but I wonder about the texture of candied ginger, which is rather soft and gummy. I love it by itself and in baked goods, but I don't know if i would like it in ice cream. I would suggest a hard candy with a strong ginger flavor broken up into small pieces. Or the gingersnaps. Nuts would also be good. Pistachios would provide a nice color contrast with the ice cream. I'd do one or the other: nuts or ginger/snaps but not both.

                  1. re: cheesemaestro

                    candied ginger can also be VERY assertive on the palate -- IMO it's too aggressive to play nice with the pumpkin and cream.

                    Spices as in a pumpkin pie, and pecans or walnuts -- candied as in DuchessNukem's response just below might give you a pumpkin pie/pecan pie ice cream hybrid. (dear god, keep me away from THAT!)

                    1. re: sunshine842

                      you can shave the candied ginger into flakes - it's a great way to get a nice burst of flavor without it overpowering everything...and it's gentler on your teeth than a chunk would be.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        or top the ice cream with ginger infused whip cream.

                        1. re: twyst

                          Or make ice cream sandwiches with chewy gingerbread cookies that include crystallized ginger. (saw at Martha Stewart site once)

                          Update/edit: olyolyy below was on this already several days ago.

                    2. re: cheesemaestro

                      I've had candied ginger in ice cream before, and really enjoyed it. It was diced quite small and the ice cream was very flavourful. The texture was quite good.

                  2. No add ins, but maybe work some of those other ideas into garnishes (ie cinnamon tuille etc)

                    1. Agree w/nuts (lean toward pecans over the very slight bitter of walnuts). Candied and chopped might be nice too.

                      Pastry chunks (cooked) to simulate pie.

                      A sweet cream swirl appeals too if possible. Or a bit of homemade vanilla ice cream by the side.

                      1. ips, how about bits of pumpkin and/or toasted-salted pumpkin seeds?

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                        1. re: HillJ

                          Don't you think that would be gilding the lily, so to speak?

                          Although the pumpkin seeds would provide a nice contrast -- both texturally and taste-wise.

                            1. re: HillJ

                              Some chocolate chips with your chocolate ice cream, and a little chocolate syrup to top that off, along with some shaved chocolate on top?

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                While sitting in a chocolate tub eating from a chocolate spoon!

                            2. re: ipsedixit

                              What about pumpkin pie in pumpkin ice cream? For overkill, top pumpkin pie with pumpkin pie pumpkin ice cream. Or gingersnap crust pumpkin cheesecake pumpkin ice cream...