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Seeking opinions about Pumpkin Ice Cream

ipsedixit Oct 22, 2012 04:10 PM

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]


  1. ipsedixit Oct 28, 2012 06:56 PM

    Reporting back.

    For the purists out there, I don't think there is anything better than a nice custard-y pumpkin ice cream made with fresh sugar pumpkins (with rum, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar).

    For those that prefer add-ins, I think the clear winner was with crushed Almond Roca candy. Second runner-up was probably walnuts. Last was chocolate nibs.

    1. c
      cabinsink Oct 24, 2012 08:12 PM

      In the past, we make a crustless pumpkin pie and layer it between the pumpkin ice cream. It is always a crowd pleaser.

      Best of luck!

      1. r
        rasputina Oct 24, 2012 07:55 AM

        I don't add ins when I make it, other than spices of course.

        1. HillJ Oct 24, 2012 07:44 AM

          I added yellow curry paste, just a hint to the pumpkin ice cream and I loved it.

          1. Cheese Boy Oct 23, 2012 11:36 PM

            Love pumpkin ice cream or custard.

            Chopped unsalted pepitas
            Crushed Ginger Snaps
            Maple syrup

            1. olyolyy Oct 23, 2012 06:33 PM

              No add ins, and especially no pumpkin pie spice.

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              1. re: olyolyy
                CanadaGirl Oct 24, 2012 12:25 PM

                The kind that comes premixed, or would you not even add cinnamon, cloves, ginger, etc. ?

                1. re: CanadaGirl
                  olyolyy Oct 24, 2012 06:43 PM

                  No spices whatsoever aside from a little vanilla for me.

                  1. re: olyolyy
                    CanadaGirl Oct 25, 2012 05:55 PM

                    Wow. You and I are not on the same page on this at all :)

                    1. re: CanadaGirl
                      olyolyy Oct 25, 2012 07:28 PM

                      I had some plain pumpkin ice cream sandwiched between two ginger molasses cookies that changed my life. No turning back after that.

                      1. re: olyolyy
                        ipsedixit Oct 25, 2012 07:33 PM

                        It depends on the type of pumpkin you use.

                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          Veggo Oct 25, 2012 07:52 PM

                          Or the life you want.

                          1. re: Veggo
                            olyolyy Oct 25, 2012 08:15 PM


              2. v
                VosFan Oct 23, 2012 04:59 PM

                Instead of additions to the actual ice cream, I like to use some of those items, like the candied ginger, or crushed ginger cookies to add a decorative topping to the ice cream. I like to leave the ice cream s-m-o-o-t-h.

                1. Caitlin McGrath Oct 23, 2012 01:13 PM

                  Candied ginger and/or broken-up gingersnaps. I've had pumpkin ice cream with candied ginger (from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory in NYC) and it was great. But then, candied ginger is one of my favorite things in the world.

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                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath
                    maria lorraine Oct 23, 2012 01:52 PM

                    Agreed. I love pumpkin ice cream with candied ginger. It works. I've made it.

                    Also, bear in mind that the pumpkin you add for flavor should have almost no water, otherwise it will affect the texture of the ice cream. If you use pumpkin puree from a can, squeeze out all the excess liquid by spreading it between many layers of paper towels.

                    I also think, just plain pumpkin would be beautiful, and garnishing with crystallized ginger. Or no garnish.

                    If you'll be serving the pumpkin ice cream with pecan pie (what I've done), the pie will supply the nuts so no need to add them into the ice cream.

                  2. Veggo Oct 23, 2012 12:55 PM

                    A shot of Myers or Gosling dark rum?

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                    1. re: Veggo
                      sunshine842 Oct 23, 2012 01:03 PM

                      years ago I made a Bourbon Pumpkin Pie (from Camille Glenn's cookbook on Southern cooking) and it **rocked** -- Myers would be awesome, too, with the molasses-y undertones.

                    2. j
                      jesRush Oct 23, 2012 12:41 PM

                      Graham cracker chunks are excellent, as well as a swirl of sweetened cream cheese. Deeelish!

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                      1. re: jesRush
                        blue room Oct 23, 2012 12:50 PM

                        "a swirl of sweetened cream cheese"

                      2. blue room Oct 23, 2012 11:27 AM

                        Don't put hard things in ice cream (or mashed potatoes!) Why would you do that?

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                        1. re: blue room
                          goodhealthgourmet Oct 23, 2012 11:35 AM

                          what qualifies as "hard" to you? pretzels, nuts & cookies are all common add-ins. i do think frozen brittle would be awful to [try to] bite into.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                            blue room Oct 23, 2012 11:53 AM

                            Shaved chocolate (little grated bits that melt in my mouth) are ok.
                            I just prefer smooth. I wouldn't want "bits" in soft soft cheese, (like Camembert) either. Or pumpkin pie. Purely a personal preference.

                            1. re: blue room
                              goodhealthgourmet Oct 23, 2012 12:03 PM

                              understood. i'm actually with you on the texture thing, though it's partially because it *kills* my sensitive teeth to bite into anything cold.

                        2. HillJ Oct 23, 2012 06:04 AM

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

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                          1. re: HillJ
                            ipsedixit Oct 23, 2012 07:35 AM

                            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: ipsedixit
                              HillJ Oct 23, 2012 09:41 AM

                              oh I gild, baby, i gild!

                              1. re: HillJ
                                ipsedixit Oct 23, 2012 09:42 AM

                                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
                                  HillJ Oct 23, 2012 09:44 AM

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

                              2. re: ipsedixit
                                chowser Oct 23, 2012 01:59 PM

                                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...

                            2. DuchessNukem Oct 22, 2012 04:29 PM

                              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. twyst Oct 22, 2012 04:25 PM

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

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                                  Tara57 Oct 22, 2012 04:19 PM

                                  Candied ginger sounds delicious.

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                                    CanadaGirl Oct 23, 2012 05:27 AM


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                                      cheesemaestro Oct 23, 2012 09:26 AM

                                      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
                                        sunshine842 Oct 23, 2012 10:02 AM

                                        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
                                          goodhealthgourmet Oct 23, 2012 10:09 AM

                                          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
                                            twyst Oct 23, 2012 11:29 AM

                                            or top the ice cream with ginger infused whip cream.

                                            1. re: twyst
                                              ellabee Oct 28, 2012 07:54 PM

                                              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
                                          CanadaGirl Oct 24, 2012 12:23 PM

                                          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. goodhealthgourmet Oct 22, 2012 04:17 PM

                                        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

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                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                          ohmyyum Oct 22, 2012 04:21 PM

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

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                                            Spice_zing Oct 23, 2012 12:20 PM

                                            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
                                            Dcfoodblog Oct 22, 2012 07:23 PM

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

                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                              chowser Oct 23, 2012 04:17 AM

                                              Along the idea of graham cracker, use biscoff.

                                              1. re: chowser
                                                khh1138 Oct 24, 2012 02:43 PM

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

                                              2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                ipsedixit Oct 23, 2012 07:32 AM

                                                What?? No potato chips?

                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                  goodhealthgourmet Oct 23, 2012 07:53 AM

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

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                                                  rabaja Oct 23, 2012 06:04 PM

                                                  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.

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