This (no egg) ice cream recipe is chock full of peanut butter and chocolate goodies. It’s sure to satisfy even the most discerning peanut butter fans appetite. I mean the name alone says it all, Peanut Butter Bonanza Ice Cream. You’re welcome!
There’s just some ice cream flavours that make me go weak in the knees. Peanut Butter is one of them. Toss in some chocolate with that peanut butter and it’s a marriage made in heaven. Not one of those hollywood weddings, but a real marriage that stands the test of time. The vanilla ice cream forms the foundation, simple and classic in taste. Then you build on that foundation with peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, big kisses chips. Then you get a little crazy and add some mini peanut butter cups just to push the foundation to its limit. So what if the mixer teases you a little by looking like it’s going to overflow. Hold strong folks, this attachment can take it. It was built solid. Like any good marriage, or small appliance should be.
Whenever I think of small appliances I think of KitchenAid. I am a KitchenAid fanatic. I love their products, and use them in my day to day life. My KitchenAid Stand Mixer gets used so much I decided to name it. I call her Betsy. Poor Betsy is getting old, she needs a little botox at this point in her life. She’s a little tarnished and worn, but she’s still running strong. She never fails me. I spin that mixer every single day, usually multiple times. It is, by far, the most used small appliance in our household. Betsy is worth her weight in gold. Even though she’s silver.
I had the pleasure of working with the lovely folks at KitchenAid before and loved every minute of it. It’s nice to work with a company you really believe in. So when they offered to send me an ice cream attachment to review I jumped at the chance. It would mean Betsy would finally get a sidekick. So when my shiny, new KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment arrived I knew it needed a nickname too. We needed to get to know each other first so I held off. I mean you can’t very well go calling your ice cream maker Fred if it’s really an Ethel, am I right? So I let Betsy chum around with the attachment about a dozen times before finally settling on naming it Heavens. Thinking back I should have called them Thelma and Louise, but I didn’t want my prized possessions driving off a cliff together. So Heavens won out. Heavens is strong, reliable and everyone’s best friend. She certainly became my best friend the last couple of months. She’s responsible for me needing to let out the waistline of all my pants. Thanks for that Heavens. It was totally worth it.
A big thanks to KitchenAid for sending me Heavens. I love her. I think I’m going to keep her. KitchenAid sent me Heavens to review for the blog, free of charge so I could give some honest feedback. The opinions stated here are my own. I mean who else in the right mind would do a product review and name the product Heavens. Any time you see a review on this blog you will get my 100% honest, and quirky feedback. The naming of said appliances is just a perk. So keep reading for the recipe and the product review, where I will continue to call my appliances Betsy and Heavens. Life is nothing but a series of opportunities to have some fun and enjoy a good giggle.
Some of you may be wondering who on earth names their appliances, and why anyone would name one Betsy, and one Heavens. I’ll let you in on a little secret. My Mom used to nickname her car. She called her Ford Granada “Betsy”. It stuck with me. When it wouldn’t start she tap it and say “come on Betsy, you can do it”. Then it would would chug, or making thumping sounds, and Mom would say “heavens to Betsy”. It was cute and it always stuck in my mind. So when I got the attachment it just made perfect sense to name it Heavens. Then every time I use it in a recipe I get to say “Heavens to Betsy”. And y’all thought I was off my rocker didn’t you?
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Freeze your KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment 24 hours in advance. It needs time to freeze before using. I keep mine in the freezer all the time, whether it has ice cream in it or not.
In a stand mixer combine the whole milk, sugar and salt. Mix on medium speed until the sugar dissolves.
Add the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Mix on low, build to medium, then high until the mixture becomes thick.
Remove the mixer bowl from the mixer, cover it and pop in the fridge for about an hour.
Remove the bowl from the fridge and transfer the liquid to your FROZEN KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment. Attach that to the mixer, this is where the "heavens to betsy" thing comes to mind. Turn on and build up to high speed slowly so you don't make a huge mess. Let it churn for about 15 to 20 minutes. Once it thickens you can toss all the various chips and cups in. Let it spin just enough to incorporate those. Turn off. Remove the ice cream maker attachment and cover it. Then pop it in the freezer for at least a couple of hours. Or overnight.
Remove a few minutes before serving.
Serve with a big old Heavens to Betsy I Love Me Some Peanut Butter smile!
The cook time on this is actually inactive time. I really wish they would include inactive time on the recipe plugin.
Serious delicious ice cream right there. You need to try this. It’s a simple recipe that is egg free, and super easy to make. Plus it’s tasty and chock full of all kinds of goodies.
So now onto the super serious review of Heavens, aka my snazzy new KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment. Here’s my honest thoughts. Loved it!
Okay, just kidding, that won’t cut the mustard, or ice cream here.
So let’s start with shipping. They sent the attachment wicked fast, I had it within days. It came nicely packaged, which let’s be honest, not all companies take the time to package their products properly. There’s nothing I dislike more than getting damaged products in the mail. This one came in perfect condition. The instructions on how to care for and clean it were easy to follow. The machine has a nice weight to it, which to me tends to signify good quality when we’re talking ice cream makers. The bowl has a large capacity, 2 quarts to be precise. It has nobs on both sides so it fits a variety of mixers. You just pop it on the correct side, and whammo, you’re good to go. It freezes beautifully.
Now onto what I didn’t like about it. Honestly there was only one thing that I found challenging while using it. I don’t have a tilt head mixer, (cough *Christmas Gift* cough) so I have to put the attachment on the mixer without a tilted head. This creates a bit of inconvenience because of the way the paddle attaches to mixer. You can either set up the attachment with the paddle locked in and then pour in the liquid (which is hard to do without a pouring shield). Or you can transfer the liquid to the bowl prior to loading it on the mixer. That means having to lock in the paddle with the ice cream near your hands. This leads to getting a little ice cream on your hands if you’re messy like me. Neither of these things are deal breakers for me. After the first time you get the hang of it without ending up with ice cream dripping down your arm. But let’s be honest here folks, when is ice cream dripping down your arm ever a bad thing, am I right?
Another thing to keep in mind is this attachment is meant to make soft consistency ice cream. Which is perfect for me as I tend to prefer that. I have another smaller ice cream maker I use that makes harder ice cream. The capacity is smaller though so I usually have to make a couple of batches of it. I reach for this one every time now. I like that it makes a ton of ice cream in one go.
So all in all Heavens gets two thumbs up. She makes perfect ice cream and is a wonderful sidekick for Betsy.
Thanks to KitchenAid Canada for sending me the Ice Cream Attachment. I’ve used it about 25 times now and have not had one batch of ice cream fail in this attachment. That’s pretty impressive.
Disclaimer Mumbo Jumbo: KitchenAid provided me one Ice Cream Attachment to review. I was not paid for this review, however I did receive the attachment free of charge to review it. All opinions expressed are my own. All appliances’ nicknames have been changed to protect their identity. No appliances were harmed during the making of this ice cream. Cravings of a Lunatic will not be held responsible if any of you take any of this seriously. Other than the attachment rocking, that part was for realz.
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