Luscious White Chocolate Ice Cream with Chocolate Truffles is a chocoholics dream come true. This is not an ice cream flavor you’ll find in the supermarket!
Why make ice cream at home when you can buy great ice cream in any supermarket? Good question.
First of all, for some of us geeks it’s just plain fun to make things from scratch. Second, when you make your own ice cream you can create flavors you won’t find in the market, like Brown Sugar Ice Cream, Black Sesame Ripple Ice Cream and Lavender Honey Ice Cream.
I first made White Chocolate Ice Cream with Chocolate Truffles waaaaaay back in the late 80’s. That’s right, back in the olden-days.
When I was in pastry school I did my internship at a high-end Italian restaurant in center city Philadelphia.
The restaurant’s dessert menu featured homemade gelato, as any self-respecting Italian restaurant’s menu would. In addition to a few standard flavors, each day there was a “special” gelato.
It was always fun when I got the opportunity to create the gelato special for the day, since it was a chance to get creative with flavor. I love to get creative with flavor.
There isn’t really a big story about how I was inspired to create this combination of flavors. I was in the middle of a professional pastry kitchen surrounded by 11 pound blocks of high quality white chocolate and buckets full of dark chocolate ganache. It doesn’t take a genius to know that those two things should be brought together in an ice cream flavor, now does it?
The main change I made to my basic ice cream recipe was to cut back quite a bit on the sugar. White chocolate is pretty sweet. I wanted to use enough white chocolate to make the ice cream actually taste like white chocolate, so I had to compensate for the added sugar.
White chocolate is a fairly subtle flavor, but this ice cream has a distinct white chocolate flavor. The chunks of slightly bitter dark chocolate truffles are a great counter-point to the white chocolate.
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