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Bubble Gum Ice Cream

Bubble Gum Ice Cream [1]

This is the most spectacularly odd tasting ice cream I’ve ever made.  One spoonful and you’ll feel like you just put several pieces of bubble gum in your mouth. And even if most adults make a face when you mention the name, many of them may be surprised that they actually like it. And the kids will all love it! I took it to a big family get-together and it was a definite hit.

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
10 pieces Bubble Yum bubble gum or similar
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 drops red food coloring

(makes about one quart)

Follow the instructions for the Sweet Cream Base [2], but include the bubble gum with the cream and milk while heating them. The bubble gum should dissolve most of the way, but there may be a few small pieces left when you strain the mix. After the mix has cooled a bit, add the vanilla and the food coloring (to make it bright pink). Chill the mix until it’s below 40 degrees F (5 C) before churning.

Surprisingly, there are very few Google search results for “how to remove bubble gum from a cooking pot”.  ;-)  I tried scraping it, boiling it, and even freezing it, but it refused to come out. Then I finally found the solution: olive oil. Cover the bubble gum liberally with olive oil and let it soak for a few minutes, and then it’ll come right out with a scrubbing sponge.