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Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream And Saveur Blog Awards Nominating A Friend

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As far back as I can remember I have loved ice cream in almost any form. Whether on a stick, in a cup or cone, in a milk shake or float it’s all good. When I was 16 years old my first job was a scooper at Baskin Robbins, a dream job for this ice cream lover. My favorite flavor was Jamoca Almond Fudge. I have always loved coffee and chocolate and this combination was so delicious, we were allowed a free cone during our work shift and this was the flavor I always chose.  It has been a long time since I’ve been to a Baskin Robbins, I was only going by memory of how this ice cream tastes and it’s really pretty close to how I remember it.

I wanted a good strong coffee flavor so I cold brewed some dark roast coffee in half and half, I decided against making a traditional custard with eggs, instead I heated cream and half and half, milk, sugar and cornstarch making a thickish base, after removing from the heat I added the cream cheese,  cold brewed coffee mixture, some vanilla and a tsp of cocoa powder and refrigerated. The fudge component is a ganache, 4 oz chocolate and 4 ounces of cream. Toast some almonds in the oven and chop them and there you have it. Simple and very delicious.

Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream

Adapted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream recipe on Food52

Makes approximately 1 quart

Cold Brewed Coffee

1 cup half and half or milk or all three

4 coffee scoops of dark roast coffee

Place in jar, shake and refrigerate at least 24 hours up to 48 hours. When done strain and refrigerate until ready to use.

Ice Cream Base

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup whole milk or half and half

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tbs corn starch

1-2 tbs softened cream cheese

1 cup cold brewed coffee

1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp instant espresso (medaglia d’oro)

Place heavy cream and milk or half and half, sugar and cornstarch in heavy saucepan. Whisk to combine and cook on medium heat until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and add the cream cheese, whisk to combine and then add the cold brewed coffee, cocoa powder and instant espresso. Stir well and pour into bowl or glass measuring cup lay plastic wrap on top of the custard, cover with another sheet of plastic and refrigerate overnight. NOTE: I don’t add the cold brewed coffee to the pot with the cream and milk and heat because I find that coffee takes on a different flavor when heated directly on the stove or even in the microwave. I wanted the coffee flavor to be pure and not compromised by heat.

Fudge swirl and toasted almonds

4 oz chocolate, dark or dark and milk your choice

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tbs light corn syrup (optional)

1/2 cup whole raw almonds

Heat heavy cream in microwave or on stove top until scalding. In microwave approximately 45 seconds. Add chopped chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir until all the chocolate is melted, if there are pieces put back in microwave for 15-20 seconds. Add the optional corn syrup. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Heat oven to 350 place almonds on sheet pan and toast until they are fragrant, approximately 10-15 minutes, or toast the almonds in a skillet. Let cool and chop into small pieces.

Making the Ice Cream

Take the fudge out of the refrigerator so that it comes to room temperature, you may need to help it along by putting in the microwave for about 15 seconds. Make the ice cream by following the manufacturers directions, when the ice cream is almost done add the almonds, churn for a minute or so just so that the almonds are mixed in and then put half in your container, add several spoonful of the fudge on top. Repeat adding the rest of the ice cream, fudge. Using a bamboo skewer or butter knife swirl the fudge into the ice cream. Freeze until it is a scoopable consistency, I find it takes at least 4 hours in the coldest part of the freezer but usually I let it sit overnight.

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Saveur Magazine is now taking nominations for their 2016 blog awards and I have nominated my friend Aleksandra, her amazing and gorgeous blog deserves the award IMHO. She has done a guest post on this blog and is a good friend from Food52. I nominated her in the photography category, one look at her photo’s and you will see why, visit her blog, Three Little Halves and if you feel so inclined and don’t mind please nominate her for the Saveur Award in the category of photography, it only takes a second. She won a James Beard award for her writing and when a blog is this beautiful it deserves to be noticed. Thank you so much.

 

 

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  1. Oh Yum-Ooooo!!! Home now and very happy to be here-Woo Hoo! xx

    July 6, 2016
  2. You make THE BEST ice creams! Wow! And thank you for sharing Aleksandra’s blog. It is SUCH a beauty! xo

    July 6, 2016
    • Thanks Em, isn’t her blog gorgeous. She deserves to be nominated. Thanks so much.

      July 6, 2016
  3. Ja-mocha Almond Fudge! Oh, I remember that one from Baskin and Robbins! I sent this on to my friend who makes ice cream. Yum! Aleksandra’s blog is pretty.

    July 6, 2016
    • Thanks, haven’t had that ice cream in eon’s but it was delicious and this one is pretty close to the original!!

      July 6, 2016
      • Great! My friend will probably try making it! He gave the recipe I posted for avocado ice cream that he made. It was terrific ice cream.

        July 6, 2016
      • Oh suzanne ! great to look at and certainly so delicious – this afternoon, I had vanilla and ” fruit de la passion” ice cream – à une terrasse – enfin ! – amitiés 🙂 douce fin de semaine !

        July 7, 2016
      • Oh let me know if he does, would love to get his thoughts. Thank you so much.

        July 6, 2016
      • @francefougere, oh la la, passion fruit ice cream sounds amazing. I normally do not eat fruit ice creams, not sure why but I LOVE passion fruit and think it would be wonderful. Merci France, passez un bon weekend!!!

        July 7, 2016
  4. queensashy #

    I crave your ice cream instead of my morning coffee, like right now. And thank you, thank you, thank you for nominating and sharing my blog – thank you! Not sure what else to say, I am at loss of words, so I keep on repeating myself 🙂

    July 6, 2016
    • Your blog is the gold standard. Thank you so much, I had a scoop this morning, nice and cold on such a hot and muggy day.

      July 6, 2016
  5. So many layers of flavors! Looks amazing! 🙂

    July 6, 2016
  6. Beautifully done, Suzanne. I love the dishes. The ice-cream looks perfectly creamy and devilishly chocolaty.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday. Mega hugs

    July 6, 2016
  7. Yum! This looks mouth-watering amazing. Thank you for sharing – your blog is beautiful.

    July 6, 2016
  8. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Just what this hot weather needs.

    July 6, 2016
  9. I’m an ice cream lover too Suzanne! I was so bummed when discovered I was mildly lactose intolerant a few years ago, but I’ll still indulge if I take some Lactaid 😉 I’m loving the coffee and chocolate fusion you have going on- two of my favorite flavors!

    July 6, 2016
    • If unfounded was lactose intolerant I would constantly take lactaid ice cream is my very good friend. Thank you so much😃

      July 6, 2016
  10. Well that looks delicious and even though it’s cold here (well, cold for us), I could still go a big bowl full. I had a squiz at ‘three little halves’ and how tremendously gorgeous it is!

    July 6, 2016
    • Thats right Lisa, you are in the middle of winter, well I eat ice cream year round, no matter how cold it is I still enjoy it. Thank you so much. Yes Aleksandra’s site is amazing.

      July 6, 2016
  11. This looks absolutely amazing! Photos make it look delish! Makes me crave a cone!

    July 6, 2016
  12. That looks amazing. Will try this. Thanks for the share Suzanne.

    July 6, 2016
  13. Suzanne, this looks absolutely FANTASTIC. I love the extra steps you took to preserve the strong flavor of the coffee,which would definitely be my favorite part. Well done you 😉

    July 6, 2016
    • Thank you so much Jess, strong coffee flavor is what I was going for 😃😃😃

      July 6, 2016
  14. I love that you have nominated Aleksandra’s blog! I’m only a recent follower of her blog but knew her from her recipes on Food52, for sure. The ice cream looks right up my alley. YUM!

    July 6, 2016
    • Thanks Kathryn, I hope everyone nominates her blog as well. The more nominations the better her chance. Thanks again, have a great weekend.

      July 7, 2016
  15. This looks amazing Suzanne! Coffee ice cream is my favorite and I love your flavor combinations 😀

    July 6, 2016
  16. You are so sweet Suzanne, nominating Aleksandra ‘s beautiful blog. I like your icecream because it doesn’t use that much sugar and I can imagine the wonderful flavors with the added fudge and almonds.

    July 7, 2016
    • Thanks Gerlinde, her blog is gorgeous, if you have a couple of minutes nominate her blog as well. Thanks again and safe travels.

      July 7, 2016
  17. You use some techniques here I haven’t used before, so very interesting! I’ve never tried cold brewed coffee and I like the way you incorporate the fudge. Never used cream cheese in ice cream before either. Thanks for sharing, Suzanne.

    July 7, 2016
    • Cold brew coffee is wonderful although this is the first time I’ve used half and half or cream. It’ worked quite well, the coffee flavor was strong but there was no bitterness. Thanks so much Stefan.

      July 7, 2016
  18. petra08 #

    Your coffee icecream sounds absolutely delicious. What a stunning blog! I will absolutely give it my vote 🙂

    July 7, 2016
    • I know right, her blog is gorgeous and elegant. Hope you can nominate it on Saveur’s site it’s deserving. Thanks again Petra.

      July 7, 2016
  19. What a fantastic post. !Cream cheese in ice cream is something new and interesting to me !!

    July 7, 2016
    • Thank you so much Andy. Yes I think cream cheese gives a great consistency and texture and in such s small amount does not alter the flavor.

      July 7, 2016
  20. This is an absolutely amazing recipe and it tastes even better because it’s for a friend!

    July 7, 2016
  21. I am on it Suzanne!! Mocha Almond Fudge is the best! BR or otherwise! I have a carton in the freezer at all times. But this sounds much better– and I haven’t gotten down my ice cream freezer yet this summer– so you’ve got me going! (Have you had the mix up at Coldstone that has coffee ice cream, fudge, peanut butter, oreos and almonds?? the Best!!) OK, that’s all. Always fun to check in on your blog, friend!! xo

    July 7, 2016
    • Well now you did it, I happen to have a cold stone right near me and I will try that mix because it sounds amazing. Thanks so much Rhonda and have a wonderful weekend.

      July 7, 2016
      • Happy ice cream!! I’ll let you know how I do with your amazing recipe Suzanne! xo

        July 7, 2016
      • Thank you!!

        July 7, 2016
  22. This is my favourite flavour as well, always chose this one when I would go to Baskin Robbins, unfortunately most of them have closed up where I live so I don’t get to have it anymore. But so happy that you’ve posted this recipe, will definetely have to try it. The cream cheese in there is a surprise!

    July 7, 2016
    • It’s so funny, not even sure what made me think of this flavor ice cream. It could have been seeing a Baskin Robbins store when I was on my way home. Hardly ever see them now. Thanks so much Fida.

      July 8, 2016
  23. CC #

    Hi Suzanne! I’m sorry I’ve been amiss from your site! Traveling for a month at a time takes its toll upon my return (SOOO much to catch up on!)

    Your ice-cream looks and sounds fabulous! I’m not usually one to go looking for frozen treats unless I’m in Europe or its homemade, like yours! Nice job!

    July 7, 2016
    • I have been following your epic journey. Glad you are back I am sure you have some catching up to do. Thank you so much Christina.

      July 8, 2016
      • CC #

        Haha! That’s an understatement, Suzanne! 🙂 Thanks so much!

        July 8, 2016
  24. Currently drooling over here!

    July 8, 2016
  25. yummmm

    July 8, 2016
  26. Jamoca Almond Fudge is one of my favorites too! This looks so good!

    July 8, 2016
  27. Brenda #

    I love ice-cream, like you and many people on earth do. This is what we can eat all seasons, may be my fridge might run out of any food item, but it’ll always have ice-cream. My favorite is Coffee almond fudge from Dreyers, I will surely try next time Mocha Almond Fudge, in your style. Recently my French press broken now I am looking for some good coffee machine, but there are many options which is confusing, do you have any suggestion?

    July 9, 2016
    • Thank you so much Brenda I I too love coffee ice cream and never tried that one. I have a stainless steel French press made by Frieling that I love. I used to have glass but kept breaking them the stainless steel is indestructible.

      July 9, 2016
  28. I must say Suzanne, your ice cream looks just perfect and am sure it tastes divine 😊

    July 9, 2016
  29. When it comes to deserts, cakes and frosting, cookies, mousse and ice-cream, I am crazy for mocha or hazelnut flavors. Not that I will pass anything else, 😀 but those two are my absolute first choices. This mocha almond fudge is in the category, and it sure looks very delectable. 😛

    July 9, 2016
  30. I made your lovely fab ice-cream with a twist & loved very spoonful! So delicious! xxx
    I nominated your blog & An unrefined vegan’ blog for the Saveur blog awards! xxx

    July 11, 2016
    • Wow thank you so much and I bet your twist in my ice cream was delicious. Thank you!!

      July 11, 2016
      • No, I made it just like that beacuse it was a fabulous recipe to begin with! xxxx

        July 11, 2016
      • ❤️💕🙏

        July 11, 2016
  31. Heaven in a bowl. That ice cream looks wonderful! And yes, I will go check out your friends blog 😊

    July 12, 2016
    • Thank you so much Laila!! Hope you and your beautiful family are well and that your business is booming.

      July 12, 2016
  32. This looks fantastic! Really great. And I am bookmarking your blog suggestion!

    July 16, 2016
  33. Jamoca Almond Fudge is the ice cream flavor I always order at Baskin Robbins, too! I love it!! Ice cream is my achilles heel as far as my weight goes. I just cannot resist it. Your recipe sounds wonderful, Suzanne!! I would really like it, I’m sure. And why did I not think of working at an ice cream shop instead of an eye doctor when I got my first job??? So jealous! 🙂

    July 18, 2016
  34. Love ice cream, haven’t made homemade ice cream so far, maybe I’ll try your recipe 😀

    December 8, 2016

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