Ice Cream Frosty Fun Facts

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Ice Cream Frosty Fun Facts

By Paula Deen

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream, y’all! With the hottest part of summer upon us, I just had to share some of my favorite creamy cold ice cream recipes, tips and fun facts. So grab a big ol’ spoon and get to dippin’!

  • It takes about 50 licks to lick away one scoop of ice cream!
  • Of all the days of the week, most ice cream is bought on Sunday!
  • Kids aged 2-12 and adults over 45 eat the most ice cream!
  • Vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry, and mint chocolate chip are the most popular ice cream flavors!
  • Chocolate syrup is the most popular ice cream topping!
  • 5% of ice cream eaters share their ice cream with their pet!
  • It takes 12 pounds of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream!
  • When buying ice cream, don’t buy a sticky container. The ice cream was probably defrosted and refrozen.
  • To keep opened cartons of ice cream from forming ice crystals, place a piece of plastic wrap right on the surface of the ice cream, making it as airtight as possible. Close the carton well and return to the freezer.
  • To soften very hard ice cream, microwave on 30% power for 20 to 30 seconds. The time varies with fat content, so check after 20 seconds.
  • When making homemade ice cream in a machine using rock salt and ice, use a ratio of about 1 cup of salt to 6 cups of ice.
  • Serve ice cream from a carton in slices instead of scoops. An electric knife works well, y’all!
  • Freeze newly made ice cream for about 4 hours before serving. This is also known as “ripening.”
  • Make your own custom ice cream flavor, like my Oreo Ice Cream. Soften the ice cream just enough to enable you to stir in chopped nuts, candy pieces, miniature marshmallows, or brownie or cookie pieces. Return to the freezer until firm. Try making some Sweet Dreams Chocolate Fudge and stirring it into butter pecan ice cream!
  • Air is an important ingredient in ice cream - it keeps the ice cream from freezing solid!
  • Everybody has a nerve center located on the roof of his or her mouth. When something cold touches this spot, people get the sensation known as an ICE CREAM HEADACHE OR BRAIN FREEZE!

Favorite Frosty Treats:
Vanilla Ice Cream
Double Chocolate Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream
It’s Not Your Mamma’s Banana Pudding Ice Cream
Peach Ice Cream
Fried Ice Cream
Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream Dessert
Easy Homemade Oreo Ice Cream
Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches

Have an ice cream trick, recipe or tip in your cone? Leave me a comment so everyone can learn!

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By SalmaErax on January 06, 2012

I ALWAYS WATCH YOUR SHOW AND WHEN I CAN’T I RECORD IT AND I JUST LOVE WATCHING YOU AND YOUR BOYS IN THE KITCHEN. I EVEN HAVE MY HUBBY WATCHING YOU NOW, NOT THAT HE IS GONNA COOK ANYTHING…LOL BUT HE LOVES YOUR FUN PERSONALITY. DO YOU HAVE AN EASY STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM RECIPE THAT DON’T HAVE TO BE COOKED? IF SO MAY I PLEASE GET IT FROM YOU? I AM DISABLED SO I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE EASY STUFF TO PREPARE THAT DON’T TAKE A LONG TIME AT THE STOVE. I CAN’T STAND FOR VERY LONG SO THE QUICKER THE BETTER.
WE LOVE YA GIRLFRIEND, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

By MATTIE on August 27, 2010

Paula,

I LOVE U….CAN YOU BE MY GRANDMA?.....LOVE THE SHOW…..YOU HAVE THE SAME NAME AS MY MOM…..CAN MY FAMILY AND I COME SEE U SOME TIME?.... I LOVE TO COOK…. AND I LOVE THAT CHOCOLATE….AND DON’T FORGET THAT BUTTER….

LOVE YOUR FRIEND (AND GRANDCHILD) JASMINE LASHLEY

By Jasmine Lashley on August 19, 2010

Yohoo Ice Cream

8 yohoos
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
Chocolate milk

Mix yohoo and condensed milk and put in ice cream freezer,fill to the line with chocolate milk. Freeze and enjoy!!! My family says it taste like Frosty’s from Wendys

By Kelly NeSmith on August 19, 2010

Paula, I love the beautiful pictures with the doilies like my grandmama used to make and have all over her tables.  I’ve noticed you and Mr. Greg up there with the first post are always close to posting the same seasonal things.  Are you all related or friends? is he on yoru staff?  PS, your recipes are my familys favorites and I can’t wait to see your Christmas ideas.  Many years more of your success.

Love ya Paula

By Deb Reynolds on August 19, 2010

In the 50’s my daddy covered the ice cream maker with the fuzzy top for the toilet lid.  We would fight over who would get to sit on it when it got hard to crank!

By Barbara Luna on August 18, 2010

i love watching you and your boys. i was wanting to know how to pickle corn. would love to hear from you   thanks donna paterino

By donna paterino on August 18, 2010

I too remember making homemade ice cream as a child,Usually on the 4th of July us kids had to sit on top of ice cream maker while someone worked the crank,never knew why.Do you know Paula?

By Terri Mattox on August 18, 2010

Hey Paula,

I love your newsletters and especially enjoyed the one about ice cream. One of your fans responded to the article “We all scream for ice cream”. Her name was Eva Hussey of Randleman,NC and in her response had a recipe a homemade Orange Sherbet. The recipe didn’t say what size freezer to use, it just said “fill to the line with leftover soda”. Is it possible to find out from her? It seems to me that maybe a 2 quart would be too small but a 4 quart seems to big as well. I would greatly appreciate it you or your team could find out. Thank you.

By Patsy Kennard on August 18, 2010

Hey Paula love you, too. Just to let you know that I cook for about 50 people once a month at my comunity center, and during the summer months I make them two and a half gallon of home made ice cream. There is always a good turn out. No I don’t trun the crank. It’s electic!
Irene Hodgen, okla.

By Irene Puckette on August 17, 2010

This article made memories just rush back to me!!!  I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of reading as I love Paula too!!!  She’s such a sweet, down to earth person who loves family, friends, food and fun!!!  What a combination.  Thank you so much for sharing Paula.  One day I hope to meet you.
Hugs, Judy

By Judy Comfort on August 17, 2010

PAULA,
I LOVE YOUR SHOWS!  YOU ARE A TRUE SOUTHERN COOK.  IT WOULD BE AWESOME TO COME TO YOUR RESTAURANT.  THE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM DOES REMIND ME OF CHILDHOOD DAYS WHEN MY DAD & MOM WOULD CRANK THE FREEZER AND WE WOULD SIT ON TOP OF IT TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO TURN.  GREAT MEMORIES!  THANKS

By LINDA MORRISON on August 17, 2010

I LOVE homemade ice cream but never had the pleasure of owning an icre cream maker. My solution…..Ziplock bags.
2tbsp sugar
1cp Half and Half
1/2tsp vanilla
crushed cookies, fudge, or fresh fruit to make your favorite flavor
Put all these ingredients in a pint-size ziplock bag and seal closed, I recommend double bagging it to ensure no salt water enters. Place this sealed bag in gallon-sized ziplock bag filled with rock salt and ice. Seal this bag and SHAKE till you have ice cream. With the kids I usually place the bag on the trampoline and we jump till the ice cream is ready. You can get really creative on how to move you bag about to mix the ice cream together and if you want it is a great time to teach kids about the science of freezing points. Education and good food what could be better? and the kids will LOVE it!!!

By Miller on August 17, 2010

Paula, because of you I have actually learned to cook from scratch instead of boxed. My mom rarely cooked from scratch except for the holidays. She never wrote any of the recipes down,she kept them to herself,at least most of them and she always chased me out of the kitchen. She passed in 1997 and took them with her. After watching you I learned how to cook like my mom. I also had a bell go off in my head, I remembered,on some of the recipes. They originally came from Kentucky before moving to Ohio. Recently I found a Grange Cookbook that I remember my mom having but disappeared , I now have it as well as some of your books.

So Thanks so much for teaching me and reminding me of these great recipes. You are the greatest!

By Anita Falcone on August 17, 2010

I also grew up with my dad making homemade ice cream.  I loved it!  Just last night my youngest asked if we could make it.  so we ran to store & got all the stuff & made homemade Mint Choc chip Ice Cream. Boy was it good.  I am happy to find your recipes.

By Mary Hitch on August 17, 2010

Hi Paula,

I so enjoy you sharing your memories with us.  We are about the same age and I too grew up on a farm where every Sunday meant homemade ice cream with the crank freezer.  In the winter time, my Daddy would break ice from the pond to make our ice cream.  Our favorite was always banana pineapple.  Your right, I tell my Grandchildren, whatever we may be doing that we are “making memories” and I love it! We’ll be back in Savannah come next May.  It has become a tradition with me and my husband.

By Sherry on August 17, 2010

Paula,                                  I have a sixteen year old son which is taking his second year of cultary arts in high school. He just loves to watch your shows. I hear his laughswhen you are on. He loves to hear you talk and the Opra show I thought he would fall out of his seat. We love you.I also work at a place where we sell your furniture line, so I enjoy everyday sharing my story about my son and how much he loves Paula. Thank you for being such a strong woman.      Anna Ownby

By Anna Ownby on August 17, 2010

I enjoy watching your programs. I have made some of your dishes and they were good. I love good down home cooking.Your fried chicken is the way my mama use to make it. Thank you for an enjoyable show to watch. If i could meet someone famous it would be you just to talk about home,family, and recipes.

By Lauren Wawrzyniak on August 17, 2010

QUICK IDEA FOR MAKING FLAVORED ICE CREAM SHAKES. ... INSTEAD OF USING MILK TO MAKE THE ICE CREAM BLEND , TRY ORANGE CREAM SODA FOR A MILD DREAMCYCLE TASTE. OR CHERRY COKE , TASTE LIKE CHOCLATE COVERED CHERRIES,ROOT BEER FOR A FLOAT. THINK MY FAVORITE IS TAKING “SNACK PACKS” PUDDING AND ADD 2 OF THEM TO THE SHAKE. I ADD 2 SUGER FREE TAPIOCAS. GREAT TASTE FOR A SHAKE.

By WAYNE LEHMANN on August 16, 2010

I love you so much. The recipes, the energy you put into everything you do. Your love for your family. what else can I say. I have to tell you a funny story. I am slowly getting white hair. Well I have very little dark left. I called my hair dresser neice over and told her I wanted Paula Deen hair. Well it turned yellow and orange, and I got a lot of laughs. I decided I would try to buy a white wig. LOL..Let me know your secret….

By Pat Martin on August 16, 2010

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