Peppermint stick ice cream is a serious issue around here, and I now know these issues come from both sides of the family. When I was growing up, the arrival of peppermint stick ice cream in the Schwan Man’s truck was small town news. Quantities were limited so one family couldn’t buy out the whole stash to put up in the deep freeze. In my husband’s house, arrival of peppermint stick ice cream in the freezer brought yet another thing for the youngest kid to torture his older brother with. His older brother’s mature nature to savor and spread things out over time, did not work well with limited quantities of ice cream that were quickly quaffed by my husband. I’ve since learned that my mother-in-law added greatly to the disappearing half-gallons, one little stolen spoonful standing over the sink at a time.
This year, Bobby, our Schwan’s Man gave us first dibs on his 16 containers of the season’s first…we were good and only took 6. Thankfully, making a dairy-free and egg-free peppermint stick ice cream for the rest of the family was very easy. Now we all can enjoy this little treat!
Peppermint Stick Ice Cream
3 cups plain soy creamer ( 1 1/2 pints)
20 regular-sized marshmallows (about 1/2 bag)
1/2 cup sugar
2 T. mild oil, I use avocado, but coconut or canola would be fine
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (more if you’d like it zippier)
6-8 mini candy canes, crushed in their wrappers
1.) Put the marshmallows in a big microwave safe bowl (I have an 8 cup Pyrex that is perfect for this)
2.) Heat for 1 minute, until soft and puffy.
3.) Whisk the soft marshmallows until smooth, then slowly pour in the soy creamer and sugar.
4.) Microwave for another 3-5 minutes, stirring every so often, until the creamer is hot but not boiling.
5.) Add the oil, the peppermint extract and the food coloring.
6.) Cool down in the freezer or refrigerator before pouring into an ice cream maker. I have a Cuisinart one that works pretty well.
7.) At the end of the freezing, pour in the packets of crushed candy canes and mix them around before transferring the ice cream to a freezer container.