Somebody's Screaming, Right About Now...

My good friend, Ellen, can't have dairy and she's never had ice cream before. I've been burnin' and churnin' all week long, making frozen desserts for the 4th of July cookout, my own personal enjoyment, and things to post for Ice Cream, You Scream, too. I don't want her to feel left out and she reminds me that I love to make recipes using alternative ingredients.

Cherry Chocolate Soy Ice Dream
1 cup plain soy milk
1/4 cup Z sweet all-natural sweetener
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup hot brewed coffee (Starbucks Arabian Mocha Sanani)
1 Tbsp cherry flavored gelatin
1 oz milk chocolate, finely chopped

Whisk egg yolks in small bowl. Heat soy and sweetener in medium saucepot until sweetener has dissolved. Temper eggs with hot soy milk, then add the eggs into the saucepot. Using a rubber or wooden spatula, stir mixture while scraping bottom of pot to ensure eggs do not stick. If some of your egg has cooked, strain using a mesh strainer into a new container. Sprinkle gelatin into mixture and whisk it in. Set aside to cool properly. If there are little chunks of gelatin, they can be desirable pieces to go along with the chocolate, or strain the mixture again.

When properly cooled, freeze using manufacturer's directions. At only five minutes to go until the end of the freezing cycle, sprinkle chopped chocolate into freezer.


The Z sweet sweetener mentioned above was given to me by my aunt, the same lady who gave us amaretto-flavored blue agave syrup. It's made from erythritol (e-rith-ri-tall), a natural sweetener. It doesn't promote tooth decay, won't raise blood sugar, TASTES like sugar, and did I mention that it has 0 (zero) calories? So yes, this will be a staple in my pantry from here on out.

This recipe was made off the top of my head yesterday. I carefully added these ingredients, hoping it wouldn't turn out watery or full of ice crystals. I have to admit: this recipe is spot on. I only made a small (make that very small) batch because I wasn't sure how it would turn out. If you'd like to make this, triple or quadruple the amounts here. Starbucks coffee is not mandatory, but the Sanani tastes unbelievable with the cherry/chocolate combination, so I couldn't resist putting it to some ice cream (or dream, in this matter).

To make this vegan, substitute 1 tsp of agar agar for gelatin and egg yolks. Add 2-3 Tbsp fresh cherry puree for the cherry flavoring. Bittersweet chocolate can be used in place of milk chocolate. I'm sure it will turn out similar to my results.

I'm an equal opportunity blogger, and I stay true to my word when it comes to food. I'm submitting this into Mike's You Scream, I Scream event.

I hope this doesn't sound snarky, but hopefully, Mike will return the favor and enter a frozen dessert to my Ice Cream, You Scream event, too.

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Nikki Miller-Ka

Nikki Miller-Ka

Ms. Miller-Ka is a classically trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami.

Formerly, she’s worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger for various publications and outlets in the Southeast. She has also worked as a catering chef, a pastry chef, a butcher, a baker, and a biscuit-maker. Presently, she is a food editor, freelance food writer, and a tour guide for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

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  1. Nikki, I love your blog. I know I've said this before but you are so cool. I enjoy your writing and your enthusiasm. Your remodeled site looks fantastic. As for ice cream..have you ever tried making Pina Colada or Hot Mexican Chocolate ice pops? They are so good, but probably not as delicious as your creations. Here's to you. Abrazos.

  2. That is awesome! You are such a good friend to make this special dessert for your friend! It looks awesome!

  3. Thank you so much, Teresa! I'm speechless (which is saying a lot because I cannot keep my mouth shut)

    I've not tried Pina Colada or Mexican Chocolate pops. I remember eating pina colada yogurt as a kid and I like Mexican chocolate, now. Maybe I will soon.

  4. Yea, so I wouldn't want this. I'm the kind of dude that thinks soy belongs in one sauce.

  5. You are the best friend ever to go and create this . I know she loved it!

  6. first time here..and I am loving have a great place and I know somebody is screaming right now cos I want that icecream!!!...both the pictures are looking just tooo good..

  7. So thoughtful of you Nikki! It looks so classy, love the presentation. Chocolate and cherry is a match made in heaven :)

  8. Jenn: Thanks, man! I try to be a good friend. I think this good deed has paid off for more than just one person, this time.

    Darius: Oh, but soy comes in SOOooo many forms! Are you sure you wouldn't want to try it? You wouldn't know it was soy unless I told you. It's that good and creamy. I made a version with heavy cream and it turned out horrible in comparison to this one. OK ok, not horrible, but full of ice crystals. The big is-this-freezer-burned-why-are-you-making-me-eat-this kind of crystals.

    Courtney: She sure did! And now we're out of soy milk, so she's sulking!

    Srivalli: Well, welcome to my humble a-blog! It's so nice to have you stop by. I hope that you come back to visit soon!

    lore: Thank you! I've been toying around with photo editing programs, trying to make my photos look better and this one looked so dreamy and delicious, I couldn't NOT post it. Thank you.

  9. But, but...
    MILK chocolate? Is that allowed?

  10. CC: I understand your concern. The milk content in the chocolate is so low, that I don't think it registers much on the lactose scale. And the scant amount used in the recipe and in each spoonful probably wouldn't mean much either. I only had milk chocolate, so that's what I used. If I had dark, I would have used that. OOhh...or if I had some carob nibs! That would have been awesome...

  11. Looks wonderful! This is very sweet of you to do that for your friend!

  12. Yum! We are both deep into the soy ice cream I see. And the screaming for ice cream continues, because I just put up a post for your event. I'll be emailing you shortly. : )

  13. Very nice of you to do that for your friend. Can't imagine not ever having ice cream.

  14. Tartlette & Jude: Thank you! It was the least I could do. I'm a chef, I make things. It's my duty to introduce good food to good people. :)

    Anali: I'm in love with making soy ice cream now. I'm obsessed. I made two different ones today. I am going to be swimming in ice cream by the time the summer is over!


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