Limesicle Ice Cream


Another hot day, another frozen treat. Lately its been dreadfully hot and the boys are just beside themselves with grief because I will not sit in the backyard with them all day long. We do have the benefit of a lake to go swim in but even swimming does not appease my desire to… dissolve. Well ok I’m a bit of a pessimist but when it comes to summer weather its fairly obvious I hate all things hot weather . I really do not like hot weather, at all. After all I moved into the mountains/woods to avoid all of this nonsense! So to appease the boys I asked Riley what he absolutely wanted, if he wanted more ice cream cookies or strawberry sundaes, what would make him happy BESIDES sitting out in the heat to warp. His answer was green ice cream, now anyone with small kids knows this issue…requests by color? What does it really mean? Seriously, I’ve been to endless shops and stores where he’s requested something or another because its the color he wanted, and nine times out of ten he’s been peeved with the results.

LIMESICLEICECREAMWell, any how I got to thinking what are flavors I’ve always loved that I could interpret into green. Mint was obviously the first thought but Riley does not like mint, I can barely convince him the hippie tooth paste isn’t poisonous. My second thought was green sherbet and I remembered how often as a kid I would eat out all of the green and orange and leave the other weird tasting stuff for everyone else. I probably could have made sherbet but then I realized orangesicles! I found recipes here and there for orange and lemon ice creams and altered this and that to suit the lime (green) flavor. Orange is milder than lime, lemon harsher so it was a bit of playing with flavors but ultimately I came up with the perfectly Green Ice cream. The combination of fluffy, creamy and tangy was just knock your socks off, out of this world! Whipping the cream makes it so light and almost ethereal, its refreshing and crisp yet still rich enough to cure that incessant ice cream craving.

Lime-sicle Ice Cream:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zest from 2 limes
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Optional- Green Food Coloring, look for a natural variety if you need it to actually be “green.” 

In a blender combine heavy cream, eggs, lime juice and sugar. Blend carefully for a few seconds, this will actually whip your cream, If your not careful the volume will overwhelm you I promise! You could also use a stand mixer or hand mixer and incorporate all of the ingredients with the whisk attachment. I think its crucial to whip this mixture to make it light and fluffy.

Once your mixture is fluffed place in a large bowl combine remaining ingredients and stir or whisk until smooth. While still cold place this mixture into your ice cream machine and follow manufacturers instructions. Process 20-40 minutes. Once the ice cream has solidified most of the way place into an air tight container and put in the freezer for at least 2 hours.

UPDATED: May, 2013, I want to try this again with 1/2 cup of raw honey instead of 1 cup of sugar. If anyone tries it please tell me how you like it!