The Magic of Vanilla Ice Cream

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Vanilla Ice Cream

Over the years, vanilla ice cream has gotten a bad rap: even the word “vanilla” has come to mean “unexciting, normal, conventional, boring.” But here at Harmony Valley Creamery we have a soft spot in our hearts for this classic ice cream flavor and its unlimited dessert potential- maybe it’s because we use only the finest real bourbon vanilla beans from Cook’s Vanilla in our premium vanilla ice cream.

Here are just a few delectable recipes using the creamy goodness of vanilla ice cream as the secret (or not-so-secret) ingredient in your next delicious dessert.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

There’s just something about that cake-like outside and the creamy ice cream filling that makes an ice cream sandwich so scrumptious. But why stick with the standard chocolate crust when there are so many other tasty options? These 55 Most Delish Ice Cream Sandwich recipes are sure to set your tastebuds tingling, using everything from cereal (Lucky Charms ice cream sandwich, anyone?) to cookies, donuts, and cinnamon rolls as sandwich fixings. There are even recipes for peanut butter and jelly and s’mores ice cream sandwiches!

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie

With only four ingredients, this recipe for Super Easy and Delicious Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie has a name that doesn’t lie- it’s easy as pie! Reviewers rave that this recipe is “super easy and super tasty” and “you won’t go wrong by making this dessert.” It’s a perfect option for pleasing the peanut butter fan in your life with a cold, creamy creation.

Caramel Almond Ice Cream Torte

Sandwiches and pies are fine and good for your everyday treats, but if you want to step up your dessert game and really pull out a showstopper, this Caramel Almond Ice Cream Torte from Real Simple is just the ticket. With three simple ingredients, this dessert is easy to assemble but impressive to serve. Reviewers recommend picking a “good ice cream” for the base (may we recommend Mayor Freddy’s Vanilla Bean?) and using a hot knife to cut the torte when serving.

Key Lime Ice Cream Cupcakes

We know nothing says summer like ice cream, but nothing says summer-chillin-by-the-beach-without-a-care-in-the-world like key lime. The description of this recipe for Nut-Crusted Key Lime Ice Cream Cupcakes states, “One bite of these scrumptious Nut-Crusted Key Lime Ice Cream Cupcakes, and you’ll be whisked away to a tropical place.” With slivered almonds, freshly squeezed key lime juice and, of course, vanilla ice cream, you might want to pack your bags and put on some sunscreen, because a tangy, creamy, flavorful paradise awaits!

These are just a few of the fun recipes we’ve found to kick vanilla up a notch from so-so to sensational, but the possibilities are endless! Use your own imagination- and our velvety vanilla– and see what you can do with the magic of vanilla ice cream. Contact us to find a place to pick up some Harmony Valley Creamery ice cream near you and start your own not-so-“vanilla” vanilla adventure!