Even though there’s plenty of great tasting vegan ice creams on the market, it’s fun to give homemade a try. Especially with a cookbook like The Vegan Scoop by Wheeler del Torro of Wheeler’s Frozen Desserts.
Based in Boston, I never even heard of them until I tried a small sample of their ice cream at last year’s Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco. It was divine but unavailable on the West Coast. So I was thrilled to receive a review copy of The Vegan Scoop. Since I can’t get my hands on the actual product, this is the next best thing.
I decided on the Cherry Jubilee recipe (back when cherries were actually in season. I just never got around to posting about it. Nothing like VeganMoFo to get me off of my lazy bum).
I’m amazed at how really easy it was to make the ice cream. The hardest part was choosing which of the many recipes to try. The chapters are organized by flavors, from classics such as Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to unusual original flavors like Jalapeño.
I used one of those Ice Cream Ball Maker, where you shake and roll around it to make the ice cream. It’s like a mini-workout before consuming your special treat. The ice cream came out like soft serve. Which is fine with me, as I like mine on the soft side and not rock solid.
Choose your ingredients carefully, as the ice cream takes on that particular soymilk’s flavor. It’s subtle but if you don’t like drinking it plain as is, you’re not going to like it as ice cream. The freshness of the ingredients especially the cherries really shines through.
I cut the recipe in half so it would fit in my ice cream ball maker, it only makes about a pint (there’s also a larger quart size version). I froze the leftovers; it still tasted great but it froze pretty hard. It’s best to eat it right after you make it.
To learn more about Wheeler’s Frozen Desserts, cruise on over to their website. To purchase your very own copy of the The Vegan Scoop, click here to go to Amazon or pop over to your local bookstore.