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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chocolate Covered Pistachio Ice Cream

Chocolate Covered Pistachios in Rich Chocolate Ice Cream - OXO LockTop Container Giveaway

Thanks to our great friends at OXO for letting me test out these great  LockTop containers. I've been using them on a daily basis for a over a month now and they are great. The lids snap on and are airtight. You can put your leftover avocado or guacamole in them and it will not turn that unappetizing grayish brown. I've also used the little ones to transport milk to go along with my instant oatmeal breakfast. These containers are also freezer and microwave safe too.

But the true test is how well do they hold up for storing ice cream. The key to storing ice cream is that the container has to be airtight so that the ice cream doesn't absorb any weird flavors you have going on in your freezer. Plus the container must be able to eliminate any moisture from getting in and creating frost on top of your ice cream.

My normal way of storing homemade ice cream was in empty plastic quart-sized yogurt containers. They worked but the drawback was that I had to place a film of plastic wrap over the top to create a good seal. Plus since the yogurt containers are not see-through, I would have to label them because I couldn't tell what ice cream I had inside of them. 

With the medium OXO LockTop container, it has more than enough room to hold a quart of homemade ice cream. The seal is airtight so that excess moisture and any funky freezer flavor could not seep into and ruin the ice cream.  The OXO LockTop container is clear so it makes it easy to see how much ice cream you have left and what flavor it is. 

Since these OXO LockTop containers have a colorful green ring around the lid, it inspired me to create this chocolate-covered pistachio ice cream recipe.

You can win a set of these great OXO LockTop containers by leaving a comment below.  When leaving a comment please use the Name and URL option or leave your email in the comment. The contest deadline is midnight (PST) on July 16, 2012. I will randomly choose a winner and post the winner's name here. You will receive a set of 4 Mini and 1 Medium LockTop containers. Please note this giveaway is only for readers in the United States. 

The giveaway is now over. Congrat to Beth! I'll be sending out these OXO containers to you shortly.

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Ingredients for Chocolate-Covered Pistachios
1/2 cup of whole shelled unsalted roasted pistachios
8 oz of dark chocolate

To make the chocolate-covered pistachios, you need to temper your dark chocolate. You can use the double boiler method or the microwave. I tempered my chocolate in the microwave using a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl. If you're using dark chocolate from a bar, it will temper faster if you chop it into little pieces and then microwave them. When tempering chocolate in the microwave you want to do it in 10-second intervals and, in between intervals, stir the chocolate around so it melts evenly. 

Once your chocolate is nice and melted, add in your pistachios and mix them together until all the pistachios are covered with chocolate. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Using two spoons I laid out the chocolate covered pistachios on the baking tray and placed them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden.

Ingredients for Rich Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

2/3 cups of sugar
2 cups of heavy cream
1 cup of milk
6 tsp of dutch processed cocoa powder
6 oz of dark chocolate
3 large egg yolks
1 tsp of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon

In a medium-sized saucepan combine the sugar, milk, cocoa powder, dark chocolate and heavy cream. Bring it to a simmer then temper the 3 egg yolks with the warm milk and cream. Pour the tempered egg yolks into the saucepan . Slowly bring the custard base up to 165 degrees and then transfer to a heat proof bowl and place in an ice bath for 1 hour. Stir in the vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon. Refrigerate the base for at least 4 hours or overnight and then churn in your ice cream machine. When the ice cream is almost done, stir in your chocolate-covered pistachios. You can also save a few to decorate your sundae. Place your ice cream in a freezer proof container, such as the OXO LockTop containers, and let the ice cream set for at least 4 hours in your freezer before eating.

Let me know if you have any questions and what did you think of the Chocolate-Covered Pistachios in Rich Dark Chocolate Ice Cream.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary set of LockTop containers to facilitate my honest review.  All opinions are my own. Thanks to OXO for sponsoring the giveaway!


Sharon Kane said...

Love chocolate, adore pistachios! I will have to try this recipe out.

Donna C said...

What a delicious combination! I will definitely try this!

Barb said...

Excited to try this, love ice cream

Katie said...

Thanks for the ideas.
Really hoping to win the LockTops!

Meghan Finley said...

Pistachio ice cream is my fave and I never thought to make it this way! Totally making it this weekend :)

Anonymous said...

This looks so easy and I having a chocolate moment now - wish I could get a scoop right off the screen.

Sarah W said...

Yum yum yum!!! I am looking forward to trying the recipe over this hot weekend we are expecting.

I am a big OXO products fan and would love to win!!!

SIMSHABSG at gmail dot com

Lexiquin said...

Your recipe sounds delicious! I've never eaten chocolate-covered pistachios, but I think they would be yummy!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Becky said...

Looks tasty!

Caity @ Awkward Kitchenette said...

Wow, looks delicious! LOVE nutty icecream!!

Anonymous said...

Pistachio ice cream is the only ice cream anybody eats in my house! It's a bit insane :)

raj shah srs at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I've never made ice cream before. Maybe I should give it a try and stop spending so much money at the stores ;)



karen said...

What a unique ice cream! I would love to win these, they would get daily use in my house.

Anonymous said...

Sounds great!

brighteyedbaker said...

I would love to win these! Containers with snap on lids that can go in the microwave are the way to go.

Lynna said...

Ohh, sounds so yummy! i`ve been making ice cream like crazy! I think these containers will do the trick in helping my store!

Anonymous said...

That looks delicious! (OXO containers are cute too. *smile*)

counting_shipwrecks at yahoo dot com

Karen Delaney said...

Great looking ice cream, and great looking containers!

Kari said...

Fun and yum!!!!

Geri Saucier said...

A terrific ice cream. I love the chocolate covered pistachios - I only hope I could resist eating all of them before I put them in the custard:) A truly delicious post - thanks!

Foodie Stuntman said...

Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

Amy said...

This ice cream sounds wonderful! I love pistachios and chocolate together :)! Congrats on the Top 9!

Julie said...

I think it looks scrumptious

karen s said...

This looks amazing..will have to try for sure!

Quyen said...

We just got an ice cream maker this summer and I'm in love with it! It's been so much fun creating new flavors and of course eating it! Thanks for the ice cream inspiration Bao!

missreneer said...

Your pictures and recipes are scrumptious. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

deardeer said...

I love my OXO salad spinner, I can only imagine how nice their tupperware is. Love this idea for pistachios, can't wait to try it out!

Anonymous said...

I love oxo products (thanks for the giveaway) and I LOVE pistachios!! Even though it was 100% artificially flavored, I always loved jello pistachio pudding as a kid. I almost always have about a pound of pistachios in the house so I can't wait to try this recipe!
katidyd at hotmail dot com

Taylor said...

That's it. I'm making pistachio chocolate ice cream NOW. And those containers look sweet!
Taylor -- taylorton2 @ gmail dot com

Beth said...

I can't wait to make this ice cream. Thank you for the recipe and thank you for the opportunity to win the oxo containers.

Beth said...

Thank you for the recipe.

Michelle said...

Looks yummy! Cannot wait to try it!

Scott M. Sanders said...

My wife would love this (maybe)!

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