Buttery peppermint-flavored ice cream dotted with flecks of white chocolate. 


The truth of the matter is, this is Plan B ice cream.


By which I mean I had no intentions of sharing it with anyone else because did you read the title?

But then fruit fly maggots started crawling out of the blackberries that I had so cavalierly purchased from a street vendor, thinking I was so great for saving a whopping EIGHT DOLLARS.

All of a sudden pie no longer seemed like a viable option. Shockingly.

Not to mention that I totally ate one of those blackberries before I realized anything was amiss. Yes, I am pretty disgusted with myself right now thankyouverymuch.

Such is the price I pay for trying to be thrifty. Never. Again.


Anyways, I needed a dessert and though I considered rushing to the grocery store to get a box of something or other that I could pull off as my own, this little nagging voice inside my head reminded me that you catch more bees with honey than you do with vinegar, and you make more friends with homemade ice cream than you do with crappy storebought cake. (Words to live by.)

So that is how I found myself pulling this carton of ice cream out of my freezer and saying, “Does anybody want some?”

Which is pretty much a rhetorical question, if ever there was one.

Yes. Unanimously, yes.

I mean, mint ice cream with hints of buttery flavor and dollops of white chocolate scattered throughout?

Sigh. Parting is such sweet sorrow.


So. Why I am I writing about dessert on Monday anyway??

Because it’s Frozen Treat Week!!

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In case you didn’t know, July is National Ice Cream Month and a whole slew of other (fabulous) bloggers and I are celebrating with a whole week full of frozen treats AND awesome giveaways!! It is absolutely not to be missed.

To kick it off, we are giving away some awesome products from Zoku and OXO that will help you get some frozen treat creations brewing in your own home.  Here are the details for entering:

Zoku & OXO Giveaway

And remember to stop by and see what everyone else has churned up:


One year ago…Cherry Nutella Hand Pies

Two years ago…Sweet Potato Pie Fries, Chickpeas and Chana Dal Cooked Together in a Mint Sauce

Three years ago…Zucchini Fritters with Feta and Dill, Eggplant Couscous Salad with Cinnamon-Cumin Dressing

Four years ago…Flounder Oreganata and Pesto Potatoes with Zucchini, Pasta with Lentils and Artichokes

White Chocolate Buttermint Ice Cream
Buttery peppermint-flavored ice cream dotted with flecks of white chocolate.
Yield: 1 quart
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1½ oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • ⅛ tsp turmeric
  • 1¼ cups heavy cream
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 3.5 oz white chocolate, chopped
  • 8 drops natural butter flavor
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  1. Mix 2 tbsp milk with the cornstarch until thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together cream cheese, salt and turmeric until smooth. Fill a large bowl with ice and water.
  2. Combine the remaining milk, cream, sugar and corn syrup in a 4 quart saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat and cook for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Bring back to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring with a heatproof spatula, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  3. Slowly whisk the hot milk mixture into the cream cheese until smooth. Pour into a 1 gallon ziplock bag, seal, and submerge in the ice bath. Place in the in the freezer for 30 minutes, or until cold.
  4. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave, only heating 15 seconds at a time and stirring in between. Let cool slightly.
  5. Pour the ice cream base into the frozen canister and turn on the machine. Drop the butter flavoring and peppermint extract through the opening in the top of the machine. Slowly drizzle in the melted chocolate. Churn ice cream for 20-25 minutes or until thick and creamy.
  6. Pack ice cream into a storage container and press a sheet of parchment directly against the surface. Seal with an airtight lid. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl


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68 Responses to White Chocolate Buttermint Ice Cream {#frozentreatweek giveaway}

  1. This looks sooooo luscious and creamy, what a great recipe!

  2. Chewthefat says:

    Joanne, somehow I don’t see you *ever* doing the 1950s housewife trick of passing off a store-bought dessert as your own!

    Are these the same fruit flies that were plaguing your apartment before! I am squirming with discomfort right now–I know it is not correct, but this is why I keep everything (even pantry items) in the refrigerator!

  3. Sarah says:

    This looks freaking awesome. A tasty tasty plan b. and holy moly your NEW DESIGN. I die.

  4. Simply Life says:

    Ooh what a fun flavor!

  5. Tracey says:

    Ewww, ewww, ewww – maggots in your blackberries? Not cool. But this ice cream totally saved the day. I am such a huge mint ice cream fan and the white chocolate just makes it 1000x better!

  6. This buttermint shiz sounds unbelievable!! Lovely recipe, friend!

  7. What a great ice cream to start off the week with! And an awesome round-up of bloggers to celebrate ice cream together. 🙂
    So excited to see what else is to come during frozen treat week!

  8. I’ve never been so thankful for fruit fly maggots showing up! So much for being thrifty, too!! I love ice cream and all the ingredients in this recipe. Great post, thank you for sharing!

  9. Joanne – love the mint flavor gelato ! I also love pistachio and coffee too!
    What a nice round-up of bloggers to celebrate this week together. I better get on the band wagon this week myself.

  10. cquek says:

    For some reason, I only make these for parties, but I totally need to start making them for dinner for myself. SO good!!

  11. I’m trying really hard to forget the maggot thing…cause all I wanna do is focus on this ice cream!

  12. oh… I had a smiliar malheure with my passion fruits. Very much unedible now. But you came up with something awesome! White chocolate and butter mint yum! Best way to start the week. Just ask my husband lol

  13. Joanne, where did you get the ice cream container? I thought it was a purchased ice cream until I saw a recipe! I don’t even make my own ice cream but now I want to if I had containers like that!! 🙂

    Sorry about your blackberry woes… although I buy from Chinatown and ethnic grocers all the time but I try to only pick the good produce 🙂

  14. sandra says:

    I feel for you with your maggot experience. i once bit into a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup to find those little white guys inside. Ugh!

    And I’ve never hear of a fruit fly biting any person – you must have really ticked those guys off!!

  15. Love the turmeric in there. So interesting!

  16. Minty-buttery goodness? YES PLEASE!

  17. Jessie says:

    How awful! You poor gal 🙁 I hope you had a good bit of this delicious ice cream to get the taste of those blackberries out of your mouth. Cream cheese in ice cream is genius!

    Have a great week, Joanne!!

  18. Fruit fly maggots are the WORST! We have traps set up everywhere, but you can SEE the little maggots squirming around it it… ugh. UGHUGH. So sorry for your terrible experience… I feel for you.

    This ice cream hopefully helps! Looks yummy 🙂

  19. Oh no! Your poor blackberries!!! Well I’m glad that it all worked out for you and your friends because this ice cream sounds amazing. I love buttermints so I’m sure I would just adore this.

    PS- I love that carton- where is it from??

  20. Kelster says:

    I’m glad that you had maggots..er..wait.. that’s just wrong. I’m glad that you didn’t make blackberry pie. I will always take ice cream over any form of pie. That carton is cute! Where did you get it?

  21. Oh yummyyumyum! I want a pint of this to myself!

  22. Shannon says:

    LOVE your ice cream container!!! where’d you find it?? i had a tough time focusing on the deliciousness of your ice cream as i’m still shuddering about the blackberries 🙁

  23. These are all fabulous recipes and I especially love Nutmeg Nanny: Mango Margarita Boozesicles. I will have to try them all. Thanks to all for posting great recipes and for the giveaway which I hope to win.

  24. Ooooooooh this ice cream looks INCREDIBLE!

  25. Lynn says:

    Sorry about the blackberries! Yikes. That ice cream looks so good!

  26. sometimes plan B really turns out for the best!

  27. You are absolutely right! Who would say no to that ice cream. Yes. Yes. Yes.

  28. Pam says:

    I’ll be checking my blackberries carefully from now on. UGH.

    The ice cream looks amazing. Love the combination of flavors. YUM.

  29. Kate says:

    I think the only thing worse than fruit flies is probably fruit fly maggots.

  30. Ashley says:

    Oh my goodness. Traumatized by bugs again!? EEEEEW. You poor thing! This ice cream looks fantastic, though. I hope it helped you through this trying time 😉

  31. Beth says:

    How did I not know about frozen treat week? I’d better get churning….

  32. Oh Joanne, Joanne, Joanne. Pie is always a viable option. 😉

  33. Suzie says:

    You were just saying that you needed to make some ice cream! I’m glad you busted out the ice cream maker and got ‘er done! Lol!

  34. katie says:

    Oh man I love everything about your plan b ice cream! 🙂 and i agree… much better than store bought cake! Thanks for participating!

  35. Christine says:

    Sorry to hear about the blackberries. Doesn’t it just bug you (ho,ho,ho) when you think you’re saving $$ and it turns out you’ve wasted it instead? The ice cream sounds divine! What does the turmeric do, add color?

  36. Ack! Doesn’t it always seem so glam to buy your fruit from a farmer’s market or a street vendor? Until you get home and look at it a little closer… I learned the hard way with farmstand peaches last year. Let’s just say lotsa bugs had already taken up residence!

  37. Joanne!
    You know how much I LOVE ice cream, and here you did buttermint!
    I love you!!!!

  38. Faith says:

    Oh my goodness, I die…I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to reach into a computer screen this badly, lol! This looks incredible!!

  39. P says:

    Oh wow, this looks soooooo good right now!! I love ice cream with cute rainbow sprinkles on top. Homemade? Even better!

  40. Megan says:

    I need to find those ice cream containers – so cute! I saw from above that they’re from W-S. I’ll have to start searching. And bummer about those berries. I would be sooo grossed out. This ice cream sounds awesome though.

  41. I love buttermints! What an awesome ice cream flavor 🙂

  42. This sounds so refreshing! And much better than anything you could have found at the store:-)

  43. gloria says:

    I love Ice cream and this look awsome and tempting Joanne! I love the new look of your blog!xo

  44. Aw I would be so sad (and also throwing up) about those blackberries .. hopefully you hadn’t gotten too far with your recipe before you found them! As for this ice cream, I was already sold at buttermint but with cream cheese and white chocolate too, this just sounds fabulous!

  45. Bummer! Sorry to hear about your blackberries. I had a bad experience one time with a head of cabbage. When I got around to it, it was loaded with these tiny little black bugs. Eeew! Your plan B sounds much better. Love the turmeric in here, it’s so unique!

  46. I am very in favour of frozen treat week (despite it being winter here!) and am in love with the sound of this ice cream. I’m impressed you shared, even with the extenuating berry circumstances!

  47. Veronica says:

    Sounds like a winner to me! Hope your fruit fly situation is resolved soon – we had a lot of them last week and finally they seem to be gone. yay!

  48. Hotly Spiced says:

    That is a shocking blackberry story but I do know I have experienced those thrifty moments. I love the ice cream and how great you had that in reserve for such an emergency xx

  49. Johanna GGG says:

    So you poured in the melted white chocolate at the end and got some chunks or did it blend in or just blend in to some of the mixture? am curious as the whole issue of chocolate in ice cream is where I get really stuck still

    And I really love the word buttermint as it is quite new to me – and I would love to go to dinner at your place knowing that you would never serve me dry old bought cake! yes please to this ice cream

    • joanne says:

      There were a mixture of chunks and flecks! But I wouldn’t say that it blended in…pretty sure it frozen solid almost instantly upon hitting the cold custard!

  50. samantha says:

    “and you make more friends with homemade ice cream than you do with crappy storebought cake.” I laughed out loud and then nodded in agreement. 😀

  51. I am on a huge homemade ice cream kick right now and this sounds crazy good. Forget about it being plan b, this should be plan a-z 🙂 Blackberries are my favorite fruit, but they freak me out a little. I always buy Driscoll’s and my dad picks them for me at a local farm, but I always find little tiny bugs. I’ve pretty much resorted to rolling them in a little bourbon to kill the whatevers and give them a little extra flavor.

  52. I would have barfed on the spot if I ate that berry and then realized….oh yuck 🙂 The plan B looks great though!!

  53. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Yum 🙂 I love what you made! This is delicious!

  54. Reeni says:

    Buttermint!? Where have you been all my life? I’m so glad you pulled this out so I could be introduced to it! I need a batch of this ASAP!

  55. Oh the ice cream sounds awesome and I am sorry to hear about the maggots. They are just so gross!!

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  57. Nessa says:

    This looks like heaven! Yum 🙂

  58. Tessa says:

    I am totally envisioning this as tasting like the cream cheese mints they have back home at weddings and other celebrations. If so, I’m pretty sure I’d be in danger of eating the entire batch. Looks great! (and eww on the blackberries – I hate it when you realize that something is wrong after you’ve already started eating it!).

  59. grace says:

    oooh, buttermint. great idea–this is the first time i’ve seen that!

  60. This looks fantastic! Where did you get those cute pints? What a great way to store homemade ice cream!

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