Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Ice Cream

I bought an ice cream machine earlier in the summer with high hopes of getting a lot of use out of it. Welllll…before this post I had only used it one time. So, I decided to break it out of the box stuffed in my closet and try another recipe out. I am guilty of eating peanut butter with a spoon right out of the jar. I originally had the intention to just make peanut butter ice cream. Then half way through the process I noticed a bag of Snackwell 100 calorie pack chocolate covered pretzels and decided to throw them in.

Normally, ice cream recipes call for whole milk and whipping cream. I just can’t bring myself to use these ingredients and never have them on hand so just used 2% milk and half and half cream. 

What you need:

1 cup peanut butter

1 1/4 cup milk (any variation–I used 2%)

2 cups of half and half cream (1 pint)

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate covered pretzels (optional)

Step 1:

Melt the peanut butter in a sauce pan 

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Step 2:

Take the sauce pan off the burner (make sure you do this–I forgot for a second and burned the milk) and add in the milk and cream. Then wisk in the sugar and vanilla. Place mixture in a bowl and then cover and refrigerate overnight. 

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Step 3:

After the mixture has been refrigerated overnight it’s time to let the ice cream machine do its magic. Pour the mixture into the machine and use according to the manufacturer’s instructions (mine says around 20 minutes). 

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Now, if you are using pretzels or any other type of topping pour them in during the last 30 seconds or so of the churning process.

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Once the churning process is completed put the ice cream into a freezer safe container for a few hours to let it set and achieve the right texture. 

Ok, so I did not take a picture of the final product because I didn’t feel like it did justice to how good it tasted (probably because I was too impatient to let it sit in the freezer for long enough before I tried it). The combination of the creamy peanut butter and crunch of the pretzels was so good! 

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