Over 4th of July weekend we had family in town, so I thought it would be the perfect time to experiment with something I’ve wanted to do for a while – flavor homemade ice cream with essential oils! There are so many combinations I’ve thought up, but I narrowed it down to 3 oils for this go-around: Cassia, Lavender, and Peppermint.
I started by making a double batch of this super easy 3-ingredient vegan chocolate ice cream recipe, then separated it into 3 different containers, leaving a couple scoops set aside just in case I overdid it with the oils. A little goes a long way with essential oils, so when using them to flavor food, it’s recommended to dip a toothpick into the oils, then stir into food. You can do this as many times as necessary until desired flavor is reached, but make sure to use a new, clean toothpick each time. Because the ice cream was melting and we were all anxious to eat, I eventually just tapped out 1 drop of each into their respective containers. That worked fine for the Cassia and Peppermint, but it was way too strong for the Lavender. Using the reserved ice cream, I added some into the Lavender mixture until the flavors were balanced. So here’s the consensus from the five people who tried it…
#3: Chocolate Lavender – Pretty good, but also pretty floral. If you’ve never experienced Lavender flavoring in food or drink before, you might be surprised at the flavor. If you achieve a good balance between the chocolate and Lavender, it can be very good, but it seemed to be a fine line. At the very least, it’s unique and something worth trying!
#2: Chocolate Peppermint – An obvious flavor combination so it was no surprise that it was good. The Peppermint was refreshing in this rich ice cream. It tasted just as you would imagine chocolate and Peppermint to taste, although not quite as good as a York patty (yum!) in my opinion.
#1: Chocolate Cassia – This ended up being a surprise favorite. My sister said it reminded her of a Mexican Mocha – that’s a good thing! Cassia is very similar to Cinnamon and although strong itself, it tends to be milder than Cinnamon. Aside from tasting and smelling good, Cassia is also known to help promote healthy digestion, so it’s a good one to add to food! Sweet chocolate with spicy Cassia made for a great combination – I definitely recommend it!
If only making one batch of flavored ice cream, you would want to add the oil(s) to taste before pouring into your ice cream maker. Or if you do add oils afterwards like I did, I would recommend re-freezing the ice cream before eating as air temp and stirring can cause the ice cream to soften more than you may like.
Other flavor combos I plan on trying in the future: Coconut Lime, Wild Orange & Vanilla, Honey Lavender, Lemon-Lime Sorbet…so many options!
Important Note: Always be sure to use essential oils that are labeled as safe to ingest. dōTERRA has gone through the FDA process to determine if an oil can be considered a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) ingredient to be used as a food additive. Each bottle of dōTERRA oil states whether it is for aromatic, topical or dietary use. Those that can be used for dietary use will also have the Supplement Facts info on the bottle. Please use caution with other brands of essential oils and take the time to find out if they are safe for consumption before using.
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