While we briefly considered putting a few on a dessert pizza, I knew I could rise to the BOH challenge. My initial idea was ice cream, but I had to figure out how to incorporate the candy. Chopped & mixed in to almost-frozen, churning ice cream would create little hard chunks...not good. I didn't think they would melt very well, either. But then, after browsing around online, I had a BRILLIANT idea...freeze several candies for about 10 minutes, just until they are hard enough to blitz to a powder in the Vitamix, then slowly melt the powder into the hot custard as it thickened.
AND IT WORKED.
Damn, I love that VEETAmix.
Bit-O-Honey Ice Cream
makes about 1 quart
6 Bit-O-Honey candies
(unwrapped, frozen, blitzed to a powder & kept cold)
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
pinch of Kosher salt
5 large egg yolks
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, cold
- Stir together the milk, sugar, honey, and salt in a medium saucepan and heat just until the honey & sugar dissolve and you see little bubbles forming around the edge.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Pour this mixture back into the pan.
- Stirring constantly, heat the custard over medium heat until it thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon. As you do this, slowing add in the Bit-O-Honey powder so that it melts into the custard.
- Strain the mixture into a small bowl. Stir in the heavy cream. Chill until cold, then churn in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.