After I made the Strawberry Pretzel Ice Cream Pie earlier this summer I couldn’t get the pretzel ice cream out of my mind. I love salty-sweet flavor combinations and when you combine that with ice cream, it’s a winning dessert for sure. Chocolate covered pretzels are one of my favorite guilty pleasure snacks, so it seemed natural to use them as inspiration for some Chocolate Covered Pretzel Ice Cream.
The ice cream base is steeped for a few minutes in some toasted pretzels to ensure that there is pretzel flavor in every bite. I’ll admit that I was a little skeptical if this would work, but it’s amazing how clearly the pretzel flavor comes through. Some chocolate covered pretzels are folded in for some added crunch and flavor. If you’re a fan of chocolate covered pretzels then you have to give this a try!
- 3 cups pretzels
- 1 cup whole milk
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups chocolate covered pretzels, chopped into bite sized pieces
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Place the pretzels on a baking sheet and cook for about 15 minutes until lightly toasted. Set aside.
- Heat the milk, sugar, and 1 cup of cream in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is warm. Place the toasted pretzels in a bowl and pour the warm milk mixture over the pretzels. Cover and let the flavors steep for about 5 minutes, then pour the milk through a fine mesh sieve back into the pot. Gently press on the soggy pretzels to extract as much of the flavored milk as possible.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks. Slowly pour about 1 cup of the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 170 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
- Pour the custard through a fine mesh sieve into another bowl. Stir in the remaining cup of cream, then add the vanilla and stir until smooth and well combined. Chill in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Once chilled, freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. After churning, stir in the chopped chocolate covered pretzels and freeze until firm.