It may be fall, but you would never know it here in LA. It was 111 today! Ugh! My craving for hot apple cider is totally out the window. Instead, I busted out the ice cream maker. In the little town I grew up in, there was a TCBY in the big outlet mall about 40 minutes from my house. And there they had the most amazing Cotton Candy Ice Cream. I only had it a few times before I moved away, but I never forgot that wonderful flavor. This is the closest I could come to replicating it.
Take 2 c. of half n half and pour in 1/2 c. of Cotton Candy syrup
Squirt in a couple drops of blue food coloring to give in that nice cotton candy color. Then stir in the vanilla. I used clear vanilla because I didn't want it to affect the color, but you can certainly use the regular. Put the mixture in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
The next step is going to depend on which ice cream machine you have. I use a Cuisenart.
10-15 minutes later, you should have this!
Eat it right away or store it in an airtight container and place it the freezer.
Cotton Candy Ice Cream
2 c. half n half
1/2 c. cotton candy syrup (I used Paragon Molta Premium from Amazon)
1 tsp. vanilla extract*
2 drops blue gel food coloring
Measure out the half n half and pour in the cotton candy syrup
Stir in the food coloring and the vanilla extract
Let sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours
Set up your ice cream machine and pour in the cream mixture
Mix as per the instructions on your ice cream maker
10-15 minutes later you will have yummy Cotton Candy Ice Cream!
*You can get clear vanilla extract at any cake shop. Be sure to get Wilton because some of the other brands I've tried have a strong alcohol flavor.