From the monthly archives:

August 2010

Sonic Ice Cream Review and Giveaway

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on August 9, 2010

Sonic sent me a gift card last month so that my friends and I could go celebrate National Ice Cream month at a Sonic Drive In. You can win your own ice cream social too!  Just leave a comment on this post with your favorite malt or milkshake flavor and in a week I’ll randomly select a winner.

Now onto the Review

Sonic Ice Cream Review

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Sonic. When I used to live in Texas we would visit Sonic fairly frequently for a burger and a Limeade. On a hot summer day in Texas not much tasted better than a frozen drink.

Visiting Sonic this time for an ice cream social it was hard to decide what to get. I was hoping that they would have a peach malt flavor — my very first Sonic was on a road trip down to Mexico and we stopped at Sonic and had these amazing Peach shakes. But this time of year the special ice cream flavor wasn’t peach, but in fact S’More.

That’s right, they have a new Sonic S’More Campfire Blast. Of course I had to try one of these.  Here are my thoughts:

First of all – it’s huge. There is more than enough ice cream in this for two regular people (or one ice cream lover.) There are little chocolate covered marshmallows throughout the ice cream which are quite tasty. It always bugs me when ice cream shops don’t blend enough topping in – and Sonic put in just the right amount. There were little chocolate covered marshmallows in every single bite.

I also was a fan of the graham cracker ice cream. Sonic uses real ice cream – though I think the graham cracker flavor is some sort of syrup mix in. I think a flavor like this can go either way – but in fact this one was excellent. The texture was good. The flavor was distinctly graham cracker ice cream.

Overall I was a fan of the S’More Sonic Ice Cream.

While at Sonic I also tried one of the Strawberry Limeades with an ice cream mix in. I’m fairly confident that I used to drink these in Texas (and I know I like the similar drink at Dairy Queen). But for some reason this Ice Cream with Strawberry Limeade just wasn’t all that good. Frankly it was too sour – I’m not quite sure what was going on because I sampled someone else in our group’s regular Strawberry Limeade and it was great – but with the ice cream it just wasn’t very good.  Maybe it was a bad mix or maybe I just remembered incorrectly.

Overall, I would definitely give Sonic a try for ice cream. Their Sonic Blasts are very good as are their malts and milkshakes.

Remember – comment below to win your own Free Sonic Ice Cream Social. Winners will be drawn in 1 week.


Sweetened Condensed Milk Ice Cream Recipe & WIN Awesome Prizes

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on August 5, 2010

Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk sent me an awesome gift basket in celebration of July being National Ice Cream moth.

Now you can win one of these baskets too. 3 commenters who leave a comment on this post with their favorite homemade ice cream flavor will be randomly selected to win (US only please.)

Here’s what’s in the basket – everything you need to make ice cream (including a gift card to be able to buy the cream):

  • Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (low fat, nonfat, and regular)
  • Three types of toppings or mix-ins
  • An ice cream scoop
  • Two types of ice cream container holders (to keep ice cream cold on a picnic)
  • an Awesome collapsible picnic basket

So just leave a comment below in the next two weeks to be entered to win.

Sweetened Condensed Milk Ice Cream Recipe

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk – Eagle Brand
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder – the higher quality the cocoa you use the better it will taste (I use an organic cocoa from my local coop)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Then all you have to do is heat the sweetened condensed milk over medium heat, add the cocoa powder and stir until well incorporated. I like to stir constantly for about 10 minutes to thicken the mixture slightly.

Then cool the milk/cocoa mixture for about 4-8 hours. Add the cream and vanilla and either cool in refrigerator for another few hours or pour into your ice cream maker and freeze.

That’s it – you’ll have some of the most amazing chocolate ice cream you will have ever tasted.

Don’t forget to enter to win the Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk basket!  Just leave a comment below before August 19 and you’ll be entered to win!

Do you have any sweetened condensed milk ice cream recipes that you like to make?