Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Fine Balance

It just keeps getting better and better. Tonight I made double chocolate peanut butter ice cream and took it one step further by tossing in chunks of peanut butter cups. Striking the right balance can lead to perfection and this came pretty darn close.

This is why I love Haagen Daz more than Ben & Jerry's. B&J overdoes the extras, while HD manages a nice balance of ice cream and extras, which leaves me wanting for more. I was concerned this batch of ice cream would get excessive if I added chunks of PB cups since there was already a double dose of chocolate (the remainder of the Scharffen Berger bar and cocoa powder) plus the creaminess and richness of all-natural peanut butter drizzled in. But fortunately it worked!

Next time though, I'll use Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, my favourite mass-produced chocolate bar, instead of Trader Joe's. The practical side of me knew I'd get more bang for my buck if I bought the Trader Joe's branded 16 ounce container from the specialty grocery store chain versus individually packaged Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Now I have lots of leftover PB cups to nibble on when I'm not getting fat on ice cream.

Speaking of...somebody please tell me to put down my spoon *right now* as I'm starting to feel a bit sick from eating too many scoops of this chocolaty-peanuty fineness. All you people on diets out there, you're missing out!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Win, Lose, A Draw

The two chocolate ice creams battled to a draw and were devoured by the Oscar party-goers. (Thanks Annika for hosting!). It was difficult to determine which was the party favourite. My friend Jason, a food connaiseur in his own right, preferred the "Harvey Milk Chocolate" because it was just like biting into a piece of dark chocolate. I, on the other hand, loved "Mud Chocolate Wrestling" since it tasted exactly what chocolate ice cream should be like - creamy, velvety and not too dense or over-powering. Good thing Sean Penn won the Oscar for playing Harvey Milk because I awarded the Oscar for Best Ice Cream to the other one, "Mud Chocolate Wrestling." I wonder if Mickey would agree...