Taste the Rainbow Ice Cream {AKA Skittles Ice Cream}

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Taste the Rainbow Ice Cream {AKA Skittles ice cream}. Did you just do a double take there? You read correct. I made Skittles ice cream for day two of #icecreamweek. You know who else made Skittles ice cream? Jen from Juanita’s Cocina and Carla from Chocolate Moosey.

The idea derived from Jen’s love (verging on obsession) of the rainbow colored treat. The girl has a skittles addiction. Does anyone know of a Skittles Anonymous group? Just kidding. I don’t think it’s that bad… yet. I thought, why not turn this glorious fruit flavored treat into something everyone loves. So, here it is in all of its frozen glory.

In order to get the Skittles flavor imparted into the ice cream, I melted the candies into a simple syrup and added it to the ice cream custard base. It was all very easy.

This ice cream tastes just like you’re eating a bag of Skittles, except it’s frozen and creamy. I even crushed up some Skittles and folded them into the ice cream for an extra boost of fruity flavor. It looks like rainbow confetti running through the pale pink ice cream. Super cute, right?

Kids are going to love this Taste the Rainbow Ice Cream! If I were a kid, and this ice cream were an option at a creamery, I would totally pick it. It just screams fun.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow. I’ll be here all week serving up scoops of the frozen stuff.

Taste the Rainbow Ice Cream {AKA Skittles Ice Cream}

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Skittles
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

Skittles Syrup:

  1. Add Skittles and water to a sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until Skittles melt and mixture becomes thick and bubbly, about 4 minutes. Strain skittles syrup and set aside.

Custard:

  1. In a large bowl, add 1 cup of heavy cream and place a mesh strainer on top.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the egg yolks and whisk to combine.
  3. Heat the milk and 1/2 cup of heavy cream in a medium saucepan, just until the mixture is hot to the touch (do not boil).
  4. Slowly pour the heated milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Add the egg mixture back to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Pour the mixture through the strainer and stir into the cream. Add the vanilla extract and Skittles syrup, stir to combine.
  5. Place the mixture in an airtight container and chill completely before churning, at least 8 hours.
  6. Add 1/4 cup crushed Skittles to a plastic bag. Using a rolling pin or meat mallet, crush Skittles until they become a fine crumble.
  7. When the mixture is completely chilled, place it in your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When the ice cream is finished churning, stir in your crushed Skittles with a rubber spatula. Place ice cream in an airtight container and freeze. 
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