Is your ice cream scoop looking more like an ice cream soup? While we all know that simply putting melted ice cream in the freezer will never return it to its creamy, churny glory, all’s not lost yet.
In fact, that melted sweet cream can lead you down lots of delicious paths. Earlier we wrote about baked goods that use up liquified ice cream. Today we’re sharing ideas for hot drinks where melting is basically assumed, even required.
Before we dive into that melty tub, a word on food safety – foods can stay safe for several days or more as long as they’re kept at 40 degrees or below. So, if your ice cream melted because you left it out at an event, as long as the warmest parts stayed at 40 degrees or less, or didn’t exceed that temperature for more than a couple hours, the ice cream should still be safe to use. It’s also find to put melted ice cream back in the freezer until you’re ready for it.
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Copycat Vanilla Frappuccino
Want a frappaccino without the trip to Starbucks? Hey Joe Coffee shows you how. Hint: if you have a blender, some melted ice cream and some milk, you’re almost there.
Ice Cream Espresso Affogato
“Affogato” means drowned in Italian and that’s just what the espresso does to ice cream in this classic, indulgent drink (or is it a dish?). Since you’ll be pouring hot liquid over the ice cream anyway, it won’t matter that it’s melted. The Forked Spoon has more, including tips on adulting it up with a flavored liqueur, and a note that you can use regular old coffee if that’s all you’ve got.
Hot Buttered Rum
This rich drink looks fancy, but can also come together as soon as you can heat some water. The secret? Ahead of time, you make a batter of butter, ice cream, sugar and spices, which you stash in the freezer until you need something adult to sip by the fire, or a decadent drink to offer to guests. Stir up a few scoops of batter, some rum and some hot water. All you need next is a cozy arm chair. The Fresh Cooky has the recipe.
Super rich hot chocolate
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Fill a mug with melted ice cream, milk and a couple spoonfuls of powdered cocoa and you’re on your way to a rich winter treat. Customize the flavor with add-ins like cinnamon and vanilla. Play with the ratios until you find something just right for your tastes.
You don’t need to eat ice cream every day; only on the days that you eat.