Make Your Own Flavor
- HIJINX ice cream mix
- 1 ½ cups half & half*
- Your favorite flavoring ingredients
- Warm the half & half over medium heat or microwave for 30 - 60 seconds (do not boil).
- Using a blender, combine one packet of HIJINX ice cream powder with the half & half* and and your chosen ingredients. Blend for one minute or until thoroughly combined.
- Let the mixture rest for 30 minutes on your counter.
- Transfer to a freezer-safe container with an airtight lid.
- Freeze for 3-6 hours. Enjoy!
*Amount of half & half may vary depending on the use and type of additional liquids. See FAQ's.
HANDY EXTRAS YOU MIGHT WANT:
- Any mix-ins you'd like (mix-ins refer to any non-liquid such as candy, nuts, wasabi, Hot Cheetos, jelly, etc.)
- Any mix-ins whose flavor you'd like to transfer to milk. For example, you can transfer the flavor of cereal to your half & half, to create cereal milk ice cream.
- Any liquids you'd like to add (coffee, tea, wine, liquor, etc.). Concentrates (like strongly-brewed coffee or fruit preserves) make for a stronger flavor!
- An airtight container
HOW TO HIJINX
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HIJINX FLAVOR
- Why should I warm the half & half? Hijinx doesn't dissolve well in cold milk right out of the fridge. Warm your half & half in the microwave in 30 second intervals, until warm. Do not boil!
- How much half & half do I need? It depends. If you're just adding powdered ingredients, hard liquor, or mix-ins, you'll generally use 1.5 cups of half & half. If you're adding other liquids like juices, coffees, teas, wine, or beer, you typically want to add only 1 cup of half & half (otherwise, you run the risk of icy ice cream due to the high water content). Consult the table below for specific measurements.
- What happens if I add water instead of half & half? Nothing "bad" will happen, we promise! With water, your result won't have the creaminess of typical ice cream, but it'll certainly be a delicious and refreshing frozen dessert--just a slightly different texture. If you like a more sorbet-esque texture, go ahead and just add water.
- If I'm adding straight liquor (not wine or beer), do I need to reduce the amount of half & half? Nope--just add 2oz of your desired liquor.
- Can I add more than 2oz of liquor? Or more than ½ cups of wine? We know you want to get a bang for your bowl, so to speak. However, due to the high freezing point of alcohol, too much of it may make it difficult for your ice cream to freeze. AKA, Soup City U.S.A.
- Why half & half? Can I use an alternative milk? A bit of fat makes the ice cream, well, creamy! Half & half has the perfect amount of fat. If you don't have that, then oat, pea, rice, or whole milk all work. A lower-fat option like almond milk might make your ice cream too icy and hard.
- When do I add solid mix-ins? Any fruit pieces, nuts, candy, etc. should be added to your mixture after blending. Gently stir to incorporate.
- When do I add syrups and jellies? Before you blend, UNLESS you'd like a jam or caramel swirl. In that case, swirl it through your mixture after blending.
- When do I add powdered mix-ins (like wasabi or curry powder)? Before you blend. We want this to be incorporated into the base flavor.
- When do I add other liquids? Before blending!
- Why should I use a liquid concentrate? What even IS a concentrate? A concentrate is a non-diluted version of a liquid (AKA a stronger, less water-y version). Using concentrates makes fora stronger flavor in the end! For example, instead of using regular coffee, try strongly-brewed or cold brew concentrate. For something like fruit, preserves will provide a stronger taste than using the fruit itself.
- I want my base flavor to taste like a particular snack (bubblegum, cotton candy, Sour Patch, Cheetos), but I don't want it to be grainy. How do I do this? We call this "transferring the flavor" (sounds legit, right?). Essentially, it means we can simply infuse half & half with ANY snack's flavor--without the grit you get when you just throw a piece of candy into the blender. For example, you can transfer the flavor of cereal to your half & half, to create cereal milk (the same way you probably drink the leftover milk from your cereal bowl--because it tastes like that sugary, delicious Cap'n Crunch!). All you need to do is soak your snack in warm half & half for 20 mins, then strain out the pieces. There you have it!
- What container do I need? Any airtight container is great! Ensure that it is, in fact, airtight, or else you'll get icy ice cream.
- Why should I let my ice cream rest before freezing? Let the mixture rest for 30 minutes on your counter at room temperature. Don't skip this step as this allows the gums to hydrate and do their magic, resulting in a creamy ice cream.
- How long will my ice cream take to freeze? Typically, 3-6 hours. However, not all freezers are the same. The back of the freezer is the coldest, so when in doubt, place your ice cream in the back for a quicker freeze.
GUIDELINES FOR INGREDIENTS TO FLAVORED MAKE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM: