I found this ice cream recipe over at The Hungry Housewife and Leslie claims that this is the most delicious ice cream she has ever tasted in her life! I'm pretty sure Leslie is from Florida (if you're not and I made that up - I'm so sorry!) where they are known for their key limes, so I figured she would know what good key lime ice cream tasted like.
I figured this would be the perfect dessert to bring to our Father's Day dinner. It was a stormy day here in Utah and we ate some AMAZING chili and this ice cream was the perfect palette cleanser after that. It took away that slight tingle your tongue has from the spicy chili.
I must admit the first bite I took of this ice cream, I couldn't decide if I liked it or not? It was extremely limey. So, I ate a few more bites, then a few more and a few more and it got better with each and every bite. I do think the chocolate is a key ingredient, it helps cut that "bite" you get from all that tartness from the limes. I ended up really liking this ice cream. It is light and refreshing. The flavor almost reminds me of lime sherbet? If you have any key lime lovers you should really make them this ice cream. This is a great Summer treat!
Key Lime Pie Ice Cream with Chocolate
adapted from: The Hungry Housewife
1 1/2 c. whole milk
3/4 c. key lime juice, fresh or bottled
1/2 c. heavy cream
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
pinch of salt
zest of 2 limes
3 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
3 sheets plain or honey graham crackers
In a large bowl, stir together the milk, key lime juice, heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk and salt. Cover and place in the fridge for two hours or until the mixture is cold. Pour into your ice cream maker and make according to manufacturers directions. Minutes before the ice cream is done add the lime zest, chocolate chips and broken up graham crackers. Remove from your ice cream makers bowl and place in a freezer safe container. Place in freezer until firm. Notes: this recipe completely fills a 1 1/2 quart ice cream maker while churning, especially when you add the chocolate chips and graham crackers.