Living in the desert has it’s perks. You never have to drive in snow, we have multiple water parks, and you can totally get away with eating ice cream all the time in the summer.
We love to cool down after a ridiculously hot summer day with a few scoops of ice cream-especially right now, during National Ice Cream Month- but Justin and I always suffer the consequences if we have more than just a little bit. We’re both lactose intolerant, so having too much ice cream quickly gives us both a stomachache that can last the rest of the night. Luckily, I just discovered that Lactaid makes ice cream!
Last week, I picked up the brand new LACTAID® Berry Chocolate Crumble Ice Cream, which includes ripe pureed berries and rich chocolate crumble together in a creamy ice cream. I’m not typically big on berries in my ice cream, but the two flavors went really well together! I still couldn’t resist getting a quart of the LACTAID® Cookies & Cream Ice Cream, though, since Cookies & Cream has always been my favorite.
The LACTAID® Berry Chocolate Crumble Ice Cream is one of two new flavors in the LACTAID® ice cream lineup, along with Salted Caramel Chip Ice Cream, which I’m definitely trying next. All of the LACTAID® ice creams are completely lactose free, but since it’s made with 100% real milk and cream, it is still delicious, rich, and creamy. Other flavors already available include Butter Pecan, Chocolate, and Vanilla.
For an even more delicious treat, try this delicious snickerdoodle ice cream sandwich recipe from TV chef Melissa D’Arabian:
Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches
- 1/4 cup butter
- ¼ cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ¾ cups flour
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 cups LACTAID® Salted Caramel Chip Ice Cream
- Your choice of: (optional) Sprinkles, Crushed Pretzels, Dark Chocolate Chips, Toffee Bits, Mini Marshmallows, Crushed Oreos, Crushed Graham Crackers
- Melt the butter in a microwave in 20-second intervals.
- Allow to cool completely, then whisk in the eggs and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugars, flour, shortening, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just incorporated.
- Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
- Mix sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Scoop the dough using a ¼ cup ice cream scoop or cup measurer.
- Flatten with the palm of your hand, then coat the cookie in cinnamon sugar.
- Bake for 7-8 minutes on a greased baking sheet.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Place baking sheet in freezer.
- Bring ice cream out of freezer to soften for 2 minutes.
- Prepare any toppings by placing them in shallow bowls.
- Working quickly: Lay one cookie top side down on a baking sheet. Using 1/3 cup ice cream scoop, scoop ice cream onto the cookie. Top with second cookie, pushing down lightly until the ice cream reaches the edges. Roll in desired toppings. Place on baking sheet in the freezer. Repeat.
- Serve immediately, or wrap individually in plastic wrap for longer-term storage.
Want some more fun ways to celebrate National Ice Cream Month? Try these ideas:
-Create a topping bar! While the ice cream will be the main attraction, make sure to stock up on some classic toppings, in addition to some trendy ones. Sprinkles and cherries are great, but why not try throw in some hot and spicy nuts, crushed waffle cones and fruity cereal for a twist.
-Ice, ice, baby. Make sure to stock enough ice to keep your ice cream cartons cool if on display or store them in a nice, stainless cooler to reduce the likelihood of ice cream soup!
-Mix up vintage and modern. Have some great vintage spoons you never have an excuse to break out? An ice cream social is the perfect opportunity to show a mix of old-school accessories with modern favorites.
You can find LACTAID® ice creams at many grocery stores nationwide and at most Walmart stores- check out the store locator to find it near you! &If you’re looking for more great lactose-free recipes, try the recipe converter from LACTAID® to find out how to make your favorite recipes lactose intolerant-friendly!
Do you know someone who is lactose intolerant?