The idea for the flavor came from a recipe for mint soft-serve ice cream that's in page 20 of the Cuisinart Instruction Booklet (for soft-serve ice cream maker). Having tried the recipe and stirring in grated Wilton Dark Cocoa Mint Candy Melts, I figured the flavors can transfer to a pudding recipe. The ingredients for the ice cream are as follows:
1 cup whole milk, well chilledThe boxed instant vanilla pudding, which I had on hand, listed the following ingredients for the normal recipe:
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 cups heavy cream, well chilled
1 teaspoon mint extract (may use peppermint or spearmint)
4-5 drops green or pink food coloring
1 package instant pudding powderIn assessing suitable amounts of additions, I considered the following factors:
2 cups of milk [Whisk into pudding powder for 2 minutes.]
- The pudding fluids amounted to 2/3 of the ice cream ingredients.
- The ice cream contains lots of air, thus, spreading out mint flavoring by volume.
- The pudding powder already contains sugar.
- 1 package instant pudding powder
- 2 cups of nonfat milk
- 1/2 teaspoon spearmint extract
- 4 drops green food coloring
- 2 ounces grated Wilton Dark Cocoa Mint Candy Melts, replaceable with chocolate chips, minty or otherwise
- Whisk the powder and milk for two minutes.
- Add the extract.
- Add the food coloring, one drop at a time. More on that later.
- Stir in the grated candy. Otherwise, you can add Hershey's or Nestle mint chocolate chips, which you might find either at your supermarket.
- Pour into 4 containers. Sprinkle some candies or chips on top if you like. Eat now or store in fridge for consumption later.
Good that I guessed right to not put in a whole teaspoon of the extract. As for the food coloring, I wish I had thought earlier to try the blue food coloring, a drap at a time, as the pudding started out vanilla yellowy. Y'know, blue and yellow make green. Oh, well, next time.
I stirred in candy melts, which I had grated and stored in the fridge awhile back. I did experiment with a few regular-sized chocolate chips for bouyancy. I spooned a very small sample of the mixed pudding into a paper cup and stirred in the chips. The pudding had thickened up enough during whisking so that the chips did not sink to the bottom. (Yay!)