Sweet corn bacon ice cream with cacao nibs

This sweet corn bacon ice cream with cacao nibs is sweet and creamy with salty bacon and crunchy chocolate bits throughout.
Sweet corn ice cream with bacon

When you think about corn you probably think about sweating your butt off at the grill in the middle of the summer, cooking up some burgers to serve with a nice buttered cob of corn on the side of your plate, right? At least that’s what I think of. Not spring time sweet corn and definitely not ice cream.

But, that’s exactly what we’re talking about today.

This spring time corn is a thing! Who knew?! After the brutal winter we just went through, I’ll take anything that reminds me of summertime heat, Florida sweet corn does just that. And since we’re pretending it’s summertime in April, why not have some ice cream? Especially when that ice cream involves…bacon.

Yep, you heard right.

Sweet corn and bacon ice cream

Bacon.

Every once in a while there are recipes I post on here that words just can’t convey the epicness of. They’re usually the ones where you can catch me licking fingers and attacking plates with vigor the second their photo shoot ends.

In this case, it was me, a spatula and the ice cream maker as I stood over the sink scraping up the remains frozen to the side of the ice cream bowl after churning.

Sweet corn and bacon ice cream with cacao nibs

First, there’s the custard base. For real ice cream, there’s nothing like an egg base. Do it, you won’t regret it. I know you’re annoyed that you know have 5 egg whites to deal with but stay strong my friend, it’s worth it. Then, there’s the added cream factor from the sweet corn itself. It just takes things to a whole new level with its hint of savory sweetness. Add in the salty bacon bits and crunchy chocolate cacao nibs and you’re in taste and texture heaven. Sweet + salty + crunchy. Go ahead, say it with me…eeerrmahhhgawd.

As far as I’m concerned, there won’t be much corn making it to the grill this year.

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If you’re looking for recipe ideas, facts or tips on sweet corn, Sunshine Sweet Corn has lots of great information on their website from how to cook it to the health benefits. Their Pinterest boards are also filled with tons of inspiration. You can also check out other sweet corn recipes on Kitchen Play  from some fellow bloggers.

I’m also giving away a $50 Visa gift card thanks to the Florida Sweet Corn Exchange. I will be picking a random winner to anyone who pins to my group Sweet Corn board. If you would like to be invited to pin please let me know in the comments section and I will invite you via email. I will be using the email you leave for comments so please make sure that is the same email you use for Pinterest. Also, you MUST be following my boards in order for the invite to go through. {Scroll down below the recipe to learn more about winning the gift card}

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Sweet corn bacon ice cream with cacao nibs
 
This sweet corn bacon ice cream with cacao nibs is sweet and creamy with salty bacon and crunchy chocolate bits throughout.
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Recipe type: ice cream
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sweet corn kernels
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • ½ lb. bacon, cooked and chopped
  • ⅓ cup cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. Combine the corn, heavy cream, milk, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often. Turn off heat and let sit for an hour.
  2. After an hour, transfer the mixture to a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve back into the saucepan discarding the solids.
  4. Turn the heat to medium and let the mixture heat back up.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks in a bowl.
  6. Once the mixture is hot, slowly pour about 1 cup into the egg yolks, whisking constantly.
  7. Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the sauce pan and stir over medium heat until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon or spatula.
  8. Transfer to a bowl, bring to room temperature then cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours until fully chilled.
  9. Pour the chilled mixture into your ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s directions.
  10. Add the chopped bacon and cacao nibs during the last minute of churning.
  11. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer safe container and freeze for 1-2 hours before serving.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
This sweepstakes is sponsored by the Florida Sweet Corn Exchange in partnership with Kitchen PLAY. One prize of a $50 Visa gift card will be awarded randomly to one eligible entrant. To be eligible to win, reader must request to be added to the Sweet Corn Pinterest group board maintained by Running to the Kitchen via the comments on this post. Once added to the group board, he/she must then add at least one pin featuring sweet corn to the group board during the sweepstakes period. (Pinning from the Florida Sweet Corn Pinterest board (http://www.pinterest.com/freshsweetcorn/) is allowed.)

This promotion begins at 9:00 AM ET on 04/07/2014 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on 04/14/2014. Winner will be selected randomly on 04/15/2014 from all eligible entries and notified by email. Winner must provide shipping address within 48 hours of notification, at which time a new winner will be chosen randomly from all remaining eligible entries. Odds of winning depend on final number of eligible entries. Total value of prize is $50, and no cash will be awarded in exchange for the prize.

This post is sponsored by the Florida Sweet Corn Exchange and Kitchen PLAY for their “Put a Little Sweet in Your Step” event. All content and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands I choose to work with.

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Comments

  1. 1

    says

    This looks awesome. I think the addition of the chocolate and the bacon really layer the flavor profile. I’ve had many “corn ice creams” that are pretty underwhelming. I will give it a try!!!

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      Running to the Kitchen says

      Hi Elle- apparently we need to be mutual followers in order for me to invite you, so please include a link to your Pinterest boards so I can follow you (just reply to this comment with it) and follow me on Pinterest if you don’t already that way I can send you an invite. thanks!

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