I’m not an avid consumer of mint related confectionaries or mash-ups of chocolate and mint, especially chocolate chip-mint ice cream. The combination is not bad but definitely not great. The pharmacy green-hued chocolate chip-mint ice cream was also a big turnoff whenever I hit up ice cream shops in the younger days. However during this holiday season I ran into a sweet treat that actually inspired me to make mint ice cream. That would be Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe Joe’s.
These candy cane-studded filled oreo knockoffs were calling out to me to be crushed into ice cream like an oreo mcflurry. Last time I had that was about eight years ago (scary!) and I remember how good the oreo chunks and bits were in the soft ice cream. The only problem was that there wasn’t enough oreos in the mix. There would be none of that nonsense in my version. And since I surprisingly found these minty Joes Joe’s rather enjoyable I ran with it and decided to make a mint flavored ice cream. At least if I still wasn’t feelin the mint ice cream deal I knew Boy would be there to finish the pint since chocolate chip-mint is one of his favorite ice cream flavors. But the ice cream turned out rather delicious – creamy, generously cookie studded and refreshingly minty. And most definitely not green. I added some dark chocolate chips in there too. Best served with the Candy Cane Joe Joe’s on the side for some extra oomph.