Great even late – part two: ice ice cream

Ice ice baby! We’ve got two ice cream competitions on this Game Night – vanilla, and a choose-your-own-flavor.

See part one of this game night with the chicken competition here.

Game Night 06-19-15 (Part Two): Ice Ice Baby

The contenders:

  • Tara Nudi with Vanilla, and Peaches and Cream with Bananas Foster 
  • Brian Senesac with Vanilla, and Strawberry Mango
  • Kristi LaMonica with Vanilla, and Salted Caramel

The judges:

  • Teresa Behers 
  • Sarah Hodges
  • Alan Nudi
  • Erin Nudi
  • Jennifer Nudi
  • Ryan Nudi
  • Melissa Severson

Judged on:

  • Presentation (10%)
  • Mouthfeel (20%)
  • Texture (10%)
  • Structural Integrity (10%)
  • Overall Flavor (50%)

Up first, the vanilla.

Final score out of 400 points:

  • Tara’s vanilla: 323
  • Brian’s vanilla: 315
  • Kristi’s vanilla: 257

Tara’s vanilla:

Brian’s vanilla:

Kristi’s vanilla:

Comments from judges:

  • “[Kristi’s] is icier than the other two – too high water content.”
  • “[Kristi’s] is too icy but love the flavor!”
  • “[Tara’s] has a great creaminess, and love the vanilla beans.”
  • “[Brian’s] is too eggnog-y, not enough vanilla.”
  • “[Brian’s] has a great creaminess, and I like that it’s not just vanilla.”

For me, I liked all of them. Presentation-wise I loved the vanilla beans with Tara’s, but flavor-wise I liked Brian’s the best. I don’t know why, because I’m not actually a big eggnog fan. For me, it just seemed to have a buttery feel to it that added something extra without being overpowering.

Tara’s vanilla:

“I just whipped the cream, added some vanilla extract, some vanilla bean paste, and seeds from the one giant vanilla bean – seriously it was twice the size of the others in the package – to sweetened condensed milk and folded it together.”

Brian’s vanilla:

“I made homemade vanilla with vanilla sticks, 2 cups heavy cream, 1 can sweetened condensed milk. I whipped until it had waves and froze for 24 hours.”

Kristi’s vanilla:

“Mine was custard based – 1 cup heavy cream, 2 cups half and half, 3/4 cup sugar, 6 egg yolks, homemade vanilla extracted in 40% vodka, along with the vanilla beans. I made the custard, chilled overnight, then churned int he ice cream maker.”

Next up – the flavored ice cream!

Final score out of 350* points:

*We had one less judge for this one.

  • Tara’s ice cream: 253 
  • Brian’s ice cream: 245
  • Kristi’s ice cream: 179

Tara’s peaches and cream ice cream with bananas foster:

Brian’s strawberry mango ice cream:

Kristi’s salted caramel ice cream:

Comments from judges:

  • “I love the flavor of [Tara’s], but as I eat more it’s maybe a little too sweet.”
  • “Love the fresh strawberry flavor of [Brian’s!] – spot on!”
  • “Texture of [Kristi’s] is awesome, but the flavor was kind of overwhelming.”

Me? I didn’t really like any of them. Ha! I’m a tough crowd dessert-wise. I liked the vanillas, but these were too much. Tara’s and Kristi’s were both way too sweet for me. Brian’s wasn’t bad, but I thought it wasn’t strawberry-y enough. I agree with the one judge that Kristi’s had the best texture.

Tara’s ice cream comes from PickyPalate.com, and she added a bananas foster touch with butter, brown sugar, bananas, and a bit of rum extract.

Brian’s ice cream consisted of 2 cups whipping cream, 1 cup sweetened condensed milk, 1 mango, and 20 large strawberries. Like the vanilla, he whipped until it had waves, and froze for 24 hours.

Kristi’s ice cream included caramel with sugar and a bit of water and flake salt added. As with the vanilla, she chilled overnight and churned in the ice cream maker.

Up next game night: There are rumors of a breakfast sandwich!