You may find me strange, but as a kid I actually liked Oscar the Grouch! I found him hilarious! I did like Cookie Monster as well, but since he is getting all the attention lately, I thought I would give Oscar some well deserved love! So here it is, Oscar the Grouch Ice Cream!
You can add mint extract if you desire more of a minty flavour, I used a splash of vanilla instead since I don’t usually have mint extract on hand. For the cookies, I cut them in quarters, Oreos can make ice cream look not so pretty if you crush them; you may if you desire.
I did use food colouring for this recipe, I wanted to make it really green to match Oscar, but that would take a lot of dye and I didn’t want to add all that colour. If you have a natural food colour option, then I suppose you can go darker than I did. In person, it was a tad bit darker than in the photo’s, but you cannot tell. It perfectly matched the filling of the cookies though, so that was nice.
You can get more creative if you are making this for a child’s party. I couldn’t find anything Oscar related at the store. I am sure you can find stuff to print online; you can get toppers, wrappers for ice cream bowls, etc. You can add ‘eyes’ to the ice cream when serving or whatever you think goes.
You will need an ice cream maker for this recipe; make sure your bowl is frozen for 24 hours.
What you will need:
- 1 and 3/4 cups whipping cream (35% fat)
- 1 cup 2% or 3.25% milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- dash of salt
- green food colouring
- small splash of vanilla extract
- 8-10 mint cream filled cookies such as Oreos + more for topping
In a mixing bowl, combine the cream, milk, sugar, salt and extract. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Add food colouring to the ice cream batter. Pour into the ice cream bowl and churn for 20-25 minutes.
While the ice cream is churning, cut up cookies in quarter pieces. When ice cream has thickened and turned into ice cream, gently stir in the cookie pieces.
Transfer into a freezer safe container and freeze for one hour before serving. Top with extra cookie pieces when serving. Enjoy!
Stays fresh in the freezer for one week.
If you are having a children’s party it would be fun to make a variety of ice creams.
For Cookie Monster ice cream follow the same recipe for the base, instead use blue food colouring and use chocolate chip cookies and regular Oreo cookies.
For Big Bird ice cream follow the same recipe for the base, use yellow food colouring, banana flavoured extract and golden Oreos or Nilla cookies. I often make this and kids of all ages love it! I had planned on posting the recipe, maybe I will another time.