Conversation Heart Dessert Ice Cream @dessertfortwo

First, I’ll start with all of your questions.

Q: Do the conversation hearts get soggy in the ice cream?

A: No, they do not.

Q: Are you for real with this?

A: Yes yes, very much so.

Valentine's Dessert Recipes

Valentine’s Day is the best time of year for candy! I never really get into Christmas candy much, because it’s usually very chocolate-centric. I’m a fruity candy person, all the way. And while conversation hearts are probably as far away from real fruit as you can get, I still love the orange and lime ones best.

So, as soon as I see Conversation Hearts, I grab ’em. I also grab: sour cherry balls, cinnamon hearts, and festive Valentine’s M&Ms for making cookies and brownies.

You only need 3 ingredients to make this ice cream. Well, 4 because I forgot to photograph the vanilla extract.

Conversation Heart No Churn Ice Cream

Yes, yes–hell has frozen over. I finally succumbed to the no-churn ice cream method using sweetened condensed milk. I avoided it for a long time because sweetened condensed milk has such a strong flavor, but I finally found a brand that I like. It’s Trader Joe’s (of course).

So, good people:  this is a 7 ounce bag of tiny conversation hearts. Chop all of it up except for a few handfuls. Put the extras in the pocket of your favorite jacket. So, like 5 ounces or so? You can estimate. Just don’t add the entire bag, ok?

Tiny Conversation Hearts

Then, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. I used a hand mixer because 2 cups is a lot of cream to mix by hand.

Conversation Hearts Ice Cream Recipe

Stir the hearts into the condensed milk, along with a fat tablespoon of vanilla extract. Sorry I didn’t snap a photo of that. Then, gently fold in the cream.

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Some of the smaller pieces of hearts will dissolve and color the ice cream base a lovely shade of peach.

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Gently fold in the whipped cream using the proper folding technique: through the middle with the skinny part of the spatula, and then sweep the outside edges of the bowl. It takes a long time to fold properly, but if you stir it all together like a mad woman, it won’t be as fluffy. Trust.

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Scrape it into a bread loaf pan (this recipe makes just 1 pint of ice cream), press wax paper directly on the surface (a little tip I picked up from The Kitchn), and freeze for at least 8 hours.

Serve it with more conversation hearts because enough is never enough!

Yield: 1

Conversation Heart Ice Cream

Conversation Heart Ice Cream
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces tiny conversation hearts, chopped
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Stir the chopped candy into the sweetened condensed milk in a small bowl. Add the vanilla.
  2. Next, beat the cream until stiff peaks form.
  3. Fold the milk and candy mixture gently into the whipped cream.
  4. Scrape the mixture into a loaf pan, cover with wax paper, and freeze for at least 8 hours.