This post is about making the perfect Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Gift Basket by using this Holiday Gift Guide!
Christmas has come and gone.
New Year’s has come and gone.
Now we are onto one of my other favorite holidays… ok, ok, do I really have a fav?! I love them all!
All about love, pink, and happiness! This holiday is so much fun to celebrate.
This year I wanted to put together a cute DIY Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Gift Basket and it’s filled with all the best things!
Below I will talk about all the things it took to make this Ice Cream Gift Basket along with a really delicious Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe.
This recipe contains two major ingredients, Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract and Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste.
By using the finest pure and natural vanilla products, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas makes the vanilla bean ice cream taste so flavorful!
They source their beans from Madagascar, Mexico, and Tahiti and ensure that each bean meets the Nielsen-Massey Vanillas strict quality standards (all products are kosher, GMO-free, gluten-free, allergen-free, and all-natural).
Fun fact, Nielsen-Massey has recently designed five new and exclusive baking mixes that you can find at William and Sonoma! These baking mixes include:
Madagascar Vanilla Quick Bread Mix
Gluten-Free Vanilla Cookie Mix
Bourbon Vanilla Bundt Cake Mix
Which one are you going to try first?
- Ice Cream Bowls | 2. Ice Cream Scoop | 3. Waffle Cones | 4. Valentine Sprinkles | 5. Pink Candy Melts | 6. Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste | 7. Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract | 8. Conversation Hearts Candy | 9. Ice Cream Spoons | 10. Basket
HOW TO MAKE A VALENTINE’S DAY ICE CREAM GIFT BASKET
First, you need to gather all the staples.
I grabbed a basket and added some pink filler on the bottom.
Next, put in your cute ice cream bowls. The exact ones I got were from Home Goods but I linked other ones that look similar and they are from Amazon!
You can see in my basket above I added some dipped waffle cones (using the candy melts and sprinkles). However, you can add in your own plain waffle cones and let the person receiving the gift decorate it themselves.
I actually find that more fun!
After the waffle cones are in place, fill up some cute jars with candy melts, Valentine sprinkles, and candy conversation hearts.
Then, place the two most important ingredients to the ice cream recipe, the Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract, and Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste. YUM.
Lastly, if you want, spice up the basket by adding a super cute ice cream scoop and ice cream spoons.
There you have it, the perfect Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Gift Basket!
Now… onto the Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe.
TIP: Add a recipe card in the gift basket with the ingredients and directions on how to make this amazing Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup cane sugar
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. Nielsen-Massey pure vanilla bean paste
- 1 tsp. Nielsen-Massey pure vanilla extract
- 5 egg yolks
Heat half and half, salt and sugar over medium heat until it just begins to boil then remove from heat.
Add in Nielsen-Massey vanilla bean paste and stir. Cover and let sit for 1 hour to infuse. Then re-warm the mixture over medium heat.
Beat egg yolks in a small mixing bowl and then add ½ cup of the warm mixture to the egg yolks and whisk combine all together.
Add the egg mixture to the half and half on the stove. Then, cook over medium heat and be sure to stir constantly until the mixture thickens (this takes a few minutes).
Pour heavy cream into a bowl and add a mesh strainer on top. Strain the custard into the heavy cream and discard what is left on the strainer. Add Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract then stir to combine.
Transfer to an airtight container and cool completely in the fridge overnight. After it is chilled, churn until thick and frozen.
Transfer the vanilla bean ice cream to an airtight glass container freeze for a few hours.
Lastly , add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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