Looking for a chill treat with an extra kick? We’ve got you covered with a fun and easy THC-infused ice cream recipe. Grab your favorite flavors, a dash of cannabis magic, and let’s whip up a cool concoction that’s sure to spark joy (and maybe a little euphoria) in every scoop. Let’s dive into the world of DIY THC infused ice cream!
How to Make THC Infused Ice Cream
- 2 cups heavy cream.
- 1 cup whole milk.
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- A pinch of salt.
- THC tincture or decarboxylated cannabis oil (dosing will depend on your desired potency).
- Prepare your THC infusion: If you’re using a tincture, follow the dosing instructions on the product to determine how much to add. If using cannabis oil, make sure it has been properly decarboxylated before use.
- Mix the base: In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream and whole milk. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it’s warm, but not boiling. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching.
- Add sugar and flavorings: Once the mixture is warm, whisk in the granulated sugar until it’s fully dissolved. You can also add the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt for flavor.
- Temper the eggs: In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Slowly pour a small amount of the warm cream mixture into the egg yolks while whisking continuously. This tempers the eggs and prevents them from scrambling when added to the hot mixture.
- Combine mixtures: Gradually pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining cream mixture, stirring constantly.
- Cook the custard: Cook the custard over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. This usually takes about 5-7 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil.
- Strain the custard: Pour the custard through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean bowl to remove any lumps or bits of cooked egg.
- Add the THC infusion: Once the custard has cooled slightly, add your desired amount of THC tincture or decarboxylated cannabis oil. Stir well to ensure even distribution.
- Chill the mixture: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface of the custard to prevent skin from forming. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 4 hours or overnight until it’s thoroughly chilled.
- Churn the ice cream: Once the mixture is chilled, pour it into your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Transfer and freeze: Transfer the churned ice cream to an airtight container and smooth the top. Place a piece of parchment paper directly on the surface of the ice cream before sealing the container. This helps prevent ice crystals from forming on the surface.
- Freeze: Freeze the ice cream for several hours or until it’s firm and scoopable.
Tips For Better THC Infused Ice Cream
Creating the perfect THC infused ice cream involves not only following a recipe but also paying attention to some tips that can enhance the flavor, texture, and overall experience:
- Accurate Dosing: Start with a low dose of THC and gradually increase it until you find the desired potency. Keep in mind that the effects of ingested THC can take longer to kick in compared to other consumption methods.
- Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality ingredients, especially for the dairy components like heavy cream and milk. This will result in a creamier and tastier ice cream.
- Proper THC Infusion: Make sure your THC tincture or oil is evenly mixed into the base. Stir well to ensure the THC is distributed throughout the mixture.
- Temperature Control: When making the custard, avoid letting it come to a boil to prevent overcooking the eggs. Keep the heat at medium and stir continuously until the custard thickens.
- Chilling Time: Allow the custard mixture to chill thoroughly before churning. This will improve the texture and consistency of the final ice cream.
- Ice Cream Maker: If possible, use an ice cream maker for churning. It helps incorporate air and prevents the formation of large ice crystals, resulting in a smoother texture.
- Freeze Rapidly: After churning, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place it in the freezer as quickly as possible. Rapid freezing helps maintain the texture.
- Serve at the Right Temperature: Allow the cannabis-infused ice cream to soften slightly at room temperature before serving. This will make it easier to scoop and enhance the flavors.
- Experiment with Flavors: Get creative with flavors and mix-ins to enhance the taste of your ice cream. Just make sure any additional ingredients don’t interfere with the freezing process.
Best Pairings For THC Infused Ice Cream
Pairing THC-infused ice cream with complementary flavors can enhance the overall experience and create a delightful taste sensation. Here are some delicious pairing ideas to consider:
- Chocolate Brownie: THC infused ice cream with chunks of fudgy brownies or chocolate cake pieces.
- Salted Caramel: cannabis infused caramel ice cream swirled with salted caramel sauce and a sprinkle of sea salt.
- Strawberry Shortcake: THC-infused strawberry ice cream with pieces of fresh strawberries and chunks of buttery shortcake.
- Coconut Almond Joy: THC infused ice cream with toasted almonds and chunks of dark chocolate.
- Banana Walnut: THC-infused banana ice cream with pieces of ripe banana and chopped walnuts.
- Blueberry Cheesecake: Cannabis infused cheesecake-flavored ice cream with a swirl of blueberry compote and graham cracker crumbs.
- Cinnamon Apple Pie: THC infused apple pie-flavored ice cream with chunks of spiced apple and pie crust pieces.
Remember to choose flavors that you enjoy and that harmonizes well with the taste of cannabis. Experiment with these pairings, and feel free to get creative by mixing and matching ingredients to create your own signature Cannabis infused ice cream flavor!