The Bliss Of Summer Treating
By Leslie Forde
Summer is the time when all of life’s rules seem to relax a bit. Late evening sun encourages lingering at the park or taking a post-dinner walk. Complicated mornings with the assembly line of buckling, buttoning and coat adjusting are exchanged for swift slip on sandals, shorts and strappy dresses.
More access to the great outside = more running, jumping and physical play. Is there a better time to rediscover treat joy? I think not!
Treats, desserts, snacks or consuming anything not required for sustenance, tend to share a tarnished reputation. Occasional eating between meals feels like coloring outside of the lines and inevitably ends up on the (long) ‘no-no’ list.
As a fan of bringing dessert into the everyday, I reject all of that!
Treats are fun and glorious. Have you ever looked into the eyes of a child tasting something delicious? It’s magical. It’s with that wide-eyed, full-faced grin that I’d like to revel in the pure fun of sweet treat indulgence.
My children want to play sous chef at almost every opportunity and it’s been important for me to share my love of food and making things.
After all, cooking is simply: starting with a vision, taking loose ingredients and following a process of transformation and then, achieving your goal oh so quickly. I’d like the lessons of cooking to follow them into their lives and inspire that same sense of accomplishment from taking action, big or small.
I digress… back to treats!
I had the pleasure of meeting Swoffle CEO and Founder Julia Paino and after hearing her inspiring story behind bringing the stroopwafel to America, I just had to experiment with ‘swofflizing’ some favorite summer treats.
Whether you choose to make your ice cream from scratch or pick up a pint of your grocery favorite, assembling ice cream sandwiches with Swoffles is tremendous fun and suitable for little hands to help (should you want assistance).
Enjoy this easy, breezy ‘5 minutes to happiness’ version of summer’s best with a little stroopwafel twist!
Swoffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
In the world of desserts, it’s hard to top the ice cream sandwich. Firm, yet tender ‘lids’ of your choosing bookending a generous scoop of ice cream. As you would expect, ‘ice cream meets Swoffle’ is a love story. The rich caramel flavor of the Swoffle and textured surface marries beautifully with dreamy ice cream.
If you’re inclined to give making your own a try – my favorite ‘go-to’ ice cream recipe is below, my version based on a recipe from former colleagues Greg Case and Keri Fisher. There’s enough custard to make two batches (by pouring half into your ice cream maker at a time) I always do. Ginger and classic vanilla bean flavors work wonders in a Swoffle sandwich. If you’re looking for something even richer, coffee or chocolate would also be amazing pairings. The ability to assemble and freeze the sandwiches in advance makes this a crowd-pleasing party dessert.
Short on time? Your store-bought favorite will work out just great.
Swoffle Ice Cream Sandwich Steps:
Vanilla Bean (And Ginger) Ice Cream
Modified from One Cake, One Hundred Desserts by Greg Case & Keri Fisher
Note: Ice cream maker required.
2 cups of whole milk
4 cups of heavy or whipping cream
8 large egg yolks
1 cup of sugar
For the vanilla batch: 1 vanilla bean or 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
For the ginger batch, if making: 2 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger and optional ½ cup of minced crystallized ginger pieces
Making the ice cream:
Enjoy! If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear how it worked out for you. Leave a comment!
About Leslie Forde
Leslie has a culinary degree and in a past-life, worked as a caterer and in restaurant kitchens. She now favors making pancakes and ice cream with her children to constructing caramel towers. She works in marketing full-time and advocates self-care for Moms & saving time cooking family dinner on her site, MomsHierarchyofNeeds.com.
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This week's blog post brought to you by Erin Child:
M.S. Candidate, Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
For Millennials, like myself, it’s not just the classic work benefits that are considered during the job hunt, but the extra perks. And by extra perks, we’re talking extra snacks. According to a study published by USA Today, 48% of applicants seriously weigh the offered extra perks (like free snacks, flexible schedule, tuition support, etc) with benefits and salary. Once employed, the availability of free snacks at work is associated with a higher number of employees that are “extremely” or “very” happy at their job. With most employees in the office during breakfast and lunch hours, an interest in readily available (and free) snacks is only logical. And by providing snacks in house, employers keep their employees on-campus and engaged with each other throughout mealtime.
Coupled with corporate snacks is the increasing investment in corporate wellness. As part of the larger corporate wellness trend, corporations are interested in helping their employees stay healthy. By providing employees with healthy food options, they provide their employees with the resources to make healthier choices. On a recent visit to a friend’s New York City based start-up, I found myself standing agog in front a giant wall of healthy snacks that included; nuts, fruit, dried fruit, veggies, hummus, granola bars, and a plethora of gluten-free, dairy-free and organic options. Employees there stay happily satiated and productive throughout the day. (And I worked on containing my jealousy).
Unlike me, if you have free snacks and food offered at work, you are one of the lucky 16% of employees that do. If your company welcomes suggestions, consider requesting Swoffle to be added to your snacking options! Pairing Swoffle with a cup of tea and your afternoon meeting is a sure way to make the day sweeter.
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