moon mist: it’s out of this world.
back in the 80s, someone down on the pier musta got high enough to be like “y’know what pairs well? grapes & bananas. also bubblegum. it should be ice cream.” moon mist is like the 80s music video of ice creams. you have no idea what is happening, there are bright colours, special FX, storylines you don’t understand and still… you are INTO IT. you are hungry like the wolf.
this was my favourite ice cream the summer after grade 5. that same summer i also exclusively wore culottes i’d made myself, matching the colour to the elastics on my braces, proving the reach of my impeccable taste. obvs you can trust me.
don’t even try to understand this flavour, it’ll just ruin the mystery. instead of going to the moon, let the recipe below transport you to your fave farmer’s market back east (mine is goucher’s farm market in wilmot). this recipe starts with a take on my fave base recipe for messing around from jeni’s ice cream, and then… goes from there. all hail to whoever’s other-worldly palate created this truly halting alchemy of flavour and colour.
shoot for the moon; even if you mist, you’ll have ice cream.
2 cups + 2 tbsp milk
4 tsp. cornstarch
1 1⁄4 cups heavy cream
2⁄3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1⁄4 tsp. kosher salt
3 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
food colourings: purple, yellow, sky blue
LorAnn flavour oils: grape, banana cream, and bubble gum (most flavours are available at Bulk Barn, but are also availz by amazon.ca)
loaf pan & parchment paper for lining
1. with a fork, whisk together 2 tbsp milk with the 4 tsp of cornstarch.
2. in a big saucepan, whisk together the rest of the milk, the cream, sugar, syrup, and salt. bring to a boil over medium-high heat. boil for 4 minutes.
3. turn heat off & whisk in the cornstarch mixture. return to a boil, stirring non-stop until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
4. remove from heat. whisk in the cream cheese & salt.
5. pour mixture into 3 separate bowls in approximately equal measure, so you can mix in colour and flavour.
6. add a few drops of food colouring to each bowl until you have nice blue, yellow, and purple mixtures. then, add 1/4tsp of each flavour oil to their corresponding colour (i can’t believe i’m typing this out, but idk, maybe moon mist is not entirely intuitive: purple / grape, yellow / banana, blue / bubble gum).
7. cover with plastic and leave to refrigerate at least 3 hours, ideally overnight.
8. mix each flavour separately, as per your ice cream maker’s instructions. after each churn, return the frozen ice cream to the bowl and put in the freezer. repeat for all 3 flavours. this process was kind of a pain, because of cleaning the frozen ice cream bowl & re-freezing it for 30ish mins each time, but it’s so worth it.
9. line a small loaf pan with parchment paper.
10. working quickly, drop scoops of each ice cream colour into the loaf pan randomly, trying to ensure an even distribution of flavours and colours. then, cover with another piece of parchment, pressing the ice cream down into the pan to ensure there are no gaps.