Caramel Ice Cream with Chocolate Pretzel Bark! (Like chocolate-covered pretzels, but lazier.)

October 30th, 2011 11:43 am by Kelly Garbato

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I noticed a few recipes for sweet & salty chocolate-covered pretzel & caramel ice cream floating around the internets this summer, but they all looked too complicated to attempt – at least to my heat-addled brain. So I decided to make my own! This dessert is super-simple; basically it’s a mashup of a caramel ice cream recipe I previously tried and enjoyed, combined with chocolate pretzel bark. (Like chocolate-covered pretzels, but lazier!)

One word: omnomnomnom!
Caramel Ice Cream with Chocolate Pretzel Bark

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…for the ice cream!

1 cup soy milk, divided
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
2 cups soy creamer
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup caramel sauce

(I used the Soft-Set Caramel recipe found in the December 2010 issue of VegNews, mostly because I had some left over from a previous batch of caramel ice cream. But you can just as easily use a recipe from the interwebs, such as this one from The Spooky Vegan.)

…for the chocolate bark!

4 cups pretzels
12 ounces vegan chocolate chips
1 teaspoon pretzel salt


…make the ice cream batter!

1. In a small bowl or mug, combine 1/4 cup of the soy milk with the arrowroot powder. Whisk briskly and set aside.

2. In a saucepan, combine the remaining 3/4 cup of the soy milk with all of the soy creamer and sugar. Bring to a slow boil, stirring constantly.

3. Once the mix begins to boil, remove from heat and add the arrowroot “slurry.” This will cause the batter to thicken noticeably. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. Chill in the fridge for four to six hours or more. (Usually I prefer to let the batter chill overnight.)

…make the chocolate bark!

4. Using either a tightly sealed plastic bag and a rolling pin or a food processor (or your own hands), crush the pretzels into small bits roughly 1/5 of their original size. Set aside.

5. In a medium-sized, microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate chips on high for one minute. Stir and heat again, in fifteen- to twenty-second increments, until the chips are all melted.

6. Add the pretzels to the chocolate chips and stir well. Spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper using a large spoon. Try to spread the mix as thin as possible; pretzels layered two or three high will be harder to break apart once hardened. Sprinkle the pretzel salt on top for an extra-salty treat, Let chill in the freezer for at least a half an hour. When cold, break the bark apart into smaller pieces. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

…make the ice cream!

7. Combine the ice cream batter and caramel sauce, mixing well with a whisk. Pour the batter into your ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

8. When done, transfer your ice cream into an airtight container. Enjoy immediately as soft serve or chill in the fridge for an hour or so for a thicker, more frozen dessert.

9. You can either add the Chocolate Pretzel Bark to the batter as it’s dispensed (or scooped by hand) from the ice cream machine, or as you serve the ice cream – just mix a little in as you scoop it, or use it as a topping. Unless you’re going to scarf the entire quart of ice immediately, I recommend the latter: the pretzels stay fresher on their own in the fridge than when mixed in with the ice cream and frozen.

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