1. Smoked Chocolate and Tequila Ice Cream
One of the first ice creams we made together. It's big and bossy and full of smoke and booze and chocolate depth, but the texture's the real thing—more lush and ethereal than any ice cream I've ever had. Then there are the memories: at a dark restaurant kitchen in South Chinatown, where tequila freely flowed into a big vat of custard at midnight.
2. Irish Coffee Ice Cream with Shaved Dark Chocolate and Candied Pecans
If feisty burnt caramel wasn't enough, this ice cream adds coffee grinds, lots of flaked dark chocolate, and a good hit of Jameson. Candied pecans are hardly necessary, but ensure this recipe hits every one of your pleasure centers.
3. Black Sesame and Orange Ice Cream
Rich, nutty black sesame seeds and savory toasted sesame oil get a bright lift from shreds of orange zest. It's not too sweet, has a nice savory kick, and is additively fluffy when fresh from the churn.
4. Really Rocky Road Ice Cream
It's about 30% chunk by volume, so you're guaranteed texture in every bite. The usual host of marshmallows, chocolate, and almonds gets joined by white chocolate chunks and roasted hazelnuts. SE HQ went a little crazy over this one.
5. Mr. Softee-Style Vanilla Bean Soft Serve
In the taxonomic tree of frozen desserts, the industrial swirls of Mr. Softee stand alone. Nothing else has that slick, ultra-whipped texture, almost slippery as it melts. It really isn't like other ice cream—it's not even like other soft serve. But if you're like me and you're hooked on the stuff, you'll be happy to know it's pretty easy to make at home.
6. Mint Julep Ice Cream
On a scorching day, there's nothing better than a mint julep. No, scratch that—there's nothing better than ice cream with a huge bunch of fresh mint leaves steeped in it, and enough bourbon to while the afternoon away.
7. Better Than Snickers Ice Cream
People go crazy for this peanut butter vanilla ice cream with swirls of caramel and chunks of chocolate and roasted peanuts. It really is like a frozen Snickers bar, but so much better.
8. Basic but Fantastic Dark Chocolate Ice Cream
The mother of all chocolate ice cream recipes. Rich, luscious, and bittersweet, with a few secret tricks of the ice cream chef's trade thrown in to up the ante and ruin you for every other chocolate ice cream forever.
9. Apple, Rhubarb, and Cardmom Ice Cream
The classic flavors of Indian summer in the English countryside—Indian meaning the subcontinent, of course, which brings cardamom's light perfume to the sweet and tart flavors of apple and rhubarb.
Lemon, Honey, and Thyme Frozen Yogurt
This ice cream is light and tart, as any good frozen yogurt should be, but with a deep, floral richness from the honey and a bright, herbaceous finish.