This Grape-nuts Ice Cream recipe is so full of great grape-nut goodness that we hardly thought about it in this section.
It has to be one of the best ice cream recipes out right now, and obviously, there’s more to it than just nuts or fruit. So let’s find out more.
The Origin Of Jamaica Grape-nuts Ice Cream
Jamaica grape-nuts ice cream originated in Jamaica, a small island nation located in the Caribbean Sea. The first iteration of this ice cream was created by an elderly Jamaican woman named Granny Mae, who lived on a hillside near Kingston.
The origins of Jamaica grape-nuts ice cream are unclear, but there are many legends surrounding its creation.
One legend states that Granny Mae invented the ice cream in order to save her village from the wrath of a volcano god. Another legend states that she created it while searching for a cure for her diabetes.
Regardless, this ice cream is delicious and popular among locals and tourists alike during the summer months, when temperatures can hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Jamaican Grape-nuts Ice Cream Recipe
- Half a cup of grape nuts (crushed)
- 1/4 cup of heavy cream
- 1/4 cup of whole milk
- 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix until combined. Set aside.
In a saucepan, heat up the milk and cream until it’s bubbling around the edges and steam is rising from the surface. Don’t let it boil. This should take about 8 minutes. Remove from heat to cool for about 10 minutes.
Return the saucepan to medium heat and add the spice mixture, whisking to combine. Bring it back up to a bubble, then remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract, and pour into a bowl. Allow this mixture to chill in the refrigerator for another 15 minutes.
Pour ice cream mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions until creamy but still soft-about 20 minutes or so (though this depends on your ice cream maker).
Remove from machine and transfer to an airtight container; freeze until firm-at least 4 hours or overnight.
Let it sit out for about 20 minutes so it softens up enough to scoop easily! If you like your ice cream extra cold, try putting it back in the freezer after ten minutes or so before serving it again!
Notes And Tips:
- Use unsweetened grape seeds for this recipe. If you only eat sweet grape seeds, try cutting back on sugar.
- You can experiment with sugar sweeteners. Honey, agave nectar or maple syrup are all great options. Adjust the amount according to your taste.
- To make things easy you need an ice cream machine
- If you don’t have an ice cream maker, pour the cooled ice cream base into a metal pan (preferably 9 x 5 inches), cover with foil, and freeze until solid, about 8 hours. Then scoop the ice cream balls and serve immediately or with fresh fruit, chocolate sauce, or caramel sauce. Or transfer to a container and freeze until ready to eat; It will be harder than ice cream bought at the store but still delicious.
What Does Grape-Nuts Ice Cream Taste Like?
The first thing you notice when trying this flavor is that it has a very strong vanilla flavor. This makes sense, considering Grape-Nuts are really nothing more than wheat and barley flour, sugar, salt, and malt extract.
In other words, it’s basically just sugar and vanilla with some oats thrown in for texture. The result is an ice cream base that’s sweet and creamy but not too rich, with just the faintest hint of nuttiness to it.
This unusual flavor combination works well as a base for all sorts of toppings—you can drizzle it with chocolate syrup or add sliced strawberries for an extra burst of sweetness, or even try it with caramel sauce!
If you’re feeling adventurous, though, I suggest topping off this unique treat with some crushed-up bits of the cereal itself—it adds an interesting crunch while further enhancing the vanilla-y goodness of this delicious dessert.
Grape-nuts Ice Cream Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 cup (136 g)
|Total Fat||14 g – 18%|
|Saturated Fat||9 g – 45%|
|Cholesterol||50mg – 17%|
|Sodium||260mg – 11%|
|Total Carbohydrate||38g – 14%|
|Dietary Fiber||2g – 7%|
|Protein||6g – 12%|
|Vitamin A||180mcg – 20%|
|Calcium||160mg – 12%|
|Iron||0.7mg – 4%|
(% Of Daily Recommended Intake)
How To Store Grape-nuts Ice Cream?
- Keep your ice cream in the fridge.
- If you don’t plan to eat it within a week, store it in the freezer at or below -10°F (-23°C) and keep it sealed in its container until you’re ready to eat it (so don’t open the container unless you plan on eating some right away).
- Avoid placing your ice cream near foods that have a strong smell, such as fish or onions, as they can affect the flavor of your ice cream.
- If stored in the freezer, ensure that your grape-nuts ice cream is tightly sealed to prevent freezer burn.
Where Is Grape-nuts Ice Cream Most Popular?
We’ve done the legwork and found out where in the United States grape-nuts ice cream is most popular.
It turns out that grape-nut ice cream is most popular in the Midwest and Northeast, with a few exceptions.
In West Virginia, Indiana, and Illinois, it’s the #2 flavor (right behind chocolate). In Delaware, North Dakota, and North Dakota, it’s #3 (behind vanilla as well as chocolate).
In Maine and New Hampshire, it’s #5—while it’s not the most popular flavor there, it still gets plenty of love.
Grape-nuts ice cream is also very popular in Canada, but that data didn’t make it into our analysis for this article.
Why Is It Called Grape-Nuts?
Grape-Nuts has a name that seems to be rather perplexing at first. After all, the cereal doesn’t contain grapes and it doesn’t contain nuts
How Do You Soften Grape-Nuts For Ice Cream?
There are a few tricks for softening Grape-Nuts, whether you plan to eat them on their own, in baked goods, or as part of a recipe.
If you’re using them in an ice cream recipe and want to soften them up before adding them to the ice cream mixture, crush them into smaller pieces with a rolling pin or crush them in a bag with your hands.
Then add the crushed cereal to your recipe with the other ingredients. If you don’t crush the cereal, it will become soggy, but it won’t soften up completely.
To soften Grape-Nuts for eating on their own, place some Grape-Nuts in boiling water for about 5 minutes. The cereal will soften significantly during that time period.
You can also add Grape-Nuts to baked goods and let them sit in the mixture until it’s ready to bake. Once they’ve absorbed the moisture from the other ingredients, they will be softened enough to eat on their own.
If you want to eat Grape-Nuts as cold cereal and feel like having a bit of fun with it, add some milk and freeze it overnight! Then enjoy your crunchy-turned-creamy Grape-Nut treat!
Can You Still Buy Grape-Nuts Cereal?
Yes, you can still buy Grape-Nuts cereal! There is a big misunderstanding about the product. It’s not nuts, and it’s not grapes.
It’s actually a toasted cereal made from whole wheat and barley flour. It was created by Charles Post in 1897. You can find it in the cereal aisle of most grocery stores.
If you’re looking for a tasty, high-protein ice cream that won’t, say, rot your teeth out, this recipe is for you.
Just be sure to swing over to the grocery store and get all your ingredients before you get started. You’ll be amazed by how delicious this nutty treat tastes once it’s complete.