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Kids will go crazy for this DIY ice cream mix

Now you can choose the flavors you want for DIY ice cream from Curious Creamery.
Now you can choose the flavors you want for DIY ice cream from Curious Creamery. apierleoni@sacbee.com

The do-it-yourself ethic permeates all levels of the day-to-day, especially in the fields of fashion and crafts. Oh, yeah, and home brewing.

Now the Curious Creamery introduces a twist – an ice cream mix that lets you create your own flavors. The process is fairly easy, and the ice cream we made at home was pretty darn good. The main point, however, is the project itself, which allows for creativity and family involvement.

Start by opening the reusable cardboard quart-size container. Inside are two packets of dry mix (one for now, one for later) and an instruction sheet. Pour the contents of one pack of dry mix into the container. Add any ice-cold liquid of your choice – fruit juice or fruit puree, milk, coconut milk, root beer, beer, wine, coffee, whatever. We chose a mix of black cherry juice, orange juice and lemon yogurt – what we happened to have on hand.

Next, blend with a mixer until creamy. Now’s the time to add the smaller ingredients, such as chopped nuts, chocolate shavings, crushed peppermint candy, honey, caramel syrup, maple syrup, vanilla extract and/or spices such as cinnamon, saffron or cardamom. Whatever. We poured in chopped pecans. Mix again and put the carton into the freezer.

Wait for 45 minutes and add any larger ingredients. Our choices were blueberries, strawberries and chocolate chips, but options are limitless – graham crackers or other cookies, pineapple chunks, banana, chocolate-covered almonds or any nuts, English toffee, sea salt, veggies ... . Find recipes at ww.thecuriouscreamery.com. How does chardonnay-browned butter sound?

Was our DIY ice cream better than mainstream premium brands? No, how could it be? But making it was a lot more fun and interesting than taking a pint out of the supermarket freezer to the checkout stand. Plus, the homemade version has less sugar and fat than most commercial brands, and contains no high-fructose corn syrup or preservatives.

Curious Creamery’s ice-cream mix is $6 at all 140 BevMo stores in California, including the 12 in the Sacramento area. It will arrive soon at Amazon, said a company spokesman. A second product, ice cream cake mix, is at WalMart.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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