Growing up, there was an ice cream place right by the harbor that had the best ice cream, but there were only two flavors I cared about: the bright blue bubblegum ice cream, with actual gumballs frozen and buried throughout; and the cheerfully pink peppermint candy cane. Walking through the Heights the other day, I had the strongest craving for that peppermint candy cane ice cream - nevermind the recent snow storm and the thirty-something degree weather.
While Christmas ice cream makes more sense in Southern California than New York, in the spirit of that craving, I thought I would share some of my favorite holiday treats - the things that I look forward to all year round and which really put a festive spring in my step.
(And if you do feel inclined to create your own peppermint ice cream, the photo above is from Simply Recipes, which used a David Lebovitz recipe. It's much lower on the artificial coloring quotient than the ice cream of my childhood, but it still looks good.)
In her honor, then, is this recipe from Serious Eats for a spiked hot chocolate. It's more involved then your standard packet of Swiss Miss with booze stirred in, but if you feel like investing the effort, it looks delicious. And what could be more inviting on a cold wintry night than a steaming mug of boozy hot chocolate?
What treats make your holiday season complete?