Bubble Gum Ice Cream Recipe – A Spicy Perspective

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Bubble Gum Ice Cream Recipe – Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Surprise your little ones with every child’s dream, a blend of ice cream and bubblegum pieces.

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It’s funny how a certain food can epitomize your childhood. This Bubble Gum Ice Cream with bubblegum pieces is that food for me.

On any given Saturday my parents might have surprised the clan by taking us to the movies. I always looked forward to the show and the popcorn, yet I recall feverish curiosity over WHICH movie theater we were headed to.

There were a couple of theaters close to our house, yet one across town, had an ice cream parlor right next door. That was the theater I desperately hoped we were driving toward. I would watch out the window with great anticipation as we weaved through town. With my fingers grasping the window seal and heart-thumping, I would visualize the vast array of ice cream flavors in the long freezer case, a rainbow of possibilities. At the moment I was SURE we were going to the right theater, a sigh of ecstasy would emerge.

If mom and dad were taking the time to drive all the way across town, they would be easily persuaded to stop at the ice cream parlor on the way home. Guaranteed.

Don’t you love the rationale of a child?

I remember slowly floating down the case, taking in all the flavors, pondering whether it was time to try Rocky Road or Butter Pecan. Yet secretly, I always knew what I would pick, Bubble Gum Ice Cream.

Sweet creamy bubble gum ice cream, loaded with rock-hard gumballs that you scoop around, saving them for later. A pile of half-thawed gumballs was the reward in the bottom of your cup. How many would there be? What colors would they be?

Best of all, when everyone else had finished their treat, YOU were still chomping away on your giant wad of bubble gum. Sigh… I loved that.

A Bubblegum Lovers Dream

There was is not a single food I love more than ice cream. Although I don’t often eat bubble gum ice cream these days, the idea of it still makes me smile.

I made this batch for my little sweeties. You can imagine the look of sheer delight that graced their faces when I told them their after-school snack was Bubble Gum Ice Cream, instead of apples and almond butter that day.

What makes this version pretty wonderful is that the ice cream base itself tastes just like bubble gum. (So technically you could leave the gumballs out, but WHY?) Although you can purchase bubble gum extract (artificial flavor), at cake supply stores to add the bubble gum flavoring, I infused real bubble gum pieces into the ice cream base.

The warm ice cream base, melts the bubble gum, releasing the sugar, flavor, and some of the color. Once the ice cream has cooled in the fridge, strain the ice cream base to remove the bubble gum residue, leaving a smooth texture and nostalgic taste.

In this batch, I picked through the gumballs, selecting only the red, white, and pink ones for a FUN Valentine surprise!

How To Make This Pink Bubblegum Ice Cream

What Ingredients You Will Need

  • Half & Half
  • Heavy Cream
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Egg Yolks – you can use the rest of the eggs (the egg whites) to make Angel’s Food Cake
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Red Food Coloring – this is optional since the mixture can turn into a light pink color with the gum
  • Pink Bubblegum Dubble Bubble
  • Small Gum Balls – this is also optional, it is used mostly for decorating

Instructions For How To Make This Recipe

  1. Whisk all the ingredients, minus the gums, over medium heat. Make sure the egg yolks are well combined.
  2. Add the pieces of pink Dubble Bubble bubble gum and bring to a light boil. Whisk until the gum softens and the base has thickened.
  3. Remove from heat, cover, and place in the fridge until completely cold. At least 3 hours, but overnight is better.
  4. Before pouring the ice cream gum base into the frozen bowl of an ice cream maker, place a paper towel in a colander and strain the base to remove of the gum particles.
  5. Pour the base into an ice cream maker and churn ice cream for 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Once frozen, add the gumballs.
  7. Eat immediately or store in an air-tight container and freeze.

All that nostalgia wrapped up into one bowl of ice cream (and it even has a little protein in it, which is a bonus!)

Get the Complete (Printable) Bubble Gum Ice Cream Recipe Below. Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Any advice though on cleaning out the pot of the bubble gum residue?

Boil some water in the dirty pot and the residue should float to the top!

Where Did This Ice Cream Flavor Come From?

Back in 1970, Baskin Robins wanted to make a tribute to all of the bubblegum lovers out there and created a vanilla base with bubblegum flavor and bubblegum candy pieces. It was a flavor Baskin-Robbins was hoping to be an American favorite.

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