Thank you H-E-B for a great time at the Central Market Ice Cream Social and for partnering with me on this post.
Do you remember as a kid when there would be an ice cream party at school or maybe for a friend’s birthday? That cool creamy treat was just right on a warm spring or summer day. Back then, the flavors were the usual chocolate or vanilla or if things got really adventurous maybe a strawberry. Not knocking the good old days at all, but what do you say we have some fun with ice cream?
Grab your spoon and let’s get this ice cream party started with a little help from my friends at H-E-B! Just because we’re grown ups doesn’t mean we’re too old for an ice cream party. This past week I attended HEB’s Central Market Ice Cream Social to launch their new Central Market line of gourmet small batch ice cream and the flavors were anything but the usual! The new Central Market flavors are an ice cream loving foodie’s dream and there’s something fun or unique for the whole family to keep you trying them all summer long.
These crazy good flavors were three years in the making as H-E-B perfected them and they were well worth the wait. The ice cream base itself is smooth and creamy and velvety and all things heavenly. This is the good stuff, y’all. The adventurous flavors were developed by a team of James Beard award-winning chefs. This is ice cream elevated. The Central Market Small Batch ice cream is ice cream taken to a whole other level and at the party I got to try every single flavor. All 11, my friends. 🙂
You can get the “scoop” on all the flavors here. (See what I did there?) My personal favorites were Hazelnut Latte (So buttery delicious and I’m not even a latte drinker!), Lemon Crème with Rosemary Shortbread which tastes like a bite of summer it’s so refreshing and Jamaican Jam which is what paradise would taste like if it was an ice cream. I told H-E-B Jamaican Jam was begging to be made into a drink it was so good and they said We already did! You can find it here. I couldn’t stop thinking about the ice cream (Don’t judge!) and came home and made a treat with it myself that I’m sharing below!
The ice cream is incredible by itself but we also had a fun lesson in unlikely pairings with the ice cream from one of H-E-B’s resident chefs. You might think the only way olive oil belongs on vanilla ice cream is if there is a kitchen accident, but it really brought out a different layer of flavor in the Tahitian Vanilla. Balsamic vinegar was a perfect pairing for brightening the Chocolate Ganache.
And what’s a party without a photo booth? My friend Michelle of Flavor Mosaic and I had a great time trying the ice cream and trying not to look awkward in our photo opp. 🙂
As if the night couldn’t get any better, H-E-B was also a sponsor along with Visit Mexico of Sips, Suds, and Tacos. As far as I’m concerned every day can be Taco Tuesday so this was right up my alley! The event featured wine and craft beer tastings, and of course, tacos!
As you can see I took one for the team and did my best to try all the tacos for “research”. There was also a great duo performing classic rock and country covers and when I shared this Instagram video of them performing Pancho and Lefty, this country girl wanted to do a cartwheel when Merle Haggard’s son Ben liked the video. What the what?!
After I came home from the Ice Cream Social I was catching up on my DVR and was watching Dinner At Tiffani’s (Can I just be BFF with her already??) and she made ice cream cookie sandwiches. I had an aha moment and let me tell you it’s the jam! The Jamaican Jam!
When I think of tropical I think of Macadamia Nuts. My grandparents went to Hawaii every year and always brought me back a jar of macadamia nuts so I thought Macadamia Nut Cookies were a match made in heaven with the tropical rum goodness of Jamaican Jam.
I kept it simple and used store bought Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough and baked them and then let them cool completely so that they wouldn’t be too soft. I then took one scoop of Jamaican Jam and put it on the underside of half of the cookies and then topped the sandwiches with the other half of the cookies. To elevate the sandwiches even more I took shaved toasted coconut and rolled each sandwich in it. Y’all, the soft cookie, the creamy rum ice cream, the salt of the macadamia nuts, the sweet crunch of the coconut. It’s what summer parties are all about.
Speaking of summer parties, throw an easy one that everyone will be talking about all summer long. Head out to H-E-B and pick up some (or all!) of the Central Market Small Batch Ice Cream flavors and have an ice cream tasting party! And pick up some extra Jamaican Jam and make these fun and delicious Macadamia Nut Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches!
Want a little help covering your summer ice cream bill? H-E-B is here to help! I will be giving away 2 $50 H-E-B gift cards to 2 lucky winners. That’s a lot of ice cream! To enter simply share a photo of your ice cream party on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook and tag H-E-B and use the #primopicks. I scream you scream!