Creamy caramel ice cream stuffed with cashews and white chocolate pretzels! You’ve gotta make this heavenly frozen treat!
I am so glad I grew up. Not because my younger self wasn’t awesome, because mostly I was pretty cool. But I’m glad I grew up because my childhood palate was boring. That was probably partly influenced by my lack of desire to learn to cook at that point in time, so a frozen burrito or TV dinner was pretty fantastic when mom wasn’t there to whip something up.
One thing I’m particularly glad I grew out of was my all-dessert-needs-to-be-chocolate phase. Really, all dessert does NOT need to be chocolate. That’s not to say I don’t love chocolate, because I really really do. Too much in fact because I crave it daily. Scratch that. Hourly. Is minutely a word? Basically I want chocolate all the time. But at some point in time I developed an awareness that there are flavors other than chocolate that are equally tantalizing to the taste buds.
When I was younger I would pour a gallon of Hershey chocolate syrup on my vanilla ice cream to turn it into chocolate ice cream and anything less was just unacceptable. I was missing out! On things like raspberry cheesecake and cookie dough and birthday cake (ohmygoshilovebirthdaycake!!!!!) and caramel cashew ice cream. Now I adore caramel cashew ice cream. And it’s even better when it’s homemade with chunks of chocolate covered pretzels stuffed inside. Ahhhhh so good! My grown up other-than-chocolate-dessert-appreciating-self is screaming in delight right now.
White Chocolate Pretzel Caramel Cashew Ice Cream
Creamy caramel ice cream stuffed with cashews and white chocolate pretzels! A heavenly frozen treat!
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought caramel ice cream topping)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 cup roughly chopped cashews (I prefer salted but you can use unsalted as well)
- 2 cups white chocolate-dipped pretzels, roughly chopped
- optional: additional caramel sauce
In a large bowl combine heavy cream, half and half, sugar, caramel sauce, and vanilla and mix until sugar is dissolved and caramel sauce is incorporated.
Pour mixture into your ice cream maker. After about 20 minutes, add the cashews and pretzels to the machine. Continue to freeze according to your machine's instructions.
Serve immediately for a soft serve treat OR for a more firm ice cream, transfer mixture to a couple of large shallow containers and freeze for an additional 2-4 hours. Store covered in the freezer.
*You can buy these or make them yourself - if you want to make them at home, simply melt 1/2 cup white chocolate chips and dip 2 cups of small pretzels into the chocolate. Place them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to harden before starting your ice cream
**Chill time refers to time required by some ice cream makers. This will need to be adjusted to your ice cream maker and there will be additional freezing time if you desire a more firm ice cream.