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
- 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.