I found a recipe on Pinterest for an ice cream that was supposed to taste like Wendy’s Frosty. Living in the small town that I do, we don’t have a Wendy’s fast food restaurant so I was incredibly excited. I pinned it to my Sweets Board for future reference and ventured out to get my ingredients. I have 2 pet peeves about Pinterest. One is when people pin the main page of a blog, it leaves the rest of pinterest searching through a website for the content we were promised (and maybe that is intentional, maybe people are trying to get more traffic on their blog). I’ve reached the point where if I click on a pin and it’s not the correct page, I just don’t bother. My second pet peeve on pinterest is when someone pins with a description that looks like the complete instructions, only to later click on it for reference and find out there is a lot more to it than that. But that is more of a user fault than a pinner’s fault. With my newly found Frosty recipe, the latter peeve was the case. The pin had the ingredients listed followed by the statement “And that’s it! That is all you need! So easy!”. Being the naive homemaker that I am, I believed them. I should have realized though, that to make ice cream, YOU NEED AN ICE CREAM MACHINE! Or else a way to do the whole rock salt technique. Nonetheless, here’s my adventure carrying out this pin:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1- 8 ounce tub of cool whip
1- 1/2 gallon of Chocolate Milk
4 Drops Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup (this was not on the original recipe, but I wanted slightly more chocolate than my chocolate milk could offer… it might be because I used store brand milk)
In a large bowl, mix it all. This is about the time I realized I needed an Ice Cream Machine. I’m so silly sometimes. I called my sister that lives with my mom, she said they don’t have an ice cream machine. I headed over there anyway because I googled how to do it without a machine or rock salt, and it said that just ice cubes and table salt would work (but it would just take longer). I don’t have ice (no ice machine or trays… I know, I’m weird), so I went to my mom’s house. I began shaking my ziploc bag(s) to make ice cream when my mom came home. She has an ice cream machine, turns out, but it is the kind that has a freezer canister (the no rock salt kind of machine) and it has to be in the freezer for a day and a half. Dagnabit. I put the canister in the freezer, and continue shaking my ziploc bag(s). Then, my mom remembers she has rock salt. Rock salt does work faster than table salt, so I opened my ziploc bag to pour some in. It poured out gray. “Mom, when did you buy this Rock Salt?”… “Oh, I don’t know, a few years ago…”…. Riiiight. Okay. Dagnabit. Back the way I was doing it before. After 30 minutes of shaking I was getting no where. I gave up. That night I vowed to myself to make it very clear to my readers- YOU NEED AN ICE CREAM MACHINE FOR THIS RECIPE. Dont’ be an airhead like me and think a Frosty Recipe that doesn’t list needing one right away doesn’t need one.
A day and a half later, I was ready to try again. My mom’s ice cream machine doesn’t hold the entire recipe. It only makes about a pint of ice cream at a time- so this recipe lasted all week in my fridge. I kept it in a pitcher in the fridge until I was ready to make more. I pour the mixture in the machine and let it work its magic for about 20 minutes:
After much anticipation, it was done! The taste test was on. Does this really taste like a Wendy’s Frosty?………