With summer upon us here in sunny New Zealand (Sorry to all those in the northern hemisphere), it’s time to break out the shorts, kick back and enjoy some ice cream. Kingdom Hearts I & II was one of the first games my husband and I played together, so I guess you could say it’s among one of my favorite game series. And what’s not to like? It’s a beautiful marriage between Disney and Final Fantasy, very much like the sweet and salty combination in Sea Salt Ice cream. I had made sea salt ice cream before, and since then it’s become a summer staple.
After KH 3 was announced and the HD rerelease came out, the cravings for a salty sweet treat creeped back into my stomach. So perhaps you could also enjoy your summer vacation with these sweet treats.
Fun Fact: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch boasts its own version of a Salted Ice Cream treat. Though the icon is strongly reminiscent of mint chocolate chip.
Sea Salt Ice Cream:
4 egg yolks
2 cups evaporated milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup heavy whipping cream
sea salt to taste
blue food coloring (optional)
Green food coloring (optional)
ice pop molds (optional)
[disclaimer] I did not use an ice cream maker. If using molds keep checking ice cream to make sure mixture isn’t separating or doing anything strange. If so, just give it a quick mix until frozen solid.
• Mix the egg yolks and sugar together until thick and creamy.
• In a medium saucepan bring evaporated milk to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
• Slowly pour hot milk into yolk/sugar mixture and mix well. Warning: make sure to temper the yolks, this means only add a little of the milk mixture until the yolks are the same temperature. You don’t want your yolks to cook!
• Pour milk/yolk/sugar mixture back into saucepan and heat on medium until a custard consistency is achieved. Do not boil.
• Put mixture in fridge to cool.
• In a separate bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form.
• Once the custard has cooled, add whipped cream, vanilla and coloring to mixture.
• Add sea salt (keeping adding salt until it tastes salty sweet, it’s up to you).
• Freeze. If you wish, get some ice pop molds. Other websites suggest spraying a bit of PAM inside the molds so that the ice cream comes out easily, but I never do this. It’s easy enough to run the mold under a hot water tap for a few seconds then pull the ice cream out. Also, if you have no molds, ice cube trays or cake pans work just fine. Cover while freezing.
All that’s left to do now is find a nearby clock tower to enjoy your very own Sea Salt Ice cream.
Fun Fact: Series creator Tetsuya Nomura originally had sea salt ice cream on a trip to Tokyo DisneySea. He enjoyed it so much that he decided to include it in Kingdom Hearts II, using it as a treat that kids would typically enjoy during summer vacation.