The Pintester Takes on Soda Ice Cream

Recipes that say “fool-proof” are like a dare, right? Because, usually, I can fool them. Take Exhibit A:

It’s ice cream that uses only two ingredients: a 2-liter soda (any flavor) and a can of sweetened condensed milk.

I fooled it on the first step, which is, “Pour the soda in first.”

Apparently, my ice-cream maker is gnome-sized. So like 1 liter of soda fit in there before it was completely full. But, I decided that I was not going to give up, and I estimated half a can of milk and poured that in there, too.

I was deathly afraid that the whole thing was going to fizz up in a volcano-like explosion when I turned on the ice-cream maker, but, for once, my worst fears did not come to pass, and it spun happily for the prescribed 30 minutes.

I’m sorry (but not surprised) to report that it didn’t really look like ice cream.

As far as the taste? Well… I guess if you like Dr. Pepper really a lot, maybe it’s ok. It was really melty and not super sweet, which was ok, but it wasn’t, like, the best thing ever.

Oh hell. Just give me some damn Breyer’s and let’s have this over with.

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4 Responses to The Pintester Takes on Soda Ice Cream

  1. Beth says:

    I tried (and failed) at this too, but with Big Red. My ice cream batter never hardened to an ice cream consistency. I assume that’s because I used the nonfat milk I had on hand instead of regular milk…

  2. Robyn Farmer says:

    I’m sorry this didn’t work for you. Next time email the source to see where it might have gone wrong. I have had people try and substitute ingredients as well as not use the same measurements and expect the same results and of course it will differ. Maybe you can try it again in a larger maker. Best Wishes!

  3. Jen says:

    You can’t use non-fat milk when making ice cream – whole milk is actually best.

  4. didymus says:

    well, I see where this went wrong… Sweetened condensed milk aint the same thing as regular milk. It comes in a can and it’s “thicker”.

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