Make your own No Churn Caramel Apple Ice Cream! It’s swirled with caramel ribbons and topped with snickers pieces and homemade apple pie filling. This sweet treat will keep you cool and happy all summer long!
Can someone please tell me where summer has gone? Can it be that we are nearly halfway through August? I don’t care what anyone says, time goes by faster and faster the older you get…Speaking of getting older, today I’ve arrived at the ripe old age of 24. I feel like just yesterday I was 21. I thought I knew it all.
When you are 21, you have plans. You feel invincible and somehow you are gonna make everything you want happen. I still remember 21, sitting with a margarita in hand and thinking the world was at my fingertips. It was probably just the tequila but I felt all grown up and ready to take on this whole “adult” thing.
Funny thing was, 22 came around too fast and that one was a year for the books. I think something changed in me that year. I didn’t want to be in the same place anymore. I got a little anxious and started to wonder where in the world I was headed and why I had grown up so fast. Having my own apartment, came with my own personal stack of bills and a job I had to show up to whether I liked it or not. I was restless. After an ugly break up, Nick wondered into my life and I got all my spunk back. He was young, handsome and had green eyes. He didn’t seem to have a worry in the world and he made me forget about being a grown up. We played a lot that summer, drank even more, traveled and I felt like I saw everything in a whole new light.
Fast forward to 23 and there I was holding our 1 month old baby girl. She was the surprise we had never even dreamed of. We were just two kids making memories and after arriving home from a spontaneous trip over fall break, we found out our world was gonna change forever. That year we had a lot of growing up to do. Early mornings and sleepless nights taught us a few things about patience. I turned in my tequila bottle for a formula bottle and my cosmopolitan magazine got replaced by Dr Spock’s edition of Bringing Up Baby. My high heels gathered dust while yoga pants became the new uniform. Little by little, we changed too.
And that brings us to today. 24. Nick is still my handsome man with the same green eyes and somehow he still makes me feel young inside. I have a little dimple faced girl who sweetly calls me mama and nuzzles her head into my chest every night. On Sunday mornings, I get to hold both of them, enjoying the sound of their laughter. Turns out the good life wasn’t at the other end of a tequila bottle, it wasn’t dancing the night away till 3am, or traveling to more foreign countries. Happiness is being Nick’s wife, it’s watching Stella take her first steps, it is knowing that tomorrow morning I get to hug those smiling faces.
I don’t think I am gonna take on the world anymore and there probably won’t be a margarita in my hand tonight. But somehow I think I found everything I was looking for the night I turned 21….and that tells me 25 is gonna be even sweeter.
- Vanilla Ice Cream Base:
- 1 (14 oz.) Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 Cups Heavy Cream, very cold
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Apple Filling:
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- ⅓ cup Brown Sugar, packed
- 2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½ inch pieces
- ¾ Teaspoon Cinnamon
- Pinch of Salt
- Caramel Snickers Topping:
- ½ Cup Caramel Sauce
- 1 King Size Snickers Bar
- Vanilla Ice Cream Base: In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream with a hand mixer for 3-4 minutes or until stiff peaks have formed. Gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk and the vanilla extract with a rubber spatula. Transfer the mixture to a freezer safe container and place in the freezer while you prepare the apple mixture.
- Apple Filling: In a skillet melt the butter and brown sugar on medium heat. Add in the apple pieces, cinnamon and salt. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the apples have become tender. Allow the apples to cool completely and then fold into the vanilla ice cream base. Using a knife, swirl in the caramel sauce and top with snickers pieces. Place a piece of wax paper over the freezer safe container before putting on the lid to prevent ice crystals from forming. Freeze 4-6 hours.
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