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Blue Moon Ice Cream

[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Blue Moon ice cream is a mystery wrapped in an enigma and covered in blue food coloring. There's no consensus on what exactly the flavor is other than sweet and good, and I suspect different creameries throughout the Midwest have their own special formulas. On my hunt for a recipe to cook up a batch of Blue Moon ice cream at home, I discovered one on Food.com involving raspberry flavoring, lemon oil, and instant vanilla pudding that looked very promising and seemed to jive with what I remember Smurf ice cream, a marshmallow studded blue raspberryish concoction, tasting like. This is adapted from that recipe.

I used Boyajian's Natural Raspberry flavoring and lemon oil which you can find online or at a baking supply store. To get a vivid blue color, I recommend using gel food coloring which provides a more intense color.

To convert this recipe into Smurf ice cream, churn ice cream according to manufacturers directions adding 1 cup of mini marshmallow in the last five minutes of churning to evenly distribute.

A word of caution: Blue Moon ice cream and its Smurf counterpart are sweet, sweet, sweet and bright blue. If either of these things are a turnoff, you might leave this flavor to the kiddos and the young at heart. Anyone left standing grab a spoon and dig in!

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered children's book editor by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie and a Midtown Lunch contributor. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.

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