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Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Candied Bacon

Peanut butter.  Bacon.  Ice cream.  Chocolate.  All four are incredibly tasty treats on their own.  And for some people?  The Four Food Groups.  I mean-seriously, you wouldn’t have to twist my arm to eat any of those.  


My friend Nick, author of the awesome all peanut butter--all the time blog, Peanut Butter Boy, is currently having The Great Peanut Butter Exhibition #8-Delectable Duo.   The idea behind delectable duos is to pair any ingredient of your choice with--you guessed it--peanut butter!  He’s got a very cool prize package to award to the winner, courtesy of Peanut Butter & Co.   Go check it out!  You’ve got until noon (EST) on Monday, April 12th if you want to submit an entry.

I thought for a while about what I’d like to pair with peanut butter…the usual things kept coming to mind--like chocolate, chocolate, and um…chocolate.  I know!  What can I say?  That’s a perfect pairing!  Then peanut butter and bacon entered my train of thought, and that lead to candied bacon, which I’ve been hearing a lot about, but never tried. 

--Look at that gorgeous piece of candied bacon there!


So that was the basis for this ice cream.  I love using my ice cream maker and just don’t get to as much as I’d like to.  Which, as it turns out after making this ice cream, is probably a good thing.  Why?  Because it’s just so good!  It’s super creamy peanut butter ice cream, which has been graced with the addition of sweet/salty/crunchy/chewy candied bacon and chopped peanuts. 

--And more candied bacon. It’s a candied bacon explosion!


The sauce on the ice cream?  Was supposed to be salted caramel.  That just didn’t work out.  I made two batches and burned them both.  I was totally off my game when making that, I guess.  Or just really suck at making caramel sauce!  My friend Heather came to my rescue, though, and suggested I make Dulce de Leche and just get it over with.   I was a little nervous, because, you know--exploding cans and all that.   Guess what?  No explosions--it was easy as can be!  Like, “the easiest recipe you’ll ever make” easy.  Can you believe I’ve never had Dulce de Leche?  It’s true!  Now I know what I’ve been missing.  Heather has created a monster.  I wasn’t satisfied with just the caramely sweet goodness.  I split the batch in half, and made Salted Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chocolate Dulce de Leche.  Someone please send help.  I may eat all of it.  In one sitting.  Then make more.  And dip stuff in it.  Like cookies and fruit.  And cookies.  And my face.

--Various stages of Dulce de Leche…just after opening, adding the chocolate, salt and butter, the PB version, and last-the velvety salted chocolate version.

dulce de leche


Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Candied Bacon
adapted from a Ben & Jerry's recipe
makes a little more than 1 quart

Make the candied bacon and set it aside to cool.  Click here for the recipe.

2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup half and half or milk
1/3 cup peanut butter (I used a natural organic pb)
1/2 cup roughly chopped peanuts
1/2 cup crumbled candied bacon

For the Dulce de Leche:

1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 TBSP butter
generous pinch of salt
2 generous spoonfuls of peanut butter (super creamy if you want smooth sauce. I used an organic pb with teeny little peanut pieces in it)

Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl for 1-2 minutes.
Add the sugar a little at a time, whisking after each addition, then continue to whisk for about a minute more.
Pour in the cream and half & half or milk, whisk to blend.
Pour 1 cup of the cream mixture into a separate bowl and add the peanut butter.  Carefully whisk until it's all incorporated, then add this back to the rest and mix to combine.
Keep this mixture cold until you're ready to use it.

When you're ready to make the ice cream, and really, why wait?  Set up your ice cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions.  Add the peanuts and bacon in the last 5 minutes or so of the churning process.   Continue churning until the ice cream is ready.
Transfer to a container and store in the freezer.

For the Dulce de Leche, here are Heather's instructions that I collected from her tweets:

"Can of condensed milk. Stock pot of water. Put can in pot, covered by at least a inch of water and bring to a boil.
Boil for 90 minutes for a nice loose caramel. I let it go as long as 3 hours for a firm caramel you can slice.The can is sealed. If you let the can be exposed to the air it can blow. Never had this happen however.
When I do it I do it at a pretty good boil. Not a turmoil boil that will knock over the can but not a wimpy one either..."

It’s that easy!  I let mine go for 2 hours--it was perfect.  OH!  Very important!  Let the can cool for at least an hour or so.  I don't want to know what a boiling hot sweetened condensed milk burn looks like.

After it's cooled, open the can and pour out the sauce.  Well, you can't really pour it, because it's so thick and rich.  So get your rubber spatula and transfer the sauce to 2 separate bowls.  Or use it as-is (velvety caramely goodness!)  and leave it one bowl. 

To make Salted Chocolate:  Add the 3 oz chocolate, butter and salt, and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each time--until it's all velvety chocolate goodness.   I'll look away while you eat it with your hands.

For the Peanut Butter version:  Add the peanut butter and follow the same microwave instructions. 


That’s it!  Amaze your bacon/peanut butter/ice cream loving friends with this, and they’ll be your slaves forever.  You could rule the world with this ice cream!!  It’s true. 




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Reader Comments (39)

This looks absolutely incredible. I am definitely going to have to try out this flavor combination! Your photos are stunning by the way :-)

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Boston Food Diary

Thank you so much! :)

April 9, 2010 | Registered CommenterElle

yumm - this looks sooooo delicious!!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoreen

Er, candied bacon? DH would LOVE that. by the way, your photos are always so gorgeous!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy (The Local Cook)

Such a fun flavor combination. I'd have never though of it!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

This ice cream look so good. I love peanut butter ice cream. With candied bacon on top, it must be quite delicious. Great photos :)

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScorpio Woman

Holy crap! Did you make this recipe with me in mind?! I am obsessed with all things bacon and chocolate!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Wow, what a great post!! The combo sounds tantalizingly delicious!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersharon

Oh wow, I knew it would be amazing when you tweeted about it but it looks even better than I imagined!

April 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Has anyone really discussed with you how EVIL you are!!! And I mean this in the best way possible - in the "crap, I can't believe I packed my ice cream maker already..." kind of way!!! I guess I will have to wait until we get to VT to enjoy this!!!

Oh my goodness..

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Elle, I'd like to come over to your house for dessert. This sounds insanely delicious.

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEsi

Hm, that sound like an interesting flavor. I'm just not sure of the dulce de leche part. I generally like my ice cream without too much going on in it.

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteringrid

OMG! I think my arteries just hardened as I was reading this! No matter. This is genius! You've rolled all of my favorite flavors into one fab dessert. Definitely a winner!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan @ SGCC

OH. MY. GOSH. It's like you got inside my tastebuds and planned a perfect ice cream.

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlettergirl

I still haven't jumped on the candided bacon bandwagon... I'm just not sure about it, but this ice cream is seriously tempting me. I may have to try it!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Very nice looking Ice Cream. Chocolate and Bacon would have been good enough but adding peanut butter and caramel...that is over the top!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTripleScoop

Oh. my. goodness.!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an icecream!

Bacon really does make EVERYTHING better! I had maple-bacon ice cream once...divine!

Salted Chocolate Dulce de Leche AND Candied Bacon, in the same post?!?!?! You are my hero! :)

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLyB

uhm, candied bacon!?!? yeah, you go girl!! :)

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBren

Waw, Elle!! You always come up with somthing apart & so special too!

This screams: Indulge in me completely!!!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

Oh. My. Gosh! I think I'm gonna faint - you deserve a noble prize for this! ;) this combines more or less all my favourite foods ever, genius! i want some NOW! ;P triple-yum!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPastryPrincess

All I can say is, Wow! That ice cream sounds amazing. So sinful...

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

one day i will get over my fear of the exploding can, but today is not that day.

i could just eat the bacon dipped in the chocolate sauce and be perfectly happy. in fact, just thinking about it makes me perfectly happy.

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermichelle @ TNS

OMG....ELLE! What a fabulous combination and it look out of the world delicious!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I love candied bacon! I made some a while ago, this is an amazing use for it, thanks for sharing!

I like your pictures of the icecream. Icecream is always so hard to shoot!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

oooomg! candied bacon? I think I could just sit there and eat that, piece by piece...all by itself! Although it does look delish in your peanut butter ice cream

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I have to say i wasn't one for this bacon and sweets fan, despite the fact that i love bacon! But candied bacon, now that is a whole other story! Throw it on pb ice cream, ok SOLD!

I don't even know how to describe with words how happy this ice cream makes me. Let's just say if this was my last dying dessert, I would die a happy woman!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjulia

You are so right! OMG! I have died and gone to heaven! Amazing is not a strong enough word. I WANT! And dangerous.... OMG....piggy heaven!

April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

candided bacon? never heard of it and never thought it would work with ice cream., but reading all the comments, it seems that this is a MUST TRY!

happy cooking


My problem with peanut buter ice cream is it is always near impossible to scoop without leavng it out on the counter first. Did you have this problem, or was it soft from the get-go? This sounds absolutely delicious!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I wasn't even looking for ice cream today. I was looking up stuff about making preserves and short versus long cooking and skimming foam and all that jazz, and somehow I stumbled onto your site. And then I saw this ice cream, and now I have to make it. I thought my Almond Joy ice cream was my all time favorite, but once I try this peanut butter madness I think I may find myself reconsidering... I'm no good at favorites anyway, particularly when it comes to dessert.

I've had very good luck with the Salted Butter Caramel from Smitten Kitchen's site, so I'll probably make that to go over the top. Thanks for the great idea.

June 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjen

Candied bacon? Sweet Jesus in the morning. My prayers are answered!

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM. Carter @ the Movies

I'm confused. Did you not cook your custard? I've read the directions several times and you don't mention making an egg custard, yet you threw two raw eggs in this??????? Do you want salmonella flavored peanut butter ice cream? The recipe is a nice idea, but you should cook the eggs.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersnarkycat

Hello, Snarkycat. No, I don't cook the eggs. The base I use is based on the one in the Ben and Jerry's cookbook. No issues so far. I use fresh eggs and wash the outsides of them first, where the salmonella is reported to be--on the outside. If you're worried about it, you can use pasteurized eggs, Egg Beater type eggs, or use a base that you feel comfortable with, without eggs.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElle

This was the best Father's Day gift I have ever made. The taste sample was gone--gone!--in less than 5 minutes. Thank you so much for the recipe!

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn

Thanks so much for letting me know, Evelyn!

June 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

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