Cranberry w/ Apple Apple Cider Cognac Caramel

Happy Thanksgiving y’all! It’s finally upon us, and through all it’s traditions, the one that we’d like to focus on is the Fall harvest. After kicking off the pre-Thanksgiving party with our Roasted Pecan with Pumpkin Caramel, we couldn’t think of a more festive and appropriate ingredient for this weeks flavor than cranberries. Add apples to the mix, a little cognac for good cheer, and we’re talk’in Thanksgiving flavor of the week: Cranberry w/ Apple Apple Cider Cognac Caramel. Let’s get it started…


Cranberries! These are organic cranberries from James Lake Farms in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Just the site of this bowl of berries can get you jammin right into the holiday spirit.

We’ve never made an actual cranberry flavored ice cream, so  it seemed fitting that today be the day to make that happen.

Cranberries, like many other fruits and berries pose the ever occurring obstacle in ice cream: their water content can make the ice cream icy, unless manipulated in some way.



If you actually read this blog, you’ll know that we sound like a broken record with our talk of water content in fruits going into our ice cream. Good thing is, you’re still reading.



To counter the water content issue, we decided to make a chutney. We started it out with our berries, a mix of sugars, orange juice, and cognac.

The mixture gets simmered down, the cranberries pop, and eventually the chutney comes alive…






Bang-go! Vibrant, tart and toothsome cranberry chutney. We add the chutney into our ice cream base that we mixed with both cane and brown sugars.





Some of you may have read the title to this weeks flavor and thought, “dudes, typo…you totally put two “Apple(s)” in there”.  Yeah, well, that’s pretty much what we did. The first of which are actual apples, diced, tossed with cinnamon and brown sugar, and then slowly roasted in the oven until candied and caramelly. In the end, we add these tiny apple chunkers to our other “apple”, the apple cider cognac caramel.


If you’re looking for an easy apple cider caramel sauce recipe, check out this one from The Cafe Sucre Farine blog. We adapted it to work in our ice cream, but the original is fantastic and explains the process well.



The two main players go head to head. Hoch Orchard organic apple cider, located right here in Minnesota along with Courvoisier Cognac.




After the caramel comes off the heat, we added in a little more Cognac to really bring out those brandy flavors and thin it out. The caramel provides a tart cider flavor that will undoubtedly pair well with the cranberry ice cream.

Our tiny roasted apple chunkers get added to the caramel and then layered into the ice cream during packaging.





The result is a sweet cranberry ice cream with a tart apple apple cider cognac caramel that characterizes the Fall harvest and gives us much to be thankful for. Cheers!


You can win one of the only two pints in the world, filled with this fabulous, scratch made craft ice cream in our weekly pint giveaway. Enter your name in the comments section here, or on our facebook page under the posted contest.  2 lucky winners will be drawn randomly on Friday 11/23 at 4pm.  Winners must be able to pick up locally and give us feedback. Pints must be claimed by email within one week or we will redistribute. 🙂 Good luck!





Manhattan Cocktail

This time of year is total bliss for us over here at FrozBroz central headquarters. There are so many fruits and vegetables in season and so many on the horizon that flavor choices come easy. Last week we railed out our Cherry Pit Creme Fraiche with Rainier Cherry and Lemon Thyme, featuring Rainier cherries. It was such a success that it kept me thinking about cherries, which brought to mind one of my favorite supper club cocktails, the Manhattan. I mean, a Manhattan cocktail would be delicious in ice cream, right? And so it became my mission to create the FrozBroz Manhattan Cocktail ice cream. Let us begin!




Sweet cherries! To me, this is where it all begins. I love a classic Manhattan and even an Old Fashion, and a great maraschino cherry can make it all the better. So first things first; have to make a killer cocktail maraschino cherry with these gorgeous Bing cherries.






Cherries get pitted, and tossed in a sauce pan to simmer with sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon stick and almond extract. After a simmer down they come off the heat and we add…








Luxardo maraschino cherry liqueur. Made in Italy, this sauce is made with a distillation process using sour cherries. It packs a ton of flavor, and of course, alcohol, which helps displace the water content in our cherries. This will keep our maraschinos from turning icy in the cream.








The result are these beautiful maraschino cherries that are going to play an integral part to the backbone of our Manhattan. They get chopped up and added into our ice cream base.






And since were talkin backbones, lets not forget about the other crucial ingredients; Angostura bitters, sweet vermouth and orange zest.


Along with our maraschinos, they’re tossed in and working together to make this killer Manhattan ice cream base scream for whiskey.







Canadian whiskey that is. And why not make it a whiskey caramel? Ok, sure, yeah, we will! We simmer out a caramel with sugar, add cream, and lastly our Crown whiskey. The alcohol content in the herskey will lower the freezing temperature of the caramel, allowing it to remain soft in the ice cream. We layer the whiskey caramel into our pints during packaging.






There you have it…FrozBroz Manhattan Cocktail ice cream!


It can be yours.. As we do every week, we’ll be giving away two pints of this flavor. Just leave a comment on our facebook page to be entered into the drawing. If you don’t have a facebook account, leave a comment right here on the blog. We’ll draw two winners on Friday afternoon (8/3/2012) at 4pm and will announce them on our facebook page (or email you if you’re comment resides here). Our only conditions are you must be able to pick it up here in Minneapolis, and agree to give us a little feedback that can be shared with everyone else. Good luck!