This icecream is such a sweet delight! It is one of my favourite ice cream treats and would be among the list of treats I would narrow down when my mom or dad asked what treat I wanted from the fudge man.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the fudge man doesn’t sell fudge at all! (Well, what most of you might know as fudge, is not what was called fudge in Jamaica where I grew up. Our fudge was really ice cream on a stick. The fudge man used to ride around on a bike on which he had carefully mounted an icebox. His icebox housed ice cream of all varieties, icelols and other frozen treats. We also liked ‘nutty buddy’, but would find it hard (or strange) to say as the name also has a naughty connotation to it. Ice cream cake was a favourite too.
Of course there would be dry ice in his box so that the contents would last for absolute ages. Now each fudge man had his own area that he would service and this could be quite a vast area so he would have to ensure that there would be no chance of having runny icecream at all. The fudge man was always cheerful and jolly and each would have a sweet melodic tune to announce whatever was in his ice box. Oh I can hear one now: ‘fudgeeeeee! fudgeeeee!’ That sound would be music to the ears of any child who would listen out in eager anticipation particularly on a Sunday afternoon.
Such fun days. I mean, even if your parents had ice cream in the freezer, you really wanted the one from the fudge man. Parents didn’t understand that that from the fudge man was just tastier. I’m sure sometimes they would hope that the fudge man would not turn up.
Now, back to the grapenut ice cream.
Guess what? Grapenut ice cream doesn’t include any grapes nor nuts! Shocker, right? The sweet, nutty and slightly salty flavour comes from a cereal called grapenut cereal. The list of ingredients on the package actually says it is made of whole grain wheat flour, barley flour, salt, iron and zinc etc. Anyway, it has a crunchy texture and a slightly salty taste.
It is really easy to recreate this grape nut ice cream if you think about it. It is like vanilla ice cream but with crunchy bits with each bite. The raw grapenut cereal has a very crunchy texture but it is softened somewhat when you add milk to it to have as a cereal. Well, when the grapenut is added to the ice cream, the same thing happens.
Now, here’s the grapenut ice cream recipe you came here for.
284 ml double cream
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup grapenut cereal
1/2 cup condensed milk
1 tbsp vanilla flavouring
1/4 tsp salt
It is quite easy to just put everything in an ice cream maker and allow it to churn away. However, if you don’t have an ice cream maker you can mix it all together for 3 to 4 minutes and then put it in the freezer.