Sea-Salt Ice Cream

— Chef's Note —

"We could always buy some sea-salt ice cream." - Ansem the Wise

After tasting sea-salt ice cream at Tokyo DisneySea, video game director Tetsuya Nomura added the dish to Kingdom Hearts II. Since then, it's become a recurring treat in the series that symbolizes friendship and teamwork.

The fantasy version is blue, but it's usually the color of cream in the real world. You can find it in Hakata, Japan, which is famous for their local sea salt. Dingle, Ireland is another place that's known for their sea-salt ice cream.

The recipe here is the easiest way to make sea-salt ice cream with common ingredients you probably have at home. I typically use about half a teaspoon of freshly ground sea salt and drizzle mine with honey. Fancier versions will use raw eggs and/or real vanilla beans to make more of a gourmet frozen custard.

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How to Make Sea-Salt Ice Cream

— Ingredients —

whole milk
1 cup whole milk
(chilled)
granulated sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
vanilla
2 teaspoons vanilla
heavy cream
2 cups heavy cream
(chilled)
sea salt
1/4-3/4 teaspoon sea salt
(flaky is best)
blue and green food coloring
blue and green food coloring
(optional)

— Instructions —

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar into the milk until dissolved (about 1-2 minutes using a mixer on low speed).
  2. Stir in heavy cream and vanilla.
  3. Add food coloring until the desired color is achieved (optional). Usually at least 10 drops of blue and 2 drops of green is needed, but stir in drops one at a time to be sure.
  4. Stir in the sea salt. (Be careful not to add too much!)
  5. Cover and chill in the refrigerator, if needed.
  6. Freeze, following your ice cream maker’s instructions. If you don't have an ice cream maker, pour mixture into metal cake pans and place them in the freezer. Let sit until edges become firm, then remove and mix. Repeat until uniformly frozen.
  7. Let soften before adding to popsicle molds (optional). Place a popsicle stick in each mold and freeze again (at least 2-3 hours but preferably overnight). You can use disposable paper cups if you don't have any popsicle molds - just cut or peel away the paper when you're ready to eat.
  8. Just like in the game, these will melt quickly - so enjoy right out of the freezer!

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