Movie Munchie Ice Cream

Movie Munchie Ice Cream, inspired by The Washington Post’s Buttered Popcorn Semifreddo

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love those Buttered Popcorn Jelly Belly beans, and those who think they are the nastiest things ever.  If you are the former, please continue.

After an afternoon at a Nationals game recently, I came home with a full box of buttered popcorn–apparently my son’s eyes were bigger than his stomach and he couldn’t manage to eat the popcorn he selected after he had already eaten a pretzel, a snowcone, peanuts, and lemonade.

So, putting my popcorn bounty together with my love for ice cream and lack of adventurous company to try something called “Buttered Popcorn Semifreddo”, I thought I’d wing it and make popcorn ice cream.  I liked the idea of the semifreddo’s pretzel crust, so I thought pretzels would make a good mix-in for this ice cream.  Going along with the movie snack theme, I figured I needed one more thing to make this creation complete: PEANUT M&M’s.

This frozen movie snack trifecta came together beautifully: a salty-sweet combination with the essence of buttered popcorn and loads of pretzels and M&M’s.

Movie Munchie Ice Cream

  1. Soak 2 quarts of popcorn in 3 cups of milk for 30 minutes.
  2. Blend in a blender or food processor and strain.  Discard solids.
  3. Whisk together 3 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar and milk mixture.
  4. Heat on medium, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Chill overnight.
  6. Chop pretzels and peanut M&M’s to yield about 2/3 cup of each.
  7. Freeze custard in an ice cream maker about 25 minutes.
  8. Mix in pretzels and M&M’s during the last few minutes of churning.
  9. Eat immediately as soft-serve or freeze overnight to achieve a harder consistency.

The mix-ins:


The ice cream (a horrible photo–this tastes way better than this photo looks):




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