Saturday, August 17, 2013

Nutella Swirl Ice Cream With Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts



Nutella Swirl Ice Cream With Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts

You might still remember the heart shaped Nutella Macarons that I made a while ago and my confession for the love of Nutella from that post.  No?  Never mind. Because I've got something even bigger, and better.  A bigger confession, and a better recipe compared to the macarons.  If this Nutella Swirl Ice Cream With Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts is wrong, I don’t want to be right.  There, I said it.   My confession.  Why?  Because this ice cream is probably one of the best ice cream I've ever tasted, period!  Store bought or homemade, nothing can compare to this!  Even though if you’re not as crazy as I am for Nutella, I’m sure you’ll still be crazy for this ice cream.  That’s how good it is. 

Nutella Swirl Ice Cream With Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts

I used my favorite vanilla ice cream as the base, then, add swirls and swirls of creamy and nutty nutella into the mix while the ice cream is churning.  The Nutella slowly infused its flavor into the ice cream, yet, some remains as beautiful swirls throughout the ice cream.  Drooling yet?  Get a box of tissue paper ready because there’s more.  At the last minute of the churning, I added some Dark Chocolate covered Hazelnuts with Fleur de Sel into the mix, churn just until the hazelnuts are evenly distributed.


Nutella Swirl Ice Cream With Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts

Boy oh boy, that’s totally drool worthy, isn't it?  The Chocolate covered hazelnuts add a lovely crunch in this ice cream.  The nutty aroma of roasted hazelnut enhanced the flavor tremendously.  The slightly salty Fleur de Sel balanced perfectly with the sweetness of the ice cream and the Nutella.   Each spoonful is heavenly, the smooth and silky texture of the ice cream melt slowly in my mouth.  Made me want to close my eyes and enjoy this concoction slowly and savor each bite.  The flavor, the texture, the aroma, all so vivid on my palates and imprinted in my memories.  If there’s one dessert that I would dream about tonight, this would be it.

Nutella Swirl Ice Cream With Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts


Now, ready to join me in the kitchen to prepare this drool-worthy ice cream?  Follow me.

1) Heat the milk, sugar and salt until the mixture reaches a simmer.
2) With a paring knife, scrape off the seeds of the vanilla bean.
3) Place both the seeds and bean pod into the milk mixture, cover and let it steep off the heat for an hour.
4) In a heat proof bowl, whisk the egg yolks together.
5) Reheat the milk mixture.  While whisking, slowly add the re-heated milk mixture into the yolks.
6) Pour the egg yolk mixture back to the saucepan and cook the custard on low heat until thicken and coat the spatula.
7) Place a strainer on a large bowl with the cream.  Strain the custard into the cream.  Stir in vanilla extract and liqueur (if using). Cover and refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Preferably overnight.
8) Churn the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  5 minutes before the churning is done, with a fork, add the Nutella into the churning ice cream in a slow steady stream, a tablespoon at a time.
9) Add the Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts right before churning is done. Enjoy the ice cream as is for a soft serve texture. Or, place ice cream in a freezer safe container overnight for a firmer texture.  Enjoy!


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Pretty straight forward, right?  It really is.  I usually make a big batch of the chocolate covered hazelnuts and keep them available in the fridge.  They make a great snack and perfect when I need to churn up this ice cream.  Check out the most sexy ice cream on earth here, the Nutella Swirl Ice Cream With Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts!

The Most Sexy Ice Cream On Earth!

And the best part of photo shooting ice cream?  I have to act fast and get the job done before it’s all melted!  Then, I get the sweetest reward at the end, which is... I get to enjoy what I just shot!  

Eat Me!

Yes, that fast, and it’s totally awesome!  This ice cream is absolutely my latest guilty pleasure of all time.  Do you have a guilty pleasure treat that you simply couldn’t resist?  Either homemade treats or store bought ones? I would love to know what they are, so please share.  Stay cool and have fun churning!

I Obeyed!







Nutella Swirl Ice Cream With Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts:
(Printable Recipe)

1 1/2 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
6 large egg yolks
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon liquor (I used vodka), optional
1/2 cup Nutella
1 cup Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, sugar, vanilla bean and salt together until simmer.  Cover and remove from heat and let the mixture steep at room temp for 1 hour.

In a medium bowl, lightly whisk the egg yolks. Set aside.  Reheat the vanilla mixture until simmer.  While whisking the egg yolks constantly, slowly pour the warm vanilla mixture into the yolks.  Then, scrap egg yolks mixture back into saucepan.

With a flat bottom wooden spatula, stir the mixture constantly and cook over medium low heat until the custard is thick and coat the spatula.  Set a strainer over a large mixing bowl.  Strain the custard.  Do not discard the vanilla bean, simply wash and pat dry it, then add it to your jar of vanilla sugar.

Stir in the cream and liquor, if using.  Cover the mixture and refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Preferably overnight.  Churn the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

5 minutes before the churning is done, with a fork, add the Nutella into the churning ice cream in a slow steady stream, a tablespoon at a time.  Then, add the Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts right before churning is done.  Enjoy the ice cream as is for a soft serve texture.  Or, place ice cream in a freezer save container overnight for a firmer texture. 


Nutella Swirl Ice Cream With Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts

109 comments:

  1. Whoa there, I am tempted! It looks so tasty!

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    1. Thank you. Oh...this ice cream is so good. I can probably eat this everyday....if I let myself to do so. :P Good news is, I can't find a reason not to. hehehe....

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  2. I have the tissues right in my hand!!! Slurp...

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    1. :P Yup...you'll need the tissues. Enjoy!

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  3. That looks so elegant! I love the chocolate-covered hazelnuts and how the ice cream looks paired with that beautiful pink napkin.

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like my recipe and the food styling. :) I love contrasting colors in my pictures.

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  4. I am not one of them, the big fan of ice-creams. Its just me but once a while, I like a sweet taste on my palate especially after my meal. Its a stunner and very impressive. The recipe is kept aside because when I have guest, I can make the ice-cream. I have a bunch of friends who will jump high up for such a delicious home made ice-cream.

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    1. Thank you. OH...I'm sure your guests would love this ice cream. Any one who has tried this ice cream loved it. Hope you'll give this a try some day, soon. :) Take care.

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  5. The ice cream must be extremely delicious with those chocolate covered hazelnuts.

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    1. Oh yeah...this is a hazelnut lovers' dream come true kind of ice cream. :P I'm so in love!

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  6. Now isn't this a perfect example of everything being better with a dollop of nutella!!! There is just one thing I don't understand, maybe you can clarify... HOW IN THE HECK that tiny little glass goblet is enough for a serving of this ice cream!?? I'd be running back and forth to the freezer at least 5 times!

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    1. LOL...it's the illusion of ratio in the size. You might not know but my tub of Nutella is in GIANT size! :P Yup, a whooping 26.5 oz (750 gram) tub! That might explain the rather "tiny" size of my glass. LOL....and you're right, it's still hard to stop at just one glass, even they are regular size glass!

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  7. Nice presentation, ice cream looks super delicious with nuts ..

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    1. Thank you. This is one irresistible ice cream. :P And yes, the chocolate covered nuts add so much flavor and texture.

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  8. Wow, all favorite flavors, especially ice cream...lol! I absolutely am nuts about hazelnuts and chocolate, this is fantastic!

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    1. I agree...I'm crazy for hazelnuts and chocolate too. That's how this ice cream was inspired and created. :D

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  9. Nutella in ice cream!! Must be tasting heavenly with the chocolate covered hazlenuts

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    1. I have to say...this is one dreamy ice cream to indulge. I've been making this over and over because the kids love it so much!

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  10. Looks sooo good! Do you know that hazelnuts are Oregon's specialty? And I love chocolate covered hazelnuts from Made in Oregon store. I adore your photo styling.

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    1. Thanks for the information! Didn't know hazelnuts are Oregon's specialty! I just love them and get them all the time without thinking twice where they are really from! hahaha....glad you love the photo styling. :) This is a must try ice cream if you love hazelnuts. Take care.

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  11. You're a NUT:) a great nut..:) Like my daughters and their boys..:) Caroline bought the huge Costco jar:)

    I am sending her this..they have a machine:)

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    1. LOL...yes, I am nut about nuts, especially hazelnuts. Yup, the giant Costco jars of Nutella are stables in my home. :P Hope your daughters and their boys will give this a try soon. This ice cream is outrageously good.

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  12. I HEART anything with Nutella. One of the most delicious inventions ever. ;)

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    1. Totally agree! Gotta thank whoever invent the Nutella! :) It makes everything taste better.

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  13. Wow.... you had me at Nutella Amy! But ice cream and homemade? YUM!!! I just want to dig right in. Looks delicious!

    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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    1. Oh...if you love Nutella, you've got to give this ice cream a try. I know you're going to love it!

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  14. If the title has in "Nutella" I welcome it with open arms, but you went beyond.. this looks amazing! Yum!

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. OH, this is one awesome ice cream you've got to try. If you like Nutella, I'm sure you'll LOVE this. ;)

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  15. This looks like my idea of ice cream perfection! I adore hazelnut gelato, and with extra chocolate coated hazelnuts, it would be gorgeous.

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    1. Oh..if you love hazelnut gelato, you're going to love this ice cream. The chocolate covered hazelnuts brings it all home. You've got to try this ice cream!

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  16. Drool worthy indeed! I wish I had some of that in the freezer.

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    1. Oh yeah...these are so good. hope you'll give it a try soon.

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  17. I love your description. This sounds like the kind of icecream you need to eat in silence and alone so you are not distracted and your can savor every spoonful. I am all for any reason to eat a little but more nutella in or on something. There are many times I walk around in the kitchen while eating it off the spoon looking for something to put it on. Have a super weekend. BAM

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    1. LOL...yes, this is a wonderful ice cream to enjoy without distractions. :P but usually that hardly happen in my house with the kiddos!

      Nutella by the spoonful? I think we could be best friends just because of that! ;) Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  18. Drooling here! would love to enjoy some ice cream in this hot weather!

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    1. Thank you, Jeannie. Oh yeah, this is one perfect treat for hot summer days. :)

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  19. Nutella! I haven't made ice cream with Nutella and I should! All of us are Nutella fan and there are so many things we can make with. I have to put Nutella in my priority on ice cream list. :D Looks so delicious Amy!

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    1. Thank you, Nami. Oh, this is one lovely ice cream to try if you love Nutella. :) I know you're going to love this ice cream for sure.

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  20. Yummy! Yummy! So delicious! Oh dear, it is night time here and I have a craving for ice cream after reading your post, so where can I get such delicious ice cream at this hour. You are really a brilliant cook, Amy. Your family is so fortunate to have you. :)

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    1. Thank you, Mun. Glad you like my little creation. I agree, I can't look at my own food pictures at night. Otherwise, I'll have quite a few cravings...especially sweet treats. :P

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  21. Looks so good! I can never resist any ice cream or gelato that's hazelnut related. I'd read in a magazine lately that nutella stays soft in ice cream, which sounds amazing. Love the crunchy chocolate hazelnuts. I'm all for crunch in my ice cream. I wish I could have a big bowl!

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    1. I agree, Monica. I adore hazelnut and that's my weakness! :) Yes, the Nutella does stay soft in the ice cream. It only "harden" slightly. It's simply divine in the ice cream. Hope you'll give it a try.

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  22. Amy, I just bought a bottle of Nutella. Your ice cream looks so delicious! Bookmarked!

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    1. Thank you, Ann. Oh, hope you'll give this a try. This ice cream is so good my family keeps asking me to make more whenever we finish a batch.

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  23. Everything about this looks just wonderful.

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like this ice cream too. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  24. It's recipes like this that make it so worth making your own ice cream! You just can't buy this in stores. This looks totally wonderful - such a brilliant idea. Good stuff - thanks.

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    1. Thank you. OH, that's so right. It's so much fun to create your own ice cream flavor and combination. :) Have a wonderful rest of the week. Take care.

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  25. oh please i love to have that... my favourite

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    1. Thank you. I know! I love Nutella and hazelnuts. It's even better when they are all in one bowl!

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  26. Amy, you are killing me with your icecream. How could you go wrong with this?..NOOO, this looks so good. I am making this before school starts...love it and your pics and description is so perfect.

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    1. Thank you, Asha. I hope your family will enjoy this ice cream as much as my family does. Have fun churning!

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  27. Congratulations, Amy. You have combined 2 of the best ingredients on the planet into one blissful dessert! Thank you for sharing =)

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    1. Thank you. Yes, I have to agree this ice cream is truly amazing. :) Gotta make sure I have the "inventory" in the freezer all the time.

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  28. Amy you had me at nutella...I can't wait to try this!!! - M

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    1. Thank you, M. Let me know how to like it if you try. Have fun churning. ;)

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  29. My son would LOVE this! He won't be home from grad school until December, but I'm hoping to make it for him then. :) Hugs & joy, T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Tina. Yes, my kids love this ice cream so much. Hope you'll make this for your son when he returns home. :)

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    1. Thank you, Kiran. :) Glad you like this ice cream.

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  31. So rich! This is one of those special occasion kind of ice cream I'd love for a birthday cake. Obsessed with Nutella like everyone else in the world.

    ~Jayne (www.tenacioustinkering.com)

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    1. Thank you, Jayne. :) hehe...I guess my family is celebrating something everyday with this ice cream. hahaha...guess we didn't wait for special occasion to have this. But you're so right, this truly stands up as "special" ice cream for parties and the like.

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  32. This is my kind of ice cream! I love anything hazelnut. The flavor must be to die for!!

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    1. Thank you, Natalie. I agree, this ice cream is so good. Hope you'll give it a try soon. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  33. Your photos are seriously gorgeous! I love your styling :)

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    1. Thank you, Erika. Glad you love my pictures and styling. :) Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  34. we upgraded to cuisinart pro last month, much to hubby's chagrin initially but after just 30 mins churning time, he is the one who is always yearning for weekly homemade flavours now!Definitely bookmarking this for this weekend, yum..love nutty nutty nutella!

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    1. cuisinart pro? I'm envy! :) I would love to have one of those babies too. What a nice up grade! Please let me know how you like this ice cream if you try. IT's now my family's favorite choice of ice cream!

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  35. Amy, what would u say if we be neighbours?? U're an awesome cook & u make lovely treats too! Love to be your guests :)

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    1. hehehe....I know you would be an awesome neighbour. :) I think food tastes better when shared with good friends and family. So come on over for some treats.

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  36. I love all the colors in your photos! And yes, totally drool worthy right here!

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    1. Thank you, Ashley. Glad you like my creation and my pictures. :) Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  37. You are killin' it with all these delicious sweets!! I love the sound and look of these. A must try!

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    1. Thank you, Angela. Glad you like my little creation. :) Let me know how you like it if you try. Take care and have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  38. Amy, you're killing me with your ice cream recipes! & I love it! This is so creative and the chocolate covered hazelnuts totally perfect this nutella swirl ice cream!

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    1. Thank you, Ruby. Glad you like this ice cream creation. Hope you'll give it a try. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  39. Se ve muy delicioso su helado de nutela ...mi hija estará feliz de ver y hacer una exquisitez,hugs,hugs.

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    1. gracias. Sí, este es un muy divertido y deliciousice crema. Espero que te voy a dar una oportunidad pronto.

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  40. Nutella makes everything better. This ice creams with Nutella and dark chocolate hazelnuts looks so delicious. By the way, I also just posted a recipe with Nutella on my site. :)

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    1. Thank you, Julia. Yes, Nutella makes everything better! hehehe...I'm going to check out your delicious Nutella creation right after. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Oh my goodness...that is absolutely drool worthy!

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    1. Thank you, Trishie. :) Take care and have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  42. You are preaching to the choir, girl! Nutella addicts unite! This ice cream looks divine. And my life will not be complete without it.

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    1. Thank you, Joanne! Amen to your comment! Hope you'll give this ice cream a try soon. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  43. Yum!! We love icecream and we love nutella and we love dark chocolate and we love nuts! :o) Plus our son who is getting married, received an icecream maker, so I will need to pass your recipe to them.

    It has been a while, but I am hoping to get back into at least posting my one post a week post. :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Hugs to you and happy to be back! Come by if you have some time!

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    1. Great to have you back, my Dear. Hope your son will like this ice cream recipe...make sure that he shares with you! ;) Take care and have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  44. Yummy!!! I really need to make some more ice cream before summer is over. I just need to find the time ;)

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    1. Thank you, Amy. Oh yes, you've got to give this one a try. Hope you'll find the time to make this cos I know you'll love this one for sure. Take care and have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  45. I love Nutella, and this ice cream loaded with Nutella and hazelnut looks delicious...
    Thanks for the recipe Amy and have a wonderful week :D

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    1. Thank you, Juliana. Hope you'll give this a try soon. Take care and have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  46. This could certainly be an addictive ice cream...yum.

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    1. Thank you, and yes, this ice cream is quite addictive. :) Have a wonderful rest of the week. Take care.

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  47. YUM! THis looks amazing. I love the chunks of nuts!
    xx gemma @ andgeesaid.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Thank you, Gemma. Glad you like this ice cream and the nuts in it. ;) Have a wonderful rest of the week. Take care and thanks for stopping by.

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  48. Your ice creams are amazing...always. And this one is no different. Another delicious ice cream post!

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    1. Thank you so much. Glad you love this ice cream creation too. :) have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  49. Amazing idea and the ice cream looks extraordinary! My husband who is a huge fan of Nutella would love it.

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    1. thank you. Hope you'll make this for your hubby soon. I'm sure he'll love it.

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  50. imma a Nutella fan! this is so cool! hope i got time to try it!

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    1. Thank you. Hope you'll give this a try soon. I'm sure you're going to love it too.

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  51. Love this! The only thing better than plain Nutella is Nutella ice cream! And the chocolate-covered hazelnuts? Insane!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. Glad you like my little creation. :) Yup, it's a dreamy combination of ice cream!

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  52. Wow, good clicks! Whenever I snap pics of ice cream, my 'studio' will be like a war zone. Everything must be up fast before the ice cream melts.... sigh!

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    1. haha...I agree, gotta take pictures quickly before the ice cream is all melted! But that's also the best part, get things done fast and enjoy the result! ;)

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  53. Yummy, it looks so delicious! I would love to have it right now :)

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    1. Thank you. Wish I can send some over for you to try. It's really good. Have a wonderful rest of the week, take care.

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  54. Hi Amy, I sure love this... your ice cream look absolutely delicious and tempting. Nice presentation! :))

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    1. Thank you, Amelia. My family love this ice cream. Take care and have a beautiful rest of the week.

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  55. You can't beat the combination of nuts, chocolate, and ice cream!

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