I have had this recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream Popsicles with Roasted Strawberry Swirls on my mind all summer, and every time I ventured out to pick up the ingredients, I would forget the ice cream. Towards the middle of July, the fine folks at Tillamook surprised us with a package of ice cream, and their timing was perfect as we were having a heatwave.
Before receiving this delivery of icy goodness, we didn’t even know that they made ice cream. We thought they only did cheese. Turns out they are getting their hands dirty all over the dairy, by also making yogurt, butter and sour cream. Tillmook uses only the highest quality of cows milk that has not treated with artificial growth hormones. As well their ice cream contains 13.5% of butterfat. You know what that means an ultra smooth and creamy texture, just the way ice cream should be.
We also liked that Tillmook is a co-op opposed to a major corporation. All of the farmers live on or close by the land that they farm, and raise their cattle on, basically they share the land with the animals they care for. Over a hundred years ago small creameries teamed up with the Tillamook Country Creamery Associate to make sure the quality of the cheese made was of high standards. They worked together towards this goal, and ended up producing better products. They practice what they preach, and stick to their values. We like that.
Back to ice cream. They were so kind to send us six (6) different flavors to try out:
- Fireside S’mores
- Chocolate Peanut Butter
- Marionberry Pie
- Old Fashioned Vanilla
- Oregon Strawberry
- Tillamook Mudslide
And so far we have tried all of them except the Oregon Strawberry. The verdict? Yep, we are really enjoying Tillamook ice cream. As mentioned above the ice cream is creamy, and the flavors really stand out. Our favorites by far have been the Fireside Smores, Tillamook Mudslide and the Marionberry Pie. Have you ever had a marionberry? We hadn’t until we tried this ice cream, and now we want it all the time. It is screams summer.
I decided to play around with the Old Fashioned Vanilla a bit by using some of it to make these popsicles. Originally, I was going to make an orangesicle, but then decided to roast summer time strawberries. The caramelized strawberries are a dream when mixed with this creamy vanilla ice cream, and they really make the vanilla bean pop.
Thank you Tillamook for cooling us down, we are having an even more delicious summer thanks to your generosity.
What to try Tillmook for yourself? I have three coupons for a free container of ice cream, and will pick three people on August 15, 2013. All you need to do is leave a comment telling us which flavor you are dying to try. Be sure to go to the Where to Buy area of their site to make sure the ice cream is sold in your area before entering. Thanks!
** Disclaimer Tillmook supplied us with ice cream to taste but did not require us to write about it. This write-up and all opinions belong to us.
Recipe: Vanilla Ice Cream Popsicles with Roasted Strawberry Swirls
*makes 8 popsicles
- Place the ice cream into a large mixing bowl and soften with a spatula.
- Fold in the strawberries.
- Place the ice cream mixture into popsicle molds, and place place in the freezer.
- Let freeze overnight.