Have you ever made vanilla ice cream with your grandchildren? It’s like having a magic show and vaudeville all rolled together. Each of the four ingredients is measured to the exact amount and meticulously placed in the mixing bowl. Then, watch their eyes as they put sugar into the liquids. Sugar, that magical sparkle placed in the bowl slowly so each crystal has the time to reflect light directly into each child’s imagination. It’s infectious. The rest can’t happen fast enough.
Pouring the mixed liquid into the ice cream maker brings out the best in children. You know the drill. Is it done yet? How much longer will it take? Someone has to taste test the substance as it begins to change from liquid to semi-soft as it folds into itself over and over again. Of course, there instantly appears this line up of tasters. All famished by the extraordinary length of time (20min) it took to get to his step in the creation of ice cream. Once the churning mixture of pure deliciousness passes the taste test, a measuring cup comes out to measure the 1 cup of chocolate mini chips. Into the mixing wonder goes the chips to the excitement of “where did they go”? Maybe we need more. Of course, it needed more.
Slowly but surely those little magic nuggets get incorporated into the mixture to the delight of the audience. Finally, after all of 15-20 minutes, the messy liquid becomes incredibly delicious chocolate chip ice cream. Of course, the required licking of the spoons, spatulas, and most importantly the sides of the ice cream maker become cleaned by three very excited taste testers and measuring Chefs de ice cream makers. Into the freezer goes the mixture to the disgust of the participants.
Then, came the moment from eternity when the dessert was prepared in bowls of the proper size for this occasion. Once served the quiet in the room was palpable. All that could be heard was a choir of “yum” and. “good” followed by the incessant chatter of can we have more? There before me were three angels with chocolate lips and huge smiles. Who in their right mind could resist such a portrait of angels just waiting for more ice cream? Of course, every frozen drop was eaten to the cheers of the adoring crowd. Another successful finish to an unusually tasty meal.
They were ready to use all the energy they just gained to their satisfaction by running around, chasing each other. Such a reward can only be seen by grandparents because their parents will never know the joys found in making a simple batch of chocolate chip ice cream. Now, where did everyone go when clean up was needed. Oh, after creating a masterpiece of frozen delight, I Guess that role is the final one. Unfortunately, the duty falls on the grandparents who were given the treat of a lifetime – making chocolate chip ice cream with their three grandchildren.