Make Your Own
I know Ben & Jerry’s charoset-flavored ice cream is so last week, but that’s how long it took me to perfect my own recipe, which we will now share with you. You’re welcome!
Because you can’t buy the Ben & Jerry’s stuff in the United States. You have to travel to Israel for a scoop. And then, you must search for it in some small store; the supermarkets apparently are not stocking it in the Pesach aisles.
All the hype piqued my interest. But a trip to Israel wasn’t in my plans, so, food writer that I am, I invented my own version. Avi Zinger, chief executive officer of Ben & Jerry’s Israel, mentioned on BreakingIsraelNews that it contains dates, apples, wine, cinnamon and nuts mixed in to a vanilla base. I ran with that.
You should know that in taste tests done in Israel, charoset ice cream was not a big hit with children. Grown ups liked it but some said it wasn’t charoset-ish enough.
Well, it is ice cream after all, not charoset.
I think my homemade version is quite tasty and really does taste like the better half of a Hillel Sandwich. Try it yourself! The recipe is easy. I used toasted almonds but you could substitute walnuts if you prefer, or leave out the nuts completely.
Ronnie Fein is a cookbook author, food writer and cooking teacher in Stamford, CT. She is the author of Hip Kosher and The Modern Kosher Kitchen. Visit her food blog, Kitchen Vignettes, at www.ronniefein.com, friend on Facebook, Twitter at @RonnieVFein.