This coconut ice cream is the ‘punch in the face’ of coconut flavor. Steeped in three types of coconut and churned to creamy perfection, you would be hard-pressed to find a better frozen treat!

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I’m an island girl. My people hail from the beautiful island of Dominican Republic and I carry in my blood both Dominican and Haitian heritage. And though I was raised in the states, I will forever identify as Caribeña.
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The flavors of my island – Mango, chinola, guayaba, guanabana, limonsillo, papaya, y coco call to me like a tropical siren song. I go to it gladly, hungrily. The first bite through mango flesh, taking me back back back when mango juice used to run down my arms, my belly distended from so much fruit.
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It was con mi isla in mind that I churn this coconut ice cream. I wanted this ice cream to taste like breaking and biting into a sweetened coconut. And I succeeded.
This ice cream starts with milk and heavy cream steeped for many hours in three types of coconut – Sweetened and unsweetened coconut flakes, plus coconut cream – which is just a block of unsweetened coconut. You can find it in the international section of your local supermarket. Try a section specific to island foods, Jamaica and the like.
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Once the mixture steeps it is blended for a minute or so to deepen the coconut flavor. It’s cooked and thickened with cornstarch. I wanted the ice cream to resemble the inside of a coconut, and egg yolks would change that.

The cooking is followed by an ice bath cool down. Once the mixture cools, the coconut flakes are strained from the ice cream. At this point you can churn or allow the flavors to meld overnight. I don’t wait. I want it now. As it churns I toast coconut flakes and though it is truly inadvisable (because it’s still soft serve status) to eat ice cream straight out of the machine, I can’t help myself. Spoon in one hand, toasted coconut flakes in the other. I go to town on an ice cream that tastes like the islands, like my people, like my beloved coco.
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