How to Make Disneyland’s Candy Cane Soft Serve at Home
It's even better than the real thing.
Disney does not shy away from candy-flavored soft serve. In the fall, Disney World served up Candy Corn Soft Serve topped with crushed candy corn. And currently, you can find Candy Cane Soft Serve, covered in crushed candy canes, at Disneyland.
Because, unfortunately, we can’t all enjoy the real deal, we took to our test kitchen to re-create the mouth-watering treat. Without a soft-serve machine, soft-serve is almost impossible to mimic, so we did our best by whipping ice cream and folding in whipped cream (riffing off of this technique from the Big Gay Ice Cream cookbook). We think you’ll find it pretty delicious—and very festive.
Start by whipping 1 cup heavy cream in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on high speed until soft peaks form. Transfer the whipped cream to a large bowl. Add three cups slightly softened vanilla ice cream to the bowl of the stand mixer and whip until very fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Gently fold the whipped cream and ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract into the whipped ice cream. Fold in ¾ cup crushed candy canes (from about 8 candy canes). Transfer to the large bowl, cover with plastic, and freeze until the top and sides of the mixture are solid, 2 to 2 ½ hours.
Remove the bowl from the freezer. Using a rubber spatula, fold the frozen pieces into the rest of the mixture until combined, and a soft but scoopable ice cream remains. Scoop into ice cream cones, top with more crushed peppermint, and eat immediately.
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