This pineapple coconut ice cream recipe is a great way to get a taste of the islands when you can’t actually visit.
Table of contents
The ingredients in this recipe make this ice cream super creamy and decadent, but very easy to make. The creme fraiche, corn syrup and alcohol will keep the ice crystals small so the ice cream will be creamy.
THE SCIENCE OF ICE CREAM
There is more to ice cream than just freezing quality ingredients. The key is making it smooth and creamy, and there is a lot of science to making it smooth. Ice cream stays smooth while it is being churned, but then it is put in the freezer in order to harden and that’s when ice crystals form, ruining the smoothness.
Making ice cream requires a method and ingredients that prevent large ice crystals from forming. This is accomplished with an ice cream maker that keeps the mixture moving and freezes it quickly, and using certain ingredients that keep the ice crystals small.
THE ICE CREAM MAKER
We use a Whynter ice cream maker to make this pineapple coconut ice cream recipe. It makes the most incredible ice cream we have ever had – better than all the previous ice cream makers we have used. No messing with ice and rock salt or freezing the inner container. The Whynter ice cream maker churns the ice cream and freezes it quickly, keeping the ice crystals small.
It also helps if everything is cold. Make the mixture at least four hours before freezing it and thoroughly chill it. Let the ice cream maker run for fifteen minutes before putting the mixture in. Freeze a glass container to store the ice cream. And work quickly when the ice cream has finished churning.
THE INGREDIENTS THAT AFFECT THE TEXTURE
Some of the ingredients also help keep the ice crystals small so the ice cream stays creamy. In this recipe, the creme fraiche, alcohol and corn syrup are the keys to keeping the ice crystals small.
Creme fraiche is a cultured product, like sour creme, but with a much milder taste. The culture in it prevents ice crystals from forming once the ice cream has been churned and is hardening. We make creme fraiche in an Instant Pot from Horizon cream.
Corn syrup lowers the freezing point of water, making the ice crystals smaller and the ice cream smoother. We use Wholesome corn syrup because it is NOT a high-fructose corn syrup. Honey, and to some extent maple syrup, will do the same thing, so we use these for certain flavors.
Alcohol lowers the freezing point, making the ice crystals small. It also keeps ice crystals from forming as the ice cream hardens. Too much, however, and the ice cream won’t freeze. We use a Tablespoon of an 80 proof rum in this pineapple coconut ice cream recipe.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE PINEAPPLE COCONUT ICE CREAM RECIPE
One of the best reasons to make ice cream is so you know exactly what is in it. You will know that it contains nothing but the ingredients you put in. We use the best ingredients. Brands vary in quality, so we have listed what we used.
We use Horizon organic cream because we think their products taste better than any other dairy products. Just as important, Horizon is a certified B corporation that has committed to becoming carbon positive across their entire supply chain by 2025, which makes the ice cream sustainable.
The sugar is Wholesome sugar, which tastes better and doesn’t come from growers burning the rainforest to plant it.
No Affiliates Statement
We call this our “no affiliates” statement because we accept no advertising, have no affiliates and accept no payment. We are not paid to mention brands – we just love buying the best, sharing that information and saving the planet at the same time. The effort put into writing and photographing the blog is solely based on our dedication to the cause.
INSPIRED WHILE TRAVELING
This is one of the things we discovered while traveling and recreated when we got back home. We researched the science and techniques behind the recipe and used tips from exceptional chefs. Then we used the best ingredients we could find to create this recipe. For more ideas, see our other posts about recipes inspired by travel.