While we think all kinds of ice cream are magical, blue moon ice cream is a cut above. Not only is it delicious, sweet, and satiates your sugar cravings, it’s also the most gorgeous shade of bright blue.
There is truly nothing better than sitting on your back deck in the heat of the day with a gigantic cone of blue moon in hand. It’s a childhood favorite that follows everyone into adulthood and beyond.
Blue moon ice cream history
Blue moon ice cream originates from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It has a very unique flavor profile with hints of marshmallows, almonds, coconut, pistachio, vanilla pudding, and even some raspberry and lemon extract. It gets its smurf-like fun color from blue food coloring.
Proprietary blends even exist. And Weber Co. of Chicago now owns the trademark to the secret formula for their unique version of the summer treat.
Half the fun of eating it is trying to guess its extremely unique ice cream flavor. Some say it is eerily reminiscent of a favorite childhood cereal. In contrast, others think it tastes like bubble gum, cotton candy, or even Peeps marshmallow candies.
But be warned, if you enjoy the ice cream with others, there will surely be a debate about a fruit loop like aftertaste.
Social media’s influence on the treat
Its common knowledge that Blue moon ice cream is exceedingly Instagrammable. But if you’re not living in or around Michigan, Ohio, or Illinois, getting your hands on a cone will be a challenging task.
For this reason, many food blogs have discovered how to master the tasty ice cream tastes from their home kitchens. So if you’ve had a craving for a big bowl of blue moon ice cream topped with sprinkles and Oreo crumbs, find a recipe below and start churning.
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 teaspoon raspberry flavoring
- 1 teaspoon lemon oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon blue gel food coloring (about 2 drops)
And if that is not an option. Some people believe that it makes up the blue color of Superman ice cream, another popular flavor found in the Midwest.
Unfortunately, blue moon ice cream is not considered vegan. It is commonly made with heavy cream, whole milk, egg yolks, and vanilla pudding mix.
However, creative plant-based individuals could attempt the traditional recipe with dairy alternatives. Some vegan food bloggers have been successful in recreating the ice cream with coconut milk.
Despite what some people may think, traditional blue moon does not contain any alcohol unless otherwise specified.
If you find yourself at the local grocery freezer or ice cream parlor, keep an eye out for a carton of blue moon ice cream. Several brands now carry the product. In particular, look out for Hudsonville Ice Cream maker as one of the well-known brands that package the sky blue frozen treat.