Today I am going to show you how to make a fun recipe that your kids will love. It’s called Gelato al Puffo – aka Smurf Gelato. This ice cream was really popular in Italy during the 80’s and 90’s. Smurfs were really popular too and we all used to watch the show on TV. Someone very smart decided that adding some blue food colouring to a basic vanilla ice cream, would make for a great marketing idea and that’s how this ice cream was born. To be completely honest, Gelato al Puffo has different flavours – each gelataria has its own recipe. In some cases, they even add anise to it. Whatever the flavour, I have always thought it a fun idea! Enjoy!
Gelato al Puffo
- 250 ml – 1 cup milk cold
- 250 ml – 1 cup heavy cream cold
- 130 gms – 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp blue food colour
With a hand mixer, blend together the milk, cream and sugar.
Transfer to a container, cover it and put it in the freezer for at least 6 hours or until ready to serve.
If you do not have an ice cream maker, you can pour the mixture into a container, put some cling wrap on the top (it has to actually be in contact with the ice cream) to seal it completely and then cover it with a lid. Whisk it every 45 minutes until ready. This should prevent crystallization.