Thursday, July 5, 2018

4th of July

We had a fantastic fireworks show that we watched from some college green space.

My husband did a dry ice ice cream project with the kids. The last time we did this was before we lived in our current house, so 6+ years ago. We were a bit put off by the fizzy flavor at the time. Also, it overflowed like a science fair volcano.

This time, my husband used a Ben and Jerry's recipe book and did two different flavors: a creamy orange ice cream and a chocolate Reese's pieces ice cream. He also only did the dry ice step with half of each flavor, which prevented the overflow.

Some conclusions:

As expected, the creamy orange ice cream was fine with a little fizz (it's like orange soda pop). We let it rest a bit in the freezer before eating, as we did not want to accidentally ingest frozen CO2. As the dry ice fizzes out, it gets less carbonated tasting and more creamy tasting.

We let the chocolate Reese's pieces ice cream sit until after lunch the next day. Everybody loved it. It had very good flavor and texture. It was ever so slightly fizzy tasting, but the chocolate was the dominant note.

We are thinking about doing this as birthday party entertainment for an upcoming birthday, and our thinking is that fruit or soda flavors will work well if the idea is to eat same night (because people are used to a little fizz with those flavors), but that it's best to wait longer for a lot of other flavors. I'd like to try strawberry.

We also had dry ice shenanigans/experiments (READ ONLINE SAFETY WARNINGS--there can be some unexpected issues with the expansion of CO2 gas).

The supplies cost a lot, but as I noted, Ben and Jerry's is $4 per pint, and there was a lot of entertainment. We are thinking of inviting a family of little girls to join us for CO2 hijinks for T's birthday in the fall.