Cookit! Ice Cream Pie
Royal Scoop teaches you how to make ...
Watch Steve Cummings, manager of Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream, 15 Eighth St., Bonita Springs, 942-2000, make an ice cream pie on the CookIt! video. He explains how to make one similar to the ones sold at the store to have a special dessert after dinner or to enjoy anytime at home. (Royal Turtle Pie and Cookies and Cream are always available in the store’s freezer. Pumpkin is available at Thanksgiving and Peppermint around the Christmas holidays).
Royal Scoop has been serving flavorful ice cream to residents and visitors since 1979. The store moved to its current location in 1990 and was sold to David and Sarah Zimmermann in 1994. Dessert is the most important part of dining at Royal Scoop, but you can also get deli sandwiches.
Cummings has worked at the store for the last 10 years, relocating from Greenwood, Ind., He insures that everything goes smoothly from inventory to production; sometimes he even makes the ice cream.
He invented “Sweet Potato Swirl,” which is made with sweet potato puree, marshmallow swirl and Georgia pecans. The Thanksgiving holiday gets the credit for the flavor, but Cummings gets the credit for putting it all together. Even with odd flavors butter pecan is the hands down winner as the number one flavor for customers, but rocky road is high on Cummings favorite list. New flavors are added and tried by customers requests and employees inspiration. The staff are the tasters and two tubs are put out to test how well they sell and if they stay.
Royal Scoop is popular all year long, but spring break is the busiest with the last three weeks of March and the first two weeks of April being super busy. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the sweet treats— adults enjoy visiting just as much or more. In fact, this is a family place with everyone having fun.
Here is the recipe for making an ice cream pie at home:
1 pie crust, may be store bought or homemade and may be any flavor graham cracker crust, Oreo, or any flavor you desire
Fudge, caramel, butterscotch, fruit spread, crumbled cookies or nuts, enough to sprinkle on the bottom of the crust as a surprise for the person eating the pie.
1 pint of ice cream, any flavor or flavors you desire
Wet topping to spread across the top
Whipped cream for serving
Fill the pie crust with the sauce, nuts or crumbled cookies.
Melt the ice cream to a pudding consistency and spread on top of the crust.
Freeze approximately one hour.
Take the pie out of the freezer and top with a wet topping—caramel, butterscotch, fudge or a fruit sauce and re-freeze until solid.
When ready to serve top with whipped cream.
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