Java chip ice cream is my idea of heaven on earth. And while the summer may be waning, I couldn't resist the thought once it came into my head - homemade Java Chip Ice Cream, using a delicious base with an incredible coffee flavor, studded with lots of bittersweet chocolate.
I used to be content with store-bought. The original Starbuck's version was just about perfect in my book. But then Starbuck's changed the recipe to a flavor called "Java Chip Frappucino," a pale imitation of the original, and I lost interest. After a few disappointing purchases of other brands, I gave up.
Moving on, I ate more than my share of nutella espresso cookies and drank coffee (hot or iced) with chocolate chess pie. They were good, even great. But when I really wanted a fix of Java chip ice cream, those substitutes just didn't do the trick.