Brown Butter Candied Bacon Ice Cream Recipe from Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck

Brown Butter Candied Bacon Ice Cream Sandwiches
The taco truck might be considered a “classic” when it comes to street food in LA, but for many of us, the first memories we have of “meals on wheels” isn’t a meal at all.

It’s ice cream.

Remember the ice cream truck? The thought of a distant, high-pitched jingling melody seems almost cliche, but it’s not. It is a real sense memory. We loved those red white and blue rockets, strawberry shortcake popsicles, ice cream cone drumsticks (we could never figure out why they were called that) and ice cream sandwiches.

Ok, actually, we never liked those bricks of vanilla ice cream sandwiches between two flimsy rectangles of chocolate wafer that inevitably left sticky chocolate ovals on your fingertips.

But that was then, and what we do like now are the ice cream sandwiches from Coolhaus, one of the many food trucks participating in the original LA Street Food Fest’s Summer Tasting.

Coolhaus makes “architecturally inspired” ice cream sandwiches. Their all-natural handmade ice creams are scooped into enormous globes and packed between two perfectly crisp-yet-chewy-soft cookies. They’ve shared with us their recipe for Browned Butter Candied Bacon Ice Cream. There’s no recipe for the chocolate chip cookies, but we didn’t “brownedbuttercandiedbaconareyoukiddingus?” … really notice.
Cool Haus Browned Butter Candied Bacon Ice Cream

Brown Butter Candied Bacon Ice Cream Recipe

from Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck


Ingredients for Candied Bacon:

5 strips bacon
2 tablespoons light brown sugar

Ingredients for Brown Butter Ice Cream:

3 tablespoons (45g) salted butter
¾ cup (packed) brown sugar (170g), light or dark
2¾ (675ml) cup half-and-half
5 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons dark rum or whiskey
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
optional: ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


Make Candied Bacon:

Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).

Lay the strips of bacon on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, shiny side down. Sprinkle 1½-2 teaspoons of brown sugar evenly over each strip of bacon.

Bake for 12-16 minutes. Midway during baking, flip the bacon strips over and drag them through the dark, syrupy
liquid that’s collected on the baking sheet. Continue to bake until as deep brown. Remove from oven and cool the
strips on a rack.

Once crisp and cool, chop into little pieces.

Make Brown Butter Ice Cream:

Melt the butter in a heavy, medium-size saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and half of the half-and-half.

In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks, then gradually add some of the warm brown sugar mixture to them,
whisking the yolks constantly as you pour. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Cook over low to moderate heat, constantly stirring and scraping the bottom with a heatproof spatula, until the custard thickens. Add liquor, vanilla and cinnamon, if using.

Chill the mixture for about 5 hours. Once thoroughly chilled, add the remaining half and half and blend. Pour
into ice cream maker. Add the bacon bits during the last moment of churning, or stir them in when you remove the ice cream from the machine.

About LA Street Food Fest’s Summer Tasting Event

Who: You (if you live in LA)
What: LA Street Food Fest’s Summer Tasting
When: Saturday July 24, 2010 | VIP Preview 4 pm | General Admission 5:30 pm
Where: The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Why: because you’re a food freak and the event benefits St. Vincent Meals on Wheels and Woolly School Gardens
How Much: General Admission $45 | VIP $65
** You must buy tickets in advance. There will be NO tickets sold at the door.**

[photos by Cathy Danh of gastronomyblog, for TasteSpotting]

by Sarah J. Gim on July 21, 2010 · 10 comments

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Eliza July 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Oh my!! Read this out loud to my brother and husband, and they both yelled BOOKMARK THAT SITE! I complied :-)


Kanga_Rue July 31, 2010 at 2:51 am

I want to try this so much! At first I wasn’t sure whether to drool or barf at the title, but it looks absolutely delicious, so it’s a definite drool!


Rodellee July 31, 2010 at 11:28 am

Wow, fantastic! The lines for Cool Haus was too long so we didn’t get to try any at the Food Truck fest. But, will definitely give this recipe a go!


UptownJulieBrown August 3, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Uh huh! Not sure about the bacon but had some amazing brown butter ice cream in SF and figure this is a good start. Now, to find that darn ice cream maker!


Elizabeth August 5, 2010 at 7:32 am

Wow all my favs in one ice cream…bacon, brown butter, cream. What’s not to like? I only wish I could get this flavour up here in the Great White North!


coolhausfollower August 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm

when i first saw the bacon icecream option on the Cool Haus truck i was appalled and taken aback. But I tried it last night at the Los Angeles Downtown Artwalk and it was delicious! I was surprised i liked it and highly recommend for everyone to try it at least once!


Jesuis August 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Incredible! I made this last week and loved it. A very easy process start to finish. I did add the optional cinnamon (and of course the rum). Thanks for the recipe!


Darryl February 17, 2011 at 6:05 pm

As much as I love bacon, and yeah it goes with just about everything, I’m still not sure about the idea of mixing it with ice-cream, is it really that good?


Elisabeth September 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm

What I find strange is that the recipe doesn’t tell us to brown the butter. I found this site that is supposedly also coolhaus’ recipe, and it does brown the butter (and has substantial other changes as well)


Matthew April 22, 2012 at 4:41 am

I had this ice cream from the Coolhaus truck in Miami and loved it. I prepared this recipe yesterday and it’s AWESOME! Bacon goes with everything…


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