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Blue Moon Ice Cream

blue moon ice cream


Blue Moon, a flavor of ice cream found in the U.P. and surrounding areas, tastes like Fruitloops, according to some. This sounded like fun. I’d never heard of this flavor before, and I like trying new things. It isn’t in grocery stores in New England. I don’t have an ice cream maker, either, but I decided to ad-lib something together that would allow me to approximate its flavor.

Basically, all recipes call for the same ingredients to make this from scratch, including the flavoring of vanilla, raspberry extract, and lemon extract. I decided to just buy vanilla ice cream and add in my own flavorings to finish the job.

You’ll need:

  • one tub of vanilla ice cream
  • lemon extract
  • raspberry jam
  • blue food coloring (optional)

Before I went to the grocery store, I left the tub of ice cream on the counter to soften. Although the recipe calls for raspberry extract, the store didn’t carry that, so I went ahead and bought raspberry jam to make into a sauce. (You can also make your own extracts a few weeks in advance, which will be much less expensive then what the stores sell it for.) Scooping about a tablespoon of the jam into boiling water and then stirring it until it became a sauce, I then poured that into four scoops of the softened vanilla ice cream that I’d transferred to a mixing bowl. I then added a bottle cap’s worth of the lemon extract and three drops of teal food coloring, mixing well. Of course, pop the softened ice cream back in the freezer to harden before serving.

I tasted it, and it’s awesome. Importantly, it tastes exactly like the descriptions I’d read of the flavor—similar to the milk left over after eating a bowl of Fruit Loops—despite the many shortcuts.

(This isn’t my photo—I deleted mine by mistake, so I used this freesource one.)

Written by A. Alexander


  • Amy Munslow says:

    Yum! Blue moon ice cream is the best (spoken from a true Michigander). Yours sounds so tasty (and nostalgic!) I remember getting Blue Moon with rainbow gum drops in the summer as a kid.

  • A. Alexander says:

    Oh, wow! That sounds like something right out of candy land—delicious and pretty. If I ever get to Michigan for real, authentic blue moon with rainbow gum drops will definitely be on my list of treats to taste.

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