Child friendly no alcohol substitute

Im currently making this for Valentine’s Day! Author notes says you will taste the liqueur. What can I use instead of liqueur to make it kid friendly?

  • Posted by: Akouli
  • February 13, 2021
No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream
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Akouli February 17, 2021
Thanks everyone for your recommandations! I made it with 1/4 cup of baileys finally, for m’y husband and I. It was absolutely delicious!

I will try it without the liqueur or with your substitutes next time I make it.
SillyBee February 16, 2021
I realize this is post Valentine's Day but for the future you can add a teeny pinch of xanthan gum (like 1/16 tsp for a quart of ice cream). It will prevent the hardness without the alcohol flavor. I have also read that a healthy pour of condensed milk may also accomplish the same thing but I have not tried that yet.
Carolina G. February 15, 2021
I would actually skip the alcohol overall, maybe add an extra tablespoon of sugar instead. The ice cream will still be creamy and rich, just not as soft when you take it out of the freezer, it might need a few minutes at room temperature to soften.
Trishington February 13, 2021
With respect to substituting fruit juice, etc. for the the liqueur to make the recipe kid-friendly, one of the purposes of using liqueur is to prevent the ice cream from freezing “rock solid”. While using juice will make it suitable for kids, it might make the ice cream freeze too hard to be scoop-able straight from the freeze. You might have to let it sit at room temp for 10-15 minutes or so before you can serve it.
Nancy February 14, 2021
Agree on texture if using fruit syrup.
Nancy February 13, 2021
Haven't used it myself, but a possible substitute is one of those concentrated bottled fruit syrups from which one mixes a more diluted drink. In a pinch, use defrosted orange juice concentrate at full strength.
Use about 1/3 measure of syrup or concentrate compared to original measure alcohol.
It will give many but not all exact benefits of the alcohol to the ice cream - namely, sugar and flavor.
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