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Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwiches (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwiches

The perfect ice cream sandwich is:

Soft. Hard crunchy cookies need not apply.

Sweet and salty. Keyword: and. Not or. Like the yin and yang of ice cream sandwiches, one balances out the other.

Streamlined. Meaning, you shouldn’t have to have a mouth the size of Steven Tyler’s to eat it.

And, finally…

Sprinkled. Because everything is better with sprinkles.

Malted Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

I’ll tell you, folks, this sandwich has it all. Tessa Arias, author of Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich, did not make it easy on me. I spent weeks endlessly flipping through the book. Not for a lack of recipes but for sheer indecision on just which recipe (or mix and match combination) I was going to make. The entire book is filled with perfect ice cream sandwich after perfect ice cream sandwich, and this malted chocolate beauty is no different.

The cookies are soft and salty. The ice cream creamy and sweet.

She rolls hers in whoppers, but in conjunction with the last of my criterion for sandwich-ability above, sprinkles were definitely in order.

Granted, I probably made them a wee bit too big (think the diameter of a halved grapefruit). I say that like it’s a bad thing. It’s totally not.

I used the technique outlined here to make my sandwiches, the result being more uniform ice cream rounds than simply scooping and smushing. But you can certainly do that too.

Be sure to click through for the recipe and a chance to win a copy of this mouth-watering book!

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yield: about 10 sandwiches

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mintues

Total Time: 36 hours

Ingredients:

Ice Cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup plain malted milk powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg  yolks

Cookies:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dark or Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup plain malted milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt

Directions:

  1. Prepare an ice bath by setting a medium heatproof bowl inside a larger bowl of ice water. Place a fine mesh sieve on top and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the milk, cream, 1/2 cup sugar, malted milk powder, salt, and vanilla. Cook gently over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar has dissolved and mixture starts to steam. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks with remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Slowly whisk in some of the warm cream mixture, 1/3 cup at a time, until about half of the cream mixture has been incorporated and egg mixture is warm to the touch. (Be sure to gradually whisk in the warm cream; you want to temper the eggs, not cook them.) Pour egg mixture back into saucepan and return to medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spatula, about 5 to 7 minutes, or until it reaches approximately 175ºF. Do not let it boil.
  4. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into the ice bath. Stir until mixture is cool. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, carefully pressing it onto the surface of the cream mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.
  5. Line a quarter sheet pan or 9x9-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper. Churn ice cream according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spread ice cream into the prepared pan to desired thickness Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2-3 hours or until firm.
  6. For cookies,  preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  7. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, malted milk powder, baking soda, and salt.
  8. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in egg, followed by vanilla and sour cream. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until incorporated.
  9. Using a medium or large cookie scoop, drop dough by the heaping tablespoonful onto prepared baking sheet. Flatten to 1-inch thick disks with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set. Let cool on baking sheet for minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Freeze cookies for at least 1 hour before forming your sandwiches.
  11. To assemble, remove block of ice cream from sheet pan using the parchment or foil to lift it out of the pan. Choose a cookie cutter approximately the same size as your cookies to cut out rounds of ice cream. Place one round on a cookie, then top with a second cookie, pressing to adhere. Roll edges in sprinkles or crushed malted milk ball candies, if desired. Freeze for at least 1 hour before serving.

Cookies and Cream Cookbook by Tessa AriasWhat better accompaniment to the perfect ice cream sandwich than a giveaway? Author Tessa Arias has so kindly offered up a copy of her book to one lucky L&OO reader! Cooling temperatures be darned, with this book in hand you’re going to want to eat ice cream sandwiches all winter long.

Giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering!

Congrats to Bianca, comment #204, who was selected as the winner of this fabulous book!

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Giveaway open to US residents only. Void where prohibited. Winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. Bonus entry requirements will be verified if selected as the winner, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. All opinions written are purely my own.

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  1. 1
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Oreo cookie with tiramisu ice cream! I think it would be great!

  2. 2
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Ok, there’s no such thing as an ice cream sammie that’s to big :) I’d love a bacon version!

  3. 3
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I would love to try the peanut butter and jelly ice cream sandwich. It sounds yum!

  4. 4
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I just followed on twitter and tweet about the giveaway! @bittersidesweet

  5. 5
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Having just moved to Europe (don’t worry, I have a US APO address to send that beautiful cookbook to!), I’ve become obsessed with the melon and pistachio gelato in the shops all over. A pistachio cookie with melon gelato would be something I’d love to give a try.

  6. 6
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I just followed both on FB! (Nancy Piran)

  7. 7
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:42 am

    omg these look gorgeous!! need some nowww (at 9:00am, naturally)

  8. 8
    carrie
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I want to try something with peanut butter and / or nutella.

  9. 9
    Angela
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I would like to try a thin-mint style cookie (chocolate and mint) with a peanut butter ice cream!

  10. 10
    Noreen
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Yuzu  Ice cream  with green tea/almond  cookies!

  11. 11
    Angela
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:48 am

    just followed on twitter!

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    nina
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I’d love a chocolate cookie, with caramel ice cream, or maybe coffee ice cream with heath bar sprinkles, hmmm, so many wonderful options….

    • Lori
      Posted On September 15, 2013 at 7:52 am

      Me too! That’s my taste exactly. 

  13. 13
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:58 am

    With fall on the horizon, It’d like to try a pumpkin ice cream between two chewy gingerbread/molasses cookies!

    • Helen
      Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Oh, that sounds delicious indeed.  What a great idea.

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    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 8:59 am

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    Stacy
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I have actually tried this already, but I would love some extra time to try and perfect an oatmeal cookie/cinnamon ice cream sandwich. Even when it’s not perfect it’s amazing.

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    Katie
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Chocolate chip cookies with chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. What? I love chocolate chip cookies!!

  18. 18
    Katie
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

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  19. 19
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

    How bout a waffle with bacon studded ice cream?!

  20. 20
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Yum! These look delicious!!! Love adding malt to things, such a great, underutilized flavor.

  21. 21
    Christina
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Greek yogurt cinnamon ice cream with walnut and honey cookies!

  22. 22
    Kim
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I follow all!

  23. 23
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Mung bean ice cream with gingersnap cookies — no idea if this would even go together, but both are delicious!

  24. 24
    Katie P.
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Those look so good! I’d like to try chocolate cookie with caramel ice cream. Yum!

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    Katie P.
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

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    Helen
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Carrot cake cookie with cream cheese ice cream sounds pretty good!

    Thanks

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    Kim
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Peanut Butter and Jelly!

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    Line Kristensen
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I would love a chocolatechip cookie with kinder bueno icecream. They are among my favourites apart so why not together :) 

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    olivia tokarz
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:28 am

     Really good molasses cookies and salty caramel ice cream.  

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    Luke
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Mint and Peanutbutter!

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    Carol
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I would like to try oatmeal raisin cookies with rum raisin ice cream.

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    Trina
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Thin mint cookie with oreo cookie filling – best of both- yum!

  33. 33
    olivia tokarz
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Sugar cookies with cake batter ice cream and a little fresh raspberry puree 

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    olivia tokarz
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Brownie cookies with butterscotch ice cream

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    Christina
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

    My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip, I bet that would be great with chocolate cookie. 

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    olivia tokarz
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Peanut butter pudding cookies and fudge ice cream

  37. 37
    Christina
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

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  38. 38
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:35 am

    What a fun way to eat ice cream and cookies together.

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    sydney85
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I would choose a coconut cookie with passion fruit ice cream.  I love ice cream sandwiches as I seem to be messy with a cone!

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    sydney85
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

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    Karen D
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I’d like to try peanut butter cookies with chocolate ice cream  made with coconut milk.

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    Karen D
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    Karen D
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:42 am

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    Chris B
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Graham Crackers with Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream or Apple Pie ice cream…Yum!

  46. 46
    Jan Sanderson
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I’d love to try a combination of snicker doodle cookie and peanut butter and jelly.  Crazy but delish!

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    Jan Sanderson
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

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    cori
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

    pumpkin cookies with maple pecan ice cream

  49. 49
    Pam Finter
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:56 am

    My husband loves white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, so something along those lines would please him. Plus anything with chocolate and peanut butter!

  50. 50
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

    For some reason, I am thinking a ginger cookie with lemon ice cream filling.

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    Hanna Blackwell
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I would like to try a coffee/chocolate cookie with parika-dusted vanilla in the middle.

  52. 52
    Hanna Blackwell
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:06 am

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    Hanna Blackwell
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:06 am

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    Beth
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Coffee ice cream with a fabulous Jack Daniels chocolate cookie. Funny thing that I was just thinking this past weekend how cool it would be to do ice cream sandwiches for a birthday party.

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    Beth
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

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  56. 56
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I love this!  And my dream ice cream cookie combo is definitely something Girl Scout cookie inspired- think Samoa-ish cookie with a coconut ice cream filling.  Yum!

  57. 57
    Jan
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Chocolate with caramel ice cream sounds great

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    Jan
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I’m an email subscriber

  59. 59
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Pumpkin pie ice cream with a spice cookie, half dipped in dark chocolate!
    Yummy!

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    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:26 am

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    Kat B.
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Lemon and basil…

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    Kat B.
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:30 am

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    Ariel
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I would probably go for a traditional chocolate chip cookie with some kind of wild ice cream. Traditional with a little flare!

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    Ariel
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I have subscribed to Love and olive oil!

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    Ariel
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I like love and olive oil on facebook

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    Andrea Stoeckel
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I’m all signed up and tweeted. We have recently discovered salted mango sandwich cookies from the Burmese store. Mango sorbet and saltines might be a great combo

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    Kim Spangler
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’d like to try a snickerdoodle cookie filled with spiced cinnamon pumpkin ice cream. But your recipe for the one on this blog is on my “to do” list too!!!  cheers, Kim

  68. 68
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I would love to try a cookie with potato chips or bacon!!

  69. 69
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:45 am

    a peanut butter and fluff!

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    Susan P
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I would love to try the Boston Cream Pie Sandwich as it’s my favorite dessert.

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    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

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    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I follow both on twitter and tweeted the giveaway

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    Susan P
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

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    Susan P
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I followed Love & Olive Oil and Handle the Heat on Twitter and then tweeted about the giveaway!

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    Susan P
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:49 am

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    Alyse
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Maybe blackberry ice cream with a fresh ginger cookie, and homemade sprinkles.

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    Liora M
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I would like to try a cardamom cookie with mint ice cream. I’m already subscribed to receive your posts!

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    Ken G.
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:56 am

    My favorite ice cream recipe is carrot cake.  I’m thinkin’ it would be perfect with oatmeal raisin cookies to sandwich it.

  80. 80
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Strawberry ice cream rolled in coconut with a chocolate cookie. Yum!

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    Jillian
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I’d love some kind of ginger cookie with pumpkin ice cream. Perfect for the transition from summer to fall!

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    Rena
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

    cake batter ice cream w cookie dough cookies

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    Lisa
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I’d be happy with chocolate chip cookies with mint chocolate chip ice cream!

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    Heidi J
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Chocolate cookies with raspberry ice cream.

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    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Congrats to Tessa on her book!  

    What unique ice cream/cookie combo would you most like to try?
    pumpkin ice cream with a dark choc cookie

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    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

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    Naomi Murray
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I would love nutella swirl coffee ice cream! :)

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    Naomi Murray
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 11:50 am

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    Megan
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I just recently tried avocado cupcake, it was amazing! So, am I crazy for even thinking or wanting to try avocado ice cream?! :)

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    Megan
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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    Megan
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    Megan
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  95. 95
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I’d love to try a mochi-type of cookie filled with azuki bean ice cream!

  96. 96
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I think I would go with a peanut butter cookie with a chocolate-caramel ice cream!

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    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

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    Jodi Calhoun
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    snickerdoodle cookie sandwich with butterfinger ice cream

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    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I don’t know if it would be unique – but I’d love a nutella ice cream sandwich with maybe a brown butter chocolate chip cookie as the sandwich part.

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    Lauren
    Posted On September 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I’d like to try a gingersnap cookie with pumpkin ice cream!

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