What does your favorite ice cream flavor say about you? Rocky Road Meringue Cookies

 

What do you think your favorite flavor of ice cream says about you? I’m not joking around here, we are talking deep-psychological-your-waffle-cone-reveals-truth-kinda stuff.

Pause here and take a minute to reflect, I’ll wait.

Rainbow sherbet  says –  you have a colorful wild streak that runs through you, you aren’t afraid of going against the crowd.  When every one else says ice cream you scream SHERBET!

Vanilla says – you enjoy being  safe,  knowing  what to expect makes you feel calm and in control – in a Xanax and a glass of wine kinda way.   You think it’s the simple things in life that are worth celebrating, or at least that’s what you try to convince yourself when things aren’t that exciting.

Butter Pecan says – you enjoy the sweetest things in life and don’t mind being over the top.  All or nothing is your life motto.

Bubble Gum ice cream says- your parents don’t feel like arguing with you because you are so stubborn.   Do you remember the blue lips and the  stiff jaw from chewing a giant wad of frozen hard bubble gum?  What were my parents thinking and why did I order it more than once?

and then there is Rocky Road…

Rocky Road … well, the name says it all:  “Watch out,  life’s going to be rough,  hold on it’s going to be a Rocky Road!”   You can’t  decide on just one flavor, that would bore you.  The bumps in the road and the chunks in your ice cream keep it exciting… Yup that’s what it says, and that’s been my life ever since I ordered my first sugar cone.  Waffles cones are just gross – let’s settle that right now.

My ice cream horoscope would say that I’m a little wild, not afraid to be over the top.  It would go on to say that I like being in control and sometimes feel outta control because of it, and that I find joy in the simple things and isn’t afraid of the bumps in the ice cream road – I’m used to them.  Most importantly, all my problems can be related back to my parents and that they allowed me to eat too much bubble gum ice cream.

An even better question is … do you think that we inherit our flavor palate from our parents?  Think about it, when you were a little kid, you didn’t know what Butter Pecan was – let alone Rainbow Sherbet.  Someone influenced your ice cream psyche and you were forever changed.

Take some time to dig deep, ask some questions, and then let me know what you come up with.  I can thank my dad for encouraging me to order Rocky Road, Sherbet, and Butter Pecan.

Next week’s question:  What did you order at Dairy Queen?

These light and crispy meringue cookies are full of Rocky Road flavor and I think they even look like a scoop.  The sweet chocolaty meringue melts in your mouth like a marshmallow, and the chocolate chips and walnuts give your that chunky Rocky Road texture ~ Geez Louise! that’s good …

Rocky Road Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Makes up to 24 depending on size

6 large egg whites – Safest Choice Eggs

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

¾ organic white sugar

Heavy pinch of salt

2 Tablespoons of good quality unsweetened dark cocoa powder

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ cup of semisweet chocolate chips

½ cup of chopped walnut pieces

  •  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper – lightly oiled with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a clean mixing bowl begin to mix egg whites on medium speed with the whisk attachment.  Mix for about 1 minute until the egg whites begin to become bubbly and foamy.
  • Turn the mixer up to high speed and add in the cream of tartar – mix for about 1-2 minutes or until the egg whites begin to thicken into soft peaks.
  • Slowly rain in the sugar and add salt, continue to whisk until stiff peaks form and the meringue becomes glossy.
  • Turn the mixer down to low and slowly add in the cocoa powder and vanilla,  mix until combined.
  • With a large spoon or ice cream scoop, drop the spoonfuls onto the lined baking sheet.
  • Gently dot each cookie with chocolate chips and nuts as desired.
  • Place into oven and bake for 60 – 90 minutes.
  • Cookies are done when the inside is no longer sticky.
  • Dust with cocoa powder and serve.
  • Store in an airtight container.

10 comments… add one

  • Dorothy at Shockingl February 28, 2012, 2:13 pm

    Want that. Right now. Seriously.

  • Valentina February 28, 2012, 3:38 pm

    okay, these are gorgeous! simply divine! images are exquisite! i’d eat these this morning for breakfast if i could! what does coffee with ground espresso beans say about me?!?! ;-) beautiful post!

  • Lynne @ CookandBeMer February 28, 2012, 11:24 pm

    Dulce le leche for me. I wonder what that means? Or vanilla with caramel sauce or port wine poured over. Maybe I’ll switch to your Rocky Road. Your cookies look fabulous!

  • sippitysup March 2, 2012, 7:11 pm

    I’m vanilla. How is that possible? Well I should say, really good vanilla ;-0 GREG

  • stay at home FOODIE March 9, 2012, 4:53 am

    I remember reading about ice cream flavors back in my marketing days. I loved the fact that my oldest daughter’s favorite was Strawberry.
    Mine is Coffee Chip. From my mom. To my father’s horror.

    Love the idea for the meringue cookie. I’ve nver though of packing in so much flavor into such a delicate cookie. Looks great!

  • Jill Mant March 15, 2012, 2:46 am

    Yum! Those cookies look soooo good. I love meringue and rocky road meringues, well, over the top comes to mind! And what does a love of coffee heath bar ice cream mean?

  • Hazel March 23, 2012, 1:54 pm

    These sound incredible! I keep meaning to make meringue cookies. This has definitely inspired me! :)

    • Chef Louise Mellor March 24, 2012, 11:57 pm

      thanks, they are so simple and versatile… they melt in your mouth!

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