PA Dutch Chocolate Covered Pretzel Ice Cream Recipe And Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream Of The 50 States {Review}

So it is (almost) officially summer! <–YAY!

And that officially means ice cream season. Well, who am I kidding? EVERY season is ice cream season!

In our house, ice cream making is a long standing tradition. My husband has made ice cream with his family summer after summer for more years than he can even remember. As soon as our children could swing their arms, they jumped right in with the hand crankin’ (they had to or no ice cream…that’s the rule:). A few summers ago, Ben got a hand crank ice cream machine (it has an electric component too) for his birthday and we have carried on the tradition with our kids.


This Memorial Day we broke out the ice cream machine to review an awesome ice cream recipe book, Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream Of The 50 States. I got to choose a recipe to share with you all so see below for a delicious, melt in your mouth, treat!

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I love this book. With at least one recipe for each state, you can see the traditions for each part of the country. And depending on where you live, you may recognize some of the parlors that these recipes come from!

I must say, I had trouble choosing my recipe. There were a bunch that the family settled on so now we have a summer full of ice cream making ahead of us! Some of our favs: Lavender Caramel Swirl Ice Cream from Arkansas, Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream from Oklahoma, and Dark Chocolate Zin Ice Cream from Minnesota.

But in the end we settled on one from our home state (at the time) PA! This ice cream place has an interesting story in our hearts – Gerenser’s Exotic Ice Cream in New Hope, PA. We have been there many times and it is quite an interesting atmosphere. But how can you resist the recipe name of this ice cream?! Chocolate…Pretzel…YUM!


*Allergy mom here inserting my piece: One thing I LOVE about homemade ice cream is that even with the title PA Dutch Chocolate Covered Pretzel, you can make it allergy friendly. We have a peanut allergy little dude that can hardly ever enjoy fresh ice cream so making it at home is FABULOUS! 

Seriously, the stories behind these ice creams, the pictures of them, and the recipes themselves cater to everyone. Nostalgia at its finest for those that have heard of some of these ice cream shops. Brings back the memories.

The instructions are so easy to follow as well. My biggest piece of advice though is to read the WHOLE recipe before beginning. Ice cream making certainly takes a few different steps at different times:)

Have you ever made ice cream? What’s your specialty?

PA Double Dutch Chocolate Covered Pretzel Ice Cream (Inspired by Gerenser's Exotic Ice Cream in New Hope, PA)

Yield: Makes 1 Quart (940 mL)


  • 1⁄3 cup (37g) cocoa powder
  • 1⁄3 cup (79ml) water
  • 1⁄3 cup (67g) sugar
  • 2 oz (56g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 3⁄4 cups (414ml) whole milk, divided
  • 1 tbsp (9g) cornstarch
  • 1 1⁄2 cups (355ml) heavy cream, divided
  • 1⁄3 cup (67g) sugar
  • 1⁄2 tsp sea salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (180g) chopped chocolate-covered pretzels


  1. To make the chocolate liquor, combine the cocoa powder, water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a low boil, whisking constantly. As soon as you see bubbles, remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let sit for 2 minutes, and then stir the chocolate liquor until smooth. Pour into a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. To make the ice cream base, fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons (30ml) of the milk with the cornstarch, whisk and set aside. Combine the remaining milk, 1⁄2 cup (118ml) of the cream, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring the milk mixture to a low boil. Cook until the sugar dissolves, 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the milk mixture from the heat and gradually whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Return to a boil and cook over moderately high heat until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Pour the base into the chocolate liquor and whisk to combine. Stir in remaining 1 cup (237ml) cream. Set the bowl in the ice water bath to cool, 20 minutes, whisking occasionally. Once cool, add the vanilla.
  4. Refrigerate the ice cream base until chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight. Pour the base into an ice cream machine and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When churning is complete, gently fold in the chocolate-covered pretzel pieces. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.


In addition to the cheesesteak, Philadelphia is a city famous for its soft pretzels. Philadelphians are rumored to consume twelve times as many pretzels as the average U.S. citizen, and the city boasts a pretzel museum. Given that cheesesteak ice cream would taste pretty bad, chocolate pretzel ice cream was the go-to flavor for Bob Gerenser to best represent “The City of Brotherly Love.” Situated in a small town outside of Philly, Gerenser’s has been serving classic and exotic ice cream flavors for 55 years. He knows how to make a winning dessert.
**Disclosure: I was given a copy of Scoop Adventures to facilitate this review. All opinions and my love for ice cream are my own. 

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. We may have to give this book a go! We love making homemade ice cream with our little peanut allergy kiddo too. I, meanwhile, will be planning my own excursion to that New Hope ice cream shop. :)
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  2. Hi Lauryn – I found you via co-hosting together at Barb’s #Summerfamilyfun party. Only another Pennsylvania Dutch girl would understand the obsession with pretzels and ice cream. I’ve been living in Virginia the last 15 years and everyone here thinks I’m crazy to eat it that way. Look forward to partying with you. Hugs, Holly
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  3. I think you made the absolute best choice : ). I love all of the ice cream flavors Pennsylvania has to offer. We have a great state, don’t we? : )
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  4. I went to Gerenser’s all the time as a kid! I used to get some kind of carmel fudge swirl. It was great!
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  5. Yum! That seriously looks like some of the best ice cream I have ever seen.
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  6. This one is coming our way too…can’t wait!
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  7. I have never made ice cream at home – but OMG now I really want to try!! Looks like your creation was super yummy.
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  8. That looks awesome and so does that hand crank ice cream machine!
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  9. This looks amazing. A. MA. ZING. I’m glad you’re sticking to the PA side of things… but do tell, what is it in Massachusetts?
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