A New Year’s Eve Tradition: Fire Ice Cream

Our Holiday Tradition: Fire Ice Cream

My granddaughters love “Fire Ice Cream.”  They ask for it all throughout the year.  But, it’s at Christmas and New Year’s Eve that it is even more special.

I began making Fire Ice Cream for my girls years ago.  I have no idea where I got the “recipe” but it’s super simple and a crowd-pleaser for children and adults alike.  Friends ask, “You do what?”  … “How is that possible?” But, this display is spectacular and so, so simple.

Fire Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • Sugar Cubes
  • Ice cream (We use vanilla or peppermint.  You can buy peppermint-flavored ice cream now, but for years I used crushed candy canes and mix the candy crumbs in slightly melted vanilla ice cream. I would re-freeze the ice cream until ready to use).
  • Lemon Extract
  • Matches or Stick Lighter
  • One Dish for Each Ice Cream Serving

Place one sugar cube per person in a shallow dish.  Pour lemon extract over the cubes.

While the cubes soak up the extract, place a scoop of ice cream in each serving dish.

Place one soaked sugar cube on top of each serving of ice cream.

Turn off the lights.  I make my guests wait in almost total darkness.

Place all ice cream dishes on a tray for dramatics.  Light each cube quickly.

Walk to the table in the dark room with the Fire Ice Cream tray.  Listen to all the “Oohs” and “Ahhs.”
You will impress everyone there.

We serve Fire Ice Cream with our Christmas cookies.

The fire will burn out slowly in about 1 minute.  But, until that time everyone will be totally impressed.

Enjoy!

Roseddy

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Fire Ice Cream

Ingredients:

Sugar Cubes
Ice cream (We use vanilla or peppermint. You can buy peppermint-flavored ice cream now, but for years I used crushed candy canes and mix the candy crumbs in slightly melted vanilla ice cream. I would re-freeze the ice cream until ready to use).
Lemon Extract
Matches or Stick Lighter
One Dish for Each Ice Cream Serving

Directions:

Place one sugar cube per person in a shallow dish. Pour lemon extract over the cubes.

While the cubes soak up the extract, place a scoop of ice cream in each serving dish.

Place one soaked sugar cube on top of each serving of ice cream.

Turn off the lights. I make my guests wait in almost total darkness.

Place all ice cream dishes on a tray for dramatics. Light each cube quickly.

Walk to the table in the dark room with the Fire Ice Cream tray. Listen to all the "Oohs" and "Ahhs."
You will impress everyone there.

We serve Fire Ice Cream with our Christmas cookies.

The fire will burn out slowly in about 1 minute. But, until that time everyone will be totally impressed.

The matriarch of Live Pretty, Roseddy, lives with her husband and children in Orlando, Florida. She is a native of Waynesburg, PA, but she has called the Sunshine State home for over thirty years. In addition to being a fantastic cook, Roseddy is an accomplished seamstress and former Home Economics instructor. Her flower arranging talents are the stuff of legend, and she is a valued member of her church’s altar guild. Roseddy enjoys entertaining, traveling with her husband, and, of course, a good martini.

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8 Responses to “A New Year’s Eve Tradition: Fire Ice Cream”

  1. Celeste — December 29, 2011 @ 3:46 pm (#
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    What a fantastic idea! Thanks! I always thought you could only burn alcohol. Can’t wait to try this!

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  2. Rod — December 29, 2011 @ 4:26 pm (#
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    You are burning alcohol. Lemon extract is mostly alcohol. But, it burns away letting everyone eat and enjoy.
    Let me know how your try came out. I’m sure your and your guests will love this.

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  3. Karee — December 29, 2014 @ 4:13 pm (#
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    What fun! We love finding easy, yet impressive “recipes” like this to share with our readers. Thanks for the lovely idea!

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  4. Pam — December 30, 2014 @ 9:49 pm (#
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    will pure vanilla extract or peppermint extract work in place of lemon?

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    • Julia replied: — December 31st, 2014 @ 8:59 am

      Lemon extract seems to have the high alcohol content that makes this work, I suspect peppermint may work, but not sure about vanilla. If you try one, let us know what works!

  5. Pam — December 31, 2014 @ 11:00 am (#
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    Disappointed, had hoped to do this for the kids tonight but I can’t get the sugar cubes to light. Tried several different extract (all containing alcohol, even tried it with actual alcohol) and no luck. 🙁

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  6. Jean — November 19, 2015 @ 9:11 pm (#
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    I searched high and low to find lemon extract, not flavoring. Was ready with the soaked sugar cubes and no luck. What is your secret, my cubes just started to bubble and melt.

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