I am so grateful for the friends I’ve made through blogging. They’ve been there for me in times of joy and times of stress. I feel incredibly close to them, which is something most people (outside of the blogging world) don’t truly understand. That’s why, when my friend Annie texted me Thanksgiving morning to tell me her dad had passed away, I was heartbroken. You see, Annie has been a source of comfort for me when I had a problem I felt I could talk to no one else about. She was supportive and encouraging, and at that point we hadn’t even met yet. On the flip side, she was second only to Eric to find out about my pregnancy. The excited response she emailed me still makes me laugh. So when I saw several bloggers making comfort food for her, I was inspired to make this popcorn ice cream.
Like me, Annie is a big fan of popcorn. She’s even joked before about having to hide homemade caramel corn from herself. When I visited her in September, we made these popcorn and caramel macarons. That’s why I knew this recipe would be perfect for her. I know popcorn ice cream may seem a little odd, but it’s really quite delicious. It has a flavor similar to kettle corn on its own, and the salted caramel – you guessed it – makes it taste more like caramel corn. This recipe only makes a small amount of ice cream, which is perfect for a novel flavor such as this one.
Annie, I’m still thinking about you and sending a big, virtual hug your way. If I could send along a bowl of this ice cream, I definitely would. Since I can’t, it will just have to go on the list of things to make next time we see each other. I love you, friend.