Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Halva Stracciatella Ice Cream

Two years ago, I turned up my nose at the sound of this new to me trend, the halva ice cream. Endomela (in Hebrew: None-Like-Her), an ice cream shop in Acre, Israel, owned by the infamous Santa Claus like bearded Uri Jeremias (nicknamed Uri Buri), was among the firsts leading the trend.
Later, once the idea simmered in, I realized tahini ice cream is not so far fetched, given that one of my favorite childhood sweets, halva, is made with sesame paste. I sometimes, not often, used to have halva in a sandwich with a chocolate spread, like peanut butter and jelly here.
Before you hop and skip over to Jewish Food Experience, my monthly gig, to continue reading the Halva Ice Cream story and recipe, I would like to extend my thanks to Lora, Daphne, Judy, Domenica and Michelle for their assistance, with the etymology and usage of the word Stracciatella.

Props to my husband Jonathan, for modeling, despite the heat, drips and the nasty bugs out there.

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23 comments :

  1. Divine! That is such a wonderful flavor. I am a sucker for halva.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. This looks absolutely amazing! Perfect summer treat!

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  3. Always, always something extraordinary and informative on your blog, Shulie, and today is no exception! Halva ice cream! Who knew?

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    1. Haha, Lana, that was my reaction 'who knew' a couple of years back. :)

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  4. Wow - that looks divine! I heard about halva and tahini I want to say a week or two ago with a family owned business here in Philly that are food artisans. It really sounds intriguing!

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    1. I think I know that company from Philly. :)

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  5. I've never heard about sesame pasta ice cream- I'm open to the idea!

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  6. I can just imagine how exquisite this is! Yum.

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  7. I would definitely give this a try! I've never heard of ice cream like this but it looks divine!

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  8. This looks amazing, I would love to try it, very unique!

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  9. That looks like one Halva ice cream! LOL
    Actually, I've never heard of Halva so I appreciate learning something new today.
    A few years ago I made a sesame seed ice cream for a China party we were hosting. Sounds like it might have been similar?
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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    1. Yep. Sounds similar. Sesame in paste form is tahini and halva is a candy made with tahini and sugar or honey.

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    1. I don't know about patient, Kirsten, but he is a keeper. :)

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  11. I need to hop on the bandwagon, this ice cream looks delicious. I think I will be following the trend myself.

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  12. What a spectacular ice cream cone!!! And I'm dying to taste halva ice cream now!!!

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  13. Trying to wrap my head around the flavor as well, it must be good it LOOKS amazing!

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  14. Halva ice cream? I can't even imagine it, but it does sound delicious! Does it have almonds and raisins in it too (we Indians make halva with almonds and raisins, I don't know if you guys do too..)?

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    1. Joyti, it's not the Indian halwa but the Turkish/Greek/Midle Eastern sesame paste halva. It can be topped with pistachios but we are allergic.

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  15. Ui!! As a huge stracciatella ice cream fan (and former professional gelati seller) I say bravo to this flavor combination. I don' t think so it' s that far fetched with halva, it rather sounds exciting. Sometimes i get bored with the regular 100+ flavors and that' s when I need a scoop of cold creamy goodness such as your ice cream shulie.

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