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  1. "Creme de Kickstarter" — Phin & Phebes Make Us S'Cream

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    Phin & Phebes is a two person ice-cream company based out of Brooklyn, New York who have embarked on a noble, albeit quite simple, mission: to make delicious ice-cream that you want to eat! I don't know about you, but it's not terribly difficult to make me want to eat anything creamy and loaded with sugar. Case in point, the duo's signature flavor "Fluffnut," which packs the astronomical pow of peanut-butter-and-Fluff filled Ritz cracker sandwiches covered in a double layer of chocolate and caramel, ensconced in a sweet cream base. 

    A bowl of Fluffnut, just waiting patiently for you to eat it.
    A bowl of Fluffnut, just waiting patiently for you to eat it.

     And while the final product is unquestionably gorgeous to behold, there is a surprising amount of elbow grease, scientific research, and plain ol' trial and error that goes into creating a new flavor of ice-cream. Before Fluffnut looked like the Perfect 10 that it does, above, it looked like this:

    It was just your average creative brainstorm, scribbled on paper, then (as we like to imagine it) mused over during countless sleepless nights. Which got us thinking: What kind of ice-cream would we make if the only limit was our imagination? Would we dream of caramel or chocolate or fresh, icy berries? Would we choose a mint base? Sweet cream? Cheesecake? Then we thought, why not ask the experts? We dropped Phin & Phebes a friendly line to ask what kind of ice-cream they would envision as "Kickstarter." 

    Their response: 

    When we first thought about an ice cream flavor for Kickstarter, we focused on the colors of the Kickstarter logo: green and black. We then tried to think of things that have these colors, that we could turn into an ice cream flavor. The flavor we came up with is called "Creme de Kickstarter." This flavor is inspired by Grasshopper Pie, which is traditionally a chilled minty green pie with some sort of dark cookie crust. This ice cream has a minty base, made with creme de menthe (for the booze hounds on your staff) and is filled with broken up pieces of chocolate peppermint cookies and peppermint patties.

    Only one descriptive possibly could suffice: Drool. Read on for our very own, patented Kickstarter ice-cream recipe, care of Phin & Phebes. And be sure to drop us a line if you end up making any! We want to hear all about it. 

    Creme de Kickstarter
    makes about 1.5 pints (900 ml)


    • 1 pint (600 ml) milk
    • 6 egg yolks
    • 4 oz (100 g) sugar
    • 5 fl oz (150 ml) heavy cream cream, whipped
    • 1/2 Cup of Peppermint Patties pieces
    • 1/2 Cup of Chocolate Peppermint Cookie pieces (Newman-O's Hint 'O Mint)
    • 3 tbsp creme de menthe

    1. Scald the milk and leave to cool for 15 minutes.
    2. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until pale and thick. Gradually stir in the strained milk. Cook over very low heat, stirring constantly, for about 3 to 4 minutes until the custard thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Do not allow to boil, otherwise the eggs will curdle.
    3. Transfer hot contents to container and cover with plastic until mixture has cooled completely in refrigerator.
    4. After cooling fold in the heavy cream and creme de menthe.
    5. Pour ice cream base into freezer bowl let the ice cream machine run for around 40 minutes or until the mixture seems completely frozen and smooth. Towards the end of the freezing process and before the mixture is too think pour in both the cookie pieces and the peppermint pattie pieces and allow to mix thoroughly into the ice cream.
    6. Transfer finished ice cream into container and freeze overnight.
  2. New Projects Are On A Strange Loop

    The world does not always make sense. Sometimes, though, thats just one of its key selling points. Take the Strange Loop — one of our fave new projects this Monday morn — a conceptual art piece which must fail to succeed. Say what?! But also, how freaking cool! Not all art exists to productively mess with your heads, though. Talk Nukes! aims to explain and explore our experiences living with nuclear energy... through a traveling theater show! Plus, don't forget our usual favorites like cool 'zines, card games, festivals, and CAKE. Read on to check 'em out.

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