This is it. A homemade, from scratch, food colouring-free and artificial flavour-free, dairy-free, Tiger Tail Ice Cream Recipe. With a little help from the purest essential oils and the mighty food-trending activated charcoal, I recreated this classic ice cream flavour of the 80’s.
This whole exploration into Tiger Tail came about when Ashley, who runs the show over here, and I discovered our mutual affection for this very, very random ice cream flavour. Tiger Tail (or Tiger Tiger as I had known it growing up in Winnipeg) swirls together the unlikely combination of tangerine and black licorice.
I thought this was a classic ice cream flavour, one that everyone who ever went for an ice cream cone knew about and either loved or loathed. As it turns out, Tiger Tail is a Canadian classic, that was invented sometime in the 80’s and like a good pair of high waisted jeans, it has recently started making a comeback. I’m here to help ensure it makes a comeback!
I wanted to recreate this ice cream magic wonder using all awesome ingredients. I wanted to flavour it truly naturally (“natural flavour” is not natural!), and colour it without chemicals. This was what I came up with.
The Tangerine Orange Flavour
For the tangerine flavour, I picked up a bottle of tangerine essential oil to give it a sweet and pure orangey orange flavour. Please ensure beyond a shadow of a doubt that your oils are truly pure if you’re going to be ingesting them. I also added in some orange zest for a little extra tang. To bring in that orange colour my instinct was to use turmeric, but I feared it might bring too much of its own distinct flavour and likely be a little more yellow than I wanted. Instead I used goji berries for the colouring. Though they look pink, they are orange on the inside and produced the perfect colour.
The Black Licorice Flavour
Creating the black licorice swirl was a really fun experiment. For this rich and unique flavour, I used the essential oil of Anise Myrtle which worked really well (I think my next adventure will be to make gluten-free black licorice). And the real fun came in turning it black.
For this, I hopped on the activated charcoal trend. You may have read about this ingredient recently. Commonly known as a supplement used to treat food poisoning or stomach flu (it helps bind up poison and toxins), more recently it’s being used in beauty care products like face masks and toothpastes. It is black in colour (it is charcoal after all), and completely safe to consume. There are a few ice cream spots using charcoal with lineups down the street for this hipster grey/black ice cream. Count me in on the trend!
Dairy-Free Tiger Tail Ice Cream Recipe
I dusted off my ice cream maker (not essential – a blender or food processor will work) and used it to create the orange ice cream. I then scooped the ready-to-go orange ice cream into a container, poured in the black licorice mix, froze the whole thing to let it all set, scooped and there I had it– perfectly swirled, all-natural, homemade Tiger Tail Ice Cream.
Now it’s your turn to try!Print
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