Tiger Tail ice cream – Vegan Potluck 2013 contribution


Hello Vegan Potluck visitors! It’s finally starting to warm up in Edmonton – last week we still had intermittent snow, but this week I could see a transformation across campus. People were wearing shorts and skirts, t-shirts and polos instead of jeans and sweaters. We have recently had several days with temperatures in the high twenties, and nothing’s better to complement a hot day than a scoop of cool ice cream.

Orange and black ice cream

Tiger Tail is a nostalgic flavour for me. I remember trying it for the first time when I was about six, when my family had walked to the corner store for ice cream cones. I liked the combination of tangy orange and interspersed with liquorice (yes, I was the kid that always liked black jelly beans).

Mrs Minty hadn’t had Tiger Tail ice cream in over a decade until we came up with this recipe together several months ago. This recipe uses my top-secret ingredient for intensely fruit-flavoured ice creams, icing, and cakes. Ready? It is…..

Kool-Aid Packet


Yep. Kool-Aid. If you’re the kind of person who abhors artificial colours and flavours, this ice cream probably isn’t for you. I originally tried to make an ice cream base using orange juice instead, and it just doesn’t take like the commercial stuff. Go ahead, double down and use the kool-aid powder, as well as the black food colouring in the liquorice ribbon. It tastes like childhood!

Tiger Tail Ice Cream – Original recipe by Agent Minty

It requires about half an hour of work the night before you intend to freeze the ice cream, and I would advise making the two components sequentially, or having a partner help you – both the caramel and “milk” bases need to be stirred at about the same time.

Milk base

  • 3 cups of almond milk, divided
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c corn starch
  • 1 398-mL can old premium coconut milk, shaken, minus 1/2 cup (so ~1 cup +1 Tbsp)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau or other orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 tsp-2 tsp orange Kool-Aid powder
  1. Combine the sugar and 1 1/2 cups of almond milk in a large saucepan. Heat on medium until sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine 1/2 cup of almond milk and the corn starch in a small bowl, whisking until all the lumps are dispersed.
  3. Once the sugar/milk mixture has come to a boil, turn the heat  down to keep it at a simmer.
  4. Add the cornstarch/milk mixture, whisking vigorously.
  5. Cook, still stirring, until it reaches the consistency of a light pudding/custard.
  6. Add the remaining almond and coconut milks, whisking continuously.
  7. Once the mixture has started to lightly simmer again, remove it from the heat.
  8. Add in the vanilla, Cointreau, and lemon juice.
  9. Add the Kool-Aid powder. I found that  1 1/4 tsp gave me a good flavour and colour, but if you need something that’s violently coloured, add more. Taste the mixture as you go, to make sure it is satisfactory.From this....                                          into this!
  10. Strain the hot mixture through a mesh sieve (to remove any corn starch lumps).
  11. Refrigerate overnight or until cold to the touch.
  12. Freeze the base according to your ice-cream maker’s directions. If this is your first time making ice cream, don’t get distressed if the mixture is about the consistency of soft serve ice cream. That’s normal, and it will harden up in the freezer.

    This is ready to freeze.

    This is ready to freeze.

  13. Layer with the liquorice ribbon as described below.

Liquorice ribbon

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (reserved from the can used for the milk base)
  • 1 Tbsp anise extract
  • Black paste-style food colouring
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  1. Combine the sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Cook at medium-high without stirring. The sugar will dissolve in the water. and begin to boil.

    The syrup is boiling. Do not stir!

    The syrup is boiling. Do not stir!

  3. The clear sugar syrup will begin to heat up (warning: this is very hot can will burn if you touch it!). Allow it to cook undisturbed until it starts to become a light amber colour.
  4. Swirl the pot gently, without stirring, until it becomes a dark caramel colour (think the colour of a Werther’s, or dark brown sugar).
  5. Combine the anise extract and milk.
  6. Add the anise milk to the syrup. This will splatter a bit!
  7. Stir virgorously until smooth.
  8. Scrape out a small lump of black food colouring (I used about 1/3 of 1/8 tsp). Stir into the hot caramel. This may take a while to disperse.
  9. Stir in the molasses.
  10. Store in a fridge overnight.
  11. Before combining with the milk base, leave out for a few hours or microwave on low power until the caramel is room temperature.



Layering the ice cream

  1. Use a plastic container to store your ice cream. You will need once with a volume of at least 1.5 litres.
  2. Scoop out approximately 1/5 of your just-frozen ice cream into the container. Smooth it out on an angle.
  3. Drizzle 1/4 of your liquorice caramel on top.
  4. Add another layer of ice cream and more caramel, repeating until both are gone. This doesn’t have to be perfect.
  5. Cover your ice cream with plastic wrap and gently press down to unite all the layers.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before scooping, preferably overnight.

Thanks for stopping by as part of the Virtual Vegan Potluck! Enjoy every taste of the upcoming summer!

Orange and black ice cream

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36 thoughts on “Tiger Tail ice cream – Vegan Potluck 2013 contribution

  1. That is so random! I have never thought about using the ingredient, Kool-Aid, but that was pretty cool. I haven’t used Kool-Aid since I was a kid 😦 Is there a natural ingredient to replace Kool-Aid to make it orange?

    Happy Virtual Vegan Potluck 3.0 Day!

    ♡ rika, vegan miam
    ★ we travel + eat vegan blog ★

    • Hi Rika,
      Beet juice is red, and carrot juice is orangey yellow, which together would make it orange coloured, but not flavoured! I have tried making ice cream with orange juice and milk and it just doesn’t taste the same. An orange concentrate oil might add some flavour, but I have never tried it so I can’t say how it might turn out. Let me know if you experiment!

  2. Dessert for dinner…count me in. This is so creative. I am usually not a big ice cream fan but I think I will have a big scoop of this.

    • Maybe Tiger Tail is only a Canadian thing? All my Canuck friends have has it, but a few of my fellow students from elsewhere haven’t heard of it.

  3. Sorry about the mix-up in courses – hey, who hasn’t eaten ice cream for dinner ;-)? We’ll just leave your blog in this spot and when the voting comes around, I’ll make sure you’re in desserts.

  4. If I leave with only one thing from this potluck, it’s going to be your Kool Aid tip. Kool Aid in baking and ice cream! Genius! I can’t wait to try it in some frosting!

    • I agree – ANY time of the year is for ice cream! My birthday is in mid-March, which means snow 90% of the time in Alberta, but I almost always want ice cream or a frozen pie instead of birthday cake!

  5. Ha ha, I love that this is your Main contributiuon, ice cream for dinner is something I can get down with. I think I’ve only tried tiger tail ice cream once in my life, it sounds so good! and this is from someone who’s not one of those kids who used to like black jelly beans 🙂

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  7. Love this, love the colour and the flavours together must be fantastic. Clever to use kool-aid for the extra strong flavour. Thank you for the very interesting and creative recipe.

  8. I mean so glad I found this recipe! Love this flavour as a kid, and now that I’m vegan I was losing hope, but this looks great!
    Wondering about the liquor content. Is it necessary? Do you know other alternatives by chance? I’m sober as well and even if it cooks off I still feel morally against using it.
    Thanks again!

    • Hi Chandel,
      It isn’t necessary to add alcohol, but removing it will make the ice cream harder when frozen. It might help to add 1/4cup liquid pectin to the ice cream instead.

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