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Gourmet Ice, Ice (Baby): Vanilla Ice on Pinterest

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All right stop. Collaborate and listen...

Pinterest is back with a brand new invention -- in the form of gourmet ice cubes, which have been making quite the rounds lately.

Most of the ideas are fairly simple -- like freezing fruits and herbs in with the water -- but when I saw the itty bitty vanilla specks in this pin I knew this was the mother of all fancy ice.

The thought of using these ice cubes for iced coffee is what sealed the deal. I was smitten with the notion that I might have something lovely to drink at the end of my iced beverage rather than the usual watery mess.

Well, that and the fact that it's called vanilla ice.

My expectations for these ice cubes were grandiose. I imagined myself putting them in every cold drink I could think of... But the truth is, they're really not worth wasting a precious vanilla bean on.

The recipe, which originally comes from a blog called Oh My Veggies, calls for four ingredients:

What to do:

Combine the milk and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the beans into the pan, then add the entire bean along with the extract. Whisk the mixture until the vanilla clumps come apart while bringing to a light boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before pouring into ice cube trays and freezing for three to four hours, or overnight until set.

While the ice cubes taste pretty good, they melt way too quickly. I'm not sure what was up with that? (Which means they aren't "too cold, too cold.") Also, they sink to the bottom of the glass (Oh My Veggies warns about this) and you have to keep stirring the drink to keep it all from settling. Finally, all of my vanilla specks sunk to the bottom of the cubes and didn't look as pretty as the ice cubes on Pinterest. Pretty was part of the deal, in my opinion.

In sum, these are not the best. And we all know that "anything less than the best is a felony."

If I had to choose between making these ice cubes again or listening to the entire "To The Extreme" Vanilla Ice album, I'd have to opt for the latter. That's probably not relevant because maybe I love Vanilla Ice. Maybe I listen to it every day...

I don't. But I did... Many moons ago.

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Laura Gill