Let’s play fill in the blank. Nothing says, “I love you” like _________.

The typical answers will probably range from flowers to chocolates to an even sarcastic and wildly obvious “I love you.”

But let’s delve out of the ordinary this Valentine’s Day and fill in that blank with homemade ice cream.

Sloan Kamenstein, the owner and founder of Sloan’s Ice Cream, was kind enough to share two ice cream recipes with us so you can say I love you in a wonderfully sweet and less obvious way.

Now if he could just share the trick to the foggy bathroom glass…

Ice Cream Base:

Ingredients for Base:

8 egg yolks

16 ounces whole milk

16 ounces heavy cream

8 ounces sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Base Preparation:

To create a custard base for the ice cream, use a double boiler. Whisk the milk, sugar and egg yolks in a bowl to completely combine.

Pour mixture into the double boiler and slowly bring to near boiling point, stirring until the custard thickens. Do NOT bring to a boil or it will probably curdle.

When the custard base thickens a film forms over the back of your spoon, it's time to remove the ice cream base from the heat. Take the pot off the stove, and place the mixture in a larger bowl filled with ice and cold water to cool.

Add the heavy cream to this mixture and place in refrigerator for at least two hours until cold. When the custard base is cold, stir in the vanilla extract and flavoring (see below for chocolate paste and strawberry flavoring instructions).

Mix well until smooth and even. Transfer the whole mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Sloan’s Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Ingredients for Chocolate Paste:

4 ounces cocoa

4 ounces sugar

4 ounces dark chocolate, broken into pieces

5 ounces (by weight) hot water

Chocolate Paste Preparation:

In a double boiler, mix cocoa, sugar and hot water. Add the dark chocolate. Stir together until dark chocolate melts and combines into a smooth paste.

Sloan’s Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

Ingredients for Strawberry Flavoring:

2 ¼ pounds fresh strawberries

½ pound sugar

Strawberry Paste Preparation:

Allow strawberries to marinate with sugar for 48 hours. After marinating, chop the strawberries into smaller pieces. Strain all liquid from strawberries before adding to the ice cream machine.