In our latest edition of TT's Culinary Institute we tackled on America's favorite chilly confection: ice cream.

We could have gone crazy with flavors and mix-ins, but we decided to first concentrate on the ice cream base you'll want to use over and over.

Most traditional bases are made up of milk, cream, sugar and egg yolks. After some tinkering, we found out that a rich custard base made with more egg yolks and cream results in an ultra-creamy consistency.

As for add-ins, we're all about classic vanilla right now; using a combination of scraped-out beans and high-quality vanilla paste adds a ton of fragrant flavor, but we've given you a few other delicious options below, too.

Now you've got all your bases covered.

To learn more, read our story "Churn, Baby, Churn."