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Peppermint Ice Cream Pie

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Creamy ice cream in a rich chocolate crust- a cold, refreshing and easy summer treat!

I love ice cream pie.  My mom has been making these since I was little.  It is less of a recipe and more of an idea because there is absolutely no baking involved.  By far, this is the easiest dessert ever posted on this blog.  Are you ready?

INGREDIENTS:

  • One half gallon of ice cream (any flavor- I used peppermint stick)
  • 2 pre-made chocolate graham cracker crusts.
  • One jar of hot fudge sauce
  • Cool Whip topping (if desired)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Spoon all of ice cream into a large bowl and mix until softened.
  • Divide the ice cream evenly between the 2 pie crusts, spreading it in evenly to fill each crust.

  • Cover and freeze overnight.
  • Top with drizzles of Hot fudge and some Cool Whip topping when you serve it!

My thoughts:  This is such an easy recipe to make ahead and keep in the freezer for a time when you need a dessert but don’t have time to make one.  Quick and easy and so refreshing and  yummy!  Enjoy!!!!!  -r

NOTE:  This recipe will be automatically posted for me as I will be out of the country for a few weeks.  I will be unable to answer your questions or respond to your comments during this time– my apologies ahead of time!  I will catch up with all of you when I return!  -r



Mango Smoothie Pops

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These creamy mango popsicles are filled with fun fruit and ice cream– a perfect summer treat!

A few weeks ago I shared a recipe from my travels to Mexico- Leche de Chocolate and this week I want to share another favorite with you.  One of my trips to Mexico involved 10 days of digging a foundation for a new church building in a little town in Sinoloa.  We used pick-axes to dig twelve 5-foot deep holes that eventually had cement footers poured into.  By noon it was over 120 degrees and one of our favorite treats was when the local kids would bring us “helados” or homemade fruit ice cream in plastic bags.  I was a little hesitant at first, but after I bit the corner off of the bag and had a taste, I was addicted!  SO refreshing and delicious!  I asked my friend Clarissa for the recipe and she graciously wrote it out for me:

I’ve made it many times since and it always makes me smile when I remember those long hot (incredibly fun!) days.

A few days ago I came across some really fun popsicle molds called Volcano Pops.  The centers of the popsicle can be filled with things and I just imagined the creamy mango pops filled with coconut, or ice cream or berries…..endless possibilities!  So I had to try them!  SO much fun!  Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of cubed fresh mango (about 2 medium mangos)
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1/4 c. sugar (use more or less depending on how sweet your fruit is)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Combine all of above ingredients in a blender (I used an Oster Smoothie MakerI got it for Christmas and I LOVE it– it makes smoothies right into a cute to-go cup.  These ingredients fit perfectly into the cup and made my clean up really easy!)
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into  popsicle molds (or into sandwich bags– then just knot the top) and freeze overnight.
  • Remove popsicles from mold (and fill if you used Volcano Pops) or clip a corner off the bag and ENJOY!

My thoughts:  Only one— the mango pop filled with vanilla bean ice cream?  Oh.  My. Word. 🙂

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Ice Cream Cake!!!

Easy and yummy- this ice cream cake will serve a ton of people and they will be so surprised that you didn’t get it at the store!  I just made it for a group of people and it easily served 18.  Quick– before summer is over– bring on the ICE CREAM!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 10-12 ice cream sandwiches (any flavor- I used cookies and cream ones)
  • 2 half-gallon containers of ice cream (any flavor- pick ones that go well together!)- you will not use all of both flavors in this cake.
  • 2 jars of hot fudge sauce at room temperature
  • 1 package of Oreo cookies
  • 1/2 tub of Cool Whip

DIRECTIONS:

  • Line the sides of a 9-Inch Springform Pan
    with strips of parchment paper.  Use non-stick spray to hold the strips in place.


  • Cut ice cream bars into 4 like this: (YUM!!)

  • Place the cut bars along the edge of the spring form pan like this: 

  • Crush the Oreos in a plastic bag- or in a food processor.
  • Press 1/3 of the Oreo crumbs in the bottom of the pan.  
  • Spoon both jars of fudge into a large sturdy ziplock bag.  Clip the tip off and drizzle about 1/3 over the top.
  • Spoon softened ice cream (about 1/3 of tub) over layer. (I scoop ice cream into bowl and stir it until it’s smooth- like a thick shake– it’s easier to spread then.)  Repeat twice, reserving a few cookie crumbs and a little fudge for decorating.  (You will use one flavor of ice cream twice and one only once.)
  • Spoon Cool Whip over top, sprinkle with cookies and drizzle with fudge.  Chill immediately overnight.   
  • Before serving, remove outer ring of pan and peel away parchment paper.  Allow cake to sit at room temperature for a few minutes so it is easier to cut.


  • ENJOY!!!

My thoughts:  I love this recipe— I’ve made this cake many many times over the years- it is the perfect recipe for when you need to make something ahead of an event.  WORK FAST!!  Cut your ice cream sandwiches fast (I sometimes keep 1/2 of them in the freezer until the 1st half are cut)  Have everything ready and put it together quickly and get it in the freezer.  If you linger the ice cream will begin to drip from the bottom of the pan (which is still ok- just get it on a plate and into the freezer. )  You can freeze between layers if you want to take your time.  I just throw it all together at once and YUM!!! Hope you enjoy this summer treat!

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