Tuesday, August 4, 2009

ice cream deliciousness

At least that's what I'd rename it if it hadn't been in the family forever as "Ice Cream Cake". Many of you have asked for the recipe. I'm not sure you can call it that since there's only 3 ingredients. But I agree that it's worth its own post.

Ice Cream Cake
  • 1 box of graham crackers (no low-fat stuff either, the real deal)
  • 1 humongous Hershey bar, frozen (I think it's a pound)
  • 1/2 gallon of ice cream, any flavor (may I suggest vanilla, fudge ripple or mint chocolate chip?)
Take two packages of graham crackers and put them in a large zip-loc bag. Beat the snot out of them with a rolling pin so they break up. You want small pieces, but not total dust. Put in bowl.

Take a knife to the frozen chocolate bar and shave the whole thing down. This will get easier as the bar warms up in your hand. Too warm and it doesn't shave, it just chunks. Add to bowl of graham crackers and mix. (I should mention that my mom has found a short cut using those mini-chocolate chips or mini-M&Ms. But I'm a purist and like my milk chocolate so I stick to the traditional method. If it was good enough for Nana...)

In a 9x13 pan, cover the bottom evenly with half of the mixture.

Take the ice cream completely out of it's container/box by cutting down the sides if necessary. You want to cut the ice cream like a loaf of bread and lay slices (about 2 inches thick) on top of the 9x13 pan. You will have gaps so you'll have to cut and piece it together like a puzzle. Yes, it will feel like you're manhandling this dessert, but I promise, no one will ever know - or care - after they've tasted this amazingness you are preparing.

Once you have a solid 2 inch layer of ice cream in your pan, pour the rest of the cracker/chocolate mixture evenly over the top. Take some wax paper or Saran wrap, cover, and press down so the topping pushes into the ice cream.

Chill in freezer.

And that's it. Your hands will have chocolate on them and be frozen for the next hour, but it's worth it. Heaven on earth.


Rach said...


LifeAtTheCircus.com said...

Why did I think peanut butter was involved in this? Did your mom ever make it once with peanut butter? Am I just making this up? Guess being the purest that you are, you wouldn't think of adding peanut butter, but do you think it would work? Imagine, chocolate ice cream with melted peanut butter poured over top and the choc chunks and graham...

Crafty P said...

awesome. i'm thinking a layer of caramel wouldn't be such a bad idea either... or just poured over it.

thanks for this

Anonymous said...

Definately the next "girls night" treat. Thanks for the recipie. DR

Angela said...

Karen, Thanks for the yummy recipe! I can't wait to make it and am already thinking up excuses that will pass the "Dan" test.

Happy said...

I want some RIGHT now. Seriously.

I would probably use the chocolate chips, though. I'm lazy. :)

Megan said...

So excited by this - definitely going to be trying it soon!

Mom/ said...

Peanut Butter--

When I make this "Ice Cream Cake" I mix 1 or 2 heaping tablespoons of peanut butter to the graham crackers before adding shaved chocolate. Stirring/mashing it until it is fairly evenly distributed.

Andrea @ The Train to Crazy said...

This looks really good! Thanks for sharing!

mrsbuckett said...

So I keep thinking of this dessert over and over again and because it's my birthday on Monday I think I'm going to make it this weekend! Hope you and little grublet are hanging in there.