Eat | Meringue Crunch Ice Cream

What? An ice cream post that isn’t an ice cream sandwich? Yes I’ve finally shifted gears. Although you could use crushed meringue as a topping from last week’s post

This ice cream is a super easy one to recreate for your ice cream party or just a simple cone when lounging out on the patio on a hot summer day. It’s made even easier if you buy meringue like I did, because if you can cut corners, then why not?

I knew this ice cream would taste good, but honestly I don’t think I was prepared for how good it would be. I mean, all the sugar is always a winner, but the texture, that crunch, is what really makes it amazing.

The steps to making this ice cream treat is so easy that you can watch it in the 30 second video below. But just in case you like the written word, keep scrolling for some more detailed steps.

Steps

1 Place vanilla ice cream into a bowl and stir until you get a soft consistency.
2 Crunch meringue into the ice cream (as much or as little as you’d like) and stir until thoroughly mixed in.
3 If you’d like a soft serve style, serve immediately. Otherwise, return the ice cream to the freezer for 1 hour before serving.
4 Serve with additional crushed meringue on top.

There you have it! And for more ice cream ideas, DIY’s and recipes, be sure to check out past posts below.

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Eat | Jazzed Up Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yes, this is the third ice cream sandwich post in a row, but I just can’t get enough! Although maybe I can, because I wasn’t satisfied with just plain ice cream sandwiched between plain wafers was I? No. I had to take matters into my own hands and jazz things up a bit.

It probably comes as no surprise that I’m planning this year’s ice cream party to have a heavy ice cream sandwich focus. Part of that will be an ice cream sandwich bar where guests can pick how they want to customize their ice cream treat. There’s so many ways to jazz them up!

I had a lot of fun coming up with topping ideas and have a whole lot more that aren’t posted here. I opted for a healthy version with nuts and fruit (because ice cream sandwiches on their own are so healthy and all) and a crazy fun candy version.

Healthy or sugary, nuts or gummy bears, here are some ideas on how you can customize your ice cream sandwich.

HEALTHY OPTIONS

  • Ground Almonds – roll the ice cream sandwich in a pile of ground almonds all the way around. You could also try slivered almonds.
  • Blueberries – pick out smaller blueberries that’ll fit between the wafers and press them all the way along the sandwich. Use frozen blueberries as they won’t lose their shape.
  • Toasted Coconut – Toast the coconut on the stove top and set aside to completely cool. Make sure to break them apart so they don’t clump together in one mass. Roll or press the coconut on each side of the sandwich. You could also use ground or flaked coconut.

Some other fun healthy options could be dipping a corner in melted peanut butter, rolling it in other various crushed nuts like pecans or walnuts, crushed cornflakes, raspberries, or even hemp seeds.

I realize I’m being a bit cheeky calling these ‘healthy options’. It’s like going to the frozen yogurt shop, ordering the plain frozen yogurt, topping it with a bunch of candy and calling it a health food. (*ahem* I don’t do that at all….) But we’ll still call it the healthy options just to feel a bit better about all our ice cream consumption…

And if you have no shame and don’t care one bit about pretending to be healthy, then candy it up all the way my friend! Or in one case, cereal it up (yep that’s fruit loops you see there).


CANDY OPTIONS

  • Mini Reese’s Pieces – be sure to use the mini reese’s pieces (found in the baking section) as the normal sized ones are too large. These are best pressed into the ice cream rather than rolled.
  • Fruit Loops – my favourite! Press a fruit loop all the way along the edge in whichever order you like. If you’re making these with littles ones (Kindergarten/grade 1) and want to incorporate math into your day to keep those summer brains sharp, make different patterns with the colours!
  • Gummy Bears – Normal sized gummy bears are a tad large so you may have to shift the wafers a bit. Like the fruit loops, press them all along the edge. This one is best consumed right away as frozen gummy bears aren’t the most palatable.

I just love the colours you can come up with when using candy and other fun things! The options are really endless, including sprinkles, fruit by the foot (just cover it the whole way around), reese’s peanut butter puffs, lucky charms, yogurt chips, or chocolate chips in plain, mint, or butterscotch,

I’m kind of tempted to just use various cereals at our ice cream sandwich bar….getting creative is fun.

Would you prefer healthy or candy? What other toppings would you like to try?

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Print | Ice Cream Sandwich Sleeves

Let the ice cream madness continue! It’s all about the ice cream sandwiches this year, and if you’re sending out ice cream sandwich party invitations, you might as well serve them wrapped up in these sleeves at your ice cream party.


You could either print them off and leave tape for guests who are making their own ice cream sandwiches, or assemble them beforehand with your homemade or store bought ones (I won’t judge, they’re delicious). It’s a quick way to make your ice cream consumption less messy and more fun.


Materials

  • Plain paper
  • Printable (below)
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape


  • Download and print the above pdf.
  • Cut out each rectangle, wrap it around your ice cream sandwich then secure with a piece of tape.
  • That’s it. Seriously, that’s it

Happy ice cream sandwich eating!

Be sure to check back next Wednesday for more ice cream sandwich goodness. And for more ice cream inspiration for your party (or for a summer’s afternoon) there’s more right here for you:

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DIY/Print | Printable Ice Cream Sandwich Invitations

July is creeping up fast, which means it’s time to get your party hats on, ice cream style! This is the fourth (yes 4th!) year celebrating national ice cream month with printable invites and yummy ice cream recipes and ideas. The archives are below for tons of inspiration, but to get you started we need to make some invitations!

If you haven’t seen past years, check through at the ice cream cone, sprinkle insert, and watercolour printable invitations. This year is all about the ice cream sandwich.

I love ice cream sandwiches. You get to enjoy the cold sweet ice cream without getting the sticky melting ice cream all over your hands. Yes I realize cones serve the same function but there’s just somethign special about the ice cream sandwich. This invite requires a little bit of DIYing, but with a few simple materials they’re a cinch to put together and send off to your ice cream party buddies.

Materials

  • Printable invitation (below)
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Brads
  • A pen to fill in your info

Steps

1 Print the pdf and cut. It’s not necessary, but if you have a paper cutter, it’s easiest to cut them into squares and then cut out the details with scissors. Assemble all the layers together and cut the edges to have them all the same.
2 Fill in the appropriate information.
3 At the bottom centre, poke a needle in the same spot through each piece of paper.
4 Assemble the layers in the proper order (with each sandwich piece facing out) and push a brad through the hole at the bottom with the finished part (circle) at the front and the wings out the back (as shown).
5 Start partying!

One of the layers is left blank for you to use as you wish. You can write extra instructions, draw a map to your place, write the ice cream menu, draw a fun picture or just leave it out.

Wishing you an ice cream filled month! And to help you with your party planning….

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