Searching for the perfect summer sweet treat? It doesn’t get any easier than these Easy Ice Cream Bars!
I can’t believe we’re well into summer and these Easy Ice Cream Bars are the first frozen dessert recipe I’ve shared! Clearly, I’m off my game. Thank you so much to Hudsonville Ice Cream for sponsoring this post and helping me right this wrong, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is a very special week in our house because our Norah Jane turns 1 this Saturday. Can you believe it? It seems like a month ago I was signing off on my last blog post before going to the hospital. This year has flown by and I feel so sentimental thinking back on the last 12 months. We a have a couple of blog posts coming on the subject, including her birth story and a one-year baby update. Now that I have a child of my own, I find myself longing to share some of the same nostalgic traditions with her that we experienced as children. What’s more nostalgic than cake and ice cream at a birthday party? I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve had a scoop of ice cream with cake. You better believe that at her birthday party this weekend, we’re going to be making some sweet summer memories by busting out all the Hudsonville Ice Cream with her cake. I can’t wait to see her dig in! It just so happens that July is National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day falls on July 21, the day after her birthday! We’ll be celebrating all weekend, for good measure.
Since you’re here for this recipe, I’m sure you’d love to know that Hudsonville Ice Cream recently launched their own lifestyle blog called The Sweet Spot! Whether you need to to get inspired at home with recipes, birthday party ideas, game nights, or movie nights you’ll always find a way to sprinkle more joy into your day. Check it out, and you’ll discover just how sweet life can be when you’re making memories with the people you love.
As if this post wasn’t sweet enough, Hudsonville is also hosting their Sweetest Summer Ever Sweepstakes! Enter through the link provided and you’ll have the chance to win prizes each week throughout the entire summer. Yes, please! As a thank you just for trying out the Hudsonville Pints this summer (it’s hard work, I know ;)) they’ve kindly provided a coupon that you can use in-store.
I always pick up my pints at Fresh Thyme, but be sure to check out their Scoop Locator to see where you can find them near you!
- 1 pint Hudsonville Ice Cream (My favorite for this is Seaside Caramel!)
- 2 cups chopped milk or dark chocolate
- 1½ tbsp coconut oil
- ⅓ cup chopped almonds
- Melted white, milk, or dark chocolate
- Chopped nuts
- Marshmallow creme
- Crushed graham crackers
- Crushed Oreos
- Carmel sauce
- Melted peanut butter chips
- Freeze-dried fruit
- Citrus zest
- Sea salt
- Fresh chopped mint
- Cacao nibs
- Using a silicone ice cream bar mold, spread approximately ⅓ cup of ice cream into each cavity and insert the stick. (This will depend on your specific brand but I've found this is the general amount.) Freeze for at least three hours before dipping.
- Melt the chocolate and oil in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl suspended over a pan of barely simmering water. Be sure that the water does not touch the base of the pan.
- Once melted, remove from the chocolate from the heat, stir in the nuts and let cool for 10 minutes
- Line a baking tin that will fit inside your freezer with baking parchment paper.
- When the chocolate is ready, remove the ice cream bars from the freezer. Working quickly, dip the ice cream bars into the chocolate to coat it completely (or use a large spoon to pour the chocolate over the ice cream. Allow any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl before laying the bar onto the parchment paper.
- Repeat this process until all bars are covered and top with desired toppings.
- Return to the freezer to firm up for an hour, then store in an airtight container until ready to eat.