Let’s get a few things straight:
1. I’m not a big fan of Cool Whip or any packaged, ready-to-eat foods.
2. I don’t normally take the easy way out when putting together desserts.
3. I’ve come to realize that sometimes taking the easy way out works out really, really well.
With that in mind, I’ll present to you my favorite new recipe (of the 30+ recipes that I prepared on my vacation): Frozen Caramel-Toffee Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert. I happened upon this recipe while blog-hopping one day… and snatched it from the gals at San Diego Cooks. It was the perfect sort of recipe for the 4th of July, which was a day filled with a zillion relatives coming in and out of our beach house. It feeds a TON… a good 24 to 36 servings to be exact, depending on how big you make your slices. This is the perhaps the easiest, most-decadent dessert you’ll ever make.
Here’s the How-To:
Buy one of those extra-deep 13×9-inch disposable foil pans (it’s easiest, and it’s the perfect depth). Place a layer of ice cream sandwiches in the bottom. Cover them with Cool Whip. Drizzle with caramel and chocolate syrup. Sprinkle with toffee bits. Freeze for a bit… then repeat: Another layer of ice cream sandwiches, Cool Whip, and syrups.
Top with crushed Heath or Skor bars. Freeze several hours until firm enough to slice.
We sliced this up and put it into plastic cups for easy serving… put all of the cups on a large tray and passed them around to guests, who snatched them up eagerly.
This simple, simple frozen dessert was a huge hit. It was delicious, decadent and impressive enough to serve up at a party. Guests asked about how to make it it… and you should have seen the looks of amazement on their faces when I explained the process of putting it together. People like the easy stuff.
*Cut this recipe in half for a smaller gathering.
*There aren’t a whole lot of ways to make this lowfat, but you can use light Cool Whip
*The depth of the pan is important… it’s a pretty ‘tall’ dessert (4″ or so).
*You’re sure to enjoy this dessert, but a small piece is plenty. Schedule some extra walking into your week to squeeze in room for extra calories. It’s worth it!
This recipe can be found here: Frozen Caramel Toffee Ice Cream Dessert
Other delicious frozen summer desserts on the blogs:
RecipeGirl.com: Buster Bars
One Perfect Bite: Ice Cream Crunch Cake
Alice Q Foodie: Lemon Semifreddo Pie with Gingersnap Crust
Mike’s Table: A Round-Up of a Whole Bunch of Frozen Desserts
La Cuisine d’Helene: Frozen Peanut Butter Pie