One of my favorite things about summer is… ice cream!!
Granted, I’m perfectly happy eating ice cream all year long, but it seems extra special in summer!
I know everyone in my house gets pretty excited if they see me setting out some fun ice cream toppings!
And Summer is the perfect time to host a simple ice cream party. It’s really about the easiest party ever, and everyone loves it! All you need is some ice cream, a fun assortment of toppings and let everyone make their own creation! Make it a Sundae Fundae! =)
Some of our favorite toppings are… fresh strawberries, sliced banana, gummy bears, mini chocolate chips, toasted coconut, and sprinkles!
Then of course you need some caramel, hot fudge, and magic shell!
Smucker’s recently launched a new line of quality toppings called Simple Delight.
These new Simple Delight toppings contain no added preservatives, artificial flavors, or high fructose corn syrup, so you can feel good about your indulgence! So far I’ve tried the Salted Caramel and the Hot Fudge and they are both utterly delicious!
Here are my family’s delicious sundae creations…
Caramel Coma – Vanilla Ice Cream, chopped Twix candy and Smucker’s Salted Caramel Sauce.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry- Vanilla Ice Cream, fresh strawberries and Smucker’s Hot Fudge.
Child’s Delight- Vanilla Ice Cream, gummy bears, sprinkles and Smucker’s Rainbow Sherbet Magic Shell.
Would you like to have a #SundaeFundae and try all of Smucker’s new toppings?
Smucker’s is sponsoring an awesome giveaway to help you host the best ice cream party ever!
One winner will receive…
A $50.00 Visa Gift Card
Scallop Edge Hanging Chalkboard
West Elm Outdoor Metal Serving Tray
Branded Ice Cream Toppings Bowls + Scoops
All seven NEW Smucker’s toppings flavors including:
- Smucker’s® Simple Delight Salted Caramel Topping
- Smucker’s® Simple Delight Chocolate Coconut Flavored Topping
- Smucker’s® Simple Delight Dark Chocolate Topping
- Smucker’s® Simple Delight Hot Fudge Topping
- Smucker’s® Magic Shell® Chocolate Pretzel Flavored Topping
- Smucker’s® Magic Shell® Rainbow Sherbet Flavored Topping
- Smucker’s® Microwavable Hot Dark Chocolate Topping
To enter (Giveaway Closed) to win this fun prize pack, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite ice cream topping(s).
For a second entry, follow @GloriousTreats on Twitter and tweet “I want to have a #SundaeFundae with @Smuckers and @GloriousTreats” Leave a second comment below with the URL of your tweet.
Details – Giveaway open to U.S residents only. Giveaway closes Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014 at 9pm Pacific. Maximum two entries per person. Winner will be chosen using random.org. Giveaway sponsored by Smucker’s. I have received products and/or payment to host the giveaway. I only share products on this site that I use and love.
In addition, if you head over to the Smucker’s site you can enter their #SundaeFundae promotion for a chance to win $5,000 toward a summer vacation!
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Winner – Comment #40, Sue
Love brownies? Love mint chip ice cream? You are going to really love these Mint Chip Brownie Ice Cream Squares!
Of course when you layer brownies, ice cream, chocolate fudge and whipped cream… there is really no way it’s going to be bad! =)
I think I can safely say I often make tasty things… but this is seriously the best thing I’ve made all summer!
Not only is this frozen pie delicious, this dessert is quite easy to make, can be made up to a couple days in advance, and both kids and adults LOVE it!
My mom used to make ice cream ”cakes” in the summer and I’d almost forgotten how much I love this kind of dessert!
Certainly the combinations are almost limitless… in fact, don’t be surprised if I make another one or two before summer is over!
Mint Chip Brownie Ice Cream Squares
Mint chip ice cream is layered on fudge brownies, then topped with a layer of chocolate, whipped cream and mini chocolate chips... this is the PERFECT summer dessert!
Yield: 1- 9"x13" pan (12-16 servings)
Choose a boxed mix designed for a 9"x9" pan. I used Ghirardelli Fudge Brownies.
Ice Cream Layer-
1 carton (1.5 quarts) Mint Chip Ice Cream
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
-OR- use good quality hot fudge sauce (1 to 1 1/2 cups)
Whipped Cream Layer-
Use 1- 8oz tub of Whipped Topping (Cool Whip)
-OR- 1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Chopped Andes Mints, mini chocolate chips, chocolate pearls, etc.
Line a 9"x13" pan with parchment paper.
Prepare brownies according to package, then spread batter into pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, but no wet batter.
Ice Cream Layer-
Allow a carton of ice cream to sit out at room temperature about 20 minutes, until soft enough to spread over the cooled brownies.
Once the ice cream has been evenly spread, place the entire pan in the freezer to allow the ice cream to re-freeze.
Heat the cream in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until hot (watch it so it does not boil). Add chocolate chips to the hot cream and set aside (undisturbed) about 3 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt. After 3 minutes, stir the chocolate until the cream and chocolate are fully combined.
Set aside and allow to cool to about room temperature.
Once cool, pour the chocolate over the ice cream layer, and spread evenly.
-OR- Heat a jar of good quality hot fudge until just warm enough to spread, and spread on top of frozen ice cream layer.
Return pan to freezer.
Whipped Cream Layer-
Thaw 1 small tub of Cool Whip at room temperature until spreadable,
-OR- whip heavy cream, sugar and vanilla together in an electric mixer.
Spread whipped topping over chilled chocolate layer.
Garnish the whipped cream layer with toppings of your choice. I used a bit of everything I had on hand... a few chopped Andes Mints, mini chocolate chips and chocolate pearls.
Return pan to freezer and FREEZE AT LEAST 3 HOURS before serving.
The entire dessert can be made ahead, and kept in the freezer (covered) up to 3 days in advance.
Recipe Source - Glorious Treats
Although the recipe will be made in a 9"x13" pan, I recommend using a boxed brownie mix (or brownie recipe) designed for a 9"x9" pan so the brownie layer is nice and thin.
Of course feel free to make the brownie layer using a from-scratch recipe if you like.
As much as I love real whipped cream, I usually use Cool Whip (or similar) for this dessert. The smooth texture works well with frozen desserts. If you are not a big fan of Cool Whip, I often use whipped topping from called Tru Whip that I have found at Whole Foods.
This recipe for Mint Chip Brownie Ice Cream Squares is kind-of the summer cousin to one of my favorite recipes, Fudge Mint Brownies.
Love cool summer treats? Be sure to follow along on Pinterest where I’ve been pinning lots of yummy Frozen Treats.
This Chocolate Fudge Cake recipe might need the sub-title “for chocolate lovers only”. This cake is rich, dense, sweet and oh so chocolaty!!
One glance at the recipe and you’ll see the first clue… yes, the recipe does call for one full can of Hershey’s syrup! =)
But before we get to the recipe, this cake has a story…
When I was 11 years old my mom paid $2 at a homeschool conference for the name and address of a pen-pal for me… another 11 year old girl. I lived (and still live) in California and my new pen-pal, Sala, lived in North Carolina. I wrote the first letter. On the front of the envelope I drew a bear, along with the words “Let’s be friends”. A short while later I received my first letter from Sala, and on the front of the envelope she drew two bears and the text, “I’d like to be friends”.
From those first letters in 1989 we continue to write back and forth, often several times a week. Our letters were sent in envelopes that were mini works of art… covered with drawings and stickers! I’m surprised the post office could find the addresses around all of the color!
My mom also began communicating with Sala’s mom from time to time, and for my 13th birthday it was planned that my mom and I would fly to North Carolina and stay with Sala and her family for 2 weeks. It was my first flight, and I was so excited to meet my friend!!
My 13th birthday was going to be celebrated in North Carolina, and Sala’s mom, Affie, asked what kind of cake I would like. My answer was (and will always be) “chocolate”. The morning of my 13th birthday I was presented with this delicious Chocolate Fudge Cake, a cake that would from then on be called “North Carolina Chocolate Cake” in our house!
As the years passed, hundreds of more letters were exchanged between Sala and I. Six years after my visit to North Carolina, Sala flew out to California to be a part of my wedding. Another several years (and more letters) passed and I flew across the country to attend her wedding. We are now both mother’s to two sweet girls. In fact it didn’t occur to me until just this moment, but my oldest daughter is nearly 11… the same age I was when Sala and I first became friends!
We still live on opposite sides of the country, and we don’t write letters as often as we did as children, but Sala and her family will always hold a very special place in my heart.
This rich and delicious cake is the recipe we turn to when only CHOCOLATE will do! The texture is more dense than a traditional cake… it’s somewhere between a cake, brownie and fudge.
Chocolate Fudge Cake
This rich, dense cake is sure to satisfy any chocolate craving!
Yield: 1- 9"x13" pan, about 16 servings
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups (one 16oz can) Hershey's chocolate syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips
In a large saucepan heat the butter and sugar until melted and well combined.
Remove pan from heat and add vanilla and chocolate syrup.
Add eggs and beat well (with a spoon or whisk).
Add salt and flour and stir until fully combined.
Pour batter into a greased 9"x13" pan.
Bake in a preheated 350*F oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, but no wet batter.
As the cake cools a bit, make the frosting.
In a saucepan, heat the butter, sugar and milk until it comes to a boil (stirring as needed).
Remove pan from heat and add chocolate chips. Do not stir for a minute or so and the chocolate chips will melt on their own. After a minute or two, stir to fully combine all ingredients.
Pour icing over the (still warm) cake, using an offset spatula to spread as needed.
Allow cake and icing to cool fully before cutting.
Recipe Source - Affie Ray, 1991 (made for my 13th birthday)
Note- From everything I've read, Hershey's syrup is the same in a can or in a plastic bottle. If you can not find a can, feel free to use syrup from a bottle. Also, yes, 16 fluid ounces is 2 cups, not 1-1/2 cups as listed in the recipe. For some reason the 16oz measurement on the can of syrup is weight, not fluid ounces.
Share this cake with the chocolate lovers in your life!
My family loves “make your own pizza” night, and this Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza is a perfect treat to round out the meal!
When a recipe starts with lots of cinnamon and sugar… you know it’s going to be good! Add in butter, fresh pizza crust and a simple glaze and you’ll have an easy treat that everyone loves!
We make pizza at home pretty often, but one thing I always struggle with is rolling out the dough into a reasonably round shape! I usually give up after fighting the dough, and settle on some random “blob” shape! Here’s a photo I shared on Instagram of one of my recent pizzas.
Fleischmann’s brand recently introduced me to a new product, their Pizza Crust Yeast. This yeast is designed just for pizza crust, and is much easier to roll out than traditional pizza dough. I figured it was worth a try! I mixed up the dough according to the package directions. Once the dough is mixed, it’s ready to roll (there is no rise time). I started rolling, and what do you know… it didn’t spring back into a blob, it rolled out beautifully!
Now I can easily make this delicious Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza anytime I want!
Mix up the dough according to package directions (or feel free to use fresh, store-bough dough).
Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface.
Pierce dough with a fork, then lightly brush with melted butter.
Spread around cinnamon streusel mixture, then bake.
Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza
This super simple dessert pizza is a perfect treat for pizza night, or anytime!
Fresh Pizza Dough
(I used Fleischmann's Pizza Crust Yeast, and the recipe on the package)
3 Tablespoons butter (melted)
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Prepare pizza dough as directed on package, or use fresh store-bought dough.
Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface, then transfer to a baking stone, or baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Use a fork to pierce some holes all over the pizza (leaving about 1 inch untouched around the outside edge)
Use a pastry brush to lightly brush some of the melted butter all over the pizza dough.
Combined remaining melted butter with cinnamon, sugar and flour and mix with a fork until all the ingredients are moistened, and mixture is crumbly.
Spread crumb mixture evenly around the pizza, leaving an edge of crust.
Bake pizza in a preheated 425*F oven for 12-15 minutes, or according to pizza dough instructions.
Once baked, combine glaze ingredients and drizzle glaze over pizza.
Serve while still a bit warm.
Recipe source - Glorious Treats
It’s amazing how delicious simple ingredients can be! Give this Cinnamon Streusel Pizza a try the next time you make pizza at home!
My girls thought it was quite funny that the cinnamon streusel mixture looks like ”taco meat”… but the delicious sweet aroma of this pizza baking gives it away! =)
Disclosure – I was provided product and/or compensation from Fleischmann’s for creating this post. I only share products and brands I use and love. All images, text and opinions are my own.
Summer and S’mores just belong together!
These S’mores Bars are thick, chewy and delicious… and taste like s’mores and a chocolate chip cookie combined!
I made a batch of these scrumptious bars for a family BBQ this weekend and when I went to retrieve my plate, there was nothing on it but a few crumbs! I’m sure I’ll be making these S’mores Bars several more times this summer!
These bars are thick, chewy and delicious! It's like a S'mores and a chocolate chip cookie had a baby!
Yield: 1- 9x13" pan (about 24 bars)
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (made from 1 1/2 packages of graham crackers)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt (reduce to 1/2 teaspoon if using salted butter)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
1-2 Hershey chcolate bars (each "Hershey" section broken or cut in half)
1 graham cracker (broken into pieces)
1/2 cup mini marshmallows
1. Preheat oven to 325*F and line a 9"x13" baking pan with parchment paper (or foil). Leave some paper hanging over the sides so you can easily pull the bars out of the pan after baking.
2. Crush graham crackers, then combine 1/2 cup melted butter with crumbs and stir until well combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan, and press evenly into the bottom of the pan. Put entire pan into the freezer while you make the cookie dough.
3. In a large mixer, blend together both sugars and the melted butter. Add eggs (one at a time) and vanilla and continue to blend until well combined.
4. In a separate bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt. Then, while the mixer is on low, slowly add the flour to the butter/sugar mixture. Stop the mixer immediately when you have added all the flour. Add the marshmallows and chocolate chips and blend until all of the ingredients are well combined.
5. Retrieve the baking pan from the freezer and scoop the dough on top of the prepared crust. Use an offset spatula to carefully spread until evenly distributed.
6. Top the dough with the toppings listed, pressing them into the dough slightly.
7. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown, and there is no wet batter visible.
8. Remove from oven and allow to cool FULLY before cutting (1 hour or more). For easiest cutting, run a knife around any edges that are touching the sides of the pan, then pull up on the parchment paper and place giant bar on a cutting board.
Prepare the simple graham cracker crust, press into pan and put the entire pan in the freezer to firm up while you make the cookie dough.
Mix up the cookie dough batter, then spread onto the prepared crust.
Top the cookie dough with mini marshmallows, chocolate bar pieces and graham cracker pieces (not shown, opps!).
Bake, cool and enjoy!! The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the bars to cool before digging in!
These S’mores bars would be extra incredible topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Love S’mores? I do! Here are a few more S’mores inspired treats…
Chocolate S’mores Cupcakes
S’mores Rice Krispie Treats
S’mores Decorated Cookies
Salted Caramel S’mores – from My Baking Addiction
Skillet S’mores Cookie – from Cookies and Cups
S’mores Brownies – from Recipe Girl