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5 Favorite family ice cream snacks

It’s hot outside! Cool off with a cold treat. These five ice cream treats are definite crowd pleasers, so we’re sure your family will love them!

chocolate chip ice cream sandwich

Chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches

Start these delicious sandwiches off with your favorite chocolate chip cookie. You can use store-bought or homemade, but a soft, chewy cookie works best.


  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate chips or sprinkles (optional)


  1. Lay one cookie with the bottom facing up and spread a scoop of ice cream on the cookie.
  2. Place a second cookie on top of the ice cream to complete the sandwich.
  3. If you like, roll the sandwich in chocolate chips or sprinkles on its side, so the sprinkles stick to the ice cream.

Check out this classic chocolate chip cookie recipe >>

Fast fried ice cream

Fried ice cream is a special treat. The combination of hot and cold makes this dessert hard to resist.


  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Cinnamon cereal, slightly crushed
  • Chocolate syrup


  1. Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop ice cream onto a cookie sheet. Make one scoop for each treat you need.
  2. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 10 minutes, just until the scoops firm up.
  3. While you’re waiting, crush the cereal.
  4. Remove the scoops from the freezer and coat them in cereal. It’s not easy to roll the scoops, so you’ll probably have to pat the cereal into the scoops with your hands.
  5. Once you’ve covered all the scoops in cereal, put them back into the freezer to harden up again.
  6. When you’re ready to serve them, place them under a broiler for just 30 seconds, and then remove them from the oven. Drizzle with chocolate syrup before serving.

Chocolaty root beer float

There’s nothing wrong with a standard root beer float, but this one adds a touch of chocolate for an unexpected twist.


  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Root beer
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Chocolate sprinkles (optional)


  1. Place a few scoops of ice cream into a tall glass and add a generous amount of chocolate syrup (about 3 tablespoons).
  2. Fill the glass with root bear.
  3. Top it with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles (optional). Serve immediately.

Try this real root beer recipe >>

Peanut butter brownie ice cream cake

No two flavors are more fitted for each other than chocolate and peanut butter. This frozen treat takes those two flavors and adds delicious vanilla ice cream, making it even better.


  • Two batches of brownies
  • Peanut butter
  • Vanilla ice cream


  1. Make two batches of your favorite brownies. It doesn’t matter what size pan you use, but both batches need to be exactly the same size.
  2. Take one batch out of the pan by gently loosening the edges with a spatula, then placing a cooling rack over the pan and flipping it over.
  3. Leave that batch upside down on the rack and cover the bottom of the brownies with a layer of peanut butter. Set the peanut butter brownies aside.
  4. Spread vanilla ice cream on the batch of brownies that is still in the pan. For easier spreading, place the brownies in the freezer for 20 minutes before spreading, and let the ice cream soften slightly.
  5. Hold the peanut butter brownie over the ice cream brownie, and carefully flip it over, placing the peanut butter layer against the ice cream layer.
  6. Press gently to make sure the layers stick, and place it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Learn how to make the best brownies >>

Ice cream cupcakes

We all love cake and ice cream. This simple dessert saves a step by keeping them together from the start.


  • Cupcakes without icing
  • Ice cream, any flavor


  1. Use a large ice cream scoop to get nice, round scoops of ice cream and place them directly on top of the un-iced cupcakes.
  2. Serve immediately with a spoon.

Check out cupcake recipes >>

Quick Tip

Make these treats more your style by swapping out vanilla for your favorite ice cream flavor.

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