Homemade ice cream sandwiches
I’m here with another disheartening weather report that it’s 90+ degrees here in LA (we hit 102 in my ‘cooler’ part of LA on Monday). I’m in shorts and I’m not particularly thrilled about it. I’m immersing myself in fall fashion, food, decor, and activities to deal with the heat. The only saving grace is that it cools way down in the evenings and the heat doesn’t last all day. Major eye roll. Since I’m caught between my dream of fall and the reality of a lingering summer, these salted caramel ice cream sandwiches are solving a lot of problems for me. The ice cream is a welcome treat, but the salted caramel ice cream, the cinnamon graham crackers, and the dark chocolate are all reminding me of fall. And while I know the weather will eventually cool down, I think I’ll still be making this super easy recipe – partly because I figured out how to make easy ice cream sandwiches with just a little prep and because at every holiday gathering, I tend to get warm with all the people and the heat from the oven. (I hope my students aren’t reading this because that was one incredibly long sentence that I’m actively trying to get them away from – eek!)…
Salted Caramel Ice Cream
The popularity of salted caramel anything but especially salted caramel ice cream has been quite crazy the last few years. While I always like the flavor, I realized I enjoyed it so much more when paired with other morsels. I had it with a fruit crostata at one restaurant and it was amazing. But, of course, my favorite way to enjoy it is with chocolate – and dark chocolate at that. The combination of the rich chocolate with the sweet caramel all balanced out perfectly with the salt is oh so yum! I may or may not be drooling at this point…
protein ice creams
These homemade ice cream sandwiches were made with a line of protein ice creams that I recently tried at a healthy food expo here in LA. Besides being non-GMO, soy free (a big one for me), and no artificial flavors or shelf stabilizers, the tasty treat is low fat and packed with protein. Usually dessert doesn’t last long in keeping me energized with so little protein, but these ProYo ice creams do since they have 10g of protein per serving (5 g in each of these sandwiches). And if you’re worried about taste – these protein ice creams are delicious (obviously I wouldn’t share something that wasn’t). We’ve enjoyed the vanilla and salted caramel crunch so far. I’m sure my husband will get the Dutch Chocolate or Mocha out next, but not if I open the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip first! Find ProYo lowfat ice creams in stores and online!
Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches
Yield 6 sandwiches
- 14 oz. Salted Caramel Crunch ProYo Ice Cream
- 12 cinnamon cracker halves
- 4 ounces dark chocolate (good for melting) - I used 70% cocoa
- Line an 8" bread pan with wax paper. Scoop ice cream into the lined pan and spread out evenly. It's easiest to fold down wax paper over the ice cream and push it evenly into the corners.
- Return ice cream to freezer to set (at least 20 minutes - more is better).
- When you're ready to assemble your ice cream sandwiches, melt chocolate in microwave. Heat chocolate pieces 30 seconds on power level 50% and stir. Repeat until almost all of the chocolate is melted. Stir in unmelted pieces.
- Meanwhile, break cinnamon graham crackers in half.
- Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
- Remove ice cream from freezer. Use wax paper to easily pull it out of the bread pan. Cut ice cream into 6 squares. Place one square of ice cream between two graham crackers. Assemble remaining sandwiches. **Do this all as quickly as possible**
- Dip ice cream sandwiches into melted chocolate, tipping the bowl to get more chocolate on the sandwiches. Place on wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Immediately return to freezer. Let sit at least 30 minutes before enjoying to let chocolate set and graham crackers begin to soften.
Salted caramel ice cream sandwiches can be left in freezer unwrapped for up to 24 hours. Afterwards, store in airtight bag or container.
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