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Throw a fabulous party with an Ice Cream Sundae Bar!

Happy Wednesday, y’all! I’ve got the PERFECT treat for this amazingly warm weather we’ve been having recently. 

Ice Cream Sundae Bar!

I put this together over the weekend after my kids had been outside playing with their friends for, like, 8 hours. I went to Walmart for all my toppings and the star of the show, DREYER’S Frozen Custard.

I have always loved frozen custard and I’m pretty stoked that it’s now easily accessible thanks to DREYER’S. It is extra thick and creamy which is exactly why I love it. Plus it’s made with fresh milk and has no artificial colors or flavors!

DREYER’S Frozen Custard comes in so many fun flavors, too! I picked up Old Fashioned Vanilla (the sundae at the very bottom of the post) and Strawberry Shortcake (directly below) – I’m a vanilla person and my husband is all about the Strawberry Shortcake. And oh my gosh, the pieces of shortcake and the strawberry swirls in Strawberry Shortcake are absolutely divine! 

Other flavors of DREYER’S Frozen Custard include: Chocolate Malt, Mint Cookies N’ Cream, and Peanut Butter Pie (next on my list!). 

Putting together an ice cream sundae bar is so easy and it is so much fun for the whole family! You can basically use whatever you want but I think you should have a good combo of sauces, like hot fudge, and then some candy, like peanut butter cups, and then you have to have cherries! What’s a sundae without a cherry on top?!

Walmart is doing in store DREYER’S Frozen Custard demos across the country March 26 – 29 and you can find out if your local Walmart is participating by checking this spreadsheet. Also, be sure to check out the DREYER’S Facebook page and Pinterest page

Throw a fabulous party with an Ice Cream Sundae Bar!

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Happy Friday! I’ve got a quick and easy recipe today! You can make it with your kids next time you’re snowed in or just make it for yourself and don’t share with anyone.

I won’t judge you.

We got, like, 8 inches of snow on Wednesday. Which was fun because the weatherman said we’d get 2. He has a history of playing with my emotions so I took a chance and put a ginormous mixing bowl in the background to collect snow.

By lunchtime we had a full bowl of snow and I had a sore throat from yelling at Penelope (the husky) to keep her face out the bowl every time she went out. Seriously, a yard full of snow and she wants to eat my snow?

Jerk.

Besides the snow, you just need a can of sweetened condensed milk! You can get fancy and add vanilla but I think it’s delicious just like this. Then you must top it with at least 1/2 a pound of sprinkles. That’s the only way to eat ice cream, right?

We had a ton of fun making it so I put another bowl out that night and it was COVERED with snow by the time I went to bed. By about 9 am, it had all melted. Because… well, welcome to Colorado. 

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Frozen Peppermint Mocha

This is a sponsored post featuring DREAM Latte™.  All opinions are my own.

I don’t know if you know this but I’m kind of a coffee addict. Like, I’m that person that starts thinking about my morning coffee at midnight and has to make a cup of decaf.

Something else you may not know about me is that I don’t drink any kind of cow’s milk, half and half, anything like that. I mean, I make exception for heavy cream every once in awhile just because heavy cream is delicious and I’m weak but other than that, I don’t drink any dairy. I don’t have an allergy, I just prefer to stick to nut milks. 

So I was excited to try the new DREAM Latte™which comes in two flavors: Caramel and Mocha! They are free of soy, lactose, dairy, gluten, and cholesterol. They are rich in calcium and vitamin D and are made from fair trade organic, non-gmo coffee beans.

Most importantly, they are delicious! I have to say, I’m not a mocha person but I’m in love with the DREAM Latte™ Mocha!

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

I wanted to make a frozen drink using the DREAM Latte™ because coffee shop frozen drinks are expensive. Plus, most coffee places still don’t have almond milk! Get with the times, coffee shops! Geez.

I went with a Frozen Peppermint Mocha because, like I said, I don’t usually love mocha so I never have peppermint mochas and then I’m always jealous when I hear other people talking about them. 

That’s weird, right? To be jealous of someone’s ability to like something that you don’t?

I know. 

But anyway, since I do like the DREAM Latte™ in Mocha, I made a quick simple syrup with peppermint extract and blended it all up with ice. Topped it with whipped cream (google coconut milk whipped cream if you’re dairy-free – it’s so easy!), chocolate syrup, and crushed peppermints. 

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

It was so delicious. Peppermint just gets me feeling all sorts of festive so I’m thinking this is going to become my official holiday drink this year. 

Everyone has an official holiday drink, right?

I don’t even know anymore.

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

Ingredients

For the peppermint syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
For the Frozen Peppermint Mocha:
1 (11-ounce) carton DREAM Latte™ in Mocha
1 - 2 tablespoons peppermint syrup (recipe above)
1 cup ice
whipped cream (try coconut milk whipped cream if dairy-free)
chocolate syrup (dairy free as needed)
crushed peppermints

Instructions

  1. To make the syrup:
  2. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Lower to low and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Stir in peppermint extract.
  3. To make the Frozen Peppermint Mocha:
  4. Combine Dream Latte™ in Mocha, 1 - 2 tablespoons peppermint syrup, and ice in a blender and blend until no chunks of ice remain. Pour into a glass, top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and crushed peppermints, if desired.
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Frozen Peppermint Mocha

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DREAM™.

 

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One way I know that I am getting old is that I no longer like candy corn.

Like, it was only a couple years ago that I had one of my friends over to make those homemade butterfingers out of candy corn because our husbands said they didn’t like candy corn and we were all “WUT?! YOU DON’T LIKE CANDY CORN?!”

So obviously, we needed to trick them into eating (and enjoying) candy corn.

But now, bleh.

I even bought all those fun ones that came out this year. Pumpkin Spice, Caramel something-or-another, S’mores.

Nope. Hated all of them.

But I do love regular foods dressing up to look like candy corn. I made these cookies a few years ago and I absolutely had to make these Candy Corn Pudding Pops this year because I’m currently eating Fudgesicles like it’s my job and I figured these were kind of close to that.

Super simple – you use box pudding mixes and then you just layer them in popsicle molds and freeze overnight. These don’t taste like candy corn (if you can find candy corn pudding, go for it) but I used a cheesecake pudding for the white layer (white chocolate would also work) and then french vanilla with food coloring for the other two layers.

They turned out super cute and my kids were obsessed.

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I swear this isn’t like all those times I Instagrammed a rice cake with M&Ms on top or Doritos and wine and hashtagged it paleo.

This is really paleo. And really delicious.

This recipe comes from Paleo Ice Cream: 75 Recipes for Rich and Creamy Homemade Scoops and Treats which is the newest addition to my cookbook collection. The book has basically every ice cream variety you could ever want, but Paleo-ized.

I mean, Maple Bacon Chocolate Ice Cream.

Yeah.

I, of course, am obsessed with all things fall right now (BECAUSE OMG SNOW IS COMING) so I had to give the Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream a try.

And I’m totally breaking my October 1st = Pumpkin Day rule but whatever. I had to share this with you.

I’m not gonna lie to you, I had serious doubts about the whole paleo ice cream thing. Paleo treats are really nice to have when you’re strict paleo but let’s be real, a paleo muffin tastes nothing like an actual muffin.

If I read your blog and you tell me a paleo biscuit tastes like a Cracker Barrel biscuit, I’m giving you major side eye.

So I worried that paleo ice cream would be nothing like real ice cream.

But basically, this ice cream is coconut milk (the canned stuff, not the refrigerated stuff), xanthan gum is optional but I definitely recommend it for the texture, honey as the sweetener, and some pumpkin.

(I totally saw xanthan gum at Walmart yesterday so you should be able to find it anywhere.)

It tastes like ice cream. Like pumpkin ice cream!

I did have to let it defrost for a few minutes before scooping but after that, it had nearly the exact texture of regular ol’ ice cream!

I’ve made paleo cookies, pizza, muffins, bread, etc, etc, etc and this paleo ice cream is the only thing that’s actually been super close to it’s non-paleo counterpart.

You should definitely check out Paleo Ice Cream if you’re looking for recipes like Oregano Ice Cream, Double Chocolate Candy Bar Ice Cream, or Toasted Almond Frozen Custard!

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