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Rice Krispie Ice Cream Cake

July just might be the best month of the year. Why? It's National Ice Cream Month! President Reagan established July as National Ice Cream Month way back in 1984, and American citizens have been celebrating ever since. On average, Americans eat 20 quarts of ice cream per year per person! (Pretty sure I am over the average on that statistic.)     I am an ice cream fanatic, and I will come up with any excuse to go out for ice cream. (Do well in a 5k race? Ice cream! Finish the laundry? Ice cream! My favorite TV show is on? Ice cream! I'm sure my husband loves it.)   [caption id="attachment_793" align="aligncenter" width="388"] Just a small collage of a few of the ice cream treats I've enjoyed this summer. (Yes, I am that girl who takes a picture of everything.)[/caption]   Today I've got a fabulous ice cream cake recipe that is the epitome of summer. Creamy vanilla ice cream, sandwiched between two layers of crispy, caramel, peanut-ty cereal. The bonus - it's super simple to make. When topped with hot fudge sauce, it's the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and chocolatey. Here's what ya need to get started.   [caption id="attachment_784" align="aligncenter" width="360"] Rice Krispies cereal, brown sugar, roasted peanuts, butter, and vanilla ice cream.[/caption]   And it's as easy as this - melt the butter, and combine it with the brown sugar, Rice Krispies, and peanuts. Spread about half into a 9x13-inch pan.  

  Now it's time for the ice cream. You could get all fancy and make it from scratch, but this is supposed to be an easy dessert. I picked up a container of Velvet 'Olde Tyme Vanilla'. The Velvet headquarters are just a hop, skip, & a jump away over in Utica, Ohio! It's always great to support a local company. After poking around a bit on their website, I learned you can even tour their factory and visit Ohio's interactive ice cream museum. Looks like I know we're headed on our next date night! [Just an FYI: Velvet ice cream is BOGO this week at Chiefs & Rays... so pick up a container of Vanilla for the ice cream cake, and then choose another fun flavor to try out. Extreme Moose Tracks, Chocolate Lovers Trio, Raspberry Fudge Cordial, Buckeye Classic... go for it! What better time to indulge than National Ice Cream Month?] Back to the recipe... let the ice cream soften a bit, and then scoop it into the crust.  

  Take a spatula and smooth it out.  

  Then, top with the remaining cereal mixture. Pop it back into the freezer for a couple hours, and you're good to go!     When you're ready to serve, just cut a nice big square.  

  Looks delicious, right? Just wait...     A little hot fudge takes it to a whole 'nother level.     There's nothing better than ice cream + peanuts + chocolate. Perfect for summer-time. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Rice Krispie Ice Cream Cake

Servings/Yield: 9x13-inch pan, 8-12 servings
  • ½ cup butter, (1 stick)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • ½ gallon French vanilla ice cream, softened
  • hot fudge topping, for serving
Method Line a 9x13-inch pan with foil. Set aside. Melt butter in a large microwaveable bowl. Stir in brown sugar, peanuts, and Rice Krispies until evenly combined. Spread half of cereal mixture over bottom of prepared pan. Spoon softened ice cream over cereal mixture, and smooth with a spatula. Top with remaining cereal mixture. Freeze until solid. To serve, let soften at room temperature a few minutes. Cut into pieces and serve with warm hot fudge topping. Source: family recipe

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