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Chocolate Ice Cream Dessert

on March 25, 2015

This is one of those desserts that I can soooooo see Grandma making for entertaining. Chocolate Ice Cream Dessert is right up her alley. It’s got ice cream, an easy to make crust, and chocolate. Perfect. My husband thinks Grandma had quite a sweet tooth because of all of the recipes she had for sweets and desserts, but I think she had this many recipes because of the unbelievable amount of entertaining they did. They entertained a lot with family AND friends AND church groups. One of the last times that she and Grandpa entertained a large group was just before they moved to the assisted living facility where they lived out their days – they had 8 people “in” and I think it was for dinner. They were around 85 and 88 years old at the time. Those two just loved to entertain.

Chocolate Ice Cream Dessert

This is another very easy, very good dessert.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Chocolate Ice Cream Dessert

While mixing other ingredients, take out one gallon of vanilla ice cream to soften (of course the amount in a box of ice cream are not what they were back then, but I used one box anyway, even though it wasn’t a full gallon – it was a bit short).

Put into a unbuttered 9″ x 13″ cake pan:

1 package of Nilla (vanilla) Wafers, crushed (save a few for the top)

Put half of gallon of vanilla ice cream on top of crushed vanilla wafers (it will get softer while you make the rest of layers). I used a spoon to evenly put it on top of the crushed crumbs.


2 squares semi sweet chocolate (I used 2/3 cup chocolate chips)

1 stick butter

Mix with:

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 egg yolks (use pasteurized eggs if you are worried about raw eggs, but they do get heated by the warm chocolate/butter mixture)

Fold into chocolate mixture:

3 egg whites, beaten until stiff

Put this chocolate mixture on top of layer of ice cream (on top of crushed vanilla wafers).

(The recipe says to put on a layer of chopped nuts here – I did not, since my son doesn’t like nuts. Peanuts would maybe be a nice choice.)

Layer on the other half-gallon of softened ice cream.

Top with the rest of the vanilla wafer crumbs.



The chocolate mixture is quite thick until folding in the egg whites.


I used my trusty rolling-pin/plastic zip top bag system to crush the vanilla wafers.


I spread the ice cream with my small offset spatula and then pour on the chocolate mixture.


I didn’t get the ice cream split exactly in half, but once the rest of the vanilla wafer crumbs were sprinkled on, you can’t really tell that the top layer of ice cream is a little short.

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I had this in the freezer overnight and it stayed pretty soft. It didn’t get rock solid but held its shape just fine.


This dessert is delicious. Try this one next time you need a different kind of dessert. It’s great for entertaining!





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