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Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Dessert

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It's quick, chocolaty, cool and crunchy. And, oh yah, it's fancy enough to serve to company, too. Score!

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 15 min
  • Servings 12

Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Dessert  

As prepared by tbspSusan

An A-List ice cream dessert recipe made without breaking a sweat. Sometimes life is just so sweet.

It's about that time of year that we're all getting a little schizophrenic. We don't want summer to be zipping by, but we're getting a bit tired of some summer routines. Like standing in a long line for great ice cream.

Problem solved. You're gonna make this dessert, stick it in the freeze, and invite some friends over for some serious ice cream while summer is still among us.

You'll need about 900 seconds (you can do that math...15 minutes!) to whip this Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Dessert into shape, once you get the ingredients lined up. Then just a few hours in the freezer and ... done.

I might have forgotten to mention that this fudgy-crunchy, dreamy-creamy treat is wickedly decadent, too, so don't worry. You'll SO impress those lucky invitees.

Follow me.

Unwrap a batch of ice cream sandwiches that you bought at the store and place them in a pan. Nope, not joking. Just do it.

Pat ice cream sandwiches in a pan

Open a jar of hot fudge sauce -- whatever kind makes your lips quiver. If it's too hard to stir (like mine was), nuke it just a few secs -- just long enough so it's spreadable. Then pour that over the sandwiches in the pan and even it out with a knife.

Pour hot fudge ice cream sauce over ice cream sandwiches

Next up -- Chocolate Cheerios. Shameless plug here. Eat some. Yum. And here's the lesson of the day: They're not just for breakfast anymore. Check it out:

Sprinkle Chocolate Cheerios over fudge layer

Over that crunchy layer, you'll spread some thawed whipped topping. This is just too easy. But trust me -- no one will ever know.

Spread whipped topping over Cheerios layer

Then use a couple pouches of Betty Crocker Decorating Cookie Icing and make some swirlies. Or zig-zags. Or smiley faces. It's up to you.

Add decorating icing designs to top

Now put it in the freezer and let it harden up, at least 3 hours or overnight.



Slice it.

Ice cream dessert ready to eat

And see how I garnished it with maraschino cherries, their little stems jeweled with Chocolate Cheerios? I KNOOOOOW! Brilliant!

Garnish for ice cream dessert

Now you're an A-List dessert host, you are. You've arrived!



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Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Dessert


12-count (3.5 oz each) box ice cream sandwiches: vanilla, chocolate chip or mint flavor
jar (11.75 oz) hot fudge ice cream sauce
cups Chocolate Cheerios (plus extra for garnish if desired)
tub (12 oz) whipped topping, thawed
Betty Crocker (7 oz) Decorating Cookie Icing, chocolate flavor
Betty Crocker (7 oz) Decorating Cookie Icing, red
maraschino cherries stems (for garnish, if desired)


  • 1 Unwrap ice cream sandwiches and place in a 9x13 pan to cover bottom. Cut sandwiches to fit as needed. You may have one sandwich leftover, depending on the brand of sandwiches you use. Allow sandwiches to sit at room temperature a couple minutes, then press slightly to spread ice cream to edges of pan.
  • 2 Microwave hot fudge sauce slightly, if needed, so it is easy to spread. Be careful not to heat too much so the fudge doesn't melt the ice cream. Pour fudge over ice cream sandwiches and spread in an even layer.
  • 3 Sprinkle Chocolate Cheerios evenly over fudge layer.
  • 4 Spread thawed whipped topping over Cheerios layer.
  • 5 Drizzle cookie icing over whipped topping layer in any pattern as desired.
  • 6 Freeze ice cream dessert for 3 hours or more until firm. (May be made a day ahead.) Allow to sit on counter a few minutes before slicing with a sharp knife dipped in hot water. Garnish if desired (see below) and serve immediately.
  • 7 Optional garnish: Drain maraschino cherries. Set a cherry on top of each slice, stem up, and press lightly into whipped topping as needed. Thread Chocolate Cheerios on cherry stems and serve immediately.
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