Friday, February 07, 2014

Candy Bar Ice Cream Cake Recipe! Calling All Chocoholics!

Make a Candy Bar Ice Cream Cake!
Last month, I talked about all the Halloween candy we still had left over in our household.  As the mom of 5 young kids, this means 5 heaping sacks of Halloween candy each and every year!  As a solution to the "problem", I posted a recipe for Easy Chocolate Valentine's Day Heartsicle Lollipops!  But after making the chocolate lollipops, there was still a plenitude of candy bars left in my kitchen.

So I came up with this recipe for Chocolate Bar Ice Cream Cake, which I will share for you below.  I would actually call the layers under the ice cream a "gnaw bar", but I'll discuss that a little later on.  This recipe is great for a child's birthday party, and even for a Valentine's Day party (like mine)!

Jenna's Candy Bar Ice Cream Cake Recipe!
Takes about 1 hour, but allow time for cooling.  Serves 9-12

Ingredients
20-25 mini chocolate bars (use your favourite kind or kinds)
2 L vanilla ice ream (or substitute your favourite kind)
1.5 cups graham wafer crumbs
2 TBSP sugar
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
100 g candies to decorate cake (I used Smarties)

1.In a baking pan (I used a square, glass pan 8.5" x 8.5"), lay out your candy bars (in the wrapper) to get an idea of how many you'll need.  Due to packaging, budget for some extra chocolate bars.  Use any kind of chocolate bars that you like best.
Ingredients for Chocolate Bar Ice Cream Cake
Don't Forget the Icecream!
2.MAKE CRUST - Preheat oven to 350° F/177° C.  Mix graham wafer crumbs with sugar in large mixing bowl.  Melt butter in microwave or on the stove top until it turns to liquid.  Pour butter into graham wafer/sugar combination and stir well.  Pour mixture into bottom of baking pan and press down with a fork.  Bake in oven for 10 minutes and remove, but leave on oven.  (Crust will look very buttery and wet, but this is okay.)
Homemade Graham Wafer Crust!
3.Unwrap the mini chocolate bars and arrange them on top of the hot graham wafer layer.  If there is a bit of an overlap, that's okay.  The chocolate bars will begin to melt during this process.  Bake chocolate bar/graham wafer combination at 350° F/177° C for about 20 minutes, or until chocolate is bubbling.  Set to cool, and then refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Arrange Chocolate Bars in Pan;
Cook Until Chocolate Is Bubbling
The Chocolate Has Hardened
I Spy a Caramel and Peanut Butter Explosion!
4.ADD ICE CREAM LAYER - Soften ice cream by leaving it to thaw at room temperature for 10 or 15 minutes.  Scoop ice cream on top of chocolate layer, pressing it down and smoothing it with a wide spoon.  Fill pan to top with ice cream.  If too melty, refrigerate again for 15 minutes.
Add the Ice Cream Layer to the Chocolate Bar Cake!
5.DECORATE!  As Valentine's Day is coming up, I chose to make a colorful heart out of Smarties candies.  However, use your imagination and make a design, pattern or a shape for a child's birthday party.  Let your kids participate in the cake decoration process for added fun!  Use your favourite candies to decorate!  Refrigerate and serve!
Decorate the Candy Bar Cake With Candies!
I did a heart pattern for Valentine's Day
Ready to Eat! Candy Bar Icecream Cake!
My kids and their friends went WILD for this Candy Bar Ice Cream Cake, and it was eaten very quickly.  However, I would call this more of a "gnaw" bar cake, than a chew bar.  The ice cream layer was simple to eat, but I found that the graham wafer and hardened chocolate crust really had to be "gnawed" through.  I enjoyed this and so did my kids, but just a head's up.  I also found that the cake took Herculean strength to cut.

As an alternative, I would recommend a No-Bake Candy Bar Ice Cream cake for those who want to be able to easily serve and eat it.  I'm putting a no-bake recipe below!
The Kids Going Nuts for the Candy Bar Ice Cream Cake!
Jenna's Easy No-Bake Candy Bar Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Takes about about 15 minutes.  Serves 9-12

Ingredients
20-25 mini chocolate bars (use your favourite kind or kinds)
2 L vanilla ice cream (or substitute your favourite kind)
1.5 cups graham wafer crumbs
2 TBSP sugar

1.ADD ICE CREAM LAYER - Soften ice cream by leaving it to thaw at room temperature for 10 or 15 minutes.  In a baking pan (I used a square, glass pan 8.5" x 8.5"), scoop ice cream into pan and press it down.  Smooth with a wide spoon.  If too melty, refrigerate again for 15 minutes.

2.GRAHAM WAFER LAYER - Mix graham wafer crumbs with sugar in large mixing bowl.  Pour mixture on top of iee cream layer and press down gently with a fork.  

3.CHOCOLATE BAR LAYER - Unwrap mini chocolate bars and arrange on top of graham wafer layer.  Push the chocolate bars gently into place.  Refrigerate until the icecream is firm, and serve!

What has your heart: chocolate bars, icecream or both!  Which recipe would you prefer to try, the bake or no-bake method?

28 comments:

  1. sounds amazing, my oldest has been asking for an ice cream cake for a while now, maybe we better give it a try!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Very cute idea and looks like something that kids would be thrilled to have! What a great way to use leftover candy bars too! Yum!

    ReplyDelete
  3. looks good... I've seen too many good recipes this week that I want to try lol.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Looks so easy and delicious! What a great way to enjoy chocolate bars and ice cream - two of my favourites!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. OMG! Perfect for late night movies or chick flicks. Sit there with the whole pan in your PJ's and don't share!

    ReplyDelete
  6. You had me at chocolate! wow this looks amazing! can't wait to try this out! yumm!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh my lanta! I have to try this like NOW! Yummmmmy!

    ReplyDelete
  8. That bake recipe sounds sooo yummy! ill have to buy some chocolate bars tho, kaelyns are long gone.

    ReplyDelete
  9. That's nice that you shared a no-bake version too. My husband would probably like the no-bake better. He broke a tooth once on toffee, and since then he's a chicken to eat anything too hard. :) Both sound delicious to me. :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Sounds like an awesome recipe, Jenna! I look forward to trying it sometime...if people wouldn't pounce on the chocolate long enough for us to try it that is :P

    ReplyDelete
  11. Yummy Yum Yum I Need To Try Looks So Good!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow if only I could taste that :P I think it is really delicious and did you know that chocolates makes us brighter according to British research study because it maintain the good flow or blood in our brain.

    If only, if only I could taste that! hahaha

    ReplyDelete
  13. My children devour their Halloween chocolate like it's the last available on earth. I do think that you can buy mini bars year round though, so I could make this! My children would love it (and so would I). - Happy Valentine's Day -

    ReplyDelete
  14. That looks so delicious! Wow, I'm going to try this.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Everything I love all in one piece of goodness! Wow this is amazing lol... I love it!

    ReplyDelete
  16. That looks so yummy, sinful actually! Thanks for sharing. #SitsGirls

    ReplyDelete
  17. These look amazing! Gonna have to give it a try. #sitsgirls

    ReplyDelete
  18. We have a foot of snow outside right now, with more headed this way. This cake looks so good, and even though it is cold out, a piece of this would be awesome!

    Stopping in from SITS!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Oh my goodness, that looks delicious!
    ~Jamie

    ReplyDelete
  20. This looks delicious! I love how you could change it up for your flavors and for seasons!

    ReplyDelete
  21. thanks for sharing, never thought of doing this with all the left over chocolates, I'll have to remember this one and by the way it looks so good

    ReplyDelete
  22. Yum! I don't know how you manage to have so much leftover Halloween chocolate, ours hardly lasts a week in this house. But what a delicious idea!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Wow! What a great way to use up left over mini chocolate bars. I love the ice cream idea on top!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...