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Celebrate with Ice Cream

Entertaining Tips with America's Favorite Treat

No matter what the occasion—a child's birthday party, an elegant dinner or a casual family get-together —ice cream is a wonderful treat that adds to the celebration. It can be served at the end to the meal, as a snack or even as the main attraction at parties. For your next occasion, get creative with ice cream—you can use one of the attached recipes or put together some cool combinations of your own!

Today's on-the-go families are opting for simple, elegant entertaining. The less time spent in the kitchen, the better. Ice cream is an easy, delicious and, if desired, fancy solution. Old favorites – sundaes, root beer floats, banana splits, milkshakes, pie a-la-mode, and ice cream cones – are among the most popular and simplest choices. However, serving ideas for ice cream are only as limited as your imagination!

Holidays are perfect for ice cream: Strawberry, vanilla and blueberry scoops create a patriotic treat on the 4th of July. No one would say "bah humbug" to a Santa Claus ice cream cake on Christmas, and a jack-o-lantern ice cream cake would scare up smiles on Halloween. Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without apple pie a la mode. Cherry vanilla ice cream molded into a heart shape is perfect for your Valentine. St. Patrick's Day begs for mint chocolate chip floats, and Easter calls for molded ice cream eggs. In addition, watch your supermarket's freezer case for special seasonal flavors!

Ice cream is even more delicious when topped off; try hot fudge, chocolate, caramel or even a special liqueur. Add some whipped cream, nuts, fresh summer fruit, sprinkles or cookies for a real treat. A "build-your-own sundae" party is a great way to get everybody in on the fun any day of the week. And don't forget the cherry!

If there is no occasion coming up, invent one! Don't forget that July is National Ice Cream Month and Sunday, July 20, 2014, is National Ice Cream Day. To celebrate, try some of the fun ice cream recipes featured in this packet.


Ice Cream Recipes


Pecan Ice Cream Roll

  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 chocolate cookies, crushed
  • caramel or hot fudge topping
  • whipped cream
  • 6 maraschino cherries, chopped

Divide ice cream into 6 equal amounts and spread into an 8"x8" square on plastic wrap. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cookie crumbs down center of ice cream. Roll up ice cream to form log shape. Freeze 1/2 hour. Pull back from plastic wrap and sprinkle each log with pecan pieces. Rewrap in plastic and freeze for two hours or overnight. Remove plastic wrap and place on serving dish. Drizzle with topping. Garnish with whipped cream and cherries. Option: one large roll can be made in lieu of 6 small rolls.

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Apple n' Oatmeal Cookie Crisp ala Mode

  • your favorite apple crisp recipe that makes at least 3 cups of crisp
  • 8 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • hot caramel topping
  • whipped cream
  • 8 maraschino cherries

Spoon 1/3 cup apple crisp on each serving dish. Place a scoop of ice cream on crisp. Drizzle with caramel topping. Top with whipped cream and a cherry. Makes 8 servings.

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Waffle Berry ala Mode

  • 1/2 cup strawberry topping
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 4 frozen waffles, toasted
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • 4 whole strawberries for garnish

Gently toss 1/4 cup strawberry topping with berries; set aside. Place waffle on serving plate. Spoon 1/2 cup berry mixture on waffle. Top with a scoop of ice cream, 1 tablespoon topping and whipped cream. Garnish with additional strawberry. Makes 4 servings.

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Seven Layer Sundae

  • 1 frozen waffle, toasted
  • 1 scoop chocolate ice cream
  • 1 peanut butter cookie, cut in half
  • chocolate topping
  • candy sprinkles
  • whipped cream
  • maraschino cherry
  • chocolate topping

Place toasted waffle on serving dish. Scoop ice cream onto center of toasted waffle. Insert cookie halves at an angle into ice cream. Top with chocolate topping, sprinkles and whipped cream. Garnish with cherry. Makes 1 serving

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Triple Chocolate Crunch Shake

  • 2 chocolate cookies broken into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 scoops chocolate ice cream, softened
  • 1/3 cup of milk


  • Whipped cream
  • candy sprinkles

Place all ingredients except garnishes in blender. Cover and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Garnish blended mixture with whipped cream and sprinkles. Makes 1 serving.

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