It's hot out and I like to see the kids get a bit of nutrition as they cool off. That is when I start making Rice Krispy Ice Cream Sandwiches. This consists of ice cream interlayered with rice crispy squares. The squares are then frozen and the tips are dipped in chocolate.
The following recipe makes twelve servings. It's a perfect treat for a crowd of kids.
2 cups (500 mL) vanilla ice cream
8 oz (227 mL) semisweet chocolate, chopped (or you can use sweet if you like or even multicolored chocolate chips!)
1/4 cup (50 mL) coloured sprinkles
Rice Crisp Squares:
5 cups (1.25 L) regular marshmallows, (about 40)
1/4 cup (50 mL) melted butter
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
5 cups (1.25 L) rice crispy cereal
Line bottom of 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal or rubber cake pan with parchment paper; grease sides. Set aside for later.
Make the rice crispy squares first. The classic directions for making them are — In saucepan over medium-low heat, melt marshmallows with butter, stirring constantly, until smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. The directions are also on the side of the cereal box.
Add half of the cereal to pan; stir until combined. Add remaining cereal; stir to coat completely. Scrape into greased bowl; let cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes. Using greased hands, press firmly into prepared pan. Let them cool completely before you try to remove them from the pa or you might be sorry!
Run knife around edges of pan and then move the rice krispies rfrom pan and peel off paper. Cut crosswise in half.
Spread half evenly with ice cream; place remaining half on top. Wrap in plastic wrap; freeze in airtight container until firm. (This usually takes about four hours.) Cut into six squares; cut each in half diagonally to make wedges.
Meanwhile, in heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate; let cool.
Dip one corner of the wedge triangle halfway into chocolate; smooth with knife. Place colored sprinkles on waxed paper; press chocolate edge into sprinkles. Wrap individually in plastic wrap a freeze in airtight container until firm. These taste the best if served within four days of making them.
These treats are easy to make but they also look a bit fancy. You could serve them at a birthday party or a sweet sixteen party as well.