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Recipe: How to make an easy ice cream cake with ice cream sandwiches

Updated on April 16, 2013

Ice Cream Cake with Candy Bar Topping Recipe

This ice cream cake is a great dessert to make with kids. They can be involved in many of the easy steps because this ice cream cake recipe is super easy. It is an ice cream cake made mostly of ice cream sandwiches. The frozen treat is delicious and a crowd-pleaser at summer picnics and barbecues. It comes from one of my favorite culinary traditions. Rather than creating anything from scratch, it is merely an assemblage of pre-made foods. That means anyone can do it.


1 Box of ice cream sandwiches.

1 Tub of Cool-Whip

1 Bag of fun size candy bars (your choice), I usually choose Baby Ruths which are good both for flavor and economy. A bag usually runs a dollar or two cheaper than other brands.

1 Bottle of chocolate sauce

In a glass or pyrex 9x13 dish, put down a single layer of ice cream sandwiches until they cover the bottom.

Then, spread a generous layer of Cool Whip.

Finally, cut up or smash up candy bars to garnish the top. Drizzle with sauce.

When everything is assembled, cover with foil and put it in the freezer.

To go all out, put another layer of ice cream sandwiches on top and spread another layer of Cool Whip and... well, you get the point. Enjoy.

Low Fat Ice Cream Cake Recipe

If the recipe above sounds great and you want to try a low fat version, it's easy to sub out the ingredients for something more waist-friendly.

I recommend Skinny Cow ice cream cakes, but any low-fat ice cream cakes will do and there are many out there.

Replace Cool-Whip heavy with their Lite version.The Lite versions does not have quite the same resilience to being warm, so it is extra important you keep this cold.

And either skip the candy bars altogether or use fewer. There is no such thing as a low fat candy bar, but you could replace the candy bar with carob chips, dark chocolate chunks, or sugar free chocolate chips. Any of those options will reduce the total calories of the desert. I'll warn you that it's hard not to eat the leftovers in the bag.

For the best healthy option, you can trade out the candy bars with strawberries or whatever is in season.


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    jim10 7 years ago from ma

    Great idea. My son doesn't like regular cake. So often I make him an ice cream cake for his birthday. It always goes over very well. I like to smash a bag of oreo's and add some melted butter to mix them and use them for a bottom crust. Strawberries sound great too.