Layered Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pops

Last weekend I was having a jolly time, with a nice mix of hanging with friends, relaxing on the couch, going to a parade Downtown and I cooked up a STORM in my kitchen on Saturday!  (I’m participating in a blogger challenge for a local company that produces healthy, gluten-free Greek products (hummus, tzatziki, yogurt and the likes) and I create recipes using their ingredients.  I came up with some great stuff that I’m excited to share with you starting next week! :))

Anyway, my weekend was going great, up until Saturday night when someone stole my iPhone and my best friend’s iPhone from our purses.  The most unfortunate part to me wasn’t even that my phone was gone, it was that I hadn’t uploaded my pictures from the past two weeks, so I lost a TON of food and recipe shots I had taken, especially the ones I made on Saturday for the blogger challenge I just mentioned.  I was crushed and sadly there’s no way to recover those pictures.  Enough moping for now…

I plan on re-making all of those yummy treats this weekend and next week, but in the meantime I was able to recover pictures of this tasty sweet dessert that I hadn’t posted yet.  I enjoyed one last night and it soothed my stolen-phone-sorrows.

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They are decadent, like a layered ice cream sundae in a cup.  Each bite is a little bit different and special.  You can make them in advance, store them in your freezer and then whenever you’re craving one just pull one out of the freezer, unwrap and enjoy!

The beauty of this treat is that you can customize it with whatever your favorite toppings are.  This recipe calls for crushed peanuts, peanut butter, Reese’s cups and chocolate fudge. But you could easily add marshmallows, cool whip, caramel sauce, cookies, sprinkles, chopped fruit, other favorite candies or whatever you like on your ice cream!

Mine didn’t turn out quite as beautiful as the recipe I was following.  I’m pretty sure it’s because I didn’t have popsicle sticks so I resorted to plastic fro-yo spoons, which when I pushed them into the mix messed up the pretty layers a bit.  No harm done, though.  They still tasted awesome.

What you’ll need: peanuts, Reese’s, hot fudge sauce, peanut butter, ice cream, paper cups, popsicle sticks or plastic spoons.

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To prep your ingredients, set the pint of ice cream out on your counter so it can soften a bit while you get the other ingredients prepped.  Coarsely chop your peanuts, chop the Reese’s into small pieces and warm the hot fudge sauce and peanut butter in the microwave so you can spread them more easily for their layers.

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Time to start building your pops!  Place a spoonful of chopped peanuts in the bottom of each of the eight paper cups.

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Take a small scoop of slightly softened vanilla ice cream, about 2 inches across, and place one in each cup.  Smooth the ice cream with the back of a spoon until it’s in an even layer.

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Pour a spoonful of the hot fudge sauce on top of the ice cream.  If it doesn’t spread out on its own, use the spoon to spread it to the edges.

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Top the hot fudge sauce with a generous spoonful of chopped peanuts, so that the sauce is mostly covered with nuts.

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Add another softened scoop of vanilla on top of the peanuts and spread it around.

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Spoon a tablespoon of the fluid peanut butter onto the vanilla and smooth it into an even layer.

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Top the peanut butter with a generous handful of peanut butter cup chunks.

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Spoon on a final layer of ice cream and smooth the ice cream out evenly.  Add a layer of chopped peanuts on top of the ice cream and press down on them slightly to embed them in the top.

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Insert a popsicle stick (or plastic spoon if you can’t find any popsicle sticks) in the middle and press down until it’s almost all the way through.

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Now you’ll need to re-freeze the pops for a few hours, until the ice cream is firm again.  The get even better if you can wait a day.

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Once the pops are re-frozen, they’re ready to enjoy!  Snip the paper cup with scissors, then carefully peel it away from the ice cream pop.

Layered Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pops
Recipe from Oh! Nuts

Makes 8 Ice Cream Pops

Ingredients

  • 1 cup roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 6 large Reese’s cups, unwrapped and chopped into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup hot fudge sauce (I used dark chocolate), warmed for about 10-15 seconds in the microwave so you can spread easily
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter, warmed for about 10-15 seconds in the microwave so you can spread easily
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream (or flavor of your choice, you won’t use the whole thing), softened slightly at room temperature for a few minutes
  • 8 five-ounce paper cups
  • 8 popsicle sticks (or durable plastic spoons!)

Steps

  1. Place a spoonful of chopped peanuts in the bottom of each of the eight paper cups.
  2. Take a small scoop of slightly softened vanilla ice cream, about 2 inches across, and place one in each cup.  Smooth the ice cream with the back of a spoon until it’s in an even layer.
  3. Pour a spoonful of the hot fudge sauce on top of the ice cream.  If it doesn’t spread out on its own, use the spoon to nudge it toward the sides so it’s an even layer.
  4. Top the hot fudge sauce with a generous spoonful of chopped peanuts, so that the sauce is mostly covered with nuts.
  5. Add another softened scoop of vanilla on top of the peanuts and spread it around.
  6. Spoon a tablespoon of the fluid peanut butter onto the vanilla and smooth it into an even layer.
  7. Top the peanut butter with a generous handful of peanut butter cup chunks.
  8. Spoon on a final layer of ice cream and smooth the ice cream out evenly.
  9. Add a layer of chopped peanuts on top of the ice cream and press down on them slightly to embed them in the top.
  10. Insert a popsicle stick (or plastic spoon if you can’t find any popsicle sticks) in the middle and press down until it’s almost all the way through.
  11. Now you’ll need to re-freeze the pops for a few hours, until the ice cream is firm again.  The get even better if you can wait a day.
  12. Once the pops are re-frozen, they’re ready to enjoy!  Snip the paper cup with scissors, then carefully peel it away from the ice cream pop.

Hugs, kisses & yummy dishes… xoxo
Lauren

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