DIY Food

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Pops at Home

June  5, 2014

All week long, our very own Jennifer Steinhauer from Weeknights with Jenny will be sharing recipes from her new book Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today). Follow along to win one of five copies we’re giving away -- and to take a trip down memory lane. 

Today: Pay no mind to the jingle of the ice cream truck -- we're satisfying our strawberry shortcake ice cream cravings at home. (With just three ingredients!)

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Pops on Food52

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There was always that one kid, the iconoclast among all of us tasting our first bit of autonomy, who went for the Strawberry Shortcake bars. My friend Andrea steered clear of them because they were her sister’s thing. “Both the Chocolate Eclair and the Strawberry Shortcake bars were kind of the crème de la crème of the ice cream truck,” Andrea recalled, “something we were only allowed to get occasionally, unlike a lowly, less expensive popsicle.” She added: “I mostly think of them as the alternative to the chocolate version, and because they are intimately bound up in my childhood sense of choosing different things than my sister did, I also think of them as the Kerry doll to the Chrissy doll.”

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Pops

Makes 2 1/2 cups of ice cream or six 4-ounce ice cream pops. 

1 cup yellow cake crumbs (about 2 cupcakes or 1/4 of a loaf pound cake)
1 1/2 cup finely diced strawberries
1 pint premium vanilla ice cream 

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

We're giving away a copy of Treat Yourself every day this week! To enter to win today's copy, tell us in the comments: What’s your ice cream truck order? We'll pick five winners at random next Monday, June 9th!

Photo by James Ransom. Excerpted from the book Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today) by Jennifer Steinhauer. Reprinted by permission of Clarkson Potter Publishers. All rights reserved.

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Melody J. June 6, 2014
Creamsicles without a doubt.
mcs3000 June 6, 2014
I am anxiously awaiting Omnivore Books to get Jenny's book. Every recipe featured here I want to make. My fav ice cream truck order: Drumstick.
Marian B. June 5, 2014
These are one of my all-time favorites -- and I'm pretty pumped re: how few ingredients I need to make them. Also that I get to snack on cake while doing so.
AntoniaJames June 5, 2014
That Tender Yellow Cake so thoughtfully placed under the heading "All About the Crumbs" is calling my name, rather insistently.
AntoniaJames June 5, 2014
Hey, Food52, where did you get those great molds for making these? i searched Provisions to no avail. I need some!! ;o)
amysarah June 5, 2014
We had the same Good Humor truck guy for years - he'd actually write a group postcard to the (many) kids on our block when he went to Florida every winter. I always loved Toasted Almond bars, and especially those vanilla cones with the hard chocolate swirly hats and chopped nuts on top. The best part was after eating the ice cream (biting off the cone's tip to suck it out the bottom,) the cone was pliable and chewy, and could be methodically unwrapped as you ate it. It was a ritual!
AntoniaJames June 5, 2014
amysarah, would those vanilla cones you're talking about be the venerated "Nutty Buddy"? They offered those at school on Fridays. Loved them, especially doing what you did, to suck the ice cream out of the bottom. Thanks for the great memory. (Another reason Jenny deserves a Nobel Prize for her contribution to the world of food and cooking.) ;o)
amysarah June 5, 2014
I think the Nutty Buddy was made by another company, but essentially, yes! (Can't remember the name of Good Humor's version.) Definitely an icon of my childhood summers - usually eaten in a bathing suit, after running around under a sprinkler in the yard.
elanac June 5, 2014
Anything with caramel inside the cone.
Crystal June 5, 2014
I love the Good Humor toasted almond bars on a stick!
alliejones June 5, 2014
Ice cream sandwich! Best ice cream truck treat of all time: maple soft serve in Burlington, VT.
AntoniaJames June 5, 2014
Loved these strawberry shortcake frozen bars as a kid! I found their artificial strawberry flavor to be weirdly fascinating, plus I loved the crumbs in them -- so unlike any other treat available. I'm so happy to see this one included in the book. I lived waaaay out in the country (Oakton VA, on a road now littered with McMansions) -- no sidewalks, no ice cream trucks, but there was a little market that had a small freezer full of popsicles, ice cream sandwich and "novelty bars." My favorite treat there, on the very rare occasion when we were offered them, was the fudgesicle. Oh, I can practically taste one now. I'd get these strawberry bars when I'd just made brownies or a chocolate cake and had had enough chocolate that day. I can hardly wait to get my hands on this book! ;o)
Miss H. June 5, 2014
soft serve all the time!
Miss F. June 5, 2014
I always go for the rocket pop. Sometimes if I'm feeling real sassy I get that oreo cookie crumbs on the outside bar.