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It pains me to say it, but at the end of a restaurant meal, I hardly ever order dessert. I'm normally not quite ready. Instead, I meander home, stop at a grocery store, and buy a pint of ice cream. With a carton of my old faithful, I always know what to expect; I can attack the carton with a spoon at my leisure; I can pick out all the cookie dough chunks.
But when you're buying cartons of ice cream for a festive celebration (not for a solo Friday night), you might be looking for something fun, interactive, and a little more inventive than the run-of-the-mill sundae bar.
Take that carton and turn it into make-your-own chocolate-covered ice cream pops. You don't need to flag down the ice cream truck. You don't even need to buy a popsicle mold or wait for ice cream to churn. All you need is a well-stocked grocery store, some magic shell, sprinkles, and your sweet tooth as a guide.
Here's how to do it:
That's it! You've practically made your own Nestlé Crunch Ice Cream Bar (if you mix some Rice Krispies cereal into the milk chocolate magic shell and use it to coat vanilla ice cream, you'll nearly replicate it).
Turning your wheels on all of the possible flavor combinations? We've got a few ideas to get you started:
What's your ice cream truck order? Tell us in the comments below!