Despite its unfortunate proximity to Monday, Sunday is one of my very favorite days of the week (after Friday and Saturday, of course).
My fondness for Sundays grows particularly strong in the fall and winter months, when cold weather and football give us legitimate reasons to spend afternoons lounging on the couch, snacking, and sipping hot chocolate.
In our house, Sundays mean a big hearty breakfast at our favorite local joint, followed by a quick hike or walk in the park (or, if breakfast was a little too big, maybe just a nap), then some sort of comforting, slow-cooked stew or casserole for dinner.
But my absolute favorite way of celebrating Sundays is with, well…sundaes.
(Do you see what I did there?)
The only problem is that football Sundays beg for some sort of convenient, hand-held dessert, and sometimes, traditional sundaes bring too much fanfare (and dirty dishes). The next logical option for the football-loving ice cream fanatic is ice cream contained within a bar or sandwich formation, as it offers a more useful way to eat ice cream while leaving one hand available to eat chips, text a friend, or pump the air when your favorite team scores a touch down.
There’s just one thing wrong with this picture – many ice cream bars just aren’t that delicious 😦
Truthfully, I’ve never been a big fan of store-bought ice cream bars – although tasty, I always felt like they were just “good enough.” I don’t know about you, but that’s not really a phrase I like to use when describing food.
And, although this may be one of my fatter proclamations, I usually end up needing two or three ice cream bars before I achieve the level of satisfaction that can be found with just one good ol’ fashioned hot fudge sundae.
Welp, not with these bad boys! The brownie and hot fudge contained inside the bar ups the drama factor, and the richness of the homemade chocolate shell definitely satisfies the most hard-to-please sweet tooth (although if you do end up wanting more than one, there’s no judgment here!).
The best part? You can customize these to your preference, using whatever ice cream flavor or candy/nuts/toppings your heart desires. My only recommendations are to 1) use a higher quality chocolate for the outer coating and 2) make sure you give yourself enough time to properly execute each step. I got a little impatient and tried to cut my bars apart after only two hours and ended up with a pretty big mess on my hands, but it was nothing a little dark lighting couldn’t fix in the photographs 🙂
Even though these did not end up being the clean, handheld ice cream treats that I had envisioned (the chocolate melted pretty quickly against my fingertips), I’d say they were still a big hit and exponentially tastier than their grocery store counterparts. My version might not be as pretty, but they sure do taste dee-licious!
I hope you enjoy these decadent homemade ice cream bars, and that your Sunday is spent lounging and snacking, as all good sundaes should be (oops, I meant Sundays 🙂 )