For those of you that have followed this blog since the beginning (hi, Mom!), you’re well aware that I have a long and complicated history with alcoholic beverages…
…the complicated part being that I’m generally a one-and-done (or if we’re being really honest, half-of-one-and-done) kind of gal.
As strange and counter-intuitive as it may sound, I’ve always wanted to be a good drinker, I really have! And I don’t mean in a sloppy, sorority girl kind of way – more like a “I sometimes wear hats and sip aged bourbon to relax” manner.
But alas, when it comes alcohol and me, there’s no relaxing to be had (unless you count those times that I immediately need to hit the hay after partaking).
Try as I might, I’m a complete and total lightweight, and the situation is getting remarkably worse with age. Especially now that I’m embarking on a fun new decade that begins with a “thu” sound, my issues are compounding at an alarming rate. Not only do I immediately become flushed, tired, buzzed, dizzy, or some combination of the above, but I’m pretty sure I get heartburn now (though you’ll never catch me admitting to that publicly). This, combined with my strict 10pm bedtime, and I’m afraid my party days are done and gone (or rather, maybe they never really got started in the first place).
I know that not being an alcoholic is generally regarded as a good thing, but you wouldn’t know it based on people’s reactions at happy hours and other social gatherings. “Whoa, wait. You’re NOT drinking? Is something wrong? Like, are you sick?”
Or my current favorite: “OMG ARE YOU PREGNANT?!”
(Just in case you were curious: I am not).
Enter the Mudslide: my savior, my tried and true. A beverage for people who favor dessert over alcohol, milkshakes over mojitos.
Is it the most sophisticated choice? Probably not. But, I do feel like it makes a statement. (And yes, I’m aware this statement is most likely “I fully support America’s dairy industry,” but when you’re 30 you prioritize your true self).
There was a point in time when a mudslide was my absolute go-to drink in college. I always requested that the bartender make a pretty design inside the glass with Hershey’s syrup, because what’s better for your general health and wellbeing than loads of dairy and sugar combined with a night-full of dancing and the eventual Cheesy Gordita Crunch binge?
This ice cream was actually inspired not by just the beverage but by my all-time favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor, you guessed it – Dublin Mudslide! Unfortunately, this old friend was retired some time ago, but I’ll always hold it near and dear to my heart. Cookie crumbles, coffee–fudge swirls, and a base that was lightly flavored with Irish cream liqueur.
Since my last St. Patty’s Day post (these out-of-this-world Guinness Ice Cream Sandwiches) was a bit involved, I wanted to do a total 360 and do something ridiculously easy but still unbelievably delicious. Enter this magical No-Churn Mudslide Cookie Swirl Ice Cream. It’s got all the flavors of both the classic drink AND my beloved Ben and Jerry’s flavor, and better yet – it comes together in a snap! The hardest part is waiting around all day for it to harden in the freezer.
The Ben and Jerry’s version contained chocolate cookies and a coffee-flavored swirl, so I threw in a row or two of crushed up Oreos (because they make everything better) and made an easy espresso fudge with hot fudge and Kahlua. We usually have my homemade fudge around which amps up the decadence factor, but the store bought stuff works well too!
Just combine the liqueur, espresso powder, and fudge until smooth. Don’t be nervous – it seems weird, but I promise it comes together nicely. The coffee flavor isn’t terribly overt, but it adds a nice coffee-like essence to the fudge that really compliments the overall ice cream flavor.
Prep this on Friday, let it freeze overnight, and you’ll have a delicious treat to follow up all that corned beef you’re having this weekend!
I hope you love this boozy, creamy, chocolate-y sensation that might very well be the easiest recipe in the history of this site. Bonus: it won’t give you a wicked hangover 🙂
Happy scooping 🙂
No Churn Mudslide Cookie Swirl Ice Cream
Yield: Scant 1 Quart
- ½ cup of hot fudge sauce
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1 tablespoon Kahlua (or similar coffee flavored liqueur)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
- 2 cups chopped Oreos, plus extra for decoration
- 4 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur (or similar)
- In a small microwave-safe dish, melt your hot fudge until it’s slightly runny but not piping hot (about 20 seconds – you should be able to drizzle it).
- Make the coffee fudge swirl: Dissolve espresso powder into the Kahlua, then stir mixture into the hot fudge until fully incorporated and no liquid remains, about 1 minute. Place in the freezer to cool while you make your ice cream base.
- Place heavy cream in the bowl of your stand mixer and beat using the whisk attachment until stiff peaks form, approximately 4 minutes (note: you can certainly use a hand mixer – you’ll just be standing there for a while).
- Fold in sweetened condensed milk until fully combined, then add the Baileys and Oreo pieces.
- Transfer half of the mixture to a loaf pan, then drizzle or spoon half of the hot fudge on top. Next add the remainder of your ice cream base, and top with the remaining Oreo pieces and hot fudge.
- Cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze overnight, or until set fully (about 6 to 8 hours).
- For extra drama, serve topped with whipped cream, extra Oreo’s, and a drizzle of fudge. Enjoy!
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I do believe we may be related, as I too share your lightweight status; and suffer the questions of “are you sick; taking medication; and in my case… you’re too old to be pregnant so it must be another medical issue” array of questions. Why else wouldn’t you pound copious volumes at Happy Hour, birthdays, dinner parties, or any other socially acceptable occasion?
I love the “no churn” component to this recipe and plan to try it for “the” dessert at Easter. Believe it or not, my 70+ year old Aunt drinks more than me and thinks alcohol doesn’t affect her – which is so not true Aunt let’s just call you “Curly.” So I will trick her into thinking this is an actual cocktail in a fancy, cold dairy cloak. Thus, we will have no need to fix her a liquid version.
Embrace your 10pm bedtime with pride, as “they” say it is the key to better health, fewer wrinkles, and possibly great wealth. I don’t recall reading the last one, but it’s probably true. And when you hit the birthday that begins with the sound “fif,” you will find at 9pm your body goes directly to bed whether you agree or not.
Oh Sharon, were we perhaps separated at birth?! I so look forward to your stories and comments – were you a comedy writer in another life??
Aunt Curly sounds like my kinda girl – I hope she likes the ice cream! If she doesn’t, tell me did anyway 🙂
Fifty is FABULOUS! I think I heard Oprah say that once. I bet she for sure goes to bed at 9! Sometimes my husband, lets just call him Bert, goes to bed at 8:30 💃🏻
This sounds way better than a Ben & Jerry’s retired flavor – you always have the best ice cream creations and stories! I’m a broken record, I know I always say the same thing; but I mean it! 🙂
Thank you thank you! And sometimes I wonder about all these old flavors that I romanticize – if I try them now, would I still love them? Thanks again for all your support 🙂
Ok, my friend – are you kidding me with this recipe?! Perfection! It was super (freakin – yes, I said it) fabulous, gourmet in both taste and appearance, and with an absolute pure ease of compilation – even with only an old hand mixer at my disposal and obviously no churn. That, in sum total, makes the fabulousness funny because it tasted like it was much harder to make than it actually was; hence impressing people for miles (well feet for sure) around. I did omit the espresso powder because, truth be told, I’m a big baby and can’t sleep at night if I have caffeine after 9:00am…or if I don’t have a ceiling fan, a white noise machine, and there is any light in my room. My issues aside, this recipe was incredibly delicious and so very easy. Putting aside my well known love of Oreos, I also love a good, gooey fudge. Being a skeptic, I was sure the fudge would harden up into decorative rock once frozen, but it remained a fudgy ribbon of lovely chocolate goo in each scoop. I posted pictures on my Instagram account @corgichaos for your visitors to see, and as proof of my newly found ice cream prowess. Of course these said visitors will have to sift through multiple pictures of my corgis, but the proof is there! I will eagerly await your next “no churn” creation. Frankly, I feel like I would need to buy an old-fashioned apron and some type of head scarf to churn anything. And that’s just crazy so I’ll stick with my little hand mixer.
This is everything I want in an ice cream tub! Seriously want to just reach into my screen and take a cone. Swirly chocolate and coffee is like my dream ice cream flavour. And the no-churn factor makes it even better!
I know what it’s like to go out and be constantly asked why you’re not drinking, so I feel your pain. I am definitely all about booze in desserts though 🙂
I know – it’s so annoying! Ive gone as far as asking a bartender to make my drink “look boozy” (as in, adding a cherry or two 😂). Thank you so much for the kind words and for taking the time to stop by!
This ice cream looks stunning!!
Thank you so much! I truly appreciate your kindness 🙂
All the power to you, girl! As a fellow lightweight who notoriously fell asleep at more than one of her own dinner parties (although I’m a teetollater now, haven’t had an alcoholic beverage since Sep 2013) I’m all I’m favour of the flavour minus the sleepy side-effects! May I also add that I love the adorable shout-out to your Mom (where would we be without our long-time fans?)… x
Oh my goodness… this will be the perfect test product for my ice cream making skills! Thanks so much. I’m already drooling just from the pictures.
Thank you so much Floyd! Let me know how it turns out!
Your photos in this post are seriously INCREDIBLE!!! And this recipe sounds incredible too. Yummmmmm
Aw look at us commenting on each other’s blogs like it’s 2014 or something! 😂 Thank you so much for the compliments, I was pretty happy with how it all turned out (for once haha) xoxo
Love this blog, one word YUMMMMM!