With Summer here, days are mostly spent getting hot and bothered and trying to cool down – and what better way to cool off than with ice cream?
Waitrose challenged us to come up with some different ice cream combinations. Now who can turn down a challenge like that?
I’m a bit wary about making ice cream from scratch – simply because I would probably ruin it – so I opted to buy pre-made ice cream.
As the weather was hot hot hot, I invited my neighbour Rachel and her children to come and get involved with us.
We took a trip to our local Waitrose and stocked up on ice cream and treats.
What we bought
Ice Cream – Strawberry, Butterscotch, Toffee Fudge, Chocolate, Vanilla and Mint Choc Chip.
Treats – Mini Meringue, Pavlova base, Sponge fingers, Trifle sponges, Sprinkles, Fan wafers
Sauces – Butterscotch, Strawberry, Chocolate Caramel
Sweets – Rolo’s, Twirl Bites, Toffee Crisp Bitesize, Refreshers, Rowntrees Randoms, Jelly Beans, Maltesers, Haribo, Strawberry Laces, Kit Kat, Flake
Fruit – Banana, Grapes, Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, Cherries
What we made
We let the children make their own Ice Cream Dream combinations.
They had so much fun putting different flavours together, mixing different sweets and sauces to see what everything tasted like.
The children were having so much fun experimenting that it wouldn’t really have been fair to let them have all the fun would it?
I decided that I was going to make myself an Ice Cream Sandwich. But not just any ice cream sandwich – oh no! This was to be a super ice cream sandwich.
Rach’s Ice Cream Sandwich
I love sponge fingers and the trifle sponges are very similar texture, perhaps a little harder and a rectangular shape which make them perfect for a sandwich.
My 2 favourite ice cream flavours are butterscotch and mint choc chip – so I thought I would try them together in my sandwich
I have to say that it was rather yummy. I loved how you got the sweetness of the butterscotch then the sharpness of the mint along with the crunch of the chocolate chips. The trifle sponges were great for using as the sandwich as they didn’t get really soggy unlike conventional sandwich wafers.
It is definitely something I will have again!
The Ultimate #IceCreamDream
Not content with filling ourselves with all these goodies, we decided on one last treat.
A take on a Pavlova dessert.
Instead of using cream, I scooped in the different flavour ice creams and then scattered fresh fruit over it.
It was a really nice desert. The crunch and gooey texture of the meringue mixed with the coldness of the various ice cream flavours and the sweetness of the fruit made it one of the best desserts I have had in a while. If I was served this as a dessert I really wouldn’t grumble!
Huge thanks to Waitrose for setting this challenge for us! We had so much fun and it was a great way to cool us down on a hot day!
*Disclaimer – Waitrose sent us £60 in vouchers to spend in store for the #IceCreamDreams Challenge.