Let me start off by saying, of all the recipes, crafts, and projects we've attempted for this blog, I messed this one up the most. Like, marshmallow-fluff-all-over-my-tripod, flaming-marshmallows, melted-ice-cream-oozing-everywhere kind of mess. This is not to dissuade you from making them yourself...just letting you know, I've worked out a few kinks for you. My kinks may have been caused, in large part, by the fact that I was attempting to make them during a 93-degree week while one of our a/c units was broken...regardless, you should keep in mind that marshmallows and ice cream can be sticky business. Luckily it's a delicious mess to lick off your hands. And counter top. And floor.
Disasters aside, didn't these come out beautifully in the end?? They are the things of my Pinterest-fueled dreams! Worth all my missteps, they came out cute AND delicious, and I really recommend whipping up a bunch and freezing them so you can slowly eat through the stash throughout these late summer weeks. Here's how...
S'mores Ice Cream Sandwiches
- A (1.5 Qt) carton of vanilla ice cream
- Chocolate sauce
- Marshmallow fluff
- 36 unbroken graham cracker squares (did you know they make them in squares now?!) or 18 rectangles, split in half
- Mini marshmallows, optional
Make the s'mores ice cream:
1. Leave ice cream out of the freezer to soften it slightly. Caveat #1: you're better off not letting the ice cream become a totally liquid, soupy mess...just softened enough to fold it with a spatula. Add swirls of chocolate sauce and drops of marshmallow fluff to your liking. My cute niece Kayla, shown below, was my official taste tester for this one. Just keep in mind, it's best to drop the fluff in small globs, as they harden once frozen. *Alternatively, you could skip this step and just use vanilla, or any flavor of ice cream you like. Still let the ice cream soften before step 2.
2. Line a baking sheet or pan with a piece of parchment paper, and spread the softened ice cream to about 1" thickness. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until hardened. This can supposedly take just 2 hours...I left mine overnight after a previously-mentioned unfortunate melty issue.
Prepare your graham crackers: Meanwhile, line one half (18) of your squares on a piece of tin foil on a baking sheet, and lay a single layer of small marshmallows on each one (keeping a little space on the edges, as they will ooze). Slide them under the broiler on low. Caveat #2: marshmallows burn fast!! Let the below photo be a lesson to you- don't walk away, watch them like a hawk. It will probably only take a couple of minutes to achieve golden toasted perfection. Let cool. *Alternatively, instead of marshmallows, you could smear each cracker with a layer of marshmallow fluff and broil them that way. The marshmallows make for a cuter look, but the fluff results in a slightly crunchy layer in the end, which was appealing, too.
Assemble your sandwiches:
1. Get your second half of graham cracker squares ready, making sure you have 18 unbroken ones handy, next to your baking sheet of toasted-marshmallow crackers. Have a roll of plastic wrap nearby. Caveat #3: obviously, the longer you take, the more your ice cream will melt - so it's wise to get your assembly line prepared before you take the ice cream out.
2. Take your ice cream sheet from the freezer and, working quickly, use a graham cracker to measure as you cut the ice cream into squares. Slide a thin spatula under a square, plot it atop a toasted-marshmallow side of cracker, top it with a clean square of graham cracker, and wrap it in plastic. Pop that guy in the freezer and continue working like that until your ice cream starts to get sloppy. Return the ice cream to the freezer for a little while to do your next batch. I was able to finish 18 sandwiches in just two batches...my a/c was fixed by that day. You'll notice, however, that there are no photos of this step, as my hands were busy with more important work!
Let your sandwiches freeze for 2 hours or overnight, and you're ready to go! Unwrap a sandwich a day and finish out your August in proper summer style.
(all photos, jamie grill photography)