Friday, June 18, 2010

80. Peanutty Ice Cream Pie, Good Humor

We always loved it when our mother's grocery shopping trips revealed that she had bought cones for ice cream. Mother was quite generous in letting us have a daily ice cream treat during the hot, Midwest summers. We did not have air conditioning and ice cream was a sweet way to cool off.

We also enjoyed listening for the Good Humor truck as it slowly inched its way down the streets of our neighborhood many early summer evenings. As we raced out with our father's loose change, we could hardly wait for our  turn to carefully pick some wonderful frozen confection. It was pure heaven from the first to the last bite.

Those times were simpler; the only other place to get ice cream treats in our small town was the Dairy Queen. While the soft serve cones were tasty, I always ordered a chocolate Dilly Bar...I loved the dark chocolate and the less drippy ice cream underneath it. For a time, there were jokes printed on the sticks...a bonus that was impossible to duplicate with a cone.

Today's post is a great summer ice cream treat that requires limited effort, yet it is more special than a dish or cone of ice cream. Children can easily help to combine the ingredients and will feel like real cooks as they help serve frozen slices of this tasty dessert to the family.

Peanutty Ice Cream Pie

1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
1 C frozen whipped topping, thawed
2/3 C Smart Balance crunchy peanut butter
1 6 oz prepared graham cracker pie crust (or make your own crust for a more special flavor). Freeze overnight before filling.

Optional toppings: Chopped peanuts, chocolate sauce, additional whipped topping

Combine softened ice cream and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl. Folld in 1 C whipped topping. Stir until well-blended. Spoon mixture into frozen graham crust. Cover and freeze for 3 hours until set.

Remove from freezer 10 min. before serving. Garnish with additional topping and crushed nuts if desired and  drizzle with chocolate sauce for a more festive treat.

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