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We eat ice cream year round at our house. In fact, one of our favorite flavors is EDY’S®/DREYER’S SLOW CHURNED® Peppermint Wonderland, which makes an appearance just when the weather starts getting cool. If you haven’t thought of using ice cream in your holiday recipes, then you’re in for a treat! This Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Pie, made with limited edition Peppermint Wonderland Light Ice Cream, is so easy to make, and can be kept ready in the freezer for entertaining unexpected holiday guests.
Ice cream and peppermint are both so cool and refreshing–they’re meant to be together! So it only seems natural that Edy’s/Dreyer’s would combine peppermint light ice cream and peppermint candy pieces for a refreshing flavor in every bite. I think chocolate and peppermint are meant to be together too, so along with a chocolate crumb crust and chocolate drizzle, I thought it would be fun to add NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Limited Edition Holiday Morsels to our peppermint ice cream pie.
These festive red and green morsels are combined with the classic semi-sweet variety and wrapped up in a seasonal package. Since they’re available for a limited time, I stocked up on several packages to keep in the freezer. And of course I stock up on peppermint ice cream every year! My husband always says “We’re going to have to get a second freezer,” but I manage to squeeze it all in!
Although I love the chocolate crumb crust, you could do a regular graham cracker crust if you prefer. I like to use the food processor to make my crumbs, but you can also put your chocolate cookies or chocolate graham crackers in a zip top bag and crush them with a rolling pin. It’s not a bad way to relieve some of that holiday stress!
Make sure while you’re preparing your crust you let your ice cream sit on the counter to soften up. You want it to be about the consistency of a soft serve ice cream (or what my kids like to call “ice cream soup”) so you can stir in the holiday morsels and spread everything easily over your crust.
Once you stir in the Nestle Holiday Morsels and spread your softened ice cream over the crust, all that’s left to do is drizzle everything with some hot fudge sauce. I just cover the whole pie with foil and stick it in the freezer. If it’s going to be more than a few weeks before it’s eaten, I like to wrap the pie up in a few layers of foil. Just be sure to let it sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving.
If you prefer, you can add the hot fudge just before you eat the pie, rather than when you first freeze it. To make our ice cream pie even more special, we like to top it off with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy.
Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Pie
- 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 (1.5 quart) cartons EDY' S®/DREYER 'S PEPPERMINT WONDERLAND SLOW CHURNED Light Ice Cream
- 1 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Limited Edition Holiday Morsels
- 1/3 cup hot fudge sauce
- Whipped cream
- Crushed peppermint candy
- Set ice cream on counter to soften for about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together chocolate crumbs and melted butter. Press evenly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
- Transfer ice cream to a large mixing bowl and fold in the holiday morsels. Evenly spread the ice cream mixture over the prepared crust.
- Freeze, uncovered, for about 20 minutes.
- Heat the hot fudge sauce in the microwave until just warm. Make sure it' s not too hot or it will melt your ice cream. Drizzle the hot fudge over the ice cream. (Alternately, this step can be done just before serving the pie).
- Cover the ice cream pie with foil and return to the freezer until ready to serve. Allow to stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes before serving--the longer the pie has been frozen, the longer you will have to let it stand.
- Top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint, if desired.
Total time includes freezing
Of course, the holidays can be so busy, I don’t always have time to put together even a simple ice cream pie, so I like to keep a carton of Peppermint Wonderland Light Ice Cream handy, along with some whipped topping and hot fudge sauce, for a delicious, ready-to-serve holiday treat.
I usually find the special Dreyer’s/Edy’s seasonal flavors in an end cap of the freezer section at my local Walmart store, and the Nestlé Toll House Limited Edition Holiday Morsels are available in the special holiday baking section in the center aisle.
However you decide to enjoy your Peppermint Wonderland light ice cream, it’s a great way to scoop, eat and be merry this holiday season! And to help you celebrate, Nestlé is giving away $1,600 in gift baskets. Eight winners will receive a $100 Nestlé gift basket and 2 winners will receive a $400 grand prize Nestlé gift basket! Good luck!