Caramel Snickers Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for big bowls of this Caramel Snickers Ice Cream.  This easy ice cream doesn’t need a special machine for you to enjoy it this summer.

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream - Snickers bars and caramel turn this easy NO MACHINE ice cream into a fun treat

Sprinklers, fresh cut grass, sunshine, pool days, and ice cream are definitely summer favorites in our house.  Add a few surprise thunderstorms and humidity and we are in the middle of all things summer.

Did you know that you can make ice cream without an ice cream maker?  This easy ice cream only has a few ingredients and can be customized to your taste every single time.  We went with caramel and Snickers bars this time.  But just think of all the combos you could come up with.  I have a feeling a few more varieties will be showing up this summer in our freezer and on the blog.

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream - Snickers bars and caramel turn this easy NO MACHINE ice cream into a fun treat

There is something so satisfying about a cup or cone of ice cream on a hot summer day.  I like to keep different varieties in my freezer for our kids to snack on.  They hear the ice cream truck music coming, and I pull out the ice cream.

Is it just me or is there something scary about the music from that truck?  I mean some guy driving slowly along tempting children to come to his vehicle…yeah, I’m going to keep my kids running to my freezer instead.  Not to mention the price of one ice cream bar is crazy.  That is almost scarier than the music and creepy truck.

This ice cream starts with heavy whipping cream.  Make sure to freeze your bowl and wire whisk beater for at least 30 minutes before starting.  The cold from the bowl will help the cream whip up faster.  It takes about 5-7 minutes for the cream to get thick and fluffy.  Set it aside.  Now beat the cream cheese until creamy and slowly add the sweetened condensed milk.  You can add your toppings to this mixture.  Then fold the whipped cream into it.  Folding just means slowly and carefully stir your whipped cream in so that the air doesn’t deflate.  You can use a spatula to lift your mixture up and over.  It sounds complicated, but it really isn’t that hard.  You just don’t want to stir it vigorously.

Spoon 1/3 of the mixture into a freezer safe container and add a little bit of caramel.  Swirl it with a knife.  Repeat this 2 more times.  Just be careful as you swirl, so you do not mess up the lower swirls.  You want pockets of caramel in every scoop.

Now all you have to do is wait for it to freeze.  I do recommend making it the night before you want to eat it.  That way it is ready to go first thing in the morning.  But if you waited until the afternoon, I suggest mowing the lawn or taking a walk while you wait.

Or find that scary ice cream music and buy an overpriced drumstick.  Your call :-)

 

*Make sure you check out We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts for more cute packaging options. The code BRUCREW will save you 20% off your purchase!!  I used the label die cuts that came with the Bakery Box Die Cut to make cute labels for our ice cream cups.

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream - Snickers bars and caramel turn this easy NO MACHINE ice cream into a fun treat

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Caramel Snickers Ice Cream

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream

Caramel and Snickers bars make this easy NO MACHINE ice cream a fun and delicious summer treat.

Ingredients

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups chopped Snickers bars (8 oz. bag bites)
1 cup chocolate covered peanuts
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

Instructions

  1. Place a metal bowl and wire whisk attachment in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Beat the heavy whipping cream for 5 - 7 minutes, until thick and creamy. Set aside.
  3. Beat the cream cheese until creamy. Add the sweetened condensed milk slowly until mixed into the cream cheese. Gently stir in the Snickers bars and chocolate covered peanuts. Fold in the whipping cream.
  4. Spoon 1/3 of the mixture into a freezer safe bowl. Spoon a little bit of caramel on top. Swirl with a knife. Repeat 2 more times, swirling the caramel very carefully each time. Freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight.
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 Sweet treats from friends: 

Snickers Muddy Buddies from Chef-In-Training
Frozen Snickers Pie from Shugary Sweets
Snickers Cupcakes from Life, Love, and Sugar

 

*I am a studio member for We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts. I am sent products in exchange for sharing fun projects on my blog. No other compensation is given. All opinions are 100% my own.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Yogurt Dip

Adding some caramel and sea salt to greek yogurt makes a nice skinny treat to snack on throughout the day.  This Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Yogurt Dip is perfect for dipping pretzels or fruit in.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Yogurt Dip - caramel and chocolate chips in yogurt is a delicious and light snack to calm that sweet tooth

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The problem with eating all these delicious treats is that my hips and thighs do not agree with me on liking them so much.  All those treats that I enjoy snacking on (even mildly) ends up in places that are hard to get rid of.   It means I have to spend more time at the gym doing things like wall balls, hypers, power cleans, and battle ropes.  It hurts, and is totally not much fun.  Sadly though, it’s a necessary evil to combat my sweet tooth.   [Read more...]

Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer and Power of Family Meals: Disconnect to Reconnect

I am partnering with the J.M. Smucker Company to bring you this recipe for Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer.  Homemade coffee creamer is easy to make and and easy to customize.

Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer - homemade creamer with a salted caramel and chocolate flavor

Like it or not, technology has become a way of life.  Unfortunately it is easy to become too attached to your phone or screen device.

As a full time mom and blogger, I am guilty of spending plenty of time with my face buried in my phone checking emails or social media during the day.  Some days I am just mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Pinterest.  My husband likes to flip the phone out of my hands whenever he catches me zoning out.  It is so easy to become disconnected from the ones around you when you have a digital device easily accessible.

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Caramel Milky Way Brownies

Sometimes you want a plain brownie, and sometimes you want an over the top crazy decadent brownie.  These Caramel Milky Way Brownies definitely fall into the decadent and delicious category.  But you can use the brownie base for those days when you just want the fudge brownie alone.

Caramel Milky Way Brownies - caramel and a chocolate topping make these brownies absolutely amazing!

A few weeks ago I made a pan of brownies before going to bed.  It’s totally normal for me to be putting a pan of brownies or muffins into the oven at 10 pm at night.  The night owl in me bakes best then.

The pan was still too hot to cover before I went to bed, so I just left it on the stove to cool overnight.  I knew that my kids have the food routine down by now, so I didn’t worry that anyone would dig into them without asking. Sure enough they didn’t touch the pan.    [Read more...]

Caramel Coconut Brownies

When your sweet tooth starts craving something sweet, these Caramel Coconut Brownies are just what you need.  The homemade brownie layer is the perfect way to start.

Caramel Coconut Brownies - homemade brownies with a caramel coconut topping

 It’s almost that time of year.  The time of year when little boxes of cookies start to appear all over the place.

You know the boxes right?  The green ones sold by cute little girls trying to sucker you into spending your hard earned money on like 4 cookies.  Ok, ok, there might be 6 in there.  This is the time of year when I have to strategically plan my shopping trips because those cute girls are everywhere.  Now I have no problem looking away and saying no.  Yes, I’m kind of hard hearted like that.  But my hubby is softer.   [Read more...]

White Chocolate Caramel Granola Bars

These White Chocolate Caramel Granola Bars are an easy way to start out the day with homemade goodness.  They are perfect for breakfast or snacking on any time of day.

White Chocolate Caramel Granola Bars from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy homemade granola bars that taste amazing

 Right now I am sitting inside all toasty warm with my space heater.  Outside the weather is frightful.  We are under a winter storm warning with a severe wind chill warning.  Everything has shut down around here for the day and possibly for the day tomorrow.

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Caramel Pretzel Cookie Dough Bites

No Bake cookies are always high on my list of treats to make.  Anything to save time in the kitchen gets an A+ from me.  Try these Caramel Pretzel Cookie Dough Bites this year.  They will add a pop of sprinkle fun to your cookie trays.

Caramel Pretzel Cookie Dough Bites from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - no bake caramel cookie dough in between pretzels and dipped in chocolate

I know that with every sweet I postI share, I tell you it is my new favorite.  And it’s the honest truth.  At the moment that particular thing becomes my all time favorite sweet, until I make something else that tops it.

Right now these Caramel Pretzel Cookie Dough Bites are my absolute favorite cookie dough treat that I have made yet.  And there have been quite a few that I have loved.    I think it is the combination of sweet & salty and smooth & crunchy that does it for me with these bites.  My husband really liked them too…and he is really not a big sweets eater.  Any time I find a treat that he approves of, it goes to the top of the must bake list.  (I did dip some of his in just all chocolate and topped them with sea salt…I think that’s why he liked them so much)   [Read more...]

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Tarts

Try these Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Tarts for an easy dessert during the upcoming holiday season. This recipe was made possible by Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry.

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Tarts from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - puff pastry sheets filled with a maple cheesecake and a caramel pecan topping

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Caramel Marshmallow M&M Brownies

Brownies topped with three layers of goodness.  These Caramel Marshmallow M&M Brownies will definitely satisfy every sugar craving you have.  They are a great way to use up some of that Halloween candy too!

Caramel Marshmallow M and M Brownies - three layers of goodness on top of a fudge brownie.  These are crazy good!  www.insidebrucrewlife.com
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Banana Caramel Cookies

Looking for a new and easy cookie recipe?   Have you tried cake mix cookies yet?  These Banana Caramel Cookies will satisfy the cookie monster in you.

Banana Caramel Cookies from http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy cake mix cookies made with bananas

 Cookies are the one thing that we are never short on around here.  They are the perfect after school snack or after dinner treat.  I bake quite a few and then freeze bags of them for  lunches, or for my hubby to take to his meetings.  They all love to see him coming with a tray of goodies.  I’m glad they are willing to be my guinea pigs for all the recipes I make up.

Cake mixes are one of my favorite go to’s for a fast cookie.  All you need is a cake mix, some butter, and usually an egg.  But today we are substituting the egg for some BANANA.  For some reason my kids are not eating the bananas on the counter, so I have resorted to making lots of Banana Bread muffins and cookies to use up those brown bananas.

Banana Caramel Cookies from http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy cake mix cookies made with bananas

 These Banana Caramel Cookies are just a spin off the Banana Reeses cookies that I made last year.  They are one of my all time favorite cookies.  They are soft and puffy and just perfectly full of Reese’s.  It was so fun to see one of the ladies from our church make them for our Christmas cookie exchange!

One thing I will suggest with these caramel filled cookies is to use a Silpat or parchment paper on your baking sheet.  The caramel will melt under the cookies and stick to the pan if you don’t get them off quick enough.  I absolutely love using my Silpat because I don’t worry about things sticking any more.  Another quick warning is to put them on parchment paper to cool as well.  I made the mistake of putting my first batch of cookies on a wire rack.  Yeah…they stuck to the wire just a little bit when I went to move them over for the next batch.

Banana Caramel Cookies from http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy cake mix cookies made with bananas

 Hey, wait a minute?  Who has been sneaking bites of my cookies?   I better find a better hiding spot in the freezer.  Wink, wink!!!

 

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Banana Caramel Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 30 cookies

Banana Caramel Cookies

Caramel cake mix cookies made with bananas for a great after school snack.

Ingredients

1 Caramel Cake Mix (Duncan Hines Signature Cake) (18.25 oz.)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup smashed banana (about 2 bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup caramel baking bits

Instructions

  1. Beat butter, bananas, and vanilla. Add the cake mix and mix thoroughly. The batter will be very thick. Stir in the white chips and caramel bits by hand. Chill dough at least 30 minutes. This will help it from sticking to your hands.
  2. Roll dough into 1 inch or 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on baking sheet that has been lined with a Silpat or parchment paper so the caramel doesn't stick. Bake at 350* for 10-12 minutes. Do not over bake. The cookies will look undone, but they will set up as they cool. Let cool on tray for a few minutes before removing to parchment paper to cool completely.Makes 30 cookies.
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 Here are a few other ways we like to get rid of brown bananas:

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 Banana Reeses Cookies

Banana Toffee Scones 1

 Banana Toffee Scones

Banana Split Cheesecake 4
Banana Split Cheesecake

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Procrastination is something that I have become very good at.

Last month Aimee (from Shugary Sweets) and I decided to share a caramel hot chocolate treat with you on the same day in late January.  So, I have actually had this caramel hot chocolate fudge made and sitting on my computer since the beginning of December.  You would think that with that much time I would have the pictures edited and in a draft just waiting to post.  Of course not!  That would be too much planning ahead for me.  Last night I sat down and edited the pictures, and that’s where I stopped.  I mean I had all Sunday afternoon to finish it ;-)

So this morning I got up and went to uploaded the pictures into my draft before church, and it wasn’t working.  The internet was down!  I tried again after church and still nothing.  So here I am at Starbucks with my handy little laptop that my husband got me for Christmas and  a USB drive.  Thank goodness for free wifi, so I can still post on time.

I would like to think this will teach me to plan ahead a little better….but I know myself, and I know that I will probably still wait until the last possible minute again.

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

One thing that I love about the winter is all the hot chocolate.  Of course we drink iced hot chocolate during the summer, so it isn’t much of a change.   We buy a big container of hot chocolate mix because our kids go through it way too fast to buy those little boxes with 10 packets in them.    Although the big container encourages them to use big scoops of the mix, so I don’t know if we are really saving anything.

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

So, when I saw the big container sitting in the cupboard, I knew that I wanted to make a whole bunch of yummy hot chocolate flavored treats for you.  I hope you are prepared for lots of hot chocolate goodness.  Haha!  That sounds like I have so many things to share…in reality it is just 4 recipes.  I was going to share them all in one week, but I haven’t decided if I’m going to do that.  Maybe I will space them out.  I guess you will just have to come back every day to see what I decide to do.  I actually have 2 real food items I want to share too…decisions, decisions.  #lifeofablogger

This fudge looks really complicated with all the swirls but it is so easy to make.  The easiest thing to do is start with the hot chocolate layer.  Once that is all melted and creamy, you turn the heat on low so it doesn’t set up in the pan.  Get another pan out and get the caramel layer started.  After you have both layers all ready, you can start swirling.  I like to line my pan with parchment paper.  The paper lifts right out of the pan and peels off so easily.  I tried wax paper one time.  Not a good idea to pour hot fudge onto a wax paper!  I had to get creative and use a blow dryer to melt the bottom of the fudge just enough to peel off the wax paper.  Just an FYI for you to remember.

Start by pouring half of the hot chocolate fudge into the pan.  Drop half of the caramel fudge by spoonfuls onto the top of the hot chocolate layer.  Take a knife and gently swirl the caramel fudge through.  Don’t swirl too much or you will start to loose your colors.  I think the contrast of this fudge makes it so pretty!!!   Repeat the layers and swirling with the rest of the fudge.

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Now this is where you have to have patience.  Place the dish in the refrigerator and wait a few hours.  I know…this is tough.  I like to make the fudge up late at night, so it can set up overnight.  Then when I get up the next morning I can pull the pan out of the refrigerator first thing.  This gives it time to come to room temperature while I am getting ready for the day.  This fudge is easier to cut if you let it come to room temperature.  I run the knife under very hot water and it cuts right through it like butter.  You will also want to clean the knife off between cuts.  That isn’t necessary but it will keep your fudge clean looking.  This is also a soft fudge, but don’t worry it will hold it’s shape very well.  Just keep it in a sealed container on your counter.

My youngest absolutely loved this fudge.  He came in the office last night when I was editing these pictures and he got really excited.  He said, “Mom, that was the best fudge you ever made.” If that doesn’t convince you to make it, I don’t know what will.

I still have half a container of hot chocolate mix left, I think I need to surprise my little guy with another batch of this caramel hot chocolate fudge.    I can’t wait to see his smile when he sees it in the kitchen again!!!

 

***Now go check out these yummy Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bars that Aimee has for you today!!!  I really think we should have mailed each other samples…it isn’t fair that I have to drool over her pictures and not get to eat one!

 

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Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 48 squares of fudge

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Soft hot chocolate fudge swirled with a caramel fudge

Ingredients

Hot Chocolate Layer
2 cups chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup marshmallow cream
1/3 cup hot chocolate mix
For the Caramel Layer
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 Tablespoon butter
pinch salt
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup marshmallow cream
1 packet Duncan Hines Caramel Mix In (for the frosting)
1/2 cup miniature marshmallow bits

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the chocolate chips, butter, salt, and sweetened condensed milk for the hot chocolate layer. Stir until melted and smooth. Add the marshmallow cream and the hot chocolate mix. Stir until melted and creamy. Turn heat to low.
  2. In another saucepan, combine the white chocolate chips, butter, salt, and sweetened condensed milk for the caramel layer. Stir until melted and smooth. Add the marshmallow cream and caramel mix in. Stir until melted and creamy.
  3. Pour 1/2 of the hot chocolate fudge into a 8x8 pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Drop 1/2 of the caramel fudge by spoonfuls onto the hot chocolate layer. Swirl gently with a knife. Repeat with the rest of the fudge. Sprinkle the top with the marshmallow bits. Refrigerate until set. Remove the parchment paper and let come to room temperature before cutting. Cut into 48 squares.
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Caramel Coconut Cookies

 

Caramel Coconut Cookies from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - these chocolate chip and coconut cookies are absolutely delicious

It is no surprise that I love to bake just about every single day.  Now most days I bake in the evening when my kids are home and they can help me.  My youngest will actually ask me if I have anything to bake, just so he can help.  He loves to break the eggs and of course lick the spatula.

It can be a little stressful with little helpers because sometimes flour ends up everywhere and egg shells end up in the batter.  But I love spending that time in the kitchen with them teaching them how to bake.  Some of our favorite cookies that we have come up with over the years are  Caramel Corn Pretzel Cookies and Moose Tracks Cookies.

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