Well my Dad saw all this happening and yelled up to me to stop, not eat it and wait. So as he walked up the sidewalk, his face and hands covered in grease, dirt on his clothes he came towards me, grabbed the sandwich and threw it ‘over the hill’. Yes, we had an ‘over the hill’ part of the yard. We had 41 acres and we had a ‘for the animals’ area that got left over scraps and what not. When he approached the kitchen door he put his finger to his lips and told me to Shhhh as he had to sneak into the kitchen while all dirty because if my mother caught him, she would have taken the cast iron skillet to his behind.
He snuck in and when he came home he was holding the box. I vividly remember him saying “These look so good, I’ll take a break and eat one with you.” However as he reached in the box he realized that there was only one. Now it was hot out… I mean HOT. He handed it to me and I quickly tore it open to look at that glorious chocolately cake wafer and soft vanilla cream ice cream. When I went to take a bite I looked up at my Daddy, his face covered in grease and sweat, clothes full of dirt and dust and the look of love in his beautiful blue eyes. Even at that age I knew the look of “man that looks good but you eat it, it’s okay I’m fine.” and I stopped. I looked back at my ice cream sandwich, looked back up and him, back at the sandwich and then broke it in half. Well almost half, I handed the bigger half to my Dad and said “Here Daddy, I share.” in my squeaky little voice. And yes, it was “I share”. The smile on his face is something I’ll never forget. He never said a word but he reached over and held my hand in his greased palm.
It was such a simple, innocent moment but it’s something I’ll always cherish…
Okay so now that I have tears in my eyes after typing that all out….
Like I was saying it was National Ice Cream Sandwich Day and I was going grocery shopping. While at the store I picked up 2 small boxes of them (the square Klondike ones) and figured that would be a great treat for dessert. Again, having just returned from vacation, I had nothing cooked and was still pretty jet lagged. On the way home from the store I was smiling from that memory and starting drifting off to things I could make with the sandwiches. How could I put a twist on them, ‘fancy schmancy’ them up. I instantly went to some type of torte. I knew there would be fudge and whipped cream but it needed a filling – something that wouldn’t melt so fast. Truth be told, I didn’t come up with the filling until I was home, searching through my cupboards and found a box of cookies ‘n cream pudding mix.
This is ridiculously easy to make however…
the hardest part…
and you’re gonna hate me for it…
is once you make it…
I’m sorry but…
You’re going to have to let it firm up in the freezer for at least 5 hours (I did over night).
I know, I know, I KNOW! That’s cruel and unfair. It’s like putting a kid in candy store with no money. But trust me, it’s worth the wait….
WAY WORTH THE WAIT!
Oh.. if you want to make this diet friendly, see below!
- 3/4 cups whole milk (diet friendly use fat free milk)
- 1 – 4.2 ounce pkg Cookies ‘n Cream Instant Pudding
- 3/4 cup mascarpone (diet friendly use lowfat mascarpone or in a pinch fat free cream cheese)
- 2 cups Cool-Whip (diet friendly use no fat/sugar free)
- 3/4 cup Decadent Hot Fudge (can be just slightly warm so it is spreadable) (yeah.. I’m not sure how to make this low fat. I know you can buy sugar free stuff or you can omit it)
- 6 square ice cream sandwiches (can use fat free/low fat brand)
- Place the Cookies ‘n Cream mix in a bowl and add 3/4 cup milk.
- Whisk until well combined.
- Add in the mascarpone and whisk until combined.
- Add in half the container of Cool-Whip
- Whisk until smooth and well combined.
- Line a large loaf pan with parchment paper leaving 3-4” stick up above the top of the pan.
- Lay 3 of the Ice Cream Sandwiches side by side. I did vanilla, chocolate, vanilla.
- Spread half of the whipped mascarpone cookie mix as evenly as possible on top of the Ice Cream Sandwiches.
- On top of that spread 1/2 of the hot fudge taking it all the way to the edges.
- Next place 3 more Ice Cream Sandwiches. (This time I did chocolate, vanilla, chocolate)
- Add the remaining whipped mascarpone mixture.
- Top with the remaining fudge.
- With the remaining Cool-Whip, cover the top and sides (as best you can).
- With the pieces of parchment that stick up over the top, gently fold them over to cover the dessert. If it’s not all covered, just use an extra piece to cover any exposed areas. Don’t press down hard.
- Covered the entire pan with aluminum foil (again, don’t press down all the way to smush the dessert).
- Freeze for about 5 hours or overnight.
- To serve, unwrap, peel off the parchment paper off the top and lift it out using the long parchment paper pieces.
- Unwrap the sides and let sit for about 1 minute.
- Using a sharp knife (not serrated) cut in slices. What I did to make it easier is that I ran my knife under very hot water. I then wiped the blade dry and then cut. The fudge is a little harder to cut through initially but it’ll go through.