Monday, June 21, 2010

Pop-Tarts Fourth of July Ice Cream Pie Recipe & a Visa Gift Card Giveaway


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After weeks of indecisive spring weather, summer is finally upon us. For my kids, that means a few key things: sprinklers should be in working order, the slip 'n slide is fixed in its permanent summertime location in our backyard, and the freezer is continuously stocked with ice cream and popsicles. On days when they are feeling water-logged and they have wiped out on the slip 'n slide one too many times while "surfing" their way down the glistening surface, we pull out the big guns. For the past several summers, one of their favorite activities involved placing small plastic or rubber toys, such as knights and sea creatures, into a plastic container, filling it with water, and freezing until solid. When boredom is about to set in, we unmold the ice block form the container, place it on a baking sheet and send them into the backyard with toy hammers to chisel their toys from their icy resting places. Works like a charm!

After working so diligently at their toy rescue efforts, my boys are usually ready for some sort of frozen treat. While otter pops and popsicles usually do the trick, I wanted to try something a little different. When I received several boxes of Pop-Tarts® Ice Cream Shoppe™ Frosted Vanilla Milkshake pop-tarts, I knew just what to do with them. With July 4th just around the corner, I wanted to put together a special dessert fit for the occasion. Pop-Tarts featured a special treat for Easter, so why not something to celebrate the day of red, white, and blue?

Ground Pop-Tarts were used as the crust and sprinkled on top of a vanilla ice cream center. Just before serving, I decorated the top of the ice cream pie with fresh strawberries and blueberries. What did my kids think? Well, let's just say that they would like Pop-Tarts ice cream pies to become a new tradition after a long day of frolicking. I am more than happy to oblige.

The recipe:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut 6 Pop-Tarts® Ice Cream Shoppe™ Frosted Vanilla Milkshake Pop-Tarts into 1-inch pieces and place in the bowl of a food processor.


Pulse until the Pop-Tarts are coarse crumbs.


Place 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter in a microwave-proof bowl and melt in the microwave. Pour the butter into the processor and briefly pulse until the crumbs are moistened.


Lightly spray a 9-inch glass pie dish with cooking spray and press the moistened crumbs evenly on the bottom and up the sides.

Bake in the oven until the crust is light golden brown, about 10 minutes. Place on a wire rack and cool completely.


Spread 2 pints (1/4 gallon) softened ice cream into the crust.


Coarsely chop 2 Pop-Tarts® Ice Cream Shoppe™ Frosted Vanilla Milkshake Pop-Tarts and sprinkle over top of the ice cream. Cover and freeze until ready to eat.


About 10 minutes before serving, remove the ice cream pie from the freezer to soften slightly. Using 1/2 cup strawberry wedges and 1/2 cup blueberries, decorate the top of the pie. Cut into wedges and serve.



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63 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

My kids' favorite summertime activity is going to the swimming pool.

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3 Boys and an Old Lady said...

My kids love to break out the Slip n' Slide during the summer. I don't mind as I hate setting up the pool. Lugging, or should I say, tossing the slip n' slide down from the attic is so much easier. LOL!

May I add, your recipe looks delicious and I plan on trying it myself.

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jillyrh said...

My kids favorite activities during summer is swimming, swimming, and more swimming!

Kelsey Kim said...

We have a few traditional "summer" activities-like our county fair we go to every June, or camping, or bbq's with family. But mostly just a lot of beach and pool time. Summer is always more relaxed!
Kelsey
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Bonggamom said...

My kids love water fights on the lawn and going on day trips to museums and amusement parks.

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Aly said...

We love to go to the beach for the day. It's a bit of a drive so we make sure to pack a cooler before we take off.

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leashah said...

So far, swimming and driveway chalk art are favorites!

I hope to get them into camping once the bay is a bit older. :D

Kristi said...

The beach and the zoo are a couple of favortie summer adventures.

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JulieD (thelittlekitchen.net) said...

I don't have kids but my nephews love to have ice cream and go swimming in the summer!

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Renee said...

I have 4 kids: 17, 13, 12 & 9.. finding something for all 4 of them to do together is difficult at times. But the one thing we all love to do together is go to the movies on a hot day..

Leigh said...

Going to the park or swimming. My little one just loves to be outside.

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Blue Girl said...

your dessert looks so tasty, i may have to try to make it myself!

my kids love to go outside when theres a breeze and blow bubbles

Melinda said...

We LOVE to freeze Pop-Tarts- anything frozen is great.

fav activity is swimming, they love the water!

Anonymous said...

I love the mini ice cream sandwiches! Perfect summertime treat! Ice Cream and a pool - perfect combination!

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Debbie said...

Camp! My kid loves the social/games/silliness that is camp. Can't get enough of it.

meeyeehere said...

of all the other people doing the Poptart thing Yours is truely the best,hands down! I am not just saying that,it looks the best to me.

My son loves swimming and so do I!

Princess Golden Hair said...

i sometimes think that the kids are part fish. it's hard to get them out of the pool

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samantha said...

Okay that? WAS GENIUS.

Our son loves to play in the backyard pool and ride in his Cozy Coupe--he's two. Really, anything with outside, running, sticks, toys, water, etc and he's good!

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Shel said...

My daughter loves when I put the sprinkler outside in the backyard. We have a dog that loves water so the two of them have a blast running through the sprinkler. I love watching the dog try to drink the water straight out of the sprinkler and getting water all over her face.

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Shel said...

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Carrie said...

I don't have kids. In the summer, I love eating ice cream. That is also a favorite fall, winter, and spring activity. :)

momznite said...

We like swimming, reading, and watching Top Chef - a new episode every Wed during the summer.

Angie Marion said...

We love visiting the beach and enjoying the blue water and sand!

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K said...

My little lady just turned 2. she loves to go to the beach to dig in the dirt and kick the waves.

thscar said...

What a creative idea for using pop-tarts. I haven't even heard of that flavor. My kids love pop-tarts. My younger ones love the fact that they can "make it" themselves. My kids love going to our neighborhood pool. We go several times each week. I also have signed them up for the summer reading program at the local library. They take in their reading log in each week. If they have 1 hour or more of reading time they get a small prize. last week the coupon was for a free Frosty at Wendys.

Missybeez said...

My kids love going to the beach and surfing.

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Nicole said...

Catching lightening bugs to make homemade "flashlights" is an all-time favorite!

Nita said...

swimming and playing with friends

Sommer P. said...

They love to do anything involving water - swim, run through the sprinklers, slip-n-slide, they love it all!

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My3Sons33 said...

My kids love to swim in the summertime. lisacarr7 at aol dot com

Toystory said...

Easy Question... Swimming!!

Mandy W. said...

The kids love water balloons, buckets of water while playing on the trampoline. It is a favorite that doesn't seem to get old!

Amy said...

My kids are grown, and I don't have grandkids yet, but when our kids were younger they liked making a tent using a sheet hung over our clothesline. They'd play in there for hours.

Anonymous said...

Going in the kiddie pool
Elizabeth
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DG said...

We love swimming so hitting the beach or community pool is pretty much a given :)

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ababe28 said...

My daughter loves the outdoors. Her favorite summer activities are picking wild raspberries with Daddy and oh....collecting bugs is another fav...egads....
Berries are okay with me, but the bug collecting? eeeekkkkkk!

JoeyfromSC said...

Your dessert idea is SO creative!! I really love it best out of all the ones I've seen(shh lol)

no kids anymore(raised 2 brothers but they are grown) but my godson loves to go to the pool and hopefully we'll get to go down to Myrtle Beach this year!!:)

thanks for the chance to win!

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JoeyfromSC said...

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JoeyfromSC said...

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JC said...

My kids love swimming.

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JC said...

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Elaine said...

My niece loves to go swimming!

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Anonymous said...

My grandkids love going to the pool.They just joined a swim team and are having a blast. My preschoolers are spending their outside time playing squirt tag.

Bette
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pestkaj said...

swimming!!

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Anne J said...

My kids favorite summer activity is going out in our boat and sun bathing (17 year old) or tubing (11 & 14 year old.

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Anne J said...

I tweeted
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Dolphin Girl said...

SWIMMING! In at the beach or pool!

Dolphin Girl said...

tweeted. . .

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fawn said...

Your recipe looks so fancy and delish! In our family we love to ride bikes and go swimming on hot days. :)

slehan said...

Swimming, swimming, swimming or running thru the sprinkler. Thanks for the contest.

angie lilly said...

I don't have kids of my own, but my niece LOVES to swim! That girl is a fish I swear! LOL
Angie
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angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/FotoMacro/status/17589934980
Angie
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Scott said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/RePurrPussed/status/17590913298
Scott
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Scott said...

My nephew is really into hiking. Its fun to take him to parks and see things thru his eyes for the first time. We look for birds and fish and everything in the woods and streams. Its awesome.
Scott
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VickieB said...

When my son was little, we lived near a pool and he used to love that. We also had a waterslide park fairly close and that was always a welcome treat

VickieB said...

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Janice said...

no kids, but summertime is always great for going to the beach :)

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Janice said...

tweeted:
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Centergranny said...

My grandsons love their pool.

Centergranny said...

My grandsons love their swimming pool in their backyard!