Crunchy Ice Cream Dessert Recipe
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Crunchy Ice Cream Dessert Recipe

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I like to start my meal prep with dessert. I sandwich vanilla ice cream with layers of cereal, peanuts and coconut. Then I put it in the freezer until it’s ready to serve!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + freezing
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + freezing
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 2 cups crushed Rice Chex
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 286 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cereal, brown sugar, peanuts and coconut. Drizzle with butter; stir until combined.
  2. Press half of the mixture into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Cut ice cream into 3/4-in.-thick slices; arrange evenly over crust. Top with remaining crumb mixture; press down lightly. Cover and freeze until serving. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Editor's Note: Purchase a rectangular-shaped package of ice cream for the easiest cutting.
Originally published as Crunchy Ice Cream Dessert in Quick Cooking September/October 2003, p21

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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dkrygeris User ID: 1402683 49391
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2013

"I made this with chocolate moose tracks ice cream. Everyone loved it! So easy and good! Gluten-free too!"

cee-jay User ID: 1579946 205678
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"I had this last night at a friends house and it was very good. She made it with Butter Pecan ice cream and pecans. When I make it, I'll use light margarine instead of butter to save a few calories."

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