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Easy Ice Cream Sundae Dessert

We kids couldn't wait to dig into this tempting ice cream dessert. It's cool and smooth with a ribbon of fudge inside. Whenever I make it for my family, I think of Mom. —Anne Heinonen, Howell, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + freezing Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 quarts vanilla ice cream or flavor of your choice, softened


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt chocolate chips with milk and salt; cook and stir until thickened, about 25 minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside. Combine wafer crumbs and butter; set aside 1 cup. Press remaining crumbs into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan. Chill for 10-15 minutes. Pour chocolate over crumbs. Cover and freeze for 10-15 minutes or until firm. Spread the ice cream over chocolate. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Freeze at least 2 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 406 calories, 24g fat (14g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 276mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Dianne
    Aug 4, 2019

    I made this for a neighborhood get together and it was a huge hit! There were 7 adults and 2 children. Almost everybody had a second helping and what was left stayed with the hosts and went home with the other guests. This is my way of avoiding calories. I used chocolate animal crackers instead of vanilla wafers for the crust just to add more chocolate yumminess and drizzled a bit of caramel ice cream sauce over the top. The only problem I had was it took close to 6 hours for it to firm up. The ice cream was not overly soft when I put it into the pan either. Perhaps it was the glass pan I used. Next time I will use a metal one. I have cinnamon chips and would like to try this around Thanksgiving. Has anybody tried this?

  • Jan
    Jun 24, 2019

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  • Laurelsinthekitchen
    Jun 5, 2018

    Made this for a family birthday; my family loved it. This is a fun recipe to make as is or to experiment with . . . such as using chocolate cookie or graham cracker crumbs, adding cinnamon, coconut, or nuts to the crust, substituting butterscotch or peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips, and using different flavors of ice cream.

  • Mrsatj
    Jan 28, 2018

    This recipe is great! Added more ice cream the 2nd time I made it. You won't be sorry for making this one.

  • sd20
    Jun 1, 2016

    Very good and easy to make. Can change it up easily with different ice cream's.

  • CarlaMiller
    Apr 27, 2014

    This recipe is a hit every time I make it! It's a wonderful desert to have when you have friends over for a cookout.

  • Troi
    Jul 3, 2013

    Since I cut it out of the magazine years ago, I have made it dozens of times. Everyone loves it. It is a good idea to pre-cut this into serving portions while it is not quite solid since it is murder to cut otherwise. If you forget, let it sit out a while before serving. We like it best with ice creams like cookies n cream and moose tracks - vanilla base with something nice in it.

  • keeshabear
    Sep 7, 2012

    Fairly easy recipe. Loved by my family!

  • glsbrn2
    Apr 19, 2012

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  • scrapo
    Feb 9, 2012

    Delicious! Rich Dessert.