Ice cream bars are one of the first true signs of summer. Rich, creamy, and incredibly convenient, ice cream bars are beyond simple to make at home and you can effortlessly customize the flavors and coatings. Why figure out what you would do for a Klondike bar when you can satisfy your craving with a few of these easy recipes?
1. Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Bars
This homemade Klondike bar really puts the original to shame. Forget preservatives and a thin chocolate shell; this version has 2 full pints of homemade vanilla ice cream (or substitute with your favorite full-fat brand, such as Häagen-Dazs) and two pounds of melted milk chocolate to dip the vanilla squares in. Get our Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Bars recipe.
2. Chocolate-Dipped Raspberry Sorbet Bars
If you’re looking for a lighter version to our homemade Klondike Bar, this raspberry sorbet bar is a great alternative. Use 2 pints of homemade raspberry sorbet (or substitute with a high-end store-bought brand) and use bittersweet or dark chocolate to pair with the berry flavors. Get our Chocolate-Dipped Raspberry Sorbet Bars recipe.
3. Chocolate-Dipped Cookies-and-Cream Ice Cream Bars
Chopped up pieces of crème-filled sandwich cookies are mixed with vanilla ice cream and coated with semisweet chocolate. Dip the finished bars in chopped nuts or sprinkles for added texture and a bit of crunch. Get our Chocolate-Dipped Cookies-and-Cream Ice Cream Bars recipe.
4. Chocolate-Dipped Rocky Road Ice Cream Bars
The classic Rocky Road combination – chocolate ice cream, nuts, and marshmallows – make for a great ice cream sandwich base. Use toasted walnuts or almonds, chocolate ice cream, and mini marshmallows to recreate the classic ice cream flavor at home and then coat with semisweet chocolate. Get our Chocolate-Dipped Rocky Road Ice Cream Bars recipe.
5. Snickers Ice Cream Bars
Recreate the classic Snickers bar in ice cream with caramel, crushed Oreos, salted peanuts, and vanilla ice cream. As the recipe suggests, this makes a great large format ice cream bar that is a stellar alternative to a traditional birthday cake. Get the recipe here.
6. Smores Ice Cream Bars
Vanilla ice cream, graham crackers, hot fudge, and a layer of whipped topping make for an easy and tasty take on a traditional smore. Make sure to freeze for at least four hours and then dust with cocoa before serving. Get the recipe here.
7. Matcha and Toasted Almond Ice Cream Bars
Matcha ice cream made from scratch is poured into popsicle molds and then coated in a mixture of chocolate chips and coconut oil that forms a homemade version of Magic Shell. Then dip the popsicles in chopped almonds and let them harden before returning it to the freezer for a few minutes before eating. Get the recipe here.
8. Lemon Oreo Ice Cream Bars
Lemon Oreos mixed in a food processor with lemon gelato and a little bit of butter form the basis of these chocolate-dipped ice cream bars. You can coat with white or bittersweet chocolate and embellish with sprinkles. Get the recipe here.
9. Raw Pistachio Ice Cream Bars
This healthy take on an ice cream bar is made with avocado, coconut milk, honey, vanilla bean paste, and pistachios. Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor and freeze overnight. Cover with chopped up raw pistachios and serve. Get the recipe here.
Original story by CHOW Food Team, updated by Caitlin M. O’Shaughnessy