Peanutty-Choco Ice Cream Sammies

Melissa Sperka Recipe

By Melissa Sperka MelissasSouthernStyleKitchen

20 Min

Do you need a quick dessert? Try these little pretzel ice cream sammies on for size! You can whip these up in as little as 20 minutes, in addition to freezing time. They are sweet & salty heaven, and no baking required!

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whole original flavored pretzel crisps [see cooks note below]
2 1/2 c
semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c
chopped salted peanuts
2 1/2 tsp
solid vegetable shortening divided
3-4 Tbsp
heavy whipping cream
1 pt
premium vanilla ice cream

Directions Step-By-Step

Line an 11x17 inch baking sheet with wax paper. In a microwave safe bowl, melt together 2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening. Heat in 20 second increments stopping to stir periodically. Continue this process stirring vigorously until the chocolate is completely smooth and the consistency is such that it will form a thin coating on the pretzel crisps.
If you need to thin the chocolate a bit more, I recommend adding heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time and stir, stir, stir, until you reach the right consistency!
Using two forks, dip each pretzel crisp into the melted chocolate covering the crisp completely. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off, then place flat side down on the wax paper. Place the chocolate covered crisps into the freezer for at least 20-25 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden and dry completely.
Just before assembling, melt the remaining 1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips with 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable shortening. Just as before, heat in 30 second increments stirring periodically, until the chocolate is completely smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Again, have a little cream nearby, to assist in this process if needed.
Before assembling, gather all of your ingredients so you can work quickly. Remove the hardened chocolate covered crisps from the freezer. Using a 1 ounce ice cream scoop or a teaspoon, scoop 1 ounce of vanilla ice cream onto the flat side of one pretzel crisp. Place a second crisp, flat side down, on top of the ice cream to form the "sammie". Press down gently. Drizzle the top with melted chocolate, then sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Repeat this process with all of the ice cream sammies, and repeat again if you have extra chocolate and peanuts remaining. Return to the freezer to harden and keep frozen until serving. Yield: 12 peanutty-choco ice cream sammies

Cook's note:
I used The Snack Factory brand of flat pretzel crisps to prepare these ice cream sammies. They are usually located in the Deli section of the grocery store.
If you prefer to use another nut, by all means go for it, this recipe is very versatile!
Why vegetable shortening? Because it will harden more quickly, and will form a candy-like coating preventing the pretzel crisps from becoming soggy. It will also give the chocolate it's shine!

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Didi Dalaba didicoffeegirl
Apr 29, 2012
Absolutely devine... can't wait to make these over the summer!!!
Stephanie Dodd skeen
Apr 29, 2012
look delish!!
Melissa Sperka MelissasSouthernStyleKitchen
Apr 29, 2012
Thank you ladies!! :) Simple and realy good! xoxo
Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Apr 30, 2012
Melissa, I think I see another Blue Ribbon in your future!!! Great for the up-coming summer days.
These look awesome. Thanks for sharing.
Melissa Sperka MelissasSouthernStyleKitchen
Apr 30, 2012
Hi Cindy! I consider that a real compliment from you my friend! Thank you and enjoy! :)
Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Apr 30, 2012
I meant it too...this is a great recipe. The Grands will love it on a hot summers day!!!
Jean Campbell gwashington1961
Apr 30, 2012
Melissa congratulations, you are proving that a great treat requires the thinking & capability of the chef - not a particular skill at 'baking'. These sammies will be a truly delightful dessert, without being an over-indulgent, hugely proportioned 'ITEM' on your menu. Just a few bites will allow your guests (even family) to indulge in 2nds. without feeling like a 'Pig'! I really admire your ingenuity in creating this outstanding recipe! Thanks for posting on JAP! LOL :-)
Melissa Sperka MelissasSouthernStyleKitchen
May 1, 2012
Jean, WOW, I'm overwhelmed by your kind comments!! You're exactly right, these afford a "bite" of dessert without feeling over indulgent. We love sweet & salty, so, I'm happy to share this with my JAP family! Enjoy!! :)