Growing up I was always looking for sweets to eat. Unlike my brother who could manage his dessert quantities, I could not. My mom took to hiding the goodies which resulted in my own secret treasure hunt when I was alone in the house. Or picking on all the sweets that were not hidden. The pattern wasn’t good and I was always stressed and worried while I was nibbling and foraging. I eventually figured it out. Eat your food first (since I didn’t back then!) Eat breakfast. Eat lunch. Eat dinner. And eat dessert if you want it but make it very GOOD. Oh, and not too much!
With all that in mind – the rule in our house is NO CRYING or COMPLAINING while eating your treat. And don’t eat what isn’t good enough to eat. Place what you want in a bowl or mug and sit. Enjoy. The kids all do this, but Andy sometimes inhales his dessert – but well, he is sitting, not crying or complaining. I just feel like it goes so fast – but I guess not my business.
Onto the ice cream. I made my own (kind of) Oreo ice cream for Sylvie because I wanted her to enjoy her little mug to the max. You get the drift. Some brands often taste really good but have very few big chunks of cookie. Good problem to have I know. Some brands taste artificial. Some brands have so many ingredients that it bums me out. So I bought Fresh Market’s vanilla (because it has so few additives but also isn’t as rich as the haagan daaz’s and ben and jerry’s). Turkey Hill is also good. And I bought Oreos. Put them together and you make the very best Oreo cookie ice cream you can have.
Very simple. Let the ice cream sit on the counter for 10-20 minutes or so. And/or place in microwave on defrost for a few minutes. You want to soften it, but not melt it.
While it is chilln (well the opposite of chilling) – bag up a bunch of Oreos and place in a plastic bag. Crunch them with the bottom of a pan, or with a rolling pin. Or grind them in a processor.
Place the ice cream and Oreo crumbs in the mixer and with the paddle attachment – beat well. The ice cream will soften more and start to look less vanilla-y and more Oreo cookie-like.
You can also do this by hand – but the ice cream needs to be softer and you have to get your muscles on board.
Remove ice cream and place a layer of it back in the container. Now add big chunks of Oreo cookies (as much or as little as you personally want since this is your treat!) And continue to layer and add.
When done. Place the lid back on and label it 🙂