Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Recipe
Everyone smiles when they see them
Party friendly ice cream recipe that's easy to eat – what could be better? These little dips work so nicely, something you can prepare ahead of time and still offer a delightful desserts your guests.
We’ve offered variations of these over the years, sprinkling on some nuts, a quick shot of whipped cream, a cherry, even rainbow jimmies – use your imagination too.
Feel free to change up the ice cream flavor as well. Most people do prefer vanilla, however, fo ahead and offer some other ice cream flavors if you like. Anything that will go with chocolate – and there’s not too much that doesn’t!
This recipe will feed 50 people, if you are you are serving other desserts, and/or appetizers, dinners, etc. Read about Party Food Quantities and how to plan for the right amounts.
Chocolate Ice Cream Bites Recipe Shopping List
for 50 People:
___ Paper baking cups, 1-5/8" in diameter, called "Mini". These are usually sold in hundreds. Get two boxes.
TIP: These Mini Cups are sold in grocery and party stores, but it's hard to find a variety. They come in lots of colors, including foil, but you'll often find a nicer variety on-line.
Amazon has themed cups, for sports events, Valentine's, birthdays - all sorts of cool ones.
___ 3 quarts high quality vanilla ice cream.
___ 3 - 12 oz bags (48 ounces) of semi-sweet chocolate. Chips are fine.
TIP: Use some Andes Mint Chocolates, added with the chips. The minted chocolate taste and the cold ice cream is delicious.
___Frilled, 4” toothpicks, 150+
So you're thinking - I've got toothpicks. Who needs fancy ones? Well, you do. Here's why:
The "frill" or large, decorative part (also like a plastic sword, or umbrella, etc.,) gives a subtle warning to your quests that there's a toothpick here - no fun when someone pops the whole thing in their mouth by mistake...
So it's a choking thing, and you gotta respect it. Ask any caterer, and we'll bet they've got a story or two to tell. We sure do.
Two Days Before the Party:
Pick out a flat spot in your freezer for the cups to sit. Find something flat (a half pan, cutting board, etc.) and cover it with foil. Put it in the freezer and let it cool.
Remove the ice cream from the freezer and allow it to soften just a bit. Using a small ice cream scooper, a mellon baller or a measuring spoon, scoop out small balls of ice cream that will easily fit into the paper muffin cups. Keep 'em small - bite size.
Cover your frozen "pan" with the paper cups of scooped ice cream and put in the freezer. After an hour or so, insert the frilled toothpicks, and returned to the freezer overnight.
One Day Before the Party:
Put the chocolate into a bowl that will nicely fit into the top of a saucepan half filled with water. Bring the water to a simmering boil over low heat until the chocolate is melted.
Remember, melt the chocolate over, not in, the water.
Use a bowl that fits your saucepan, or a double boiler.
Working fast, dip each of the frozen ice cream scoops into the melted chocolate.
This particular double boiler is really convenient to use because it has a 'stepped' bottom.
This means that it will fit into lots of different size pans, which is a big help because you don't want steam squirting out all over when you're trying to work.
(A trick we use to seal the leaking steam is to make a large ring with aluminum foil, like a rope the width of you finger. Carefully place it around the top of the lower pan and push the top pan onto it - like a gasket.)
Amazon has a larger Cuisinart double boiler too, which will fit into bigger sauce pans.
Place the scoops back into the muffin cups and return to the freezer.
You’ll need to work quickly.
If needed, stop halfway through and return everything to the freezer, then carry on once things are cooled down.
Presentation: Your Eyes Eat First
We like to serve these as needed, rather than setting out a platter somewhere and having them melt.
These will keep nicely in the freezer for several days, even longer when they are covered with film or bagged. If you have lots left, allow them to soften a bit, pull out the toothpicks and peel off the paper, then combine together in a small tub, seal and refreeze.
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