10 Things You Can Do with a Pint of Ice Cream

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Turn that pint of ice cream into a creamy, dreamy treat
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We like eating it straight from the container too, but there are a surprising number of things that you can do with a pint of ice cream.

10 Things You Can Do with a Pint of Ice Cream

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We like eating it straight from the container too, but there are a surprising number of things that you can do with a pint of ice cream.

Affogato

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Forget iced coffee or coffee-flavored ice cream; all you have to do to make this simple and delicious treat is pour a shot of espresso over a scoop of ice cream. Want to take it to the next level? Top the affogato with shaved dark chocolate or crushed chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Banana Bread

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No one will believe you made this moist and delicious banana bread with a pint of ice cream. Just mix the pint of ice cream with 1 ½ cups of self-rising flour (or all-purpose flour with a tablespoon of baking powder and 1 ½ teaspoons of salt) to form a batter. Fold in chopped banana and then bake the bread in a greased loaf pan in a 350-degree-F oven until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

Creamy Ice Pops

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Make the prettiest ice pops by layering puréed fruit and ice cream (that you’ve stirred to soften a little) in popsicle molds. The key to success with ice cream-based pops is to use a bit more fruit than ice cream — the fruit freezes up to an icier consistency, holding the ice pop together when it’s removed from the mold. Try starting and ending with fruit when you create the layers.

Float

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There’s nothing better than an ice cream float. We’ve got an easy recipe for the classic root beer version, but you can use any flavor of soda and any flavor of ice cream that you’d like.

Fried Ice Cream

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No need to go out to the restaurant for this tasty treat if you’ve got a pint of ice cream on hand. Fried ice cream is easy to make, but it does take some time, so plan ahead; the ice cream needs to be really cold before it’s fried.
 

Ice Cream Cake

This easy-to-make dessert combines two of our favorite treats: ice cream and cake. The recipe calls for a boxed cake mix, but if you’re short on time, you could make the cake using store-bought pound cake instead.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Two cookies + a big scoop of your favorite ice cream = instant ice cream sandwich. Or make them ahead and store them (wrapped tightly in plastic) in your freezer for any time you’re craving an ice cream sandwich.

Milkshake

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Throw that pint of ice cream into the blender with a little bit of milk (and maybe a shot or two of bourbon) and you’re well on your way to one of our favorite summertime treats.

Miniature Baked Alaska

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This classy old-fashioned dessert is easier to make than you realize, especially in a miniature size. Put a scoop of ice cream onto a cookie or brownie and then place the ice cream in the freezer until it’s set. Then, cover the outside of the ice cream with store-bought marshmallow cream and freeze again. When the baked Alaskas are frozen solid, put them into a preheated broiler for three or four minutes, just until the fluff starts to brown.

Profiteroles

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If you like cream puffs, then you’ll love making profiteroles. Light, airy pâte à choux dough is baked into puffs, which are then halved and filled with your favorite ice cream. Serve the profiteroles topped with chocolate sauce for an easy and delicious dessert.