Growing up in my family meant that you would eat dessert on occasion. Don't get me wrong, we did have our fair share of sweet treats but we weren't the type of family that ate dessert after every meal. If we ever did have a craving for sweets after our meal, you could (and still can) always count on my Mom to have Drumsticks in the freezer. If we really had a craving, Dairy Queen was right down the street which made for easy Blizzard runs.
The only time that we really had sweets on a regular basis is when my brother and I stayed with my Grammy and Papa. After dinner, Grammy would make her way into the kitchen and come out with bowls of Frosted Flakes. After enjoying a massive bowl of sugary goodness, I would sit myself on the floor and build card houses while my brother and Grammy watched David Letterman (random, I know). After getting in their laughs with Dave (Yes, I've seen him so much I feel like we should be on a first name basis), my brother always took it upon himself to act out the role of Godzilla. Oh, my poor, poor card houses.
This one time, after getting my card houses destroyed, I gathered up the cards all nice and neat and took the stack to my Grammy so that she could put them away until next time. That's when she looked at me and asked, "Have you ever played 52 Card Pick Up?" I answered, "No, Grammy...I've never played that game." Seconds later, cards were flying all over the place and completely covered the floor. I looked at her with sheer puzzlement and asked, "Grammy, why did you do that?" Grammy replied by saying, "Jenni, it's called 52 Card Pick Up...there are 52 cards so pick them up!" All of us could not stop laughing. Seriously, how naive was I?
After card playing, Grammy would walk into the kitchen and come back out with two cones piled high with ice cream. That's right...dinner, then cereal, then ice cream...every single time with stayed at her house. I've never really had a sweet tooth but the balance between my love of cereal along with the ice cream was a perfect treat at Grammy's house.
Fast forward 20 some-odd years later and now I find myself married to a man who loves his sweets, especially chocolate. Since we don't eat dessert on a regular basis in our house, when we do I try to make it extra special. I enjoy trying to think of different ways to balance our seldom craving for sweet treats with his love of chocolate...
...and these Chocolate Doughnut, Nutella, and Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches definitely do the trick.
Chocolate Doughnut, Nutella, and Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Chocolate Doughnuts
- Coffee Ice Cream
- Cut the chocolate doughnuts in half.
- Warm the Nutella in a microwave. Spread the slightly warmed Nutella on the cut side of one half of the doughnut.
- Scoop two tablespoons of ice cream and place on the Nutella side of the doughnut.
- Sandwich the ice cream with the other side of the doughnut cut side down.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?