Nate’s birthday is tomorrow and we usually go out to celebrate or have a party, but with a new baby in the mix, we’ve decided to keep things small and have a little get together at home. I want to make it special, so decided to make all of his favorite foods. The menu includes my delicious carnitas, beans, and anything you can think of to put inside of a burrito. We’re going to have a DIY Burrito party! That’s not the best part though, Nate LOVES Rocky Road ice cream, and to be honest he would be happy with just a giant scoop of ice cream for his “birthday cake” but I thought I’d make it fancy and do an ice cream pie. This is my spin on a classic mud pie, but instead of coffee ice cream, I’m going to use Blue Bunny’s Rockin’ Rocky Road Ice Cream for a sweet surprise.
I was thrilled to see this Blue Bunny Rockin’ Rocky Road Ice Cream because instead of walnuts, there are ’s almonds! The flavor is delicious and I love the marshmallow swirls. For more than 80 years, Blue Bunny has been bringing delicious ice cream made with fun, fresh ingredients to families—adding a little playfulness to any occasion. Blue Bunny offers more than 75 flavors of ice cream and frozen novelty products.
For the pie, there’s a layer of chocolate cookie crumbs outside, then the ice cream filling, a delicious chocolate ganache layer, some whipped cream, a layer of “dirt” more chocolate cookie crumbs, marshmallows, almonds, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce to complete the slice. I’d say this is pretty decadent and the most perfect way to ring in a new year.
Rockin Rocky Road Mud Pie Recipe:
For the crust:
30 chocolate sandwich crème cookies
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 Qt. Blue Bunny Rockin’ Rocky Road Ice Cream
For the ganache:
4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Place Blue Bunny Rockin’ Rocky Road ice cream on counter to defrost for 10-15 minutes, until slightly softened.
- In a food processor, grind cookies into small crumbs or until they resemble “dirt”. Add melted butter and continue grinding until the cookies stick together.
- Pour crumb mixture into a 9-inch pie plate and, using the bottom of a cup or your fingers, press firmly and evenly into the bottom and up the sides.
- Once Blue Bunny Rockin’ Rocky Road Ice cream has softened up, fill pie pan with ice cream and spread evenly.
- Freeze for 3 hours – overnight.
- Once ready to serve, make the ganache. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a simmer on medium heat. Once it starts to steam, pour into a bowl with chocolate chips. Let it stand for about 5 minutes, then add butter. Stir until smooth and let it cool slightly
- Once ganache has cooled, pour over ice cream and spread in a thin layer to cover.
- Add marshmallows, almonds, chocolate chips.
- To serve, add drizzle of ganache and whipped cream.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Blue Bunny, but the content and opinions expressed are my own.