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S'mores ice cream cake

Do s’mores have a tag line?  If not, I’d like to suggest one:

S’mores — A heavenly escape while camping in a tick infested, pseudo forest with people you normally only tolerate for a few hours at a time.

It’s pretty catchy isn’t it?

s'mores ice cream cake

I love s’mores, but I just don’t understand the appeal of family camping.  You basically have two choices — a leaky, humid, tent on the ground that can easily be ripped open by a hungry black bear, OR taking most of the shit from your house and stuffing it into a much smaller version of your house, but on wheels, with a bathroom the size of a coffin.

Why people?  WHY?!?

We as a species evolved (“created” for the God folk out there) to use tools. And we use these tools to build giant boxes called “hotels” which contain pools, celebrity chef themed restaurants, casinos, water parks, spas, and miniature shampoos and conditioners.  Doesn’t that all sound fabulous?

Maybe I’m alone on this one, but given the choice I’d prefer to spend my vacation relaxing next to a fire place in a luxurious pillow bed eating this s’mores ice cream cake.  And if I get a little chocolate on the sheets, who cares?  Let the chambermaid clean it up.

S'mores ice cream cake

S’mores Ice Cream Cake

Slightly adapted from Kraft Recipes

14 graham crackers, divided
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tbsp. sugar
6 oz. BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped
1 tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping (Do not thaw)
1 container  (1-3/4 qt.) s’mores ice cream, softened
1 pkg.  (10 oz.) JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows, divided
2 tbsp.  milk

1. Crush 8-1/2 crackers in food processor to form fine crumbs; break remaining crackers into rectangles. Place cracker crumbs in medium bowl. Add butter and sugar; mix well. Press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan, using bottom of a glass to flatten. Bake 12 min. or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

2. Microwave chocolate and COOL WHIP in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 to 2-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is blended, stirring after each minute. Let stand 15 min. Spread chocolate mixture over crust. Stand cracker rectangles, top-sides facing out, around edge of pan, pressing gently into chocolate mixture to secure. Freeze 20 min. or until filling is firm.

3. Spread softened ice cream over chocolate layer. Freeze 4 hours or until ice cream layer is very firm. When ready to serve dessert, reserve 2 cups marshmallows. Microwave remaining marshmallows and milk in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. 15 sec. or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 1 min. Cool 10 min.

4. Heat broiler. Place dessert on baking sheet; top with melted marshmallow mixture and reserved marshmallows. Broil, 6 inches from heat, 1 min. or until marshmallows are golden brown. Remove rim of pan before serving dessert.

s'mores ice cream cake