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Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream Sandwiches at the end of November? Have I lost my mind? Maybe, but not about this! Boy, do I have a story to tell you. Grab a cup of coffee and join me, would you? There’s plenty of creamer for everyone – from Pumpkin Pie Spice to Peppermint Mocha. I want to tell you about one of my fondest holiday memories as a mom, and what these ice cream sandwiches have to do with it.
A few years ago, we took the kids down to spend the holiday season with my dad in Florida. Living in North Carolina, we’re about a 12-hour drive from my dad down in southern Florida, so we don’t get to see him near as often as we’d like. It was the first time I had spent Christmas at my dad’s house since becoming a mom, and it was a great opportunity for not only my kids, but also for me to strengthen my relationship with my dad. We’ve had some great holidays as a family, but that particular trip will always be one of my fondest memories, because my dad and I had lost touch somewhat with the distance between us.
I distinctly remember sitting there at the breakfast bar in his house, drinking a cup of coffee with him as the kids played under the Christmas tree after they opened their gifts. The boys were having so much fun, and there was just something comforting about being able to connect with my dad and allow my children to do the same. Dad and I have always connected over coffee, and the International Delight holiday creamers always remind me of that time.
That’s where the Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream sandwiches come in. I saw the display case of International Delight Peppermint Mocha creamer at my local Wal Mart the other day, and I couldn’t resist picking some up. It’s such a great addition to my morning coffee, and it always makes me think about that year that we spent at my dad’s.
I decided to turn that quart container of International Delight Peppermint Mocha creamer into peppermint mocha ice cream for ice cream sandwiches. I love the combination of the rich chocolate and the festive, bright peppermint flavor! I was so amazed by how versatile this creamer is – it’s just as good as a main ingredient in this ice cream as it is an addition to my coffee. The coolest part is that you can even have International Delight creamer on the go with their holiday flavors of International Delight single creamers.
The ice cream was super-easy to make. The International Delight Peppermint Mocha creamer is the star. After mixing the creamer and milk in the blender for about 30 seconds, you pour it straight into the ice cream churn. When it’s done, let it set up for about 2 hours before you try to make the sandwiches out of it.
I used a biscuit cutter to cut the rounds for the sandwiches, then I put everything together into sandwiches. To add a bit of crunch, color and more peppermint flavor, I rolled them in crushed peppermint candies. I have to tell you – these are a MUST every year from here on out. You can bet I’ll be hitting WalMart for more of the International Delight Peppermint Mocha creamer to make these every year! Though…now I wonder what ELSE I could make….there’s Sugar Cookie, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Caramel and so many more. The possibilities are almost endless!
Looking for the seasonal International Delight creamers in your WalMart? My store had them in the dairy section, in a cooler end cap.
Check out some more great holiday-inspired recipes with International Delight seasonal creamers here, and leave us a comment to tell us what YOUR favorite recipe is. While you’re at it, check out International Delight’s page for their Spirit of the Season UGC contest. You can share what makes your holidays delightful for a chance to win their contest!
- 1 batch Hot Cocoa Cookies
- 1 quart International Delight Peppermint Mocha creamer
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup crushed peppermint candies
- Combine the International Delight creamer and milk in a blender and mix on high for 30 seconds. Pour into an ice cream churn and freeze according to the machine's directions.
- Scoop the ice cream into a shallow container and freeze it for 2 hours or so, until set up and solid.
- Use a biscuit cutter or round cutter similar in size to the cookies to create rounds of ice cream.
- Put the ice cream on one cookie, pressing down so that it settles against the bottom of the cookie.
- Top it with another cookie and gently press the cookies together.
- Put the crushed peppermint candies into a pie dish or something similar, then roll the completed ice cream sandwiches in the candies.
- Freeze the sandwiches for 30-45 minutes until the ice cream is hardened, then dig in!