S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches
This activity is for all ages, and is a great way to combine two classic summer sweets into one delicious and easy treat! This treat helps build on fine motor skills for our younger friends by pinching and dropping the toppings into the ice cream mixture, as well as using the cookie cutter to stamp out our circles to build the sandwiches. For our older friends, this activity focuses on autonomy in the kitchen in a safe and fun way. You can also incorporate counting into this activity by asking the child to count out 30 teddy grahams and 30 mini marshmallows. These S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches are a fun way to get involved in the kitchen and to share with friends and family!
1 tub of cool-whip (thawed)
1 package of chocolate instant pudding mix
About 30 Teddy Grahams
About 30 mini marshmallows
Graham Crackers (original)
Plastic wrap, cling wrap, or parchment paper
Tape (to secure the paper)
9 x 13 baking pan
Cookie cutter (I used the lid of a Mason Jar)
Step 1: Find an open and clean space in your kitchen. Gather all of your supplies and ingredients!
Step 2: First, grab your tub of cool-whip, bag of mini marshmallows, packet of chocolate pudding mix, and Teddy Grahams. Start by opening your tub of cool-whip. When you buy cool-whip it typically comes frozen, but we want ours to be soft and fluffy so that it is easy to stir in our ingredients! An easy way to thaw your cool-whip is to leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Step 3: Now, take your packet of chocolate pudding mix and tear off the corner. Pour in about half of the pudding powder directly into the tub of cool-whip and gently stir it in with your spatula/spoon. Mixing in a little pudding mix at a time makes it easier to stir without the pudding mix falling out of the container. Once the first half of the pudding mix is all stirred in, now you can dump the rest of the mix into the cool-whip and stir again! Make sure to scrape down the sides of the cool-whip container to get everything combined together!
Step 4: Once the chocolate pudding mix is stirred into the cool-whip, it is time to add our s’mores toppings! Start by counting out about 30 of the Teddy Grahams and add those into your pudding and cool-whip mixture. Stir it up! Then count out about 30 of the mini marshmallows and add those into the mixture and stir it up! After your ice cream mix is all combined, set it aside so that we can get our tray ready!
Step 5: Because the ice cream can be sticky, we want to take the plastic wrap, cling wrap, or parchment paper and line our 9 x 13 sheet. You can use some tape to tape down each corner of your rectangular baking sheet to keep your paper or cling wrap from moving around! Using the paper/cling wrap will keep our ice cream from sticking to the sheet and also keep our sheet clean.
Step 6: When your 9 x 13 sheet is lined with your paper/cling wrap, take your spatula that you used to stir up your mixture with and scoop out the mixture onto your sheet. Once you have scooped all of the mixture onto the 9 x 13 sheet, use your spatula to spread it out. You want to spread the mixture so that it touches all four sides of your sheet evenly. This step can be harder for our younger friends, so you may want to ask an adult for help.
Step 7: Now that our mixture is spread evenly on our 9 x 13 sheet, it is time to pop the sheet into the freezer! You want to leave your tray with the mixture in the freezer for about an hour so that it can get cold and turn into ice cream! While you wait for your ice cream, you can clean up any messes that might have happened when mixing the ingredients together so that we have a clean space for our next steps.
*Fun tip: taste test the mixture by licking the spatula while you clean up!
Step 8: While we wait for the ice cream to freeze, take your graham crackers out of the box. You should have the original rectangular graham crackers in front of you. Just like you would make a s’more, we are going to break the rectangular graham crackers in half (along the dotted line) to make 2 squares. Do this with about 6 or 7 of the graham crackers. These squares are going to be the tops and bottoms of our S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches!
Step 9: You’ll know your ice cream is ready when it is cold and firm. You can check by touching the ice cream. If you can’t scoop it up with just a finger then it is ready! Now go ahead and take your ice cream out of the freezer and place it on your work space.
Step 10: For this step we are going to take our cookie cutter (I used a Mason Jar lid) and place it on top of our ice cream in one of the corners of the sheet. Starting in the corner helps us get more circles out of the sheet of ice cream for our sandwiches. Now push down on the cookie cutter until it cuts through the ice cream, then gently lift up. You should be left with a circle of ice cream.
Step 11: With your cut out circle of ice cream, take it and place it in between 2 squares of graham crackers, creating a sandwich. Continue steps 10 and 11 until you have cut out as many circles as you can out of the sheet of ice cream.
Step 12: Now you have S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches! You can either enjoy them now or wrap them up in the cling wrap/parchment paper and store them in the freezer to enjoy later on!
*Fun Tip: If you have left over ice cream on your sheet, use some graham cracker pieces to scoop it up as an ice cream dip!
~Made by Mollie