In case you haven’t heard the news, the beloved Texas favorite, Blue Bell ice cream, is returning to store shelves in the Houston area on August 31. Consider yourselves lucky, Houstonians, as your area is the first in Texas to get a taste of homemade vanilla and dutch chocolate since the Brenham-based company had to cease operations earlier this year. According to Blue Bell’s website, the flavors slated to make a return to the stores include homemade vanilla, dutch chocolate, cookies and cream and The Great Divide, which is a container with half homemade vanilla and half dutch chocolate.
So, what do you do with all of this delicious Blue Bell ice cream that you’ve been craving during the long, hot summer? Aside from just adding a spoon to a pint, there are many ways to enjoy these Blue Bell favorites including having an ice cream party and making recipes with the ice cream.
Welcome Blue Bell back by hosting an ice cream party in your home. Serve up the four returning flavors of Blue Bell with toppings such as chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, whipped cream, sprinkles, chopped fruit, crushed cookies or anything else you like to create the ultimate sundae. When making sundaes, try unusual combinations such as crushed pretzels for a sweet and salty flavor, or add diced strawberries to the top of a bowl with a scoop each of vanilla and chocolate ice cream for an impromptu Neapolitan ice cream.
Here are a few recipe ideas to get you started:
Ice Cream Bread from Taste of Home – This recipe uses ice cream and self-rising flour to make an easy, tender quick bread that you can indulge in for breakfast, dessert or an afternoon snack. It’s a great way to use up leftover ice cream from a party that may have melted too much. While this recipe calls for butter pecan ice cream, you can use your favorite flavor of Blue Bell or any other premium brand. For the richest flavor and best texture, don’t use low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Vanilla Ice Cream Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel from Food & Wine – This decadent recipe takes ice cream desserts up another notch. Instead of topping your bread pudding with ice cream, use ice cream as one of the ingredients in the dish. The same things that go into premium ice cream: cream, milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla are used to make the batter for a bread pudding, which makes ice cream a natural addition to this treat.
Peanut Butter Cup and Pretzel Terrine from Real Simple – This unusual way to serve ice cream makes it look more like a cake. Instead of scooping the dessert, you slice it, just as you would a loaf.
Homemade Viennetta from Southern Plate — For anyone who remembers the now-discontinued Viennetta desserts from the 1990s, this recipe will bring back good memories. It combines sweet vanilla ice cream with layers of crunchy chocolate.
Sicilian Ice Cream Sandwiches from Epicurious – Tired of plain chocolate cookie ice cream sandwiches? Try these treats that use sweet brioche bread instead of cookies. You could also substitute toasted Hawaiian rolls for the brioche bread.