Are you like me when it comes to Father’s Day? Waiting until the last minute, wishing for gift-giving inspiration, fingers crossed for a sign of cleverness you can surprise your Dad, or Grandpa, or Hubby with, only to be met with the usual less-than-par options. There’s the generic “World’s Best Dad” tee, golf towels, pleather wallets, mini zen gardens for the office, soap-on-a-rope (actually gave my dad that one year for Father’s Day when I was a kid. Yep. That happened.). Let’s be honest, it’s tricky finding the perfect, original, thoughtful gift for those marvelous men in your life.
But, this year, I think that is going to change. You see, while thinking about two of my hubby’s passions–work and ice cream–this delightsome dessert idea popped into my head. What if you could turn a store-bought ice cream sandwich into a Father’s Day treat in no time at all? Sure enough, you can! My kids went absolutely gaga over these Shirt & Tie Ice Cream sandwiches. They stood in the kitchen exclaiming with delight until I insisted they hop in an help. Double wonder! Not only will these sweet treats tickled your dad’s tastebuds, they are easy enough for the kids to help with.
While I would recommend the adults in the house do the knife cutting on the ice cream and ties, it’s simple enough for children ages 2 and up to tenderly put the pieces together, creating these adorable treats. They’ll probably be pretty good at eating them, too. My hubby still hasn’t seen this dessert idea, the kids ate them entirely before he got home. Hurray for that! This might be the first Father’s Day where we actually surprise him with something unique, delicious, and made just for him.
- 1 box of square ice cream sandwiches (Fatboy or Klondike work well)
- Various colors of Airhead’s candies
- 1 small tube of mini M&M’s
- 1 can prepared vanilla frosting
Unwrap the Airhead candies. Place them, one at a time, on a small piece of parchment and microwave for 6-10 seconds, just long enough to warm and soften them. Roll as flat as possible with a rolling pin. Using a sharp knife, cut the airheads into a diamond shape. You should be able to get 2-3 ties cut out of each Airhead.
Remove ice cream sandwiches from the freezer. Unwrap them. Working quickly (it’s easiest to do this while the sandwiches are very frozen. As they melt, they begin to become more pliable and your sliced edges won’t be as crisp), use the knife to cut a small, thin rectangle out of two sides of each ice cream sandwich. Dab just a bit of frosting onto the back of each tie, push it gently in place on prepared ice cream sandwich. Place a small amount of frosting on the back of an M&M. Press it into place above the tie. Using the small pieces you’ve cut from the ice cream sandwich, remove a single piece of the cookie part. Slice two small, triangular pieces and gently press them into place for the collar of the shirt. Cover with plastic wrap, and freeze bars until ready to serve.
Enjoy a Very Delicious Dad’s Day!