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June 26, 2013

Fun for the Fourth

A cool, sweet take on the summer sandwich buffet

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We start you off with ideas for some creative combinations, but your best bet is to wander the grocery store and explore the options.

When it comes to enjoying the buffet, encourage your guests to get a little crazy. Why sandwich just one variety of ice cream when you could combine two or more? And assure them that creating totally over-the-top treats is not just appropriate, but expected. Try sandwiching chocolate ice cream between two whoopie pies with layers of peanut sauce and marshmallow spread, for example.

ICE CREAM SANDWICH BUFFET INGREDIENTS

For the “bread”:

Graham crackers

Pound cake, sliced and toasted

Chocolate wafer cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

Molasses cookies

Sugar cookies

Whoopie pies

For the spreads:

Chocolate fudge sundae sauce

Caramel sauce

Butterscotch topping

Fruit jams, such as raspberry or strawberry

Marshmallow spread

Nutella

For the frozen fillings:

Ice cream

Sorbet

Frozen yogurt

Sherbet

Gelato

SHORTCAKE SANDWICH

Spread 2 pieces of thinly sliced and toasted pound cake with strawberry jam, then fill with vanilla or strawberry ice cream.

BLACK AND RED

Sandwich raspberry sorbet between chocolate wafer cookies.

CREAMSICLE

Sandwich orange sherbet between vanilla sugar cookies. Add a smear of chocolate fudge sauce, if desired.

S’MORE

Spread marshmallow topping on 2 graham crackers, then fill with rocky road or chocolate ice cream.

LEMON SPICE

Drizzle a touch of butterscotch on a soft molasses cookie, then top with lemon sorbet or sherbet, then a second molasses cookie.

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