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As a child, I always looked forward to summer. I could not wait for that last day of school to arrive so I could enjoy my summer sleeping in, reading books, and playing with my cousins. As the days of summer vacation turned into weeks, my excitement began to wane and I began to miss my friends. I found myself counting the days until the first day of school. That was quite a few years ago for me, and with grown kids with jobs and commitments, we don’t plan many fun summer surprises anymore. But once in a while, I get the urge to do something unexpected to surprise them. Normally that comes in the form of a sweet treat.
I recently purchased M&M’s® Plain M & M’s along with some other treats- M&M’s® Peanuts, Skittles®, Life Savers® Hard Candy, SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars, and Dr Pepper® Cherry. My intent was to create an ice cream bar where my family could add their favorite toppings to Vanilla flavored ice cream. But I made the mistake of nosing around the craft aisle at Walmart before leaving the store and I changed my mind entirely. How fun would it be to cook M & M Brownies in a pint-sized mason jar, decorate it with some Kraft tape and jute, and turn it into an ice cream sundae? Mmm mmm. I couldn’t resist.
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M&M’s® Ice Cream Brownie Sundae- a Perfect Summertime Treat
What you need:
1 pkg. of your favorite Brownie Box Mix
M & M’s – your favorite variety
Vanilla ice cream
Caramel or Chocolate topping
Mason Jars or bowls
1. Prepare your favorite boxed brownie mix according to the directions.
2. Add about 2/3 cup of brownie mix to a pint-sized Mason jar that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray.
3. Sprinkle the brownie mix with M & M’s. I used both Plain & Peanut varieties.
4. Bake for about 45 minutes in a 325-degree oven.
5. Allow to cool.
6. Top with vanilla ice cream, caramel or chocolate sauce, and whip cream.
Easy and delicious.
To dress up the container I added some Kraft tape before adding the ice cream. Next I tied a double strip of jute around the jar. I just double knotted the jute in front and in back. I added a mini-clothespin with an ice cream sticker. Super easy but added a touch of whimsy.
Another Easy Summertime Treat- Dr Pepper® Cherry Ice Cream Float
What you need:
Dr. Pepper Cherry or your favorite flavor
Vanilla Ice Cream
This one really couldn’t get any easier. Simply fill your glass ¾ of the way full with Dr Pepper® Cherry. Add a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream. Add more soda if needed. Enjoy.
Skittles® No-Bake Cheesecake
What you need:
1 pkg. Cream Cheese
1 8 oz. container of Whipped Cream
6 mini-graham cracker crusts
1 ½ cup of Skittles
Blend the cream cheese and whipped cream together on low speed with your blender. Add Skittles. Add pie filling in graham cracker crusts. Chill for one hour in the refrigerator. Top with strawberry topping and whipped cream. Serve.
You can find all the ingredients you need to create these easy recipes at your local Walmart.
There you go, three super easy summertime recipes for you to make for your family. Want more ideas and money saving offers? Click here to receive instant savings on M&M’s®, SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars, Dr Pepper® Cherry, Skittles®, Pedigree Dentastix®! I’d love to hear your favorite ideas for making summer FUN!