Idaho Ice Cream Squares
Idaho is famous for potatoes, fragrant fresh peaches, dairy, and so many more good things. Yes, this summer we are celebrating around here with Idaho Ice Cream Squares!
Idaho is 150 years old this year.
My husband and I were both raised in Southern California, we are beach bums, who soaked up our fair share of the sun. Yet over the the last 40+ years, while raising 5 Idahoans, we have grown to adore our state. We love the glorious mountains, lakes and rivers, amazing amounts of wilderness, colorful sunsets, and all of the agriculture.
Spuds made us famous, but we grow more corn than potatoes now. Some of my greatest friends are Idaho potato farmers. Our state boasts bumper crops of the best grain, onions, sugar beets, apples, peaches, cherries, and grapes. We also produce remarkable amounts of dairy products.
With that in mind, I wanted an ice cream dessert for our sesquicentennial party this summer.
Idaho Ice Cream Squares
I chose crispy potato chips for the crust, and peaches and cream for the ice cream filling. Garnish with caramel, whipped cream and top with a fresh peach slice for a winning dessert.
I like to have it all ready to serve, in a 9×13″pan, and in my freezer. I know, it’s more fun to lick the churn, but this is a whole lot more convenient. Enjoy one of my best ways of having a “freezer dessert,” ready and waiting, for unexpected guests, family, and friends.
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup potato chips, crushed
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup pecans or almonds, chopped
- 8 ounces butter, melted
- 16 ounces caramel ice cream topping
- 3 medium peaches, peeled and minced
- ½ gallon vanilla ice cream
- whipped cream, for garnish
- 2 peaches, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine first 5 ingredients well and press into a cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Cool. Separate into crumbs with a fork. Sprinkle ½ crumbs into a 9x13" pan. Drizzle with 8 ounces of caramel topping. Soften ice cream, stir in fresh peaches and spread over crumbs. Sprinkle remaining crumbs over ice cream. Cover and freeze well.
- To serve, drizzle a little sauce on a plate. Add an ice cream square. Drizzle with more caramel sauce. Garnish with a shot of whipped cream and top with a slice of fresh peach.
All that and diet too! No? Oooops, my bad… It looks great, enjoy the celebration:@)
I said we’ve been celebrating and you’re right, ME bad!
This dessert looks very good. Congratulations to Idaho. My husband ferried helicopters to Boise in the 80’s for some sort of training exercise. One of them broke down and they were there four days waiting on a part. He brought our kids back t-shirts that said Stuck in Boise. He had a great time there while they were waiting for the part.
I have to tell you I made your zucchini carrot apple bread this week. The two loaves are ready and waiting in the freezer to serve my kids when they come for a visit soon. I did taste the batter and it was good. Can’t wait to serve it and eat it. Thank you for a new recipe.
How fun to know you were stuck in Boise! So glad you like the bread Bonnie. Watch for a healthier version soon.
This is just unbelievable sounding and looking. I kept staring at it for a minute wondering how in world you would come up with something like this. I have to try it. I mean, I really really have to.
I know you claim the peach, but we grow some good ones too. I don’t think they are as big as yours though. I really do love to have ice cream desserts on hand and it never even tempts me. It’s the perfect dessert for me to have around here!
Yum and YUM!
Stange sounding combo, until you realize……YUM!
I just read your peach tree croaked, so sorry. Come to Boise for cleans sheets and a juicy peach!
It’s so hot here today, this would be the perfect summer treat. Hope you’re doing well.
Thanks Julie…it’s been hot, hot, hot, here too!
That sounds delish! Can’t wait to give it a try!!!
Hi Christine, I heard you’ve been with your sister. Hope she is improving. Let us know when you are back and we’ve scoop some ice cream!
I like to have a freezer dessert tucked away and ready in this warm weather. This one is quite different from anything I’ve tried – sounds delicious!
Thanks Pondside, come and get some anytime. We were in Victoria last week and I thought of you and the glorious place you live. Canada is a wonder!
Happy Birthday to Idaho and what a delicious way to celebrate!
Thanks Susan…way too delicious. Thank heavens the party’s over!