S’mores Ice Cream Cups have all the flavors of the traditional s’mores you love, but in a small cupcake-size frozen treat.
This post is brought to you in partnership with REAL® Seal. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
With so many ice cream flavors available at the grocery store these days, it’s easy to find that perfect flavor you are craving. But, not long ago, there was an ice cream flavor I wanted that I couldn’t find.
See, I had this idea to put my love of ice cream together with my love of marshmallows. My idea was to make what I”m sharing with you today: S’mores Ice Cream Cups. All the flavors of s’mores in a small cupcake-size frozen treat. But, this meant that I needed a marshmallow ice cream. Not an ice cream with marshmallows, but rather a marshmallow ice cream without chocolate, without nuts…just plenty of marshmallow flavor.
Since I couldn’t find a marshmallow ice cream, my only option was to make it homemade. But, I didn’t want to spend the time making homemade marshmallow ice cream AND then spend the time making my S’mores Ice Cream Cups. Nope, no sir. I wanted this to be easier than that.
My solution: vanilla ice cream from the freezer aisle at the grocery store + a bag of marshmallows. Two sweet treats coming together to create something so delicious. And just what I needed for my S’mores Ice Cream Cups.
Want to see how I did it? Sure you do…let’s go!
As I mentioned, you’ll need vanilla ice cream. There is lots of options out there, but make sure you buy ice cream with the red REAL® Seal, like the one in the middle of this image:
You’ve seen the REAL® Seal before, right? It’s on lots of dairy products from ice cream to cheese and more. When you see the REAL® Seal on a product, it’s a sign that the product you are buying is a genuine dairy product, made with milk from cows on U.S. dairy farms. Companies have to register and meet specific guidelines to be able to display REAL® Seal on their packaging. You can learn more on the REAL® Seal website.
When you are looking for the REAL® Seal on packaging, you might find it on the front, back, or side of the product. The ice cream I bought had the REAL® Seal right on the back. See it there?
Once you have your vanilla ice cream with a REAL® Seal, set it out to soften up a bit while you get your marshmallows ready. Place your marshmallows on a baking sheet and toast them under your broiler for a few seconds. It doesn’t take very long, so don’t walk away! Toast one side and then pull out the pan and flip each marshmallow over to toast the other side as well.
In a food processor or blender, place half of vanilla ice cream. Then throw in your toasted marshmallows and process until the mixture is as smooth as possible. Add the remaining ice cream to the mixture and process until combined.
TIP: If your food processor or blender doesn’t have a large capacity (mine is a 14-cup), you might need to do this step in batches, which each batch being combined in a separate large bowl.
Once all of the ice cream has been blended with the toasted marshmallows, pour or scoop the mixture into the original ice cream container. Return the container to the freezer until it’s begins to thicken, but is still slightly soft.
Look at all those specks of delicious toasted marshmallow goodness!
Next, line a muffin tin with good quality cupcake liners (you’ll want to avoid thin cupcake liners). Foil liners are the best, but paper liners can be used as well (I used paper this time). Sprinkle a bit of finely crushed graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of each cupcake liner. Then, melt chocolate and coconut oil and drizzle some chocolate in the bottom of each cup — just enough to coat the bottom. Place in refrigerator until the chocolate is firm.
With the bottom layer of chocolate set and your ice cream thickened, you’re ready to fill each cupcake liner. Fill them nearly full with the marshmallow ice cream and then place the pan in freezer until the ice cream is firm.
Drizzle a heaping tablespoon of melted chocolate on top of the ice cream layer of one ice cream cup. If needed, spread the chocolate until it reaches the cupcake liner. Immediately after you top the ice cream with chocolate, sprinkle it with crushed graham crackers. Continue with the remaining ice cream cups.
After all of your S’mores Ice Cream Cups are topped with chocolate and graham crackers, place the pan of treats back in the freezer without covering. After the chocolate is set and the ice cream is firm, cover the pan with foil. You could also remove the treats from the tray and place them in a freezer-safe food storage container.
Your S’mores Ice Cream Cups are best served within a month…but seriously, how will they last that long?
For serving, I recommend placing them on a small plate or in a small bowl, with or without the cupcake liner. I love the look of serving them with wood spoons, but that’s completely optional.
S’mores Ice Cream Cups Recipe
- 10 ounces marshmallows, regular size
- 1½ - 1¾ quarts vanilla ice cream with the REAL® Seal
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2-3 graham crackers, crushed
- Set ice cream out on kitchen counter to allow it to soften.
- Lay marshmallows, on their side, on a baking sheet. Broil the marshmallows as close to the flame as possible, until toasted. Don't walk away! It will only take 30 seconds or so to get them toasted. Keep checking and remove as soon as they are as toasted as you like. Remove pan from broiler and gently flip over each marshmallow to expose the un-toasted side. Return to broiler to repeat previous steps.
- Add half of the ice cream to a food processor or blender. Add toasted marshmallows on top of the ice cream. Process ice cream and marshmallows together until mixture is as smooth as possible (you may have small pieces of marshmallow remaining). Add remaining ice cream to food processor or blender and blend together with the mixture until smooth and combined. NOTE: if your food processor or blender is a smaller capacity that won't hold all of the ice cream, process in batches and combine all the batches in a separate large bowl.
- Pour or scoop ice cream back into original ice cream container or another freezer-safe food storage container. Return to freezer and freeze until very thickened/slightly firm, but still soft enough to scoop and smooth.
- Line 12 muffin tins with good quality paper cupcake liners or foil cupcake liners. Sprinkle a bit of crushed graham crackers in the bottom of each cupcake liner.
- Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl on medium. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Continue microwaving at 15-30 second intervals, stirring after heating each time, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Spoon about 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate in the bottom of each cupcake liner, directly on top of crushed graham crackers. Spoon just enough chocolate to cover the bottom of each liner. Place pan in refrigerator until chocolate has set.
- Fill each cupcake liner with softened marshmallow ice cream, nearly to top. Smooth top of ice cream so that it is level. Set pan in freezer until ice cream is firm.
- Remove pan from freezer. Working quickly and with only 1 ice cream cup at a time, drizzle a heaping tablespoon (or slightly more, if needed) of melted chocolate on top of the ice cream layer. If needed, spread the chocolate outwards with the back of a spoon until the chocolate reaches the cupcake liner. Immediately sprinkle it with crushed graham crackers. Continue with the remaining ice cream cups.
- Return muffin tin to freezer, uncovered, to set chocolate and firm up the ice cream. When chocolate and ice cream are firm, cover pan with foil or move cups to a freezer-safe food storage container.
- S'mores Ice Cream Cups will keep for about 1 month in the freezer.
If you like this recipe, you’re going to love the coming months! I’m excited to share that I am partnering with REAL® Seal over the next few months to bring you lots of REAL dairy goodness, just like these S’mores Ice Cream Cups. I can’t wait to share what I have planned.
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