The recipe I adapted comes from a dear old college friend, Jodi Stilp (Who BTW also blogs. Her blog is called Sole Sisters about running, faith, family and friendships..you should check it out!)
Do you have any smells that trigger memories? Every time I make her Hot Fudge Sauce recipe, I remember having great conversations in Jodi's kitchen, with her standing at her stove, stirring the hot fudge and the amazing aroma filling the air. I think of her now every time I make the fudge or cake. Her original recipe was a Buster Bar Dessert (which my "DQ Peanut Buster Parfait Loving Mom" would love - she is not allergic to nuts).
Hot Fudge Sauce1 can evaporated milk
1 c chocolate chips
1 stick butter
2 c powdered sugar
1 T vanilla
1. Pour evaporated milk into saucepan. Add chocolate chips, butter and powdered sugar. Stir constantly over medium heat. Bring to boil and let boil until it thickens. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Then, stir in the vanilla. Allow to cool to room temperature before adding to the cake.
Ice Cream Cake2 pkg Schar Chocolate O's Cookies, crushed
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 gallon ice cream, any flavor, softened
Trader Joes' Cocoa Pearls, optional (A photo of this crunchy addition is at the end of this post)
Hot Fudge Sauce
1 pkg cool whip (or homemade whipped cream)
Grease 9 x 13 pan. Spread crushed cookies evenly over the bottom of the pan. Then, pour melted butter over the cookies to create the crust and pat down gently. Spread half of the softened ice cream over the crust. Next, pour the cooled hot fudge sauce over the ice cream. Sprinkle generously with Trader Joes Cocoa Pearls (optional). Freeze for approximately an hour. Top with the other half of ice cream, then "frost" with cool whip and sprinkle with more cocoa pearls for decor. Freeze again until ready to serve. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.