When I was younger my granny used to make this dessert called Icebox Cake.
It was my favorite.
Like stand in the kitchen and watch and sigh and giggle and try to stick my fingers in the whipped cream and wipe the bowl clean kind of favorite.
Lately, I’ve been trying to start a few traditions around here and I thought it would be the perfect first day of after school snack. I would make it and have it chilled and ready and covered with whipped cream and tiny chocolate chips. And when everyone got off the bus I would greet them at the door and they’d snack and I’d hear all the middle school gossip.
And in my new tradition day dream I would be having the perfect hair day….
…..wearing an apron.
And so I packed up my dreams and aspirations and headed to Wal-Mart.
There I stood in aisle 11 searching high and low for the elusive Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers. When I asked where they were they sent me to the jello aisle and the baking aisle and I finally landed at the cookie aisle.
Not a Famous Chocolate Wafer in sight.
(total aside: as I am writing this….these pictures are making me so hungry)
They all tried to help. Really….they did.
They searched online and in the database and some food directory to see if they could find the cookies….
….and finally told me the tragic news.
They don’t carry those cookies in Kentucky any more.
I almost started crying. All that frantic searching and planning the after school snack and the perfect hair day and those amazing dreams of wearing an apron…..
….fizzled out like yesterday’s news.
And as I stood there forlornly looking at the cookies and wondering if I should just buy a box of Chips Ahoy and call it a day….
….a lady approached me in the cookie aisle.
I think she was an angel in disguise. She understood my dilemma and offered a solution.
What about chocolate graham crackers? she said.
Similar, but not the same, but a little different and maybe add a little hot fudge and don’t forget the mini chocolate chips.
And what if I reinvented it in a jar? I said.
And right there in the middle of aisle 11….the heavens opened and some of her angel friends sang and if I closed my eyes I could hear the hallelujah chorus.
So here’s my icebox cake in a jar (reinvented).
Ingredients (makes 4 standard size mason jars full):
1 box of chocolate graham crackers
1 quart of heavy whipping cream
2 Tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
mini chocolate chips
1. In a large metal bowl, mix cream until soft peaks form.
Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and continue to mix until stiff peaks form.
Note: my friend recommended I put a metal bowl in the freezer and let it get cold before I used it to mix up the cream.
2. Crush the graham crackers.
Note: I put them in plastic bags and used a rolling pin. They were so easy to crush up.
3. Add a layer of graham crackers, then whipped cream.
Repeat until you fill the entire mason jar making sure the last layer is whipped cream.
Top off with a cherry and mini-chocolate chips.
4. Chill. This is the most important step.
Let the mason jar ice box cakes chill in the fridge for 4-6 hours before serving.
5. Serve with hot fudge and extra chocolate chips.
PS The jars didn’t make it through 1/4 of the middle school gossip.
My granny would have been proud.
And now here’s some more easy no-bake 10 minute recipe ideas from some of my friends.