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Our IT’S-IT Inspired Ice Cream Sandwich #ShowUsYourMess

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Summer! It’s not quite here but we’re in the spirit anyway. I’m going to make up for last summer’s severe lack of fun (one hundred and five days of pregnancy bed rest!) by packing in two summers worth of goodness. That means we’re going to have to get things started a little early…

One of my favorite warm weather treats is an ice cream sandwich called an IT’S-IT and I’m pretty sure they’re only available in California. I grew up on them because my mom loved them and we used to get them as a special treat before we moved here to Salt Lake City. I loved sharing this messy indulgence with my mom and even now we rarely make a trip to the coast without enjoying one or two. Or three.

The treat is basically an ice cream sandwich that features oatmeal cookies and a thin chocolate shell. You can get them in a few flavors and while I think the mint chocolate chip is the tastiest, the purest in me tends to prefer the vanilla. So good, so San Francisco, so tastes like summer at home. They do ship them out, so I was going to order a case of them last summer, but it turns out that the cost + shipping makes them a little cost prohibitive, so I came up with my own version. I think it’s pretty good and Kyle says it’s better than the original! (And, yes, this recipe was safe for our daughter and her crazy nut allergies!)

IT’S-IT Inspired Ice Cream Sandwiches

You need:
– Oatmeal cookies (see recipe below)
– Ice cream of your choice (we used nut-allergy-safe Ben and Jerry’s)
– Chocolate shell (see recipe below)
– Parchment paper
– A lot of freezer space. Seriously! Go clear a shelf.

its-it-recipe

Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 Cup (1 stick) plus 5 tablespoons butter, softened /// 3/4 Cups firmly packed brown sugar /// 1/2 Cup granulated sugar /// 2 Eggs /// 1 Teaspoon vanilla /// 1-3/4 Cups all-purpose flour /// 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda /// 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon /// 1/2 Teaspoon salt /// 3 Cups Quaker® Oats (uncooked)

Heat oven to 350°F. Pull out your mixer and beat butter and sugars on medium speed until creamy. Add the eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. Add oats and mix until combined. Drop dough by large rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheets covered in parchment paper, making each drop about two tablespoons worth. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely.

 

Chocolate Shell
2 cups chocolate chips and 4 Tbsp. coconut oil

Microwave coconut oil on high for 30 seconds in a small bowl. Add the chocolate chips and stir. Continue microwaving and stirring in 15-second intervals until melted and smooth. Letting it sit for a second will help to melt the lumps – you don’t want to overheat it or it will get weird! Once smooth, let it cool a bit.

 

Ice cream sandwiches

To make the sandwiches, make the cookies first and cool completely. Leave the parchment paper on the cookie sheet because you’re going to need it. Pull out your choice of ice cream and microwave it a little to get it a little soft. Smooth a fat layer onto the backside of an oatmeal cookie, top with another cookie, and put the sandwiches on the parchment paper. Put the whole cookie sheet in the freezer and leave the sandwiches alone for at least 30 minutes (an hour is better) so they get nice and solid.

In the meantime, make the chocolate shell and let it cool (don’t worry – it won’t harden while it’s sitting out). Once the sandwiches are nice and frozen, pull them out and use a pastry brush to cover them with with the chocolate shell. You want to get them as covered as possible, so don’t forget to lift them up and cover the bottom cookie. Put the sandwiches back on the parchment paper and stick them back in the freezer for a half hour. After that, they should be ready to eat! (Note, if the shell has dripped a little bit, use a knife to trim away the excess. Don’t worry about holes – it happens!)

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One of the best things about IT’S-ITs is that it is impossible to eat them without making a huge mess. When I was very little, eating such a messy food with my mom was inherently funny. We’d start out trying to contain the mess, but by the end there would be chocolate and ice cream everywhere and it would be hilarious (even more so with the sugar rush I always had). It’s so much fun to share that same experience with my kid.

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Luckily, we had a Wet-Nap canister on hand. Wet-Nap wipes are great because they smell good, don’t irritate Eva’s sensitive skin, and they take care of huge messes. So much easier than hauling her off to the bathroom to hose her down or rubbing her raw with a wet washcloth!

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Right now Wet-Nap is running a contest called the Most Original Mess Contest. The idea is that you upload a photo of your messy kid and then people vote on the kids and if you win you get $1,000 gift card and a year’s supply of Wet-Nap products. You can also get a coupon on their website that’s good for fifty-five cents off any Wet-Nap product while supplies last. We got ours at Wal-Mart where they always have low prices on these so it’s great to get a deal on top of that.

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Thank you to Wet-Nap and Pollinate Media for giving me the opportunity to share this favorite (messy) recipe with you guys!

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9 Comments

  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    That looks so good! I had never heard of It’s IT (clearly not a So Cal thing), but now I’ll add it to my things to eat when up North!

    April 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    P.S. I’m going to try to “make” my own using the “Magic Shell” syrup (it freezes on contact) and maybe Mrs. Fields and some ice cream. My mouth is already watering.

    April 28, 2014 at 4:29 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Did you do it? Sooooo good. I can’t believe you haven’t had one, California girl! We need to road trip up to San Francisco for the Disney family museum and an IT’S-IT experience.

      May 4, 2014 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    This looks so good! I love ice cream sandwiches but the chocolate shell would make this so tasty! We love Wet-Nap wipes, too 🙂

    April 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      That crunch is so satisfying, especially with the chewy oatmeal cookies. It has to be that combo, too – chocolate chip cookies just wouldn’t work!

      May 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Heather J

    Great photos and post! Following from PMGroup on FB!

    Heather

    April 28, 2014 at 7:01 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Thank you!

      May 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Debbie

    Too cute! I think I wouldn’t mind getting chocolate on my face to eat one!
    Debbie

    April 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      So worth it!

      May 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm

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