Making at-home date night special with Breyers Gelato Indulgences

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Many moons ago when I visited Italy with my high school, I had the pleasure of discovering what gelato really was. At first, I thought it was just the Italian word for ice cream but I soon learned that gelato was something of its own. One of the most vivid recollections of the whole trip was when I was in Florence, walking through the open air marketplace with my group when we saw what looked like a small ice cream parlour with a sign that read "Gelateria". We stopped in to give it a try and to make a long story short, it was the creamiest, most decadent frozen treat I had ever had in my life. 

Back then in the 90's (omg I feel old!) ice cream was just plain ice cream over here in North America. It was hard and often served up in a giant waffle cone adorned with multicolored sprinkles. Gelato was different – a cross between soft serve and creamy decadence served in a cup. It didn't take long for the Gelato trend to catch on – which is why I was so over the moon when I discovered the Breyers Gelato Indulgences at the store!

With 4 yummy flavors to choose from – Vanilla Caramel, Tiramisu, Triple Chcolate and Raspberry Cheesecake I wasn't sure which one to pick. Believe me, I had a real difficult time keeping the family away from them before I could photograph it and share it!

So I thought I would make a special occasion out of it, and make a yummy dinner to finish off with a big bowl of Breyers Gelato Indulgences! I went with one of my favorite dishes – pasta with vodka sauce!

Ohh yeah.. Totally deelish!!

Once dinner was served and eaten, it was time for dessert.. My hubby and I decided to indulge in the triple chocolate and shared a small bowl with 2 spoons. 

Be sure to learn more about Breyers Gelato by watching their short video!

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The easiest and (cheapest!!) snack recipes made with Jello and Cool Whip

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Have you ever needed to make a quick dessert on the fly? I’ve discovered some quick and easy snack recipes that can’t be beat – like chocolate cream pie! All you need is a box of chocolate instant Jell-o and a container of Cool Whip topping, that I picked up at Walmart while I did my regular groceries.

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I heard that there was a nice little coupon for saving $1.00 when you buy 1 tub of Cool Whip and any 2 boxes of Jello pudding mix, giving me another reason to make this! Nothing makes me smile more than having a yummy chocolate dessert for less than what it would normally cost. Make some yummy snacks of your own and use this coupon to help – get it while supplies last!

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So I started by making the pudding as directed on the back of the package… I used the larger family sized box of instant pudding because I wanted to make sure there was plenty of chocolate goodness to enjoy in my simple little snack.

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Using the hand mixer, I blended the milk and pudding mix until it was smooth and silky. I made sure there was no lumps and bumps left in there. Then once that was done, I folded in the entire tub of Cool Whip Topping being careful not to let the Cool Whip lose its fluffiness.

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I used these pre-made mini graham crusts just for simplicity’s sake, and it worked so well and it tasted so good with the fluffy chocolate pudding.

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They turned out soo yummy! I put these little snacks in the freezer so they would solidify into a pie and they were perfect! All the taste, with zero effort! :)

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Learn about some more jello based recipes on their website.. Cool Whip has got some great resources too – check those out here!

 

Making summer memories enjoying some of the best ice cream ever

This post brought to you by Cold Stone Creamery. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of my all time favorite family outings is going to the ice cream shop to sit and enjoy a cool, delicious treat with family and friends. It brings back all that childhood nostalgia of being a carefree kid in the summer months when school was out – how I wish I could go back to that place!

Instead, it’s my son’s turn to enjoy those memories to look back on one day. That being said, I thought I should give him the best experience possible, and went to visit our neighborhood Cold Stone Creamery. I chose to go here instead of somewhere else because they use high quality ingredients and make their ice cream daily – on frozen granite no less.

Just look at that big chocolate grin!

In my mind, there’s something to be said for handcrafted foods, and I’ll take my opportunity anytime to enjoy them. So when I heard that they had new flavors, like Oreo® Double Chocolate and Butterfinger® Caramel Crunch, I knew I HAD to try it.

Since National Ice Cream Day is around the corner (July 20th) we thought it would be fun to celebrate by enjoying some new & tasty flavors. Ok, maybe I was just using it as an excuse – either way, I had to get my hands on some Cold Stone!

Cold Stone Creamery makes some of the most sinful ice cream Creations™ on the planet! Be sure to join the My Cold Stone Club for a special BOGO coupon just for signing up! Plus they will email you periodically to tell you about their special offers. Another way to stay in touch is to  Follow Cold Stone on Twitter.

So which of the summer Creations™ are you excited to try on National Ice Cream Day?

 

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