Calypso Ice Cream Pie
We met the Gober family on July 4th of 2004 when we moved to Madison. Our neighborhood was brand new, so we didn’t know anyone. For that first holiday in our neighborhood, we all met at what we call The White House for a July 4th celebration. At the time we met, the Gober’s had two little girls named Grace and Lily. Grace fell between Lucy and Ellen in age while Lily and Jack were the same age. By the end of the night, we were all fast friends. For many of the Gobers’ birthdays and other special occasions, their grandmother, Gigi, prepared this ice cream pie. I had it on one such occasion and fell in love with it. How can you not when you combine ice cream, chocolate sauce and peanuts? It’s the best!
Calypso Ice Cream Pie
20 Oreo cookies, middles removed
1/4 stick of butter, softened
1 quart vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
1 small container of Cool whip*
3 squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 stick of butter
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Process the cookies and softened butter in the food processer until fine. Press the mixture into the bottom of an 8 1/2 X 11 baking dish. Place in the freezer until hard. Soften the ice cream and spread evenly over the cookie layer. Return to the freezer for about an hour and the ice cream is firm to touch. Prepare the chocolate sauce by melting the chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Stir in the sugar. Gradually add the evaporated milk. Cook the mixture 5-10 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, add the vanilla and cool. Once cool, pour over the ice cream layer and top with the chopped peanuts. Return to the freezer. Lastly, spread the cool whip over the top. Cover with foil and return to the freezer. The pie will last for weeks in the freezer.
*I personally like to make my own topping by combining 2 cups whipping cream, ½ cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla in my stand mixer. Beat the mixture until it’s the consistency of cool whip.
This house of rebels recently made the trip to Omaha to support the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the College World Series. We love the Gober family.