Klondike Ice Cream Cupcakes

It’s too hot to bake, so let’s make mini ice cream cakes instead. These ice cream cupcakes with a homemade magic shell poured on top for that chocolate crunch are inspired by the famous Klondike Bar. Make these cupcakes to share for a summer celebration or as a fun treat to cool you down.

Klondike Ice Cream Cupcakes with a chocolate shell crunch

Earlier this month, I posted The Pittsburger and talked about how when you think of Pittsburgh, you think of Primanti Brothers and their famous sandwiches with coleslaw and French fries. However, they aren’t the only food business that makes Pittsburgh special. If you talk to anyone who grew up in the city, they’ll tell you how they remember Isaly’s, a chain of family-owned dairies and restaurants that served up a lot of memories in addition to their ice cream and deli meats. There was an Isaly’s in my hometown where I would get an ice cream cone on occasion, but unfortunately, it closed up shop years ago. Isaly’s is known for three things – chipped ham, skyscraper cones, and Klondike bars. Yes, my beloved city invented the Klondike Bar, probably one of the best ice cream treats ever invented. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s an ice cream bar, traditionally vanilla, dipped in a thin coating of chocolate, making a big crunch when you take a bite. In other words – chocolate covered ice cream bars.

When I was growing up, Klondikes were a special treat. We always had a gallon of ice cream in the freezer (usually chocolate marshmallow or fudge ripple), but once in awhile my parents bought novelty treats – ice cream sandwiches, drumstick cones, and of course Klondikes. Sadly a six pack in a four person household lasted maybe two days, three days if you were lucky. Since Klondikes were a big part of my childhood, I wanted to have a little fun with the concept of ice cream in a crunchy chocolate shell. However, I didn’t want to deal with cutting ice cream into squares then covering them in chocolate. Instead, I went an easier route with these Klondike Ice Cream Cupcakes and poured the homemade chocolate shell over top, avoiding numb fingers and a melted ice cream mess. So much easier than making regular Klondike Bars plus who doesn’t love eating mini ice cream cakes?

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Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas

These Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas packed full of deli roast beef, peppers, mushrooms, and onions are a quick and easy way to get your cheesesteak fix in 30 minutes.

Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas made with deli roast beef

I have a love/hate relationship with the city of Philadelphia. For starters, I hate them because I’m from Pittsburgh. It’s a known fact that if you are from Pittsburgh, you hate both Philadelphia and Cleveland, especially when it comes to sports. I also hate Philadelphia because it’s impossible to park anywhere. One time I drove around the city trying to find a place to park so I can meet a friend for dinner. I was a half hour late because I was still driving around (I might have had better luck if I actually knew where I was going). However, I do think Philadelphia is a wonderful city to explore. I’ve been here for vacation, for several blogging conferences, for a job interview, and for simply visiting a friend. It is also home to Philly cheesesteaks – thinly sliced beef, melted cheese, peppers, mushrooms, onions, all packed into a crusty hoagie bun. Some diehard cheesesteak fans will argue that the peppers, mushrooms, and onions are not traditional, but that’s not going to stop me from ordering them on my cheesesteaks.

Since I can’t exactly travel to Philadelphia on a daily basis for cheesesteaks, looks like I’ll have to make them at home. One meal I make a lot when I’m blanking on what to make for dinner are quesadillas. I almost always have tortillas in my freezer, so the next dilemma is what to make for the filling. Usually I just throw something together with whatever produce I have in the fridge, but this time I had roast beef. As I thought about what kind of beef quesadillas I could make, these Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas came to mind. Thanks to the deli roast beef, you can have these quesadillas on the table in under 30 minutes.

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Pulled Pork Macaroni and Cheese

Pulled Pork Macaroni and Cheese with smoked cheddar

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of LLOYD’S® Barbeque Company, LLC.. All opinions are 100% mine. If you love barbecue as much as I do, then you're going to love this easy stovetop Pulled Pork Macaroni and Cheese made with smoked … [Continue reading]

M&M Cookie Dough Ice Cream

M&M Cookie Dough Ice Cream

I scream. You scream. We all scream for M&M Cookie Dough Ice Cream that has a double dose of cookie dough in every bite with a cookie dough ice cream base and M&M cookie dough pieces mixed in. Several days a week, I drive by multiple ice … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Fudge Sauce

Peanut Butter Fudge Sauce to pour over ice cream

This peanut butter fudge sauce can be ready at a moment's notice, whether it's for an ice cream social, a birthday celebration, or a moment of comfort on the couch. Here are six things you probably already know about me (unless this is your … [Continue reading]

Chipotle Ranch Taco Dip

Chipotle Ranch Taco Dip for a 5 minute no cook dip

This meatless taco dip recipe made with chipotle peppers and ranch dressing mix is perfect for summer entertaining because it's a no cook dip with only 5 minutes of prep time. As I was sitting on the couch this past weekend planning dinner for … [Continue reading]