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.
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?