I used to be a bit of a scrooge; fortunately, for those around me I decided to embrace the holiday season. As it turns, this was a good decision--maybe not so much for my waist line ;) but definitely good for my heart. Sooo, family, friends and random strangers, LOOK OUT my joy pour’th over.
To get myself in holiday mode, the prep work has been officially launched—the Charlie Brown tree is lit up, decorations are in place, I’ve dipped into the shopping (I do have a little more dipping to go, but at least I’ve dipped) and, I have perfect attendance at the holiday parties we’ve been invited too. Yippee.
Now, I will state the obvious…that family, friends and giving to those who are less fortunate is what Christmas is all about but there’s another important aspect of the festive season that needs to be addressed—and that’s chocolate!
I am quite enamored with chocolate and next to Halloween 'tis the season! Although, I will confess…Christmas is the only time I’ll deviate slightly from my peanut butter chocolate fixation and embrace the array of seasonal cookies—hello gingerbread, shortbread (btw…my mom makes a killer Toblerone shortbread) and, I’m also quite fond of the chocolate mint combo. Love, love, love all the sugar that flies around at Christmas—well, most of the sugar that is.
Which brings me to ask…does anyone really like Christmas Cake and Pudding? No offense to those who enjoy it, personally, I am NOT a fan and to forgo these desserts is a sacrifice I’m willing to make and will make it whenever the opportunity arises. So, what does one do when the Christmas Cake and Pudding rolls out after the Christmas spread has been cleared? (besides feeling disappointed)
This chocolate enthusiast will tell you, I have the perfect solution—it’s fast, it’s super easy—you don’t even have to turn the oven on and it’s delicious. My holiday baking Betty Crocker moment consists of whipping up a PC Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge Crackle ice cream cake. I’d like to share this crowd-pleasing alternative with you—so long Christmas Cake and hello ice cream cake.
Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge Crackle Ice Cream Cake
**You can decorate with candy canes or if you’d prefer my more decant option—I like to sprinkle pieces of the PC Dark Chocolate Mint Cups. Oh ya! I’m sure you can appreciate why this seasonal cake is the only time I’m willing to diverge from a peanut butter cup option. This is a sacrifice I am willing to make. ;)
Enjoy! This used to be scrooge would like to wish you and your family a festive chocolate filled holiday season!
Activist, World traveller. Fan of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.