An Inspired Ice Cream Dessert

Sizzling days are here, and it’s time for ice cream!

Remember the summer days when we were growing up and our relatives all got together for a picnic, and someone made home made ice cream? Everybody took part in the cranking, and we kids thought the highlight of the day was the moment the ice cream was ready to eat.

I rarely make desserts these days, but we do keep a carton of vanilla or rocky road ice cream on hand.

Our recipe today is no bake and dresses ice cream to the hilt. It’s so good your family probably won’t be able to stop eating it.



Ice Cream Dessert


You will need:


18 saltine crackers

18 graham crackers (squares)

1 stick butter

1 quart butter pecan ice cream (softened)

2 3 oz. vanilla instant pudding

9 oz. cool whip

Crushed Heath bars




 1.Take cool whip and ice cream out of the refrigerator so they will soften.

2.Crush Heath bars. I place the unopened bars on a piece of wax paper and use a hammer to crush them.


 1. Crush both kinds of crackers in blender.

2. Melt 1 stick butter.

3. Mix with crumbs.

4. Press into a 9×13 inch pan sprayed with Pam.

5. Freeze for 15 to 20 minutes

6. While crust is freezing, beat ice cream, instant puddings and 1 cup milk until smooth.

7. Take out the crust and on top of it layer ice cream mix, then cool whip and then crushed heath bars.

8. Freeze for several hours or more.


Food for Thought:

This is my son David’s favorite dessert. And what a refreshment it is on a hot summer day!

I grew up in Texas and was accustomed to very hot, humid summers. One of my vivid childhood memories is hanging our freshly washed laundry on the clothesline on a hot summer day and taking frequent assessments of the clouds in the sky. I longed to go swimming that afternoon, if only it wouldn’t rain.

Jumping into the cool swimming pool after walking barefoot on sizzling concrete—what could be more refreshing? Well, there’s sipping lemonade in the cool, cool shade, sitting by a window and letting a soft evening breeze pour over you, eating an ice cream cone you just purchased at Baskin Robbins. Remember how your children used to don their bathing suits and run in the sprinkler when the sun was hot?

Refreshing is one of those wide, wonderful words that we love to see pop up in all areas of our lives. There’s a spiritual and emotional refreshing as well as physical. I think of the verse in Acts 3:9 “Therefore, repent and return, so that your sins may be washed away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (NASV).

Maybe we’re harboring some sin of attitude or word or action and it weighs on us. Then we remember God’s words: repent and return, confess your sins. Lord, I’ve sinned against you by——(Be specific)————————. Please forgive me and help me to do better.” The burden lifts, and we march into the day light and free.

Another wonderful word about refreshment is in Hosea 6:3. “So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn, and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.”

I think of times when I’m worried about the outcome of a project or the outcome of something in one of my children’s lives. I come to the Word early in the morning and my eye falls on these words: “I will sing to the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with me.” I sense it deep within as a word from God.

It’s good to know today’s ice cream dessert will refresh our bodies on a hot summer day. But it’s even more wonderful to know that when we seek the Lord and listen for his voice, He will refresh our inner man.

—RuthAnn Ridley


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