Summer Fun with Nestle Drumsticks and a Giveaway!

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So clearly I like ice cream.  And while I love coming up with different types of ice cream cakes, pies, etc., sometimes it is nice to have someone else do the work for you.  Because on an ideal summer day, I’m not standing by a hot oven.  I’m going for a morning walk, grabbing an iced coffee, sitting by the pool or the beach with a good book and ending the day with a barbeque and ice cream or frozen yogurt.

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And while in our area we haven’t had too many beach days yet, we have had a few warm sunny days here there that were perfect for long walks and dinner made on the grill.  Sometimes there is nothing better than a night full of friends, good (low maintenance) food and a big bottle of wine.

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As soon as I found out I was being given an opportunity to host a dinner party to try out Nestle’s new Drumstick Pretzel Dipped Cones, we invited our friends Matt and Deena over.  My Matt loves to grill so he made the call on making steak and lobster tails (but really, who am I to object to that?) so that left me on call for some veggies and dessert.  I made a big salad, steamed some corn and called it a day.  The food prep took far less time than hiding all of my baking tools and ingredients.

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We might have reached a minor hiccup in the plans when we temporarily locked ourselves out of the apartment with nothing but the proteins to grill, but minor details. 

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Dinner was delicious!  Matt spent a few minutes seasoning the food ahead of time, but was at the grill for less than 20 minutes.  Good food with more time for friends and relaxing = win.

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Dessert obviously revolved around the Nestle ice cream cones.  My friend, Matt, was very excited about this.

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But I am a baker/food blogger after all so who am I to just serve pre-made ice cream cones for dessert? Instead I threw together a make-your-own ice cream bar with the cones as one of the options. In addition, we had brownies, hot fudge (recipe below), peanut butter sauce (recipe below), oreo crumbs and jimmies.  The ice cream sundaes were the perfect end to a perfect day, thank you Nestle for this opportunity!

Homemade Peanut Butter Sauce - perfect for an ice cream sundae!

Homemade Peanut Butter Sauce
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2/3 cup natural salted creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
In a small saucepan, whisk ingredients together over low heat; continue to whisk until smooth and creamy
Best served immediately
Adapted from the Joy the Baker Cookbook

Homemade Hot Fudge
Serves 6-8

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
In a medium saucepan, whisk ingredients together over low heat; continue to whisk until smooth and creamy
Best served immediately
Adapted from Serendipity Sundaes

Homemade Hot Fudge for an ice cream sundae bar

Ice Cream Sundae with Homemade Peanut Butter Sauce AND Homemade Hot Fudge

<Full disclosure:  Nestle has provided me with free products and other items in order to help with my review, but anything I receive from Nestle does not affect my thoughts on its company or their products.>

Do you want to to try out Nestle Drumstick Pretzel Dipped Cones or one of their other varieties?  I’m giving away coupons for two free boxes for you to enjoy.  Just leave a comment below saying anything by Thursday, May 24th at midnight est.

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46 Responses to “Summer Fun with Nestle Drumsticks and a Giveaway!”

  1. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite May 23, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    What a fun evening! There really is nothing better than grilling and ice cream in the summertime. Unfortunately we are only allowed to have an electric grill on our terrace, but it still feels like the real thing :)

  2. Pattypro May 23, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Oh what a happy hubby I’d have if there were a box of those Drumsticks in our freezer!

  3. Cori May 23, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Drumsticks were my favorite as a child!

  4. amy marantino May 23, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    i hope i win. i like drumsticks

  5. Susan May 23, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Looked like a great time…..great food and friends!

  6. Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming May 23, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    I looove ice cream :) it is always the right time for ice cream!

  7. Kesha May 23, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Oh I love the nestle drumsticks! I can’t wait to try your peanut butter sauce and hot chocolate fudge. They sound amazing

  8. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots May 23, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    There’s such thing as a peanut butter sauce for ice cream!?!?!? Holy moly…I must make this.

  9. Bradt May 23, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    peanut butter sauce on top of pretzels and ice cream = heaven!!!

  10. Kara D May 23, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Sounds like a great BBQ! Your ideal day matches mine pretty close. :)

  11. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 23, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Dinner isn’t necessary when ice cream is on the menu. One of these days I want a dessert or ice cream party – can you imagine?! yum.

  12. katrina May 23, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Yum! would love to try them out!

  13. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Loving the recipe for these homemade sauces! And I think ice cream makes any summer party about a million times better. :)

  14. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen May 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Yummm, I haven’t had a drumstick in so long!

  15. Cellabella May 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I’d love to try their pretzel dipped cones! And I really like the additions that you added – you can never go wrong with hot fudge :)

  16. Natalie M May 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Sounds like you had a GREAT night! Nothing better than grilling & ice cream to end the night! :)

  17. Kim - Liv Life May 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Peanut butter sauce??? Be still my heart!!!! WOW! Poor Liv… she adores and pretty much lives for ice cream, however she has a lactose sensitivity and really needs to take it easy. She may have to splurge for these though! Everyone loves a drumstick!
    Great meal you served, BTW… and Matt looks pretty darn happy with those drumsticks!

  18. Cara May 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    locking myself out of the house is something I do quite regularly! glad you were able to still have a good night!

    • Alisa May 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

      pretzels + ice cream = best part of summer

  19. Leah Z May 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    That peanut butter sauce looks delicious!!!

  20. April V May 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Great giveaway! I’d love to win!

  21. Kelli May 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Drumsticks are my mom’s favorite!

  22. Maria May 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    Loved drumsticks as a child and still do!

  23. Christine May 23, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    I love pretzels, so the pretzel dipped cones sound awesome!

  24. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    How fun that you made a whole “bar” out of it! The sauces sound amazing, I have been looking for a good chocolate sauce.

  25. Joanne May 24, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    I’d totally be locking myself out in the middle of a dinner party as well. It happens. :P Sounds AMAZING! I haven’t had a nestle drumstick in forever but they were always one of my favorites.

  26. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef May 24, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    What a playful event. I’d love to have been a part of it. :)

  27. Peggy May 24, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Sounds like such a good time =)

  28. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) May 24, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Ooooh I LOVE Nestle Drumsticks!

  29. Holly (2 Kids and Tired) May 24, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    What a fun evening. We grill all year long, even in the snow. My 13 year old has become our master griller. And we love Drumsticks!

  30. Pat R May 24, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Thanks for the hot fudge recipe!!!

  31. Athena R May 24, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    I love peanut butter and chocolate anything and this looks delicious. Drumsticks are delicious.

  32. Lauren May 24, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    I forgot all about drumsticks! They were my go-to snack growing up!

  33. Mbb May 24, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    woohoo!

  34. Jen May 24, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    mmm salty sweet combo, my favorite!

  35. Alicia May 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Pretzels, Chocolate, and Ice Cream Yes Please! :)

  36. Jenn Baker (@jbakernyc) May 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Ohh, homemade sauces sound delightful! And are a great way to amp up ice cream and great smothering options for additional baked goodies. :-)

  37. Corisa May 24, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    I never knew Serendipity had a cookbook! Plus that sundae looks amazing!

    • admin May 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

      The cookbook is fantastic, I got it as a gift a few years ago!

  38. dena May 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    TWO boxes? That might almost last an entire evening in my house. theHubby and youngerSon both love those drumsticks!

  39. Emily @ Life on Food May 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    Sometimes the pre-made stuff is so tempting in the stores, then I feel bad about not making my own.

  40. Cindy B. May 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    MMMmm, what a delicious giveaway!!! So glad I saw it before it’s too late.

  41. Kristen DD May 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    YAY for ice cream season!

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