<Giveaway details at the end of the post>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dessert obviously revolved around the Nestle ice cream cones. My friend, Matt, was very excited about this.
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
2/3 cup natural salted creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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
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
In a medium saucepan, whisk ingredients together over low heat; continue to whisk until smooth and creamy
Best served immediately
Adapted from Serendipity Sundaes
<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.
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 :)
Oh what a happy hubby I’d have if there were a box of those Drumsticks in our freezer!
Drumsticks were my favorite as a child!
i hope i win. i like drumsticks
Looked like a great time…..great food and friends!
I looove ice cream :) it is always the right time for ice cream!
Oh I love the nestle drumsticks! I can’t wait to try your peanut butter sauce and hot chocolate fudge. They sound amazing
There’s such thing as a peanut butter sauce for ice cream!?!?!? Holy moly…I must make this.
peanut butter sauce on top of pretzels and ice cream = heaven!!!
Sounds like a great BBQ! Your ideal day matches mine pretty close. :)
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.
Yum! would love to try them out!
Loving the recipe for these homemade sauces! And I think ice cream makes any summer party about a million times better. :)
Yummm, I haven’t had a drumstick in so long!
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 :)
Sounds like you had a GREAT night! Nothing better than grilling & ice cream to end the night! :)
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!
locking myself out of the house is something I do quite regularly! glad you were able to still have a good night!
pretzels + ice cream = best part of summer
That peanut butter sauce looks delicious!!!
Great giveaway! I’d love to win!
Drumsticks are my mom’s favorite!
Loved drumsticks as a child and still do!
I love pretzels, so the pretzel dipped cones sound awesome!
How fun that you made a whole “bar” out of it! The sauces sound amazing, I have been looking for a good chocolate sauce.
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.
What a playful event. I’d love to have been a part of it. :)
Sounds like such a good time =)
Ooooh I LOVE Nestle Drumsticks!
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!
Thanks for the hot fudge recipe!!!
I love peanut butter and chocolate anything and this looks delicious. Drumsticks are delicious.
I forgot all about drumsticks! They were my go-to snack growing up!
mmm salty sweet combo, my favorite!
Pretzels, Chocolate, and Ice Cream Yes Please! :)
Ohh, homemade sauces sound delightful! And are a great way to amp up ice cream and great smothering options for additional baked goodies. :-)
I never knew Serendipity had a cookbook! Plus that sundae looks amazing!
The cookbook is fantastic, I got it as a gift a few years ago!
TWO boxes? That might almost last an entire evening in my house. theHubby and youngerSon both love those drumsticks!
Sometimes the pre-made stuff is so tempting in the stores, then I feel bad about not making my own.
MMMmm, what a delicious giveaway!!! So glad I saw it before it’s too late.
YAY for ice cream season!