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Years ago, when Hubby and I had just purchased our first home, we decided to host his family for a Christmas Eve celebration. His Dad loves ice cream, so I found a recipe for a dessert that was frozen, featured ice cream and, best of all, looked really simple to make. After all, how can you mess up ice cream and pudding?

Having no experience with a spring form pan, I didn’t make sure the bottom was secure before I picked up the dessert to return to the freezer. I picked it up and turned away from the counter heading toward the fridge when the bottom fell to the floor and I had a combination of cracker crust and runny, gooey filling all over the kitchen. It splashed so much it was even on the walls and ceiling. The dog, who had been quietly watching the proceedings, thought Santa had arrived early and eagerly dashed around the kitchen lapping up all the sweet goodness she could before she was chased outside.

Luckily, I had enough ingredients to start over and the dessert turned out beautifully. So I share it with you today – with a reminder to make sure your spring form pan is completely secure before you move this from counter to freezer. I like to place it on a cookie sheet and then there are absolutely no worries about spills!

Where the name for this dessert comes from, I don’t know, but the wonderful thing about it is you can substitute any flavor of ice cream or pudding and have dozens of creamy-delicious combinations!

Frozen Fast Forward

Crust:

1 1/2 cups finely ground graham crackers

1/3 cup sugar

6 tbsp. melted butter

Filling:

1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened

1 large box of instant pudding

2 cups milk

1 pint of ice cream, softened

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Press into bottom of spring form pan and bake for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before adding filling. Once crust is cool, mix cream cheese, pudding and milk. When thoroughly combined, mix in the ice cream. Pour filling on top of crust and freeze overnight or for several hours until firm. Garnish with toppings of your choice.

Here are some combination ideas:

•Vanilla pudding and butter toffee ice cream. Top with caramel sauce and bits of crushed Heath Bars before serving.

• Vanilla pudding and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Substitute chocolate cookies for graham crackers in the crust. Garnish with chocolate sauce, chocolate chips or sprigs of fresh mint and crushed peppermint candy.

• Chocolate pudding and turtle ice cream. Top with dollops of whipped cream and a toasted pecan.

• Pumpkin pudding and vanilla ice cream. Substitute gingersnaps for the graham crackers in the crust. Garnish with dollops of whipped cream and sprinkles of cinnamon.

What would be your favorite combination?

Happy Entertaining and Happy Holidays!

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