I can’t think of anything better than a cold treat to make these soon-to-be unbearable summer days pleasant. Back in the day, Otter Pops were our go-to treat. They were inexpensive and took almost no time to freeze up into chilled fruity snacks. My favorite part: that first bite when you know you’re about to cool off and enjoy something so good. Oh, how days were simpler back then. Maybe I should head to the store and pick up some just for old times’ sake.
Today though, I’m sharing a yummy recipe for Orange Ice Cream Brownie Bars. I hope these will one day become a nostalgic treat just like Otter Pops. The recipe is quite simple, but you should begin early because it does take time to set up in the freezer. Almost like an ice cream sandwich, these are made with brownies and I couldn’t help but add oranges because they go so well with chocolate. The funny thing is oranges go well with vanilla too,and without me even knowing it, this became almost like a brownie orange Creamsicle. My tummy thanks my head for the ingenious treat.
Just a quick note: when making these, resist the urge to add the juices of the oranges to the ice cream layer. By adding the liquid, you might cause your bars to become slightly icy in the middle.
Now off you go to try this out. Your tummy can thank me later. Enjoy!
- 1 box fudge brownie mix
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- 2 navel oranges, diced into small segments
- Coat an 8” or 9” baking pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper leaving an overhang. Prepare the brownies as directed on the box and bake. (Additional ingredients may be needed.)
- Allow the brownies to cool to room temperature in the pan. Loosen the brownies from the pan slightly; then place in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes to firm up for easy handling.
- Meanwhile, allow the vanilla ice cream to sit on the counter just long enough that it is spreadable, but not melted. (My ice cream took about 15 minutes, but please adjust your time accordingly; I live in Arizona where it is super hot.)
- Remove the brownies from the freezer and pan. Use a knife to slice the brownies horizontally through the middle. Place the bottom layer back into the pan with the parchment paper. Spread the ice cream over the brownie, press the orange segments gently into the ice cream and top with the other half of the brownie to create a “sandwich.” Use your hand to press the top of the brownie firmly. Wrap the entire pan with plastic wrap and freeze overnight before slicing and serving.