Ice cream is my favorite thing. It doesn’t matter to me if it is snowing outside and freezing cold, or if it is windy and rainy. I eat ice cream year round. I eat it plain or loaded with toppings, as part of a homemade ice cream cake or a banana split. Sometimes, favorite flavors are only seasonal. Isn’t that the worst? That makes me sad. What better, then, than to find a copycat recipe of a popular ice cream treat: the seasonal pumpkin pie blizzard® recipe.
Although I visit locally-owned, non-chain Indiana ice cream parlors, and I encourage you to do the same, I figured that many of you, like me, would also appreciate a homemade alternative. It’s nice to be able to make a favorite treat at home, no matter where it is from. You control how much and how little of everything. You can play around with additions as you see fit and truly make the recipe your own. My husband, Jeremy, loves pumpkin so much that I knew I had to make this for him. Yes, it was a huge hit.
There’s only one big thing to remember: do not crunch up the pieces of vanilla wafer too small. If you get a bit too overzealous, you will end up with fine crumbs, and lose the satisfying crunch. Go easy on it. Think: bite-sized. I am sure there are other cookies that would be terrific in this. Sure, it might end up tasting a little different than a blizzard®, but that’s part of the fun of making it at home. I was thinking that ginger snaps, graham crackers that are shaped like teddy bears (you know the ones), and soft molasses cookies would be excellent as well. Okay, so there wouldn’t be any crunch with the molasses cookies, but I do think it sounds like a nice match.
Truth be told: I have never actually had a pumpkin pie blizzard® (really, I avoid fast food purveyors like the plague). I know. How can I say that this homemade copycat blizzard® recipe is absolutely delicious? Easy. It’s cool, it’s creamy, and it is oh-so satisfying. I have, of course, had other treats in the past from there so I can say that I can taste something in it that reminds me of the others. Do you know what I mean? It might be so good that you decide to ditch the pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving this year altogether! I kid, at least, I wouldn’t do such a thing after making this recipe for Ginger Streusel Topped Pumpkin Pie. But I digress. I found this recipe on Dulce Dough.
Do you have any ideas for how to make this cool treat your own? I’d love to hear them–and I know my readers would, too. Please, leave a note in the comments section that shares how you’ve tweaked this recipe so we can all marvel at your clever creation.
Copycat Pumpkin Pie Blizzard® Recipe
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