How to Make a Summer Ice Cream Trough Dessert

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How to Make a Summer Ice Cream Trough Dessert

Friends, I was made for sunny days. And I was made for summer! I love hosting in the summer months, too, because the sunshine makes everything lovely. And also a cold, summer dessert (like this Banana Split Dessert or Old Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream!)

EPIC Ice Cream Dessert

Today I’m sharing my favorite EPIC Summer Ice Cream Trough Dessert.

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How to Make a Summer Ice Cream Trough Dessert

The beauty of this awesome summertime dessert, How to Make a Summer Ice Cream Trough Dessert, is it doesn’t have to be perfect to serve to your guests! It’s fun, creative, colorful, and delicious!

Use what you have in your kitchen (cake mix, brownies, leftover cake), and even a variety of leftover ice cream flavors in your freezer.

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Look around for creative toppings, or use the usual (to make it ONE giant banana split) and pile it high!

Make for a kid or adult birthday parties, or any summer get-togehter.

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I got this idea from my late Auntie Ellen, years ago, but this recipe also brings back great memories. As a kid growing up, in the summer months in Portland, Oregon, we’d head to Farrell’s Ice Cream and dive into the giant “pig trough.” So fun!

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It only seems like yesterday when I was planning birthday parties for my kids. I always had a goal to keep the parties simple and fun. Since we had a pool, many times kid would come for a swim party.

How to Make a Summer Ice Cream Trough

What you need to make the ice cream trough

  • Buy a garden trough or a large galvanized tub (mine is 18x12x8) or a very large bowl; something large enough to layer the cake (some people use a rain gutter), ice cream, bananas, etc.
  • Above,  Abby is in 3rd grade (she’s now almost 22!), where I took a plastic planter box (usually used in window boxes), 24 inches long. For a larger party, you can use 2 of these
  • Depending on which size trough you use, you can also make it up in advance and place in it the freezer
  • What to buy to make a large ice cream trough
  • Trough or extra larg bowl that holds about 6-8 quarts of ice cream
  • One 9×13 cake mix or brownie mix (bake in advance), cut into small pieces
  • Plastic wrap + ice
  • Food items (ice cream, sprinkles, whipped cream, bananas)
  • Candles, spoons, bowls, plenty of napkins, and ONE giant spoon

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How to assemble the ice cream trough

  1. Put ice cubes on the bottom of the container.
  2. Place plastic wrap on top of the ice cubes.
  3. Scoop the ice cream in large scoops over the plastic-covered ice.
  4. Cut the cake or brownies into small squares. Fill into the holes between ice cream scoops.
  5. Place plastic wrap over the whole trough and FREEZE until you are ready to use, or keep going.
  6. Right before serving, pull out of the freezer and fill the rest of the container with whipped cream, sliced bananas on the side, cherries on top, or any other toppings.

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How to serve the ice cream trough

Place it on a large table with a bunch of spoons let everyone dig in.

OR

Scoop out into individual dishes. (Use this method if you’re worried about germs.)

We’ve done it both ways. Oh, and don’t forget the candles!

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Happy June, by the way! Summer is here this month, and I couldn’t be happier.

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How to Make a Summer Ice Cream Trough Dessert

A giant sundae served in a very large bowl, our "trough," made with ice cream, cake, brownies, whipping cream, and your favorite toppings. Serve with a LOT of spoons!
Prep Time30 mins

Ingredients

  • 6-8 quarts favorite ice cream - we used French Vanilla and Strawberry Sundae
  • 1 brownie or cake mix make ahead and cut into small squares
  • 1 can Dairy Whipped Topping Spray
  • Syrups - we used a dark chocolate sauce
  • 4 Bananas peeled and sliced
  • 1 jar Maraschino Cherries drained
  • Any other topping candy bars, SPRINKLES, etc:

Instructions

  • 1. Put ice cubes on the bottom.
  • 2. Place plastic wrap on top of the ice cubes.
  • 3. Cut your cake into cubes, or layer it on top of the plastic wrap.
  • 4. Scoop or slice the ice cream on top of the cake.
  • 5. Place plastic wrap over the whole trough and FREEZE until you are ready to use.
  • 6. Right before serving, pull out of the freezer and fill the rest of the container with whipped cream, sliced bananas on the side, cherries on top, or any other toppings.

More summer desserts: Affogato Chocolate Ice Cream Italian Espresso Dessert, Graham Cracker Ice Cream Sandwich DessertKeto Low Carb Butter Pecan Ice Cream [Sugar Free Mom], and No-Churn Tiramisu Ice Cream [Beyond Frosting].

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11 comments on “How to Make a Summer Ice Cream Trough Dessert”

  1. OMG, what a fun idea for a large summer gathering!!!

  2. Oh my gosh! How awesome! That would be perfect for a pool/summer party!

  3. THis is my new favorite idea, totally trying it this summer. PINNED!

  4. Spectacular summertime diy party idea, Sandy! Kids must go totally insane over this. But, ohmygosh! Hubby and I both grew up in Michigan and we both had Farrell’s as a part of our childhood. Such fond memories! There was even an old-fashioned candy store on the way out. And, yes…there was “The Trough” with 6 scoops of ice cream, I think. (My younger sister could always finish and collected her “piggy ribbons” proudly, LOL!) But! There was also the Big Kahuna called “The Zoo!” Remember that one? It was their largest ice cream sundae dessert and took two Farrell’s employees to carry the ginormous stainless steel bowl in a holder thingy to the tables. I think you just may have succeeded in making The Zoo into a 24-inch Trough! Very innovative way to build it, too. Pinning at Pinterest on all group boards possible! xo

  5. Aww this made me teary. My boys are 3 and 6 and I just feel the years slipping away already! I love this fantastic party idea- very fun indeed!

  6. Oh Sandy, I SO love this post – for so many reasons. The pictures of your kids are precious. And that ice cream dessert – WOW!!! What a party pleaser!! Love this!!

  7. Love this!

  8. This brings back memories of birthday parties at Farrell’s when I was young. I never would have thought of doing this at home. Great idea! Thank you for sharing it.

  9. What an awesome idea, Sandy!!! My sweet Little Buddy would flip out over this!!!

  10. This is terrific, Sandy. Perfect for a summer get together! I’ve pinned it so I don’t forget. My grandsons would love this.

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