Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Grown Up & Glammed Up Eskimo Pie

A few weeks ago I received a call from Lynne, the President of How2Heroes, asking if I could give the classic Eskimo Pie a makeover.  I thought about it for all of about two seconds and then jumped at the chance.  I love projects, and more importantly I love a good makeover!  
A few days later somewhere during the fifth mile of my run, it hit me, Nutella!  I knew if Nutella was going to be involved, then Frangelico needed to get in on this too!  I really liked where this dessert was going, and couldn't wait to start making the different components.
The first thing I did was make my Frangelico ice cream to really glam up the dessert.  Just to warn you, this ice cream has a habit of disappearing very quickly ;)  The second thing I did was make Nutella ganache using Callebaut dark chocolate.  The ganache was so good, I can only describe it as ridiculous!  To put the pie together I made an oreo cookie crust, topped it with a heaping spoon of Nutella, and then added a scoop of Frangelico ice cream.  I covered the pie in Nutella ganache, and topped it with toasted hazelnuts and sea salt.  The outcome was pure decadence!  The sea salt really pulls the whole dessert together and completes the dish.  It's kind of like the perfect accessory to a fabulous outfit!

Frangelico Ice Cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2t. vanilla bean paste
  • 5T. Frangelico
  1. Bring heavy cream, half & half, and sugar to a simmer.
  2. Whisk yolks a vanilla bean paste together in a bowl and slowly add in hot cream mixture whisking constantly.  
  3. Once you whisk in about half the cream mixture, transfer everything back into the pot.
  4. Cook over low heat stirring constantly till thickened, about 2 minutes.
  5. Strain and add Frangelico
  6. Refrigerate and process according to manufacturer's directions.
Oreo Cookie Crust
  • 1/2 pack oreo cookies (approx. 1 & 1/2 cups crumbs)
  • 4T. unsalted butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix cookie crumbs and butter.
  3. Place 2T. crumb mixture in each muffin mold/mini pie tin, pressing into bottom and sides.
  4. Bake for 5-6 minutes.
Nutella Ganache
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate
  • 4T. Nutella
  • 1T. light corn syrup
  1. Bring heavy cream to a scald. Pour over chocolate and stir to melt.
  2. Add nutella and corn syrup.
  • 8T. Nutella
  • 1/2 cup lightly toasted hazelnuts
  • sea salt
  1. Spoon 1T. of Nutella in the bottom of each cooled cookie crust.
  2. Place 1 scoop of ice cream on top and freeze to firm up, about 15 minutes.
  3. Spoon Nutella ganache over the ice cream.
  4. Sprinkle with hazelnuts and sea salt.


  1. Frangelico Ice Cream? Nutella Ganache? You are genius!

  2. Decadent hardly seems like enough of a word to describe this! Holy cow it looks absolutely delicious. You had me drooling at the Frangelico ice cream. I think you did an absolutely fantastic job glamming up an otherwise child's treat!

  3. Oooh and they say getting older does not have its benefits. Sorry kids, this one is only for adults! Lovely dessert with fantastic flavor.

  4. Oh these look perfectly decadent, and amazing for a steamy hot day like today!

  5. Wonderful! Everything about this makeover is an upgrade! Love that nutella ganache :)

  6. Thanks for the video, it really makes things easier. Please explain to me what is half & half?

  7. Yummy these look so delicious!! :)

  8. Ooh, la la...these are heads and tails about a typical Eskimo pie! Amazing! I especially want a scoop of that ice cream....mmmmmmm.

  9. What a treat! Defintely glamorous. Love the different layers of flavours but each one reaffirming the hazelnut chocolate theme. Love the salty accent.

  10. These sound amazing, and certainly grown up from my childhood version. Yummy!

  11. Oooh, I want one please! These look awesome! The oreo crust and Frangelico ice cream sound so good together!!

  12. So awesome! Definitely has your 'glam' touch...can't wait to try!

  13. Oy, now THAT is a spectacular combo. The Frangelico ice cream is something I HAVE to make! Even alone, it would be wonderful.

  14. Anonymous7/20/2011

    I just got an ice cream maker and the first batch I made was a Banana Nutella ice cream. I never thought about Frangelico ice cream! Sounds fantastic and so does the eskimo pie!

  15. Frangelico ice cream - inspired. Love this glam, grown up ice cream pie!

  16. Mmmm Nutella ganache! You sold me with that alone! :)

  17. Oh man! I'm drooling all over my keyboard!

  18. Oh my goodness, Nutella ganache?! I want one!

  19. Oh my! This looks divine! I love when my childhood favorites grow up! : )

  20. Oh my worrrrrrd! About to lick the monitor... WOW!

  21. This sounds like heaven in a little dessert.. I want to make it right now!

  22. Absolutely loving this amazint "grown up" dessert...Frangelico, and nutella ganache? Oh, my, what a heavenly sinful dessert!!!
    Buzzed you!!!

  23. Sorry about the typo error...typing too fast.
    BTW-watched, and loved your tutorial video. Very helpful!

  24. This looks amazing, I would go crazy over these!

  25. This is a crazy delish makeover. Well done! Love the video too.

  26. What a pretty and glamorous spin on the classic- love this!!

  27. Brilliant job glamming these up. Brilliant I say! I would kill for one of these right now....if only I could stop at one. ;)

  28. Wow...delicious! I love that you have made your own frangelico ice cream and added nuts to these! I am not a fan of regular eskimo pie, but I would love this!

  29. What a great job on these! I love your videos and all the tips you give!

  30. Now that is a makeover! Fantastic treat, love this!

  31. Wow! Very grown up and glammed up Eskimo Pies - they totally put the ones from my childhood to shame!
    Great blog ;0)