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Seven Layer Bar Ice Cream–Day 7: Ice Cream Marathon

Back to family today.

This is my sister.

She and I are pretty close.

She once made me these wall art squares covered in our inside jokes and funny stories.  They hung in my room during college.  I still have them and they make me smile.  Some of them are pretty ridiculous.

Like the time when I was driving us to school, glanced over at a house, and shouted, “OH MY GOSH!  THERE IS A DEAD DEER IN THEIR YARD!”  Becca replied with, “Molly…it’s a plastic deer that’s been knocked over/dead since we moved here.”  We had moved into that house about 3 years prior at the time.

Or the time when my cousin Katie and her husband came to visit us when we lived in Minnesota.  We went out to dinner and I had the best pork chop I’d ever had in my life.  I of course asked for a doggy bag and was planning on bringing it home to savor the 2nd chop the next day.  In all seriousness it did fill the entire car with a very savory aroma.  Everyone got so sick of it on the drive home, Katie jokingly dangled the container out the window…and then it happened.  My sister shook her arm so she dropped it.  All over the middle of the road.  I think I laughed and cried at the same time.  To this day I’m still asked about my pork chop, if I’ve had another one as good (no), and have been known to receive photos of family members eating pork chops for my birthday.

Or even when my sister and I were being particularly rowdy in the car and just plain driving my parents nuts.  After telling us to “knock it off”, “be quiet”, and “cut it out” about 1,487 times my mom finally shouted, “CHILDREN OF THE CORN!”  Now my sister and I had no clue what she was talking about nor had we seen the movie.  Instead of yelling “Hush!”, my sister yelled “Husk!” and I thought my dad was going to swerve off the road from laughter.  Leave it to my sister to blurt out a corny joke.

No pun intended.  Okay maybe I did.

She has a 6th sense.

She can detect a seven layer bar within a half mile radius.  She inherited my mother’s love for coconut.

So this one is for you Becca!

And now you’ve met my family!

Seven Layer Bar Ice Cream–Day 7: Ice Cream Marathon

1 Quart

Base adapted from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams


  • 2 1/2 c. half & half
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c. butterscotch chips
  • 1/3 c. broken graham crackers
  • 1/2 c. toasted coconut


  1. Combine 1/2 c. half & half and all of the cornstarch in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large sauce pan or pot whisk together the remaining half & half, cream, sugar, corn syrup, condensed milk, extracts, and salt. Heat over medium heat until simmering. Don't let it reach a full rolling boil. Stir for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add the cornstarch mixture and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes until the mixture thickens.
  4. Remove 1/2 c. of the hot milk mixture and pour over the cream cheese. Whisk until the cream cheese has melted and thickened the milk.
  5. Add the cream cheese mixture back to the heated milk and whisk to combine.
  6. Take a gallon size ziploc bag and line a bowl or food storage container with it. This will help keep structure to the bag. Pour the hot liquid into the bag and seal; trying to eliminate as much air from the bag as you can.
  7. Remove the bag from the container and set in an ice bath for 20-30 minutes to chill the mixture.
  8. Once cooled, pour the ice cream base into your ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  9. In the last 5 minutes of processing, add in the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, graham crackers, and coconut.
  10. Chill the ice cream in the freezer until fully set.

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