Today Sandy, from  Reluctant Entertainer, is here sharing a wonderful and fun idea for a kid pleasing dessert!  Sandy’s fabulous blog is all about imperfect entertaining, hospitality and family life! You will want to check it out!

Sandy writes…

My daughter’s soccer team came over last week for a swim party. I decided to make my Ice Cream Trough dessert for the girls, because it’s easy, feeds a ton, and is always a big hit.

My friend had borrowed my trough (which is just a planter box!) the day before and returned it with leftover cake (perfect, I didn’t have to bake a cake!).
After filling the bottom with ice, then plastic wrap, we cut the cake up into cubes.
Scooped out the ice cream (2 pints).
Added whipped cream and a few bananas. Sprinkled with M&Ms and  Wah Lah!  A trough ready for hungry kids!
My friend Cindy and I carried it out to the girls (best to eat outside where they can make a mess!) with plastic spoons and paper towels. And the girls dug in!  The other option is to scoop out individual servings.
The beauty of this dessert is it doesn’t have to be perfect.
You can use what you have in your kitchen (cake mix, brownies, leftover cake), and even leftover ice creams from your freezer.  Look around for a topping (I happened to have M&Ms and a few bananas) and pile it on!
The kids don’t care. They’re just happy to have something yummy to eat.
Good friendships, sunshine, water, imaginations, laughter, and full tummies.
This kind of party just makes a mom feel good!
I’d love to hear if you’ve tried making an Ice Cream Trough?
Or what dessert do you make that can feed a ton of kids?

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  1. It looks like so much fun but I, too, would be one of the party pooper moms scooping my own kids’ portion out before the slobber began to fly…

  2. What a really fun idea! I’m thinking it would be a lot of fun to host a little ‘back to school’ bash for my daughters and their friends (a bunch of teens). Thanks so much for sharing it!

  3. I have never even hear of this before- but I am definately going to try it before the summer is over. Thank you so much for this amazing idea!

  4. We did something like this at the kids church party a few weeks ago. (They actually had a contest BOYS vs GIRLS to see who could eat the most the fastest….brain freeze!)

    Fun stuff!

  5. fun…but what if one of the other kids is sick?…I think I would definitely scoop out individual servings, but that goes against the spirit of the whole thing..

  6. WOW how fun is that? I will have to keep this in mind for our labor day cookout!

  7. What a great idea! Ice cream cake is my favorite and this seems like a cheaper way to do it and more fun too!

  8. We used to make these at church for the kids, we used new plastic gutters. The kids loved it! I like the idea of the plant box to use on a smaller scale, would be great for a summer afternoon.

  9. Thanks for having me, Cindy.

    So many ways to make this creative dessert! Easy and fun!

    Enjoy the last few weeks of summer … 🙂

  10. What a fantastic and fun idea – this is great and I am sure to do this for the next party.

  11. I remember doing this in high school and college and am so happy to be reminded of this fun activity/dessert. We were feeding a really large crowd so we used a new piece of plastic guttering for a house. We washed it and put the ice cream right in (you could also line with aluminum foil). Fun fun fun!

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