The Best Way To Use Peanut Butter & Jelly EVER

I wanted to go big for a holiday as major as National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day (which is today!). While some people try to overcomplicate a classic (peanut butter and pickle sandwich, anyone?), the words "Peanut Butter and Jelly Sundae" kept playing in my head on loop.

Lucky for me, an advance copy of Big Gay Ice Cream's new book (being released on April 28th) landed on my desk. I get A LOT of food/cookbooks, and while most of them are great, Big Gay Ice Cream's is seriously awesome. I developed a big crush on them while reading their book, and I finally built up the courage to call and ask if they would create a peanut butter and jelly ice cream sundae for us. To my absolute delight, they agreed, and sent me back the most incredibly fun, mouth-watering recipe. Oh, and that's not all. The best part is that all of the ingredients listed here are store-bought — no complicated prep or pre-baking required. Just freeze, mix, thaw, serve, and SHOVE IT IN YOUR FACE.

Photo: Courtesy of Big Gay Ice Cream.
PB&J Ice Cream Sundae
Makes 3 pints (3/4 quart) 

For the ice cream:
2 pints premium strawberry ice cream
1/2 cup peanut butter morsels/chips
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup smoked peanuts
1/4 cup toffeed or candied peanuts
1 dollop of Skippy smooth peanut butter 

For the toppings (optional):
Marshmallow fluff
Strawberry jam
Peanut butter 

1. Thaw the ice cream for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. 

2. Freeze all of the toppings (except the peanut butter) in the freezer for 30 minutes.

3. Combine the ice cream with all of the toppings (except the peanut butter) in a large mixing bowl. Fold gently to evenly combine the toppings.

4. Add one dollop of peanut butter and slowly fold to distribute throughout the ice cream.

5. Place ice cream in an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours. 

6. To plate: Mix one big dollop of strawberry jam with 1 tablespoon hot water to create a pourable strawberry sauce. 

7. Add a dollop peanut butter and marshmallow fluff onto the bottom of a bowl and spread with the back of a spoon.

8. Scoop the ice cream into bowls. Pour the strawberry sauce over the top. Enjoy! 

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