Just like the ice cream truck treats you remember, these Strawberry Shortcake Bars are full of nostalgic flavor! Made with just 4 ingredients, this simplified, Good Humor-inspired recipe will be a crowd pleaser. They’re refreshing, fruity, crunchy, creamy, totally vegan and gluten-free. No ice cream maker required!
In keeping with our theme of nostalgic snacks ,these strawberry shortcake bars take their inspiration from the classic ice cream truck treat I grew up loving. Originally made by Good Humor, the original Strawberry Shortcake Bars are coated with a crunchy topping that envelops a white and pink ice cream bar. I haven’t eaten one of these bars in a while, but wanted to see if an at-home version could be feasible. Here are a couple of personal rules I had when brainstorming:
- I did not want to need use an ice cream maker. This is partially because I don’t own one (hah) but also because most people do not own one, right?
- Ideally, I wanted to use as few ingredients as possible. I hardly can call this post a “recipe”; it uses just 4 ingredients.
Ingredients Needs to Make Strawberry Shortcake Bars
- Two pints of your favorite vanilla ice cream – for the outer layer of the bar
- Strawberry fruit bars (like these from Whole Foods) – for the bright & fruity core
- Vanilla wafer cookies – to create a crunchy coating
- Freeze dried strawberries -for a pop of color on the outside
How to Make Frozen Strawberry Shortcake Bars
You’ll notice I include a lot of detail in the steps below – this was just to be as clear as possible! I promise this recipe is not time intensive at all; the vast majority of work is “hands off” while the bars are setting in the freezer. The first important note: before beginning this recipe, clear some space in the freezer for these to sit, undisturbed! If you’re anything like me, the freezer is normally an avalanche waiting to happen, so this pre-work will give you peace of mind while the bars are setting.
A rimmed pan (ideally a half or quarter sheet tray) is very useful as a work surface. To begin, you’ll line this sheet (or a similarly shaped plate) with plastic wrap or reusable wrap. Then, you’ll spread the vanilla layer across the tray, as this will form the first side of your bars.
After unwrapping your popsicles, you’ll place them down on the ice cream layer and cover them with the rest of the ice cream. You’ll let this try freeze again while blending and mixing your wafer cookies and freeze-dried strawberries for the crunchy outer coating. Finally, you’ll remove the ice cream-covered popsicles from the fridge and slice them into large rectangles. After coating the outside in the cookie mixture and a final quick freeze, you’re ready to eat!
I hope you enjoy these frozen strawberry shortcake bars, and that they bring you a bit of nostalgia this summer! As always, please leave a rating and review if you give this recipe a try, I always love hearing how things work for readers.Print