Crunchy Ice Cream Ball Recipe with Hot Fudge Sauce

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Craving a fun and delicious frozen treat? Look no further than this Crunchy Ice Cream Ball recipe! This easy recipe combines creamy ice cream with a delightful crunch for a satisfying anytime dessert. Let’s get scooping!

Crunchy Ice cream ball recipe served in a martini glass.

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Hello, “Smooth and Creamy!”

Please meet “Crisp and Crunchy!”

And have either of you met “Chocolatey and Saucey?”

If you love ice cream as much as I do, you are going to love this frozen treat that combines the creaminess of ice cream, the crunchiness of a cinnamon/peanut butter graham cracker coating, and the decadence of a yummy homemade hot fudge sauce!

Have I gotten your attention?

My family loves this dessert and yours will too!

Let’s make this scrumptious crunchy ice cream ball recipe with hot fudge sauce to boot!

Ingredient List

Well, obviously, you are going to use tasty ice cream!

Vanilla ice cream to be exact. (Although if you want to go rogue with flavor, go for it!

You will also need the following for the ice cream ball coating:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup peanuts or mixed nuts, chopped
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
Ice cream ball recipe ingredients that include peanut butter, sugar, cinnamon, nuts, and graham crackers.

And last, you will need these items for the hot fudge sauce:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
vanilla extract, unsweetened chocolate, sugar, butter, and evaporated milk.

Making Crunchy Ice Cream Balls

Once you have crushed your graham cracker crumbs, combine them with the peanut butter, chopped nuts, cinnamon, and sugar.

Take a scoop of the vanilla ice cream and drop it into the cracker crumb mixture.

Crushed graham crackers in a food processor.
Mixing graham cracker coating for crunchy Ice Cream Balls.
Cropping aa scoop of ice cream into a graham cracker coating.

To get a round ball shape, I quickly shaped each ball with my hands. This also helped to press the crumb mixture onto the ball.

You want to work quickly so the ice cream doesn’t melt!

An ice cream ball covered with a cinnamon graham cracker coating.

Place the ice cream balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and pop them into the freezer for a couple of hours.

Ice cream balls covered with crunchy outer coating.

How to Make Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

In the meantime, melt the chocolate and butter in a pan using medium-low heat.

Add the rest of the ingredients except the vanilla and cook until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture thickens and starts to bubble.

Finally, stir in the vanilla extract.

The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

Melting chocolate and butter in a pan.
Adding evaporated milk to a pan.
Hot fudge sauce in a pan.

Drizzle the warm sauce generously over the crunchy ice cream, letting it cascade down the sides.

Grab a spoon and savor the delightful contrast between the creamy, cool center and the crunchy surprise of the coating.

Yum!

Pouring hot fudge sauce over the top of crunchy ice cream balls.
Crunch Ice Cream Balls covered with hot fudge sauce.

Cinnamon Peanut Butter Ice Cream Balls with Hot Fudge Sauce

Craving a fun and delicious treat? Look no further than these Crunchy Ice Cream Balls! This easy recipe combines creamy ice cream with a delightful crunch for a satisfying anytime dessert. Let's get scooping!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 balls
Calories 430 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Mixing bowl
  • 1 food processor
  • 1 rubber spatula
  • 1 medium saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chunky style peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup peanuts or mixed nuts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream

Hot Fudge Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Blend the graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, nuts, sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor.
  • Scoop the ice cream into a ball and roll in the crumb mixture until well coated.
  • Place in the freezer for two hours.
  • Melt the butter and chocolate in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Add the sugar, salt, and milk.
  • Cook until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture thickens.
  • Stir in the vanilla. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • To serve, place 2-3 ice cream balls in a small bowl (or martini glass!) and pour the hot fudge sauce over the top. Enjoy!
Keyword frozen dessert, Ice cream ball recipe, ice cream dessert, summertime dessert

Any day is a perfect day for this yummy dessert!

Crunch ice cream ball recipe served in a martini glass with hot fudge sauce.

Cinnamon, peanut butter, ice cream…I hope you enjoy this recipe for Crunchy Ice Cream Balls!

They’re a fun and delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth, and perfect for sharing with friends and family!

Cheers!

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13 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh this looks soo good! Perfect summer dessert! I cannot wait to try this..I love crunchy with my ice cream 😀

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