Frozen Strawberry Sensation

Today I'm sharing one of my mom's recipes. I'm not kidding when I tell you that whatever I make seems to pale in comparison to whatever she's got going on in the kitchen. But isn't that a cosmic rule? Mom's cooking always tastes best? I asked her if I could share this recipe (already knowing the answer) because it is so fresh tasting and easy. The word 'perfect' is so overused in food writing (guilty!) but a slice of this when summer days are sweltering - yes, perfect.

I didn't change much about this recipe, besides making the name a little more search engine friendly. My mom served this to us on the 4th of July, and to make it festive and patriotic she covered it in whipped topping and mixed berries (that's her version below). I opted for chocolate Magic Shell on top for a chocolate-covered strawberry version. Both iterations are really delicious. My husband remarked how much it tastes like Baskin Robbins' strawberry ice cream. I think it's even better.

This recipe only takes about 15 minutes to put together. The most work you will do is smashing the fresh berries with a potato masher. After I mixed everything up and taste-tested the batter, I almost didn't want to freeze it! I think it would make an excellent fruit dip. Try it and you'll see what I mean!

One last thing - my mom used a standard loaf pan, which most bakers are sure to have, but it also fit perfectly in this silicone buche mold I used.

Frozen Strawberry Sensation
Yields 12 servings

Heather’s note: Consider starting this recipe a day ahead of time because it needs to chill in the freezer for at least 6 hours. I used a silicone mold for my 'Sensation'. If you do the same, then you may omit the step for lining the pan with aluminum foil.

Heather’s Mom’s note: Graham crackers crumbs can be replaced with 8 finely chopped Oreo cookies.

4 cups fresh strawberries, divided
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cups whipped topping, thawed, plus more for topping if desired
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Hard shell chocolate ice cream topping (such as Magic Shell)

Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Wash and cap 2 cups of the strawberries in large bowl, and then mash them using a potato masher. Add condensed milk, juice and 2 cups of the whipped topping; mix well. Pour into the prepared pan.

Mix the graham cracker crumbs and butter. Spoon the mixture over the strawberry mixture, and then tamp it down by pressing gently with your fingertips. Fold the overhanging foil over the pan and freeze for at least 6 hours or until firm.

Invert dessert onto serving plate when ready to serve; remove pan and foil. Spread remaining whipped topping onto top and sides of dessert, if using, or top with hard shell chocolate ice cream topping.

Slice remaining 2 cups strawberries; arrange over dessert.

Store the dessert covered in the freezer.

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  1. Everything you do is just so beautiful, Heather! xo

  2. This looks beautiful- definitely one for a hot summer day.

  3. That does look like a sensation! Love the way you decorated it with fresh strawberries :)

  4. Gorgeous and so simple! This is my kind of ice cream dessert. FB sharing!

  5. That's gorgeous, how did you make the semi-circle shaped ice cream?

    1. Hi! I used this silicone buche mold:

      A standard loaf pan works too.

  6. Looks amazing, I will save the recipe.

  7. This dessert looks amazing, I agree it is perfect!!

  8. Looks so yummy! Thanks to your mom for sharing.

  9. gah!!! these look incredible!

  10. Do you think this would work with whipped cream instead of the whipped topping??

  11. Well it really does sound perfect for hot summer days! That is one gorgeous dessert. Love strawberries. :)

  12. That is great and perfect! STRAWBERRY KILL ME

  13. This frozen treat resembles ice cream but is much easier to make! The melted chocolate is the perfect complement to the berry flavors. If you don’t have strawberries on hand, berries such as raspberry can also work well in this recipe.

  14. This is a perfect dessert to please a crowd at our next dinner party. Thanks for sharing your mom’s recipe!

  15. I’m going to try your recipe, thanks for sharing it!

  16. Hi heather, this looks delicious! I'm from the Netherlands and we don't have whipped topping here. Can I Just use homemade whipped cream? And if so, how much do I need? Greetings from Holland!


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