Snow Balls

I stumbled upon this recipe last week and knew I had to try it out for my Christmas in July series. Not only are they the tastiest snowballs you'll ever come across, but they also work double time as a dessert for both the Christmas season and summer time.  Our dinner guests gave us rave reviews and I hope you'll enjoy them too.

Faux fried ice cream

1 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons butter
dash salt

1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
2 1/2 cups Rice Chex cereal, crushed
1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 gallon vanilla bean ice cream

Saute almonds in butter over medium heat until lightly browned.  Salt them lightly and cool on paper towels.  Stir together cooled almonds, brown sugar, coconut, crushed Rice chex and melted butter.

Let ice cream soften slightly.  Form ice cream balls with a soop.  Roll each ball in almond/Chex mixture until well-coated and place on a baking wheet in your freezer.  When finished, cover tray with plastic wrap and keep frozen.  Ice cream balls can be prepared several hours in advance.  Serve with your favorite hot fudge or hot caramel toppings.

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