What can be better than chocolate, vanilla and strawberry? This Neapolitan Ice Cream Bar Recipe is sure to be a hit all summer long!
Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
Place the cookies in a food processor and process until you have fine crumbs. Combine the crumbs with the melted butter and press into the bottom of the parchment lined baking dish. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Remove the vanilla ice cream from the freezer and let it sit out while the crust is in the freezer.
When the ice cream is semi-soft, stir it to make it smooth. Place dollops of the ice cream over the crust, then spread into an even layer. Place the dish back into the freezer.
In a medium saucepan, combine the powdered sugar, chocolate chips, evaporated milk, and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil and let boil for 8 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid scorching the bottom of the mixture. Remove from the heat and stir in the 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Let the mixture come to room temperature. (I will often put this in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling.)
Pour the fudge over the vanilla layer and smooth with a spatula. Return to the freezer for at least 1 hour.
Remove the strawberry ice cream from the freezer and allow to sit until semi-soft. Stir the ice cream to make it smooth. Place dollops of the ice cream over the fudge, then carefully spread into an even layer. Place the dish back into the freezer.
In a large bowl, whip the cream until it has soft peaks. Add the powdered sugar and continue beat until stiff peaks form. Beat in the 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Spread the whipped cream over the top of the strawberry ice cream layer. Top with more cookie crumbs, if desired.
Cover and place in the freezer. Let the bars freeze for several hours, until frozen through.
To serve, remove from the freezer 10 to 15 minutes before you are ready to serve. Cut with a sharp knife that has been warmed in hot water.
Total time doesn’t include final freezing time.
Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts.