18 Fun Ways to Use a Tub of Store-Bought Vanilla Ice Cream
Looking for a way to use that carton or tub of ice cream in the back of your freezer? You've come to the right place. We've rounded up some of our favorite creative recipes that utilize store-bought vanilla ice cream. From quick and easy treats to throw together in minutes with just a few ingredients to impressive no-bake cakes to serve at your next big event, find a new frozen favorite in this collection of our best desserts with prepared vanilla ice cream.
Creamsicle Ice Cream Cake
A layer of vanilla ice cream is sandwiched between two layers of orange-flavored cake. The whole thing is topped with frozen whipped topping to add extra creaminess.
Make this restaurant-worthy vanilla milkshake in a blender with just ice cream, milk, and vanilla extract. Top with fresh fruit or chocolate syrup.
Easy Incredible Ice Cream Cake
This boozy take on a diner favorite couldn't be easier to make with just a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a can of cola, and a bottle of stout beer.
Coffee Ice Cream Pie
This chocolate-crusted ice cream pie has two layers of irresistible ice cream: store-bought vanilla on the bottom and homemade coffee on top.
Chocolate Wafer Ice Cream Sandwiches
Make these kid-friendly ice cream sandwiches with just a quart of vanilla ice cream, chocolate wafer cookies, and the topping of your choice (spinkles or chocolate chips work great).
Sweet summertime snacking has never been easier. Use a Popsicle mold to create these ice pops with just milk, instant chocolate pudding mix, graham crackers, and vanilla ice cream.
123 Green Tea Ice Cream
Just add green tea powder (matcha) to store-bought vanilla ice cream to make this exceptionally simple dessert. It's as easy as 1-2-3!
Fried Ice Cream
Crushed cornflakes cereal spiked with cinnamon adds welcome crunch to plain vanilla ice cream. Make sure to fry for only 10 to 15 seconds at a time to prevent melting.
Five Layer Ice Cream Bars
Baked Alaska Dessert
If you're intimidated by Baked Alaska, don't be! This classic dessert is actually easier than you think to make with store-bought ice cream and a simple meringue.
Rose Ice Cream
Vanilla ice cream is infused with saffron, rose syrup, and cardamom in this impressive recipe. Top with chopped pistachio to add nutty flavor and crunch.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake
It doesn't get much more decadent than this no-bake cake featuring a chocolate chip-cookie crust with layers of hot fudge topping and ice cream.
Baked Peaches 'n Cream
Less is more in this simple summertime dessert. Peaches are topped with brown sugar and cinnamon, baked in the oven, and then served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Best Ever Caramel Rolls
The rich caramel sauce that tops these cinnamon rolls has a special and unexpected secret ingredient: vanilla ice cream!
Hot Buttered Rum Batter
Make this festive frozen drink with just butter, brown sugar, confectioners' sugar, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Chocolate Lovers Fettuccine a la Mode
Here's a restaurant-worthy dessert, featuring chocolate fettuccine noodles and vanilla ice cream, that's surprisingly easy to make at home.