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The Sprinkle-Sprinkle Ahoy!Wich {Plus How to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich!} - $5 Dinners

The Sprinkle-Sprinkle Ahoy!Wich {Plus How to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich!}

How to Make the Perfect Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich

Who knew making a homemade ice cream sandwich could be so simple! I’ve teamed up with Dollar General and CHIPS AHOY! to show you just how easy it is to make your own ice cream sandwiches at home!

It’s time we take chocolate chip cookies to a new level of summer-food fun! It looks like this…

  • CHIPS AHOY! Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • CHIPS AHOY! Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Rrrroooooolllllllled in a pile of sprinkles.

…Whole new level, my friend.

But before we get to the recipe, I’ve got a very important tip to share for making the perfect ice cream sandwiches and how to get the kids involved too.

(Did someone say ‘ice cream sandwich bar’??? or ‘Ice cream sandwich block party’???)

The Sprinkles Ahoywich_

That will send the kids (and neighbors) running for your kitchen…and then you can shoo them outside with their delicious, handmade cool treats! (But be prepared, they’ll probably come back in for a second sandwich!)

I love that you can easily host a late night dessert block party where everyone can join in the tasty fun, while you don’t have to worry about spending too much when you get your ice cream & CHIPS AHOY! cookies from Dollar General. That’s a win-win…neighbors love you and you don’t have to worry about burning a hole in your pocketbook.

The Sprinkle Ahoywich Stack

I’m sharing “The Sprinkle-Spinkle Ahoy!wich” ice cream sandwich here today, but these others will inspire your creativity. Check out these fun CHIPS AHOY! recipes over on

  • Gimme S’more
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Mint Condition
  • Nutso
  • The Classic

Making Ahoy!wiches at home is so much cheaper than going out to the ice cream shop…and we think they are tastier too…when you make them yourself and customize the flavors and sprinkles! (And the kids can have a second one without busting the budget!)

How to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich

If you want the absolute perfect ice cream sandwich, you’ll need to do the following:

Let the ice cream soften just enough to scoop it out into a cylindrical freezer-safe plastic cup.

How to Make Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich Cup

Then scoop it into the cup and press tightly.

Before it gets to soft, toss the cup into the freezer so the ice cream can harden up again. Place a plastic cutting board into the freezer too.

When you’re ready to make your ice cream sandwiches, remove the cup from the freezer and run a little warm water on the outside of the cup to loosen the ice cream from the sides of the cup. Use a knife to loosen it if need be, then…

Slide the ice cream out onto the cutting board that was in the freezer.

Quickly slice the ice cream into thick slices and sandwich between the CHIPS AHOY! cookies. The put the ice cream sandwiches back into the freezer for at least an hour.

How to Make Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich

When you are ready to eat them, set out the sprinkles onto plates or shallow bowls.

Pull the cookie sandwiches from the freezer. Roll into sprinkles or other ‘toppings.’


Charlie AhoyWich

Now it’s your turn…

What Kind of ‘Ahoy!Wich’ Ice Cream Sandwich are you making this summer?

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The Sprinkles-Sprinkles Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Yield – 18 ice cream sandwiches

Preparation Time – 20 minutes, plus about 1 1/2 hour chilling time

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 1 family size box of CHIPS AHOY! Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1 small bottle of sprinkles (or a few varieties of sprinkles)


  • Let the ice cream soften and then add to skinny cylindrical glass/cup that is freezer safe. If you don’t have a cylindrical glass, just add softened ice cream in between 2 cookies and return to the freezer.
  • Add the cylindrical glass to the freezer for about 30 minutes. Add a plastic cutting board to the freezer as well.
  • Remove the glass and run a little warm water over it to loosen the ice cream from the edges. Remove the cutting board from the freezer and slide the ice cream ‘cylinder’ onto the cutting board. Quickly slice ice cream and make sandwiches with the cookies. Put the cookie sandwiches on a freezer safe plate and return to the freezer. Freeze for about an hour, or until the middle is hardened.
  • When ready to add sprinkles to the sandwiches, add the sprinkles to plates or shallow bowls. Take the cookie sandwiches out of the freezer, roll in the sprinkles and eat.

The Sprinkle Ahoywich

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by CHIPS AHOY! And Dollar General, and I was compensated to write it. Regardless, what I have written is my own opinion and experience.

Lemon Pepper Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce ~ 31 Days of Grilling Recipes


Ohhh…I adore Tzatziki sauce. It  very well could be my favorite dipping sauce.

I think what I love about it is how light and fresh it tastes and the little Greek flare that it gives to the food. A few years back, I hosted a “Kebab Potluck” where everyone brought their own kebabs and we grilled out and had a lovely evening of fun and conversation.

This recipe is a simple chicken kebab with an amazing, fresh dipping sauce that you have GOT TO TRY!

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12 Summer Freezer Friendly Meals for $70 – Meal Plan Using Ingredients from Aldi

Looking for a simple dinner solution to get through the rest of the summer? Here is a brand new set of freezer-friendly meals using ingredients from Aldi! Put together 12 meals in about an hour, and it’ll cost less than $70.

12 Summer Friendly Freezer Meals for $70 from

The heat is upon us and the last thing you want to be doing is heating up the kitchen everyday.

The less time I have to spend thinking about and preparing dinner, the more time I get to spend in the pool…or sneaking in a movie with the boys. Or running them to and from VBS or tennis camp, or gymnastics camp.

I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather spend time creating these amazing memories and moments to cherish forever, than sweat away in the kitchen.

I’d much rather spend an hour in the kitchen getting a bunch of meals pulled together, than not have to think about or worry about what’s for dinner at the end of an exhausting day of summer fun.

It’s about more than time too…it’s about money. I know, for me, the temptation to hit the drive thru is much higher in the summer months. And that gets expensive fast! I want your meals this summer to be simple and easy, and I know you do too…

This is exactly why I’m sharing another summer meal plan with you! This one developed using ingredients (and prices) from ALDI.

When my long-time contributor and assistant Dana asked me if she could pull together a meal plan specific to the grocery store ALDI, I might have shouted and cheered and jumped up and down. It’s a sad, sad, sad thing that there isn’t an Aldi store in San Antonio, I miss it greatly. (Perhaps I’ll start a petition to get a store here!)

Anyways, she put together an amazing freezer-friendly plan, using ingredients from Aldi, and we’ve plugged it all into the amazing meal plan style that you’ve come to know and expect from $5 Dinners.

This meal plan is a little different from our other meal plans:

  • Now with 12 meals. Short, simple and crazy delicious.
  • Calls for ingredients from Aldi. BUT…
  • It can really be used at ANY GROCERY STORE. (Note: the shopping list is written so it can be used at any grocery store. It doesn’t include Aldi brand names.)
  • Delicious freezer-friendly grilling recipes mixed with some pasta and soup recipes for the freezer.

You can expect the same great shopping list, recipes list, printable labels, assembly instructions and access to exclusive video of yours truly assembling all the meals.

{It only took just over 1 hour to put together 12 meals for the freezer…and you can watch the video of the assembly process so you don’t feel alone in your efforts. I’m pretty sure you can find an hour somewhere in your busy week to get 12 meals put together! It’s SO SO SO worth it!}

See what Rachel emailed this past weekend about this new plan…

Rachel Meal Plan Aldi


(Please note that I blacked out her complete name & location-clue information for security reasons! She did give me permission to share!) 

Recipe List

  • (2) Cheddar Stuffed BBQ Burgers
  • (2) Grilled Chicken Fajitas
  • (2) Italian Sausage Baked Pasta with Spinach
  • (2) Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwiches
  • (2) Italian Vegetable Soup
  • (2) BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

Total Cost $68.74

(A note about the prices: The prices at Dana’s store in the Chicago area were slightly different than the prices at the store I shopped at in Temple, TX. Both of our totals came in below $70. See photo of my receipt here.)

No-Stress Summer Meal Planning

Let us help take the stress out of getting dinner on the table for you. This brand new meal plan, that can be used at Aldi or any grocery store, has 2 packages available for you to make the process so much smoother and easier…

Basic $2.49
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If you are new to my meal plans, I’d encourage you to take a peek at all the other options in the $5 Dinners E-Store before you checkout!. Once you’ve chosen all the ones you need, you can checkout and get all the meal plans you need at once!

After you choose all the plans you want, you can checkout. Once your payment has been processed, you will immediately receive an email with links to download your plan. If you purchased with a credit card, the plan(s) will be sent to the email address you used during the checkout process. If you purchased with Paypal, the plan(s) will be sent to the email address associated with your Paypal account.

NOTE: Please download these files directly to your computer within 72 hours, then you can add to your e-reader/phone/tablet. If you have issues with the download, PLEASE EMAIL ME! I’ll be able to help you out!

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Disclaimer: I have no formal relationship with Aldi and am not paid by them to share these plans. I am not affiliated with them and am not endorsed by them. We created these plans to help ourselves (and you!) spend less money at the grocery store. Hope they help your family as much as they help our families! 

Jambalaya Kebabs ~ New 31 Days of Grilling Recipes

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All the flavors of Jambalaya on a stick…yyyy’aaaaalllll! *said in my best southern LA drawl*

We’ve got shrimp. We’ve got chicken. We’ve got onions and peppers. We’ve got tomatoes. And we’ve got a whole-whole-whole lotta Cajun seasoning too!

I served this over white rice to give it a ‘complete Jambalaya feel.’

Jambalaya Kebabs

Only thing missing from these kebabs are slices of Andouille sausage…which I chose to omit to keep the costs reasonable for the meal :) But feel free to add them for the meat trifecta!

Next time you’re making kebabs, I highly recommend you grill these babies up and enjoy a little Louisiana supper…Y’AAAALLLLLLLLL!

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Jambalaya Kebabs

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 20 minutes, plus marinating time of 30 minutes

Cooking Time – 10 to 15 minutes


  • 2 small or 1 large chicken breast, diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Cajun seasoning, divided
  • 3/4 lb. deveined raw shrimp
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 white onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 2 small links Andouille sausage, optional
  • 1 cup uncooked rice


  • Place the chicken pieces in a small bowl and add the oil, vinegar and 1 Tbsp of the Cajun seasoning and let marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Place the raw shrimp in another small bowl and add the other 1 Tbsp of Cajun seasoning. Let sit while the chicken marinates.
  • Cook the rice, as directed.
  • Once the chicken and shrimp have marinated, make the kebabs with chicken, shrimp, (andouille sausage slices, if using), bell peppers, onion and tomatoes.
  • Grill over direct heat for 5 to 7 minutes per side, or until shrimp are pink and cooked through and chicken is cooked through.
  • Serve Jambalaya Kebabs over rice.

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