Just because you're entertaining a crowd (or even just your family), it doesn't mean you have to be a slave to the kitchen. Check out this idea from Kevin Sharkey as it will only take you minutes to prepare, and it will keep things chill and mellow when it matters most!
This quick and easy desert is simply a carton of ice cream, with the box removed and the ice cream refrozen on a plate, covered with good quality melted chocolate. It is surrounded by a few more bits of chocolate and having a pretty platter doesn't hurt either. All in all, it would take minutes to prepare without turning on the oven.
If you don't have a store near you that sells tall boxes like the gourmet retailer Sharkey shopped at, try cutting more traditional cartons in half and layering 3 together. Make sure to use a hot knife and refreeze after each layer. Likewise you can also pack them into a bread pan and unmold for pretty results as well!
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