Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Hands down the longest recipe title I’ve ever created.  Sure it’s a mouthful to say, but man is it the most delicious mouthful ever!  These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches are a combination of two recipes and the perfect way to send Summer out with a bang!

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Last month, I shared with you my recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream.  Another mouthful!  I loved the recipe so much that I decided to take it one step further and combine it with my Chocolate Yogurt Waffles.  And then I might have decided to dip the whole thing in chocolate ganache.  Because I kind of thing dipping things in chocolate ganache makes it taste a million times better.  (And, I’m so right on this theory.)

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches



  1. In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips and whipping cream. Microwave for one minute. Stir together until completely combined.
  2. To assemble sandwiches. Place a scoop of ice cream between two waffle quarters. Dip corner in chocolate ganache and place on plate. Top with additional chopped peanut butter cups, if desired.
  3. Continue until all sandwiches are created and place in freezer until set.
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Peanut butter and chocolate lovers, this recipe is just for you!  Do yourself a favor and make a batch this weekend.


Looking for additional recipes to add to your menu plan?  Here are a few new favorites:

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You can find Melanie online at Melanie Makes where she documents cooking, creating and caring for her family.  Repeat.  Melanie lives in Cleveland, OH, with her husband, three children, two cats and Lizzie, the 15 year old turtle.

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Value Village Back to School Shopping Haul

Value Village Back to School Shopping Haul

I have been a long time shopper of Value Village and thrift shopping in general so when Value Village asked to partner with me on a back to school feature there was no hesitation on my part.  I started thrift shopping when I was pregnant with my first child (who is now 17) and furnished her entire nursery with second hand furniture at amazing discount prices.  Talk about addicting, I was hooked!  From there I went on to visiting thrift stores on a very regular basis.  Then life got really great when one of my best friends bought and ran a thrift store in my old BC town.  Talk about sweet!  I went to “visit” her often :)  In fact, she wrote a fantastic post here many years ago titled 10 Tips for Shopping Thrift that you might find helpful.

Value Village Thrift Store Shopping Haul

Since we didn’t live near a Value Village in BC, whenever I’d go to visit my parents in Ontario that was always one of my very first stops.  The size of it alone just blew my small town mind away.  Here in Alberta, where I live now, there is a Value Village in the city a couple of hours from me and again whenever we go in (a couple of times a month) that’s the first place I want to go.  I love me a bargain especially on name brand clothing that I would never ever buy at full price.  Ever.  Why would you when you can get those expensive brands for a fraction of the cost at a thrift store.  It just makes good sense.

For my Value Village challenge I was given $100 to purchase back to school clothes for my kids.  I would have been doing this anyway so it was such a fun assignment for me and I’m excited to share what I bought with you.  For those that might not be familiar with Value Village stores (or Savers stores as they are called in parts of the US) they are a family of thrift stores operating more than 330 locations in Canada, the U.S. and Australia.  Value Village stocks an ever-changing selection of about 100,000 items on the sales floor, and up to 10,000 fresh pieces are added daily with over 90% of the merchandise being less than $10.00.  Value Village has one of the largest recycling programs in the world, giving gently used goods a second life and diverting more than 650 million pounds of goods from North American landfills each year.

You really never know what you’ll find on any given day which is what makes it all that more exciting.  It’s the thrill of the hunt.  I went to Value Village on this particular day not knowing which of my kids I was going to buy for as it depended on what was available for them in their sizes.  This visit, it turned out, was a huge success for our youngest son who is 8 almost 9.  We scored some amazing deals for him, it was his lucky day :)

A recent survey showed that 52% of parents surveyed feel that back-to-school shopping is more than expensive than last year.  47% of parents spent more money than they wanted to on back-to-school shopping last year.

Value Village Donation Centre

Also Value Village stores are currently running a promotion till the end of this month where you are rewarded for dropping off donations.  For every large, full box or shopping bag (24″x12″x12″) you are rewarded with a 5% discount on anything you buy in store up to 30% off (check your local store for current promotions as new ones are added often).  So before I went shopping I went through my house room by room and collected a pile of things to bring with me.  Here’s our purge pile loaded into the red bin.

Purge Pile

For my donations, I received a 20% off discount to use in store.  Nice!

Recycle Rewards

Let’s go shopping!

Value Village Back to School Shopping Haul

My youngest son needed pants in size 10 and we were able to find 6 pairs!  Plus we bought him four shirts, a Columbia fall coat and a pair of pyjamas.  The only thing we found for my middle son (14) was a nice pair of needed black dress pants. I guess it wasn’t his day :)  My oldest daughter (17) wasn’t with us on this trip so we weren’t able to get anything for her.

The size of the store and the volume of clothes and products to choose from can’t be beat.  The store is also organized into categories and sizes making searching for what you want really easy.  I love that!

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Brand names I bought included:

Levi jeans – $12.99
Columbia coat – $19.99
Striped dress shirt – $7.99
Gap striped sweater – $5.99
Yellow Gap long sleeve shirt – $5.99
Orange Nike Polo shirt – $8.99
Please Mum pants – $8.99
Gap skinny jeans – $9.99
Children’s Place fleece pants – $5.99
George sweat pants – $4.99
WRG Jeans Co pants – $6.99
Black dress pants – $6.99
Transformer pyjamas – $4.99
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Everything was without stains and in excellent condition.

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My favorite find was this Columbia coat which is really good quality and looked to be brand new.

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I even let the kids pick out a book each for being good sports as I did all my shopping.

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Here’s a peek at my receipt.  I love the $23.00 savings!

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I was really pleased with my purchases and everything I was able to pick up for $100.00.  My youngest is all set for back to school!

Did you know?  In the U.S. you can even get a tax receipt for donating stuff to a thrift store.  This post, How to Track Drop-Off Donations for Tax Purposes, tells you everything you need to know about it.

Do you love thrift store shopping?

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Menu Plan Monday ~ August 25/14

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My brother and his family are here!  I don’t get to see my family very often as they live on the other side of Canada practically (it feels like it anyway) so it’s a huge treat to have them come visit me here in Alberta.  This is only the second time my brother has been […]

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Profitable Organizer Training Program – Enrollment Now Open!

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Hi everyone, just popping in quick to let you know that Profitable Organizer, for a short time only, is opening enrollment for their complete training program on how to become a Professional Organizer!! If you have always wondered how to go about setting up a profitable Professional Organizing business, then look no further! Cynthia, over […]

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10 Tips for Easy School Mornings

10 Tips to the New School Mom for Easy School Mornings

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I did everything right, or so I thought. I checked and double checked the list of school supplies. I attended all the new parent orientation meetings. I resourced my Pinterest page on healthy meals for school lunches. My husband drew a […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ August 18/14


Hi friends, one of my favorite things to do on Sunday nights is scroll through my Feedly account, where I follow over 100+ food blogs, looking for new recipes to try and to link to.  I absolutely love linking to other bloggers, it provides them some traffic love while at the same time it provides […]

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Organizing Favorites: Back to School Edition!

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Happy Friday y’all!  Welcome to the back to school edition of my Friday Favorites, the post where I share my favorite organizing links of the week :) I am super excited because I have my brother and his lovely wife and three kiddos coming to visit us in a couple weeks all the way from […]

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How to Stay Organized Every Single Day


The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kalyn at Creative Savings. Maybe you already have this organizing thing down to a science. Your closets are full of neatly stacked clothes, and your pantry sports all sorts of pretty chalkboard labels for baking supplies and snacks. But what about every day organization?  How do […]

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