For some unexplained reason, my family and friends have an irrational level of excitement for this stuff. You might be thinking “um…newsflash, they sell cookies and cream ice cream in the store….”, but this is different. It’s so very different.
To know my family is to know and love Oreo Freak-out. Long before the cookies and cream flavor was available in the store, my mom (Peggy) was hand mixing an obscene amount of Double Stuff Oreos with a a family size bucket of vanilla ice cream. “Freak-out”, as we affectionately refer to it, was often made for big family gatherings or graduation parties. She’d usually have to make two batches because her six vultures would swarm and end up eating at least one of the batches before the first guest arrived.
freak-out (ˈfrēkout/), noun informal
1. a wildly irrational reaction or spell of behavior.
As I mix, the ice cream softens and the cookie crumbs begin to dissolve and release their chocolate flavor into the cold vanilla base. I think to myself– there won’t be enough cookie crumbs for all this ice cream! But then, my spatula reveals a reservoir at the bottom of the bowl. As I fold the spatula through the mix the air is released and the iconic cream filling invades adding a new layer of flavor.
I take a bite and my tongue is hit with the cold, creamy, sweet rush. I taste the chocolate and my eyelids gently close so that I can savor the bite. Just when I think it can’t get any better I strike gold and bite down on a Double Stuff golden nugget.
Old and young, if I have freak-out in the freezer they come running! Give it a try and let me know what you think.
A few cook’s notes
- Pulse times/numbers vary when crushing the Oreos. It depends if you like a more sandy or muddy base or if you’re in the chunky camp.
- The brand of ice cream doesn’t matter. Just make sure it’s vanilla and don’t try and use frozen yogurt or a low fat version. That’s like going to McDonald’s and ordering a #1 with a Diet Coke.
- Make sure you buy the double stuff Oreos and not the regular. I has to be double stuff.
- Scoop the Freak-out into plastic cups or small containers for easy consumption. This also helps prevent an accidental face plant into the tub resulting in eating way more than you should have (cough…not that I’ve ever done that…cough)
Mise en Place
- A food processor or a blender or a freezer bag and a rolling pin to crush the Oreos.
- An extra large mixing bowl
- Giant spoon, rubber spatula and ice cream scoop
- small containers (optional)
- A 4.125 quart bucket of vanilla ice cream (they used to be 5 quart buckets but now they say 4.125)
- 1 FAMILY SIZE (20 oz.) package of Double Stuff Oreos
- Take the ice cream out of the freezer and let it soften on your counter. You want it kind of soft but not melted.
- Working one row at a time, crumble the oreos into the food processor and press the pulse button 18 – 20 times, depending on how chunky you like your Freak-out.
- Add the cookie crumbs to the mixing bowl and repeat with the next row, until all of the cookies are crumbled.
- Scoop some of the softened ice cream from the bucket into the mixing bowl and combine it with the cookie crumbs.
- Add more ice cream and continue to mix.
- Working quickly, incorporate all of the ice cream so that no white streaks are left.
- Put the mixing bowl in the freezer while you cleanup your work space
- Line-up the containers and remove the mixing bowl from the freezer.
- Scoop the Freak-out into the containers. If you don’t want to individually package the Freak-out, simply pour it back into the bucket and store in the freezer.