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.
Old and young, if you 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 ice cream, and don’t get cute and try and use frozen yogurt.
- Make sure you buy the double stuff Oreos and not the regular. It 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 (about 1 gallon)
- 1 FAMILY SIZE (20 oz.) package of Double Stuff Oreos
- Take the ice cream out of the freezer about 5 – 10 minutes before you start. You want it kind of soft but not melted.
- Working one row at a time, break the the Oreos in half and add to the food processor
- Give the pulse button a quick press about 14 time times (depending on how chunky you like your Freak-out.)
- Add the cookie crumbs to the mixing bowl
- Top with 1/3 of the ice cream and lightly mix
- Pulse the next row of cookies and add it to the mixing bowl
- Add the next 1/3 of ice cream and mix
- Pulse the final row of cookies, add to the bowl
- Add the final 1/3 of the 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.