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Fat Elvis Ice Cream

Fat Elvis Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cups
I’ve been wanting an ice cream maker for a while. My husband, however, wasn’t convinced that it was a necessity. When the Steamy Kitchen store had a deal for $50 off of a $100 purchase, I figured it was a sign. It was the cosmos saying, “Kieeeeersten, buy yourself an ice cream maaaaker. Make delicious thiiiiiings.” Not being one to say no to the cosmos, I immediately bought myself a 1 1/2 quart Cuisinart ice cream maker. (I also bought a neon orange hand mixer, but that’s neither here nor there.)

So! The ice cream maker was bought. Then what? Well, I figured I would break it in by making Fat Elvis Ice Cream. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that my husband and I moved from Wisconsin to North Carolina a few months ago. One of the things we desperately miss about living in Madison is Chocolate Shoppe. Don’t let the name confuse you– Chocolate Shoppe is all about ice cream. Super rich, indulgent, once-in-a-while-special-treat ice cream. And, in my humble opinion (and my husband’s too), their best flavor is Fat Elvis.

Yes, this is the same Fat Elvis ice cream that was the inspiration for my Fat Elvis Pudding Pops. Chocolate Shoppe’s Fat Elvis ice cream has a banana ice cream base, a ribbon of peanut butter, and chocolate chips. My version has the first two, but also has a melt-in-your-mouth fudge swirl and pieces of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Yes, it is super rich! No, it is not an everyday ice cream! But it’s a pretty good recipe for breaking in an ice cream maker and convincing your husband it was a worthwhile purchase. (I think he’s convinced.)

Fat Elvis Ice Cream

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Fat Elvis Ice Cream

Rich banana ice cream swirled with peanut butter and fudge ribbons and peanut butter cups. Inspired by Chocolate Shoppe’s Fat Elvis Ice Cream and adapted from Taste of Home’s Banana Ice Cream.

  • Yield: 1 1/2 quarts (12 servings)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 1/4 c. + 2 tbsp. sugar, divided
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 6 oz. evaporated milk, divided
  • 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 3.5 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 c. ripe bananas, pureed (about 2 bananas)
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 1/3 c. chopped peanut butter cups

Instructions

  1. Heat half-and-half to 175 degrees in a large, heavy saucepan. Stir in 1 1/4 c. sugar and salt and whisk until dissolved. Ladle a small amount of the half-and-half mixture into the eggs. Pour egg mixture into the pan, whisking constantly. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 160 degrees and coats the back of a metal spoon.
  2. Remove from heat. Place pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. (Alternately, you can fill your sink with an inch of cold water & ice cubes and use that instead of a bowl.) Stir in whipping cream, 2.5 oz. of milk, and vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  3. After making the custard and at least 3 hours before starting the ice cream maker, make the fudge ribbon; heat remaining evaporated milk and sugar over low heat, whisking constantly. When mixture is heated, add chopped chocolate and heat until melted, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and allow mixture to come to room temperature.
  4. Stir banana puree into custard. Fill cylinder of ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. (Depending on the size of your ice cream maker, you might need to make two batches.) When ice cream is frozen, transfer it to an airtight freezer container. Fold in fudge ribbon, peanut butter, and peanut butter cup pieces, careful not to overmix. Freeze for 2-4 hours before serving.

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41 Comments

  • Reply
    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    January 16, 2012 at 9:15 am

    This looks unbelievable!!! I’ll be at your house by the time you get home from work to have a bowl of it!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      My husband was a hero and finished it off for me so I wouldn’t be tempted, so sadly, there is none left. 😉

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    Rachel R.
    January 16, 2012 at 9:53 am

    That looks so good, especially your first picture with the huge chunk of Reese’s peanut butter cup on top!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you! It was SO good. Banana, peanut butter, and chocolate is the perfect combination of flavors. 🙂

  • Reply
    Julie
    January 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

    You have my address right? If you could just package a little container of this ice cream up and send it my way, that would be fantastic….. 🙂

    We have an ice cream maker and it might be my favorite kitchen tool. Do you have “The Perfect Scoop”? Its got GREAT recipes!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Well, you know, the ice cream place in Madison that makes the original actually DOES sell it online and ship nationwide! Chris has been talking about ordering it, which is why I thought I’d try making it myself. 🙂

      And no, I don’t have that book, but it’s on my birthday list! So if I don’t get it for my birthday, I’m just going to buy it.

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    Jennifer
    January 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    oh my gosh this looks heavenly!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you! It definitely is, although I worked out extra hard after eating it. 🙂

  • Reply
    Virginia from That Bald Chick
    January 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Okay, any recipe that includes the name “Fat Elvis” is worth trying. LOL. Stumbing and pinning this one!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Yeah, you KNOW it’s going to be delicious and you KNOW it’s going to be bad for you. Thanks for the stumble and pin–I appreciate it!

  • Reply
    Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry
    January 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    WOW! Chocolate + Peanut Butter + Banana = Heaven!

  • Reply
    BusyWorkingMama
    January 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Oh my, this looks delish!! I have never used an ice cream maker.

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      It is so fun! My family had an ice cream maker back in the 90s (I think it was a hand-crank one!) and it didn’t work very well, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. But it was SO good, much creamier than the store-bought kind. Now that I broke it in with something extremely fattening, I’m working on some healthy sorbet recipes. 🙂

  • Reply
    All Natural Katie
    January 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Congrats on the new ice cream maker! I would probably gain 50 pounds if I had one at home, but I would be pretty happy from all of the delicious ice cream.

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 17, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Yeah, I’m planning on doing sorbets often and ice cream once in a while–having ice cream on hand all the time would be a BAD thing for me!

  • Reply
    Kelly
    January 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    See the ice cream maker was worthwhile! And yum that sounds so good!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

      I think it will save us money too! I like to have sorbets for dessert because they’re pretty low cal, but they’re so expensive–now I can make them myself.

  • Reply
    Brenda Williams
    January 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    WOW…I want some! That looks so good. I agree you needed a ice cream machine!

  • Reply
    Carol
    January 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Enjoy the ice cream maker. That is one fantastic ice cream recipe!

  • Reply
    Orangeheromama
    January 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    seriously girl! i did NOT need to read this!!!

    NOW I WANT TO MAKE IT!!!

    🙂

  • Reply
    Val
    January 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Minus the bananas (allergic) that looks fantastic. I want to try making it now…. damn it. As if I needed another thing to spend money on!!! 🙂

    P.S. Orange is my favvvorite color!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      This is seriously the best ice cream flavor of all time. I bet it would be good with a chocolate base instead of banana!

  • Reply
    Audrey
    January 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    My daughter owns an ice cream maker. She’s made several varieties now. It’s so much fun 🙂

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      It’s really fun–I think I spent the entire 20 minutes it was churning peering into the machine in amazement. I’m easily amused like that. 🙂

  • Reply
    Dawn C
    January 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Wow does that look good!

  • Reply
    Beeb Ashcroft
    January 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    That looks sooooooooo good!

  • Reply
    CulinarilyCourtney
    January 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Oh my goodness. This looks to me to be the perfect ice cream. I just want to take a spoon and dig in!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 19, 2012 at 6:28 am

      Thank you! It’s definitely my favorite flavor of ice cream–or, at least, it’s pretty high on the list. 🙂

  • Reply
    Toni @ A Daily Dose
    January 19, 2012 at 6:40 am

    This looks so yummy!!!

  • Reply
    Lucy
    January 20, 2012 at 7:09 am

    That looks sooooo good! My idea of heaven in a bowl!

    Wish I had an icecream maker.

  • Reply
    Pam
    January 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Looks so good! And we love Elvis in this house. lol

    Pam

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      January 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad the name of the ice cream didn’t offend you since you’re an Elvis fan–I was worried about that. 😉

  • Reply
    Mellisa
    April 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Oh my goodness I want to eat my computer screen 🙂 This looks amazing as soon as I’m off my diet I am going to make this as a reward. YUMMY!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      April 30, 2012 at 8:09 am

      I’m on Weight Watchers, but I let myself have one treat a week, so this was my treat. And then my husband had a LOT of leftover ice cream to eat. 😉

  • Reply
    Dawn Lopez
    May 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Oh wow, that looks completely delish! Just found your site through StumbleUpon, glad to have found it 😉

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Thanks for stopping by! And yes, this is definitely one of my favorite ice creams–so good!

  • Reply
    Skylor (@SproutLifestyle)
    October 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    You have this dessert thing DOWN my friend!

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    Melissa
    April 11, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    THANK YOU! We also moved away from Madison a few years ago, and Fat Elvis was one of my favorite flavors (in addition to Zanzibar Chocolate). In fact, my birthday after we moved my husband shipped Chocolate Shoppe ice cream to our house in Kansas–very expensive but worth it! We will be making this soon!

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      Kiersten Frase
      April 13, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      We’ve now moved from North Carolina to the Chicago area and my husband wants to drive up to Madison for his birthday next month, in part so he can get some Fat Elvis ice cream. 🙂 It really is the best!

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