My mom has been making this Caramel Crunch for years. It’s a family favorite across the board. A buttery, crunchy crust, topped with vanilla ice cream, drenched in caramel sauce and topped off with more buttery crust. It’s AMAZING!
I will never forget the first time I had this Caramel Crunch Ice Cream Dessert many, many years ago. We were at a family party at my Aunt & Uncle’s house and my Aunt Cathy had made this dessert. Let me tell you, it was love at first bite for all of us.
My mom got the recipe that night and has been making it ever since. It is definitely a family favorite and anyone I have ever made it for asks for the recipe. It really is that good. I think I can honestly say it is one of my all time favorite desserts and it’s not even CHOCOLATE!
It’s funny to watch and hear the reactions of my siblings when we’re at my parent’s for a family dinner and my mom brings out the pans of caramel crunch. She pretty much becomes the hero for the day because we all LOVE this stuff.
Just make this once and you will see what I mean. It will become a family favorite, I promise.
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional, I always leave out)
- 1 cup melted butter
- 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
- 1 jar (15-17 oz) caramel sauce (Mrs. Richardson's is my favorite)
Combine flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, melted butter and nuts. Spread onto large cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want this mixture to be a light golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Spread a little more than half of the baked oatmeal mixture onto the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
Pour the entire jar of caramel sauce evenly over crumb mixture. Carefully and evenly spread softened ice cream over caramel. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.
Freeze at least 4-5 hours or overnight. The longer the better.
If you want the ice cream layer to be a little thicker, feel free to use a little more ice cream. Since they changed the size of ice cream containers, it's no longer a "true" half-gallon, so the ice cream layer is not as thick as it used to be. I would have actually used more ice cream this time, but I only had one container. But trust me, it is delicious whether it has a thick or thin layer of ice cream.