Saturday, July 6, 2013

Biscoff's "Spread the Love Challenge"...Featuring Biscoff Ice Cream Sandwiches

Lotus Bakeries, the makers of deliciously addictive Biscoff Spread is inviting its fans to take part in their "Spread the Love Challenge" between now and July 28th.  All you have to do is get creative with your Biscoff Spread snacks by uploading photos that show their favorite ways to “spread the love.” Whether it’s a spin on a classic snack or a more creative twist, the makers of Biscoff Spread are asking their fans to submit photos showing how they enjoy Biscoff Spread. If you've never tried Biscoff, it's an irresistible, spreadable treat made from Biscoff Cookies. Some people enjoy it on toast, with apples, as a secret ingredient in recipes...or even straight out of the jar (Ahem...have they installed cameras in my kitchen?)! Biscoff is all natural and contain no nuts, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Here's how the contest works: at the end of this month, Lotus Bakeries will narrow down the photo entries to the Top 30. Facebook users will then vote for the final Grand Prize winners via the Biscoff fan page. By the way, all entrants will be automatically entered in a sweepstakes to win a year’s supply of Biscoff products. Facebook fans also have the option of playing daily Instant Win games on the Facebook page for a chance to win 7,000 prizes, including Biscoff Spread and Biscoff Cookie coupons. The top three winners of Biscoff’s Spread the Love Challenge, to be announced on August 30, 2013, will receive the following prizes:
  • First place – A trip to Belgium for two and a tour of the Biscoff factory where the world famous cookies are made
  • Second place – $1,500 cash
  • Third place – $1,000 cash
To enter, visit Biscoff’s Facebook page. “Like” Biscoff on Facebook and upload a Biscoff Spread photo with a title and description. Entrants may submit one additional photo for each referred friend. Please note, all qualified entrants must submit their photos between July 1 (12 a.m. EST) and July 28 (11:59 p.m. EST). Facebook fans will vote for the grand prize winners between August 5 (12 a.m. EST) - August 25 (11:59 p.m. EST). The top three winners will be announced on Facebook on August 30.
I'm going to join the fun, and I hope you will too! I'm entering the "Spread the Love Challenge" with the following photograph of my easy and delicious 4-ingredient Biscoff Ice Cream Sandwiches.

You won't believe how easy these fun Summer treats are to whip up! You can even get the kiddies involved. The hardest part of making these is being patient enough to let the softened ice cream firm up in the freezer for a couple of hours before digging in!

Biscoff Ice Cream Sandwiches
A Weekend Gourmet Original

Step 1: Heat an 8-ounce package of vanilla candy melts or white chocolate in the microwave according to package directions. When melted, stir 1/4 cup of Biscoff Spread into the white chocolate until completely combined. Dip 8 cinnamon graham crackers into the mixture, covering about halfway. Place on parchment paper or foil until they set up. Note: I put my crackers in the freezer for about 10 minutes, which allows them to firm up almost instantly.

Step 2: Soften 1 pint of your favorite vanilla ice cream. [Note: I used Vanilla Bean Haagen Dazs]  Place the softened ice cream in a mixing bowl and add 1/3 cup Biscoff Spread. Use a sturdy spoon to combine the two ingredients, making sure to leave some of the spread unincorporated as streaks in the ice cream.

Step 3: Place the ice cream back in the container and freeze until it firms back up a bit -- about 45 minutes. Spoon the ice cream onto one of the grahams, then top with a second graham. Place them back in the freezer for at least an hour...two is even better if you have the patience. This recipe makes four sandwiches, but you could easily make up to six since I had ice cream left when I was done. 

These little babies are amazing...the fact that they're so simple to whip up is even better. The double shot of Biscoff inside and out, coupled with the cinnamon grahams is a perfect pairing! If you love Biscoff like I do, these are a must make Summer dessert or cool-me-off treat. To save a few calories, feel free to use frozen yogurt or a low-fat ice cream. 

Disclosure: Lotus Bakeries sent me a two-pack of Biscoff Spread and packages of Biscoff cookies to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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