Good Humor-like Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars

Summertime means to me more ice cream treats for the kids. When I was growing up, there was one summer I can remember Ma discovering Rocky Road ice cream. We enjoyed a small bowl every night. Another summer it was Cookies and Cream, just after a youth group trip to Vermont, and having our first taste of some there at the original Ben and Jerry’s. My parents also liked to make homemade vanilla ice cream when we had guests over, and Ma would serve  a nice warm cobbler to go with it. Funny how ice cream can bring back memories from my past. And such happy memories too. Is there such thing as a bad ice cream memory?

Now my children and my brother’s children are making fond ice cream memories of their own, especially when they go do to my folk’s house at the lake, where the Ice Cream Boat makes frequent stops at their dock throughout the summer.  When the kids hear the ice cream boat’s music they run to Nonni and Papa, jumping up and down to get a treat.  And when answered with a “yes,” they run to the dock’s edge and wave like crazy for the Ice Ceam Boat to come over.  Then with great concentration they make their selections, often changing their minds two or three times until they come up with the day’s treat. Of course as the boat putters away from the dock, the children ask Nonni, “will he come back tomorrow Nonni?”

A favorite choice of my daughter’s is Good Humor’s Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars, and although she may change her mind several times while the Ice Cream Boat Man waits patiently, she always ends up with those pink and yellow speckled bars.  I thought it would be cool to create some of these treats for home, hopefully giving my kids more happy ice cream memories.

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Good Humor-like Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12-15
Very much like the classic Strawberry Shortcake Ice Lollies, but even better!
  • 3 ounce box strawberry flavored gelatin, I use Natural Desserts brand*
  • 3.8 ounce box vanilla non-instant pudding mix, I used Dr. Oetkers Organics
  • ½ cup chilled unsalted organic butter, divided
  • 1 cup oat flour, divided
  • 28 ounce container good vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 14 ounce container good strawberry sorbet, softened
  1. Place the contents of strawberry gelatin packet, ¼ cup butter, and ½ cup oat flour in a bowl.
  2. Using a fork or pastry blender, blend the contents until a small crumb is obtained. Spread crumbles on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet and freeze.
  3. Repeat the same process with the vanilla pudding mix, ¼ cup butter, and ½ cup oat flour, and freeze crumbles on a tray as well.
  4. Spread the softened vanilla ice cream onto a parchment paper lined 9x13 inch jelly-roll pan. The paper should extend over the edges- this will help you later to lift the dessert from the pan and slice it.
  5. After spreading the vanilla ice cream to the edges of the pan, dollop spoonfuls of strawberry sorbet over the ice cream, and swirl using a butterknife or chopstick.
  6. Remove both vanilla and strawberry crumbles from the freezer and top dessert, slightly pressing them into the ice cream.
  7. Freeze 1-2 hours or until firm. Lift dessert from the pan using the parchment paper, slice, and serve.
When making the crumbles, you will notice they are all different sizes. If some were large, I simply pinched off bits about the size of bb's and spread them on the cookie sheets. The vanilla tended to make bigger crumbs, but no big deal, break them up smaller, let the kids help, as this was a fun treat to make! *Natural Desserts brand is an all natural gluten-free, vegan jel mix found at Whole Foods.

More Frozen Treats…
Redskin Pie
Strawberry Push Pops

Next I am going to attempt Good Humor’s Chocolate Eclair. Just think of all the flavor combinations we can create with these little crumbles. Orange Creamsicle anyone?


  1. Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM | Permalink

    Those look amazing! And, they have to be so much better than the original one’s!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 3:07 PM | Permalink

      Patsy, I think these are better than the real thing and I am sure I could health them up even more by using a vegan (coconut milk) ice cream, but I have one with coconut tree nut allergies which is such a bummer!

  2. Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM | Permalink

    Robin Sue,
    I’ve been “offline” for months, and to open up and see this recipe of yours has me smiling from ear to ear. It was always my favorite, too! Can’t wait to try it! Bless you!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM | Permalink

      Hi Suzy, it has been a while! Hope all is well with you and yours!!
      Robin Sue

  3. Posted June 25, 2012 at 1:15 PM | Permalink

    isn’t that clever.
    what would happen, if we didn’t use the gelatin?

    • Robin Sue
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM | Permalink

      Dawn I am sure we can make our own crumbles just as we would for crumb cakes, esp for the vanilla crumbles. For the strawberry crumbles I did want that very fruity type flavor you find on the good humor bars. I imagine we could grind up freeze dried strawberries into the crumble for the same effect, but with kids running me all over I had to cut corners and use the gelatin. The Whole foods one is natural and vegan. I was thinking of you when I created this knowing that you could come up with a very fancy flavor combination!!

  4. Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM | Permalink

    To save money because the kids had bottomless pits, we made icecream sandwiches with chocolate icebox cookies and bought tons of ice cream cups and ice cream waffle cones, filled them with ice cream and froze them, placed in plastic bags and the kids helped themselves. Sometimes, we put some chocoate syrup in the cones. Oh what memories and now my kids are as old as I was when I did this. Ma

    • Robin Sue
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

      Yup we do have some great ice cream memories because of you Ma. You even made us chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches a few time:-)

  5. Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:43 PM | Permalink

    What a fun summer treat.

  6. Posted June 25, 2012 at 3:24 PM | Permalink

    An ice cream boat? We need one of those on our little lake … one that brings your homemade ice cream treats. 🙂 Seriously, Robin!


    • Robin Sue
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

      AND foot massages! Now that would be da bomb!

  7. Posted June 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

    The strawberry shortcake ones are my favorites too, but when Claudia’s making her decisions next to the ice cream truck, she always goes for the fudgesicle. Crazy girl. Wait till I make this bad boy! I’m sure to convert her!

  8. sandralyn
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM | Permalink

    I can’t wait to make these so I can stop being the bad mom who say to no to pre-packaged expensive treats and make them instead!! Do you think regular flour would work just as well? I would only be purchasing the oat flour for this recipe. Thanks for your great ideas!!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 3:49 PM | Permalink

      Yes, I think regular flour would work fine for these. Same here, I am trying to make more and more things from scratch. So when they see something in the store, I say no, but then come home and try to recreate a healthier version.

  9. Posted June 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM | Permalink

    i thought those things were pretty darn tasty as a kid, and i’m impressed by your re-creation! very innovative, robin sue!

  10. sandralyn
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 5:50 PM | Permalink

    I made them last night using the regular flour and they were awesome- even better then the ones from the ice cream man! We started making this dangerously close to bedtime, so we just sprinkled and mashed on the crumbles and froze it together. Next up is chocolate!!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted July 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM | Permalink

      Huzzah for chocolate!!

  11. Ray Taylor
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 6:04 PM | Permalink

    I’d give 2 thumbs up but then I would have to take them off my ice cream treat … and we know THAT isn’t going to happen!!! 🙂

  12. Sandra
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 1:50 PM | Permalink

    My brother is turning 34 this week and still loves good humor strawberry shortcake ice cream bars and buys them by the case. I guess ice cream is our guilty pleasure! I thought it would be really cool to try and make him a birthday cake imitating his favorite ice cream bar, and I found this recipe. My only question is about the ice cream. You said use a good one. There is vanilla then there’s vanilla bean. Which would you recommend? I prefer vanilla bean but what’s closest to the good humor bars?

    • Robin Sue
      Posted January 17, 2015 at 3:51 PM | Permalink

      I like vanilla bean! Enjoy!

  13. Posted January 12, 2016 at 8:25 AM | Permalink

    Bless your sweet heart. This recipe is perfect for me!! These were my favorite as a kid.

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