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Easy Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Bon Bons

[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Chocolate covered ice cream is a treat that takes me straight back to my childhood and the dipped cones we used to get at our local soft serve joint. It didn't feel like summer had truly arrived until I had my first dipped cone. As an adult, I recognize that the dipped cones weren't particularly high quality chocolate, or the ice cream for that matter, but there was something special about crunchy chocolate coating + ice cream that equaled pure summertime magic and fortunately it's actually fairly simple to recapture at home. And by making your own you can use your favorite top quality chocolate with your very favorite ice cream. Think of the possibilities:Horchata! Ginger Green Tea! Coffee Cardamom! It's a win-win.

Irony of ironies, this dessert is probably easier to prepare in the winter. If you have an unairconditioned kitchen like I do, you will need to work in batches making the mini scoops and coating them with chocolate so the ice cream doesn't stay out of the freezer for too long.

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered literary agent by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie, a Midtown Lunch contributor, and co-author of New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.

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