‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond: Merry Berry Sundae Is ‘Like an Explosion’

If you’re looking for an ice cream recipe that will make your heart sing with joy, Ree Drummond knows just the treat. The Pioneer Woman featured a tasty ice cream sundae recipe called Merry Berry Sundae, on her discovery+ holiday special, Hometown Stories

This ice cream recipe was created by Michael Calhoun, the general manager at P-Town (Drummond’s pizza shop) and Charlie’s (Drummond’s ice cream shop). Here’s how Calhoun made this unique holiday dessert that Drummond’s son says is like a flavor “explosion.”

The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond presents Merry Berry Sundae

The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond speaks at an event for Hearst magazine while wearing a royal blue blouse.
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Every year, Drummond chooses some of the desserts that will go on The Mercantile’s holiday menu. This year, with the help of her younger son, Todd, she had the task of choosing between the Merry Berry Sundae and the Cookies for Santa Sundae.

The Merry Berry Sundae has plenty of elements that make it quite interesting. Calhoun says everyone loves berries, so he came up with the Merry Berry Sundae. Calhoun starts by placing strawberry, huckleberry, and dark cherry ice cream in a cup.

Calhoun then tops the ice cream with marshmallow cream. After that, he covers the cream and ice cream with berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries). He completes the sundae by drizzling red and green chocolate ganache on top. You can find the complete ingredients and directions on the Food Network website.

Taste testing the Merry Berry Sundae

As soon as Todd tasted the Merry Berry Sundae, he commented on how fruity it tasted. “That’s good; it’s really fruity,” he told Drummond and Calhoun. “It’s like an explosion. That was good.” Although Todd thought the Merry Berry was good, he ultimately chose the Cookies for Santa Sundae as the taste test winner. Drummond joked that she should have Todd do taste testing more often.

Ree Drummond’s ice cream pie with easy caramel sauce

If you would rather have pie than an ice cream sundae this holiday, try Drummond’s ice cream pie with easy caramel sauce. Some of the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are brown sugar, vanilla ice cream, egg whites, pecans, and half-and-half. Drummond starts by mixing vanilla ice cream and chopped candy and pouring it into a graham cracker crust.

This is an easy recipe to make because you can use a recipe shortcut and purchase the crust from the store. Drummond reassures home cooks that it’s OK to use shortcuts to cut back on the amount of time spent cooking. She realized she wanted to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with her family during the COVID-19 pandemic. This led to her cookbook, Super Easy: 120 Shortcut Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, and More.

Next, Drummond sprinkles chopped pecans on top of the ice cream. After the pecans are in place, she puts the pie inside the freezer for one to two hours. The complete recipe and instructions are on the Food Network website.

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