Butterfinger Birthday Sundaes

Today is my birthday and here’s a story of my life:

For months my best friend, Keisha, had been planning a masquerade ball fundraiser in conjunction with the Greenville, South Carolina chapter of the Jack and Jill of America Foundation for the American Lung Association. I’ve known about this event from the beginning and somewhere along the way I got sidetracked and what started out as a masquerade ball in reality turned into a Halloween party in my head.

Two weeks before the ball my kids and I were at Target shopping for their Halloween costumes, and I found this awesome Hulk hat. It was a modified green ski cap with thick Hulk eyebrows on the forehead and crazy Hulk hair coming out of the top. I fell in love with that hat and I walked around the store wearing it, trying to convince myself not to buy it. It was on sale so I had to buy it.

I was still wearing the hat when my husband came home. He said, “Nice hat, Weirdo!” Then it hit me I can be Mrs. Hulk for the Halloween Party! From that moment on I was focused on being the hottest Mrs. Hulk ever. And just like that I dismissed the whole masquerade ball theme.

It took me about a week to get everything together–I found these cute purple rock star jeans, a green tunic, a matching green jacket and green trouser socks at Old Navy. I scored free Wet ‘N Wild green eye shadow and nail polish  at CVS with my Extra Care Bucks. I was going for glam so I didn’t want an entirely green face.

The day of the event I drove 90 minutes to Greenville with my fabulous Mrs. Hulk costume in tow.  I got ready at Keisha’s house and met her at the hotel. As I walked through the ballroom doors I saw these elaborate historical costumes and everyone was wearing these ornate masquerade masks. That’s when I remembered, “MASCARADE BALL! (OH, #@$!)” Ooops!

It was too late to reconsider my costume choice so I had to rock what I got. I walked to Keisha’s reserved table and introduced myself to Joan of Arc, Marie Antoinette and Cleopatra. Keisha, an Old West Saloon Hostess, shook her head and said, laughing “Only you!”

In spite of my costume faux pas I had a blast. The Phantom of the Opera liked my hat and Scarlet O’Hara admired how beautiful my make-up was. The fundraiser was a great success and a lot of money was raised for the American Lung Association. It was a night filled with great music, food, historical figures and the wife of a superhero.

Butterfinger Birthday Sundaes
Makes 10 servings

Since my birthday is a few days after Halloween, I used left-over candy to garnish these over-the-top celebration sundaes.  You can use whatever sweet fixins you have around the house. I coated a few sugar cones with leftover melted chocolate.

1.5 quarts vanilla ice cream, store-bought or homemade
2 cups chopped Butterfingers, I used about 20 fun-size bars
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
10 waffle ice cream bowls
Chocolate sauce
Canned whipped cream

Toppings, for garnish:
Rainbow sprinkles
Chopped Peanuts
Toffee bits
Plain M&Ms
Chopped peanuts

Let the ice cream sit at room temperature until softened, about 20 minutes.

Transfer the softened ice cream into a large bowl. Fold the chopped Butterfingers into the ice cream. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and freeze.

Melt the chocolate chips and vegetable shortening in a medium bowl set over a pot of barely simmering water, stirring frequently until smooth.

Dip the top of the bowls in the chocolate and garnish with sprinkles, candy, chopped nuts or coconut. Alternately, brush the bowl with chocolate and garnish with toppings.

Place the bowls in the refrigerator to harden, about 20 minutes.

Scoop ice cream in the bowls and spoon chocolate sauce over the ice cream. Garnish with toppings and finish with whipped cream.

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