Holiday Hacks: Cafeteria food edition – Easier than an Easy-Bake Oven

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‘Tis the season for visiting with family and friends and making poor food choices (mainly the latter). Health negligence and the holidays go hand-in-hand. It’s a time when kale and quinoa are left to expire on grocery store shelves and calories seem non-existent. Luckily, the sugar-filled indulgences that take place throughout December can be made up for with a New Year’s resolution.

However, if you’re living on campus this holiday season, dessert binging may not be as enjoyable as it would be if you were home. You’ll most likely end up resorting to the boring and mediocre desserts the cafeterias have to offer. If you’re looking to broaden your dessert horizons here on campus, consider channeling your inner Betty Crocker and trying these simple holiday-hack recipes that will prove that ice cream isn’t just for the summer months.


I scream, you scream, we all scream when that number on the bathroom scale is a few pounds more than it was before the holidays began. Add to all this yelling and try a homemade ice cream sandwich. Ditch the usual cookies and milk for this tasty treat.


  • Vanilla soft-serve ice cream
  • Two chocolate chip cookies
  • Sprinkles


  1. Put a dollop of vanilla soft-serve ice cream on one chocolate chip cookie
  2. Place the second chocolate chip cookie on top
  3. Pour sprinkles around the ice-cream center

Super Fudge Sundae

If you’re a chocolate lover, this is the recipe for you. Dress up your plain chocolate ice cream with these tasty ingredients. This super easy, super fudge sundae will have your taste buds feeling pretty super themselves. Judy Blume would approve.


  • Chocolate soft-serve ice cream
  • Brownie
  • Chocolate sprinkles


  1. Put chocolate soft-serve ice cream in a bowl
  2. Place the brownie on top
  3. Pour the chocolate sprinkles over the sundae

A Classic Banana Split

You can never go wrong with a banana split. This traditional treat goes a long way without having to put a split in your wallet. Change up your regular ice cream routine by adding this simple twist.


  • Twist soft-serve ice cream
  • Banana
  • Candy topping
  • Chocolate syrup


  1. Put twist soft-serve ice cream in a bowl
  2. Place the banana on top
  3. Sprinkle the candy topping over the ice cream
  4. Add chocolate syrup

Voila! Dessert is served.


Angela Savich is a junior majoring in professional writing with an emphasis on digital and technical writing. She loves a good nap and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys workouts, pizza and contradictions.