Friday, July 16, 2010

Pig's Trough For A Crowd

Having a

Summer BBQ
Family Reunion
Block Party
Birthday Party?

Here's the treat for you.
We like to call this banana split the Pig's Trough.
It has become a family and neighborhood favorite.

This Pig's Trough fed 50 people this week .

Start with a plastic rain gutter that you can buy for about
$7 at your Home Depot store.  It runs about 10 feet long. 
Buy the two end caps too. Wash and dry all parts.

This Trough was created outside with a plastic table cloth,
but we have been known to let piggies in the house.
It is a little messier, but they are soooo cute!

First I layer in cookies to add a surprise crunch at the
bottom of the trough.  Piggies love crunchy things.
Next, cut bananas in half and layer those down the
I like to buy the rectangular boxes of ice cream so that you
can open the boxes quickly and cut slabs of ice cream.
This helps me put the trough together quickly because
both little piggies and big piggies
don't like their ice cream
to be soup.
Continue layering ice cream.  We used 7 containers of ice cream
for this trough, chocolate marshmallow, fudge ripple, peanut
butter chocolate, and vanilla.
Now comes the sauces.  We drizzled on raspberry sauce, caramel
sauce, chocolate sauce and chocolate hard shell (loved this one).
Finish it off with whipped cream and cherries.  You can add
nuts too.  I often do, but this was for teenage piggies and
you know how they can be.
We find it best to make the traditional pig sounds to call
everyone to the trough.

Have spoons ready and stand back if you don't want to get

Don't hesitate if you want some because it doesn't last long.

Pig's Trough

1 plastic trough and 2 end caps (9-10 feet long) 
7-8 cartons of ice cream
1 large package of chocolate chip cookies (or other flavor)
2 bunches of bananas
squeeze bottles of assorted toppings
1-2 large cans of whipped cream
nuts (optional)

I used the large package of cookie, the bunches of bananas
and the whipped cream all from Costco.

 I will be posting this on
Kitchen Bouquet's Ice Cream Social


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  1. Oh Jacqueline, that looks so good AND fun! I bet they loved it.

  2. Too fun! You should yell "SOOOOEEEEY" to bring everyone to the table! You might want to hook up with the Ice Cream Social too, it starts tomorrow.
    I gave your niece a shout out on my FF post, I edited it after I saw those cute cupcakes! Have fun!

  3. That is so cool, I could definitely pig out on that!


  4. What a fun idea! I have beentrying to think of something fun for a party my teenage son is having and I think this will be a hit!

  5. This is fun and fabulous and I'm sure fast...gone fast that is! My family would think this was amazingly and they prefer ice cream over everything else. Thanks for sharing such a fun idea!

  6. I could just dive right in like a pig in mud! Let me know if you need any help with the Photo Shop....I don't know much but maybe I can help you with what I have learned!

  7. Oh my have never seen anything like this before,lol.How yummy and really fun!

  8. Jacqueline, This is the most fun idea! WOW! I'm sure every little piggie that comes to this trough will think they are in Pig Heaven!
    Such a clever idea!

  9. oink oink, i'm in.. I think this will be perfect for the next family gathering! I think I'll start planning now! Thanks for the great idea.

  10. What a fabulous idea, Jacqueline. This is my first visit to your blog, so I spent some time browsing through your earlier post. I'm so glad I did. I really enjoyed my visit and will be back often. I hope the day treats you well. Blessings...Mary

  11. Hi Jacqueline, this looks so delicious :)
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, it's always nice to meet new bloggers. Have a great Saturday.

  12. your recipes have my mouth watering. yum
    thanks for the cookies tip!!

  13. This is such an awesome idea! And I love, love banana split too!!

  14. OH my Gosh how cute is that! What a great idea. Whoever in the world thought of the rain gutter idea. Its genius! Thanks so much for joining me in for my ice cream social. I know everyone is going love this post!

  15. What a fantastic idea - who would have thought to use a rain gutter!
    I can see having one of these at a number of get-togethers, and I loved your choices of ice cream..

  16. What a perfect idea for a party!! Definitely tucking this away for another time. :)

  17. Jacqueline, that is one fine looking pig trough I would pull up to in a second! Cool idea, the gutter is perfect. Your blog is great and I admire you for being so creative!!! This is my first visit here (thanks for visiting mine and leading the way!) and I know I will be back many times to check out what you are doing! I am so happy to meet you!!!

  18. SOUIE SOUIE SOUIE....this is the cutest thing I've ever seen in my entire loooong life. Not only looks luscious but how fun it looks, too....Love it.

  19. What a great presentation! I've not seen anything like it in my life and had to haul my hubby over to see it, too. (He was raised on a pig farm so things it's a pretty great idea.)

  20. What a cute idea for a kid's birthday party! The big question is, how do you keep the piggies to stay in their own area? What delicious fun!

  21. Jacqueline, It looks delicious, it looks cute, and it looks like such FUN! Great idea, great post for the Ice Cream Social!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  22. What a great idea! Very cool!

  23. I so have to do this at our next kids party!! Thanks for the awesome idea!

  24. I have to do this at our next neighborhood party! How awesome! I am now a follower!

  25. My first thought when I saw your post was "how in the world did she get a dish that long" and now I know!!! Using a gutter is brilliant. What a great surprise for a kid of any age's birthday party. I'm sending this one to my daughter who will love it. Terrific post.

  26. How totally clever! I LOVE your idea! I am going to definitely do this at the next party we have.


  27. That is hilarious and makes me wish I was one of the little piggies... lol I gotta go now, I am hungry! :)

  28. What a great idea!!! So creative and soooooooo much fun!!!

    Thank you so much for participating in Summer Sundays! Looking forward to seeing you next week.

    - The Tablescaper

  29. When I was young there was a place called Jahns that had a sundae called the Kitchen sink.
    I think it fed 30 or more!
    Gutters are very versatile. I have used them as planters along a wall.
    I love this use. Not for the germaphobic though!

  30. Jacqueline, Read your comment about making several ice cream dishes from the Ice Cream social and weight...I know what you mean. I have gained about 7 lbs since I started doing the online Tuesday tea parties! Gotta have something to eat (and photograph) with the tea, ya know! You are Joni's sister, aren't you? I love Joni's blog and also Tati's. What fun! Your blog is awesome too!
    Hugs, Beth

  31. What a fun idea!! I wonder, though, if some day on some television show they'll be offering a prize to the guy who can eat the whole thing himself!! (You know, like they do on the 4th of July at Coney Island---60+ hotdogs for one man!!)

    If they think up a competition like the pig trough, I'll bet my son or husband would love to give it a try...they LOVE ice cream.

    Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

  32. How fun is this!! When I was a kid there was place that sold big ice cream sodas. Everyone got a straw and a spoon. It was so fun.

  33. How fun! Great memories for the little piggies too!

  34. You are one fantastic hostess to create the trough banana split! What a fun and so creative idea - I bet the kids just loved it.

    Thanks for sharing!

  35. I would love to make my reso. for your next event! That is a great idea for a family affair. Good job!

    Stopping by from The tablescapers sunday summer party.

    Getting into truffle

  36. What a FABULOUS idea!!! Wish I had known of this during the birthday party days with the boys. I can just imagine a table filled with little boys with ice cream covered grins...

    Thanks for sharing it...
    Jane (artfully graced)

  37. Great party idea. I bet you're the fun Mom on the block!

  38. I love this idea! I am using it at my next BBQ. Thanks!

  39. My "little pigs" have been pigs at your trough and enjoyed it VERY MUCH! Joni

  40. You should join the Hive. It's a great group of women. We'd love to meet you.

  41. The only thing not to like about this is not being there! Genius idea.

  42. Holy Adorable Idea! :) Love it. I want to be invited next go around! ;) -Shelley @ HowDoesShe

  43. What a super fun idea...reminds me of something they would do at Farrell's.

  44. BTW, Thanks for commenting on my pretzels. If you try them, let me know how it turns out! =)

  45. we do this at young life club! we have 50 or so high school students who come to a weekly outreach club during the school year. last year we had a "banana club" and started the night off with a race to see which team could finish a gutter sundae first. it was amazing. they lined up around 2 of these sundaes and dove in. they took them down in under 2 minutes.

  46. YES! just a big OLE YES!!
    making this next week for Wednesday night Church supper potluck! WOO HOO!!

  47. What a blast...we did this for an ice cream party but of course before I was blogging so never chronicled it. HOW FUN!!!

  48. Seriously great idea! It's like a pizzokie gone piggie :)

  49. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love the rain gutter idea - brilliant!

  50. Hi Jacqueline
    We had a pig's trough at a restaurant years ago and I had forgotten about it until I saw your post. Thanks for the memories.

  51. I'm back Jacqueline...

    Congratulations, you made this week's Top 5 Hits! Thanks again for sharing such a fun post. Come check it out, grab a blog button and have a happy weekend!

  52. This is fantastic! I would like to try it... and maybe not invite anyone else at all. Oink.

    Really, I would love to do this with our youth group at church or something like that. Wouldn't that be fantastic?

    And since I keep coming back here and loving it anyway, I'm going to be a follower. I have been visiting old posts at both this blog and your sister's blog this morning. Both are just wonderful.

    I LOVE the kitchen in your header. I'm going to snoop around to figure out if it's yours.

  53. I am going to declare this as one of my favorite summertime posts!

  54. I just keep finding more and more great ideas on your blog! Shared this one on Granny Mountain page on Facebook today! I am so making this for our next big event!

  55. How fun! I am not sure I would want to eat out of it with a bunch of different people, but it would be a fun way to serve it at a party.

    Of course, I know my son wouldn't think twice about it!!


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