Chocolate Ice-Cream Christmas Pudding

I made a Chocolate Ice-cream pudding this year as Christmas tends to be hot and I didn't feel like making the traditional steamed pudding. There are loads of variations of these around but this is my version and it tasted great! It is best made 2-4 weeks before hand so the cookies can soften and it also needs to be made in a couple of stages... BUT I think it was worth the effort!!! I have given the option of added toasted almonds to the pudding. BUT I did not use them as I was preparing this dish for a person with a nut allergy.