After a day at the beach, an afternoon running through a sprinkler, or a backyard BBQ, we all like to take a break from the heat and cool off with a treat. Whether it’s ice cream or ice cream cake, refreshing popsicles or iced coffee, we have plenty of delicious, easy-to-make homemade treats for the whole family. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Homemade Ice Cream
Don’t wait in long lines in the summer heat to get your ice cream fix. Instead, make it at home. Homemade ice cream is tastier and more affordable than store-bought, and you can make it just the way your family likes it. Some of our favorites are blueberry, honey butter shortbread, and chai toffee chip. To help ice cream freeze more quickly with fewer ice crystals, use shallow, flat containers.
2. Bubble Waffle Cones
Our new obsession! Start with a waffle puff, add your favorite ice cream, and go crazy from there. Top with cookie pieces, sprinkles, fruit, crushed cereal, fudge, caramel, or whatever your heart desires.
Three words: homemade magic shell. Forget the pre-packaged stuff—these popsicles come together quickly in our molds. A layer of homemade magic chocolate shell made in the microwave makes them a summertime favorite.
Whether you start your summer mornings with a cup of cold brew or iced coffee, these sweet variations are perfect for you. Substitute your favorite nut milk, like almond or cashew, for half and half or try coconut milk for a tropical twist. Pour any extra coffee into trays and freeze to make coffee ice cubes.
The addition of egg yolks makes frozen custard even more creamy and decadent than classic ice cream. When you make your own custard, it starts out with the consistency of soft serve. For a firmer texture, place it in the freezer for at least two hours before serving.
Angel food cake brings a light, airy texture to this layered freezer cake. It combines the classic flavors of coffee ice cream, vanilla cake, and shaved chocolate. The lovely presentation comes together in one pan, which is used for both baking and freezing the finished dessert.
Bring the spa to your patio with this frozen treat, which combines the classic, soothing flavors of cucumber and lime. Pick fresh mint from the garden and chop it into the mixture for an herbal finish.
These unusual, totally customizable treats are fun for all ages, and can be made with your favorite cereal. The sandwiches are held together with mini marshmallows and the ice cream takes the place of milk.
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