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.
What can be better than ice cream? Ice cream sandwiches of course! These easy-to-assemble treats feature homemade cookies and come together quickly with a scoop of homemade ice cream. Replace the cookie with crushed cereal, and the kids will go wild!
Save time and money by making your own cold brew or iced coffee at home. For an added treat, substitute almond, cashew, or coconut milk for your usual creamer. Pour leftover coffee into ice cube trays and freeze—this way you can keep your iced coffee cold without watering it down.
Frozen custard gets its rich, creamy texture from egg yolks. When you make your own, it starts out the consistency of soft serve. For a firmer, scoopable texture, put in the freezer at least two hours before serving.
6. Ice Cream Cake Made Easy
Strawberry Crunch Cake will remind you of the vintage strawberry shortcake ice cream bar, but tastes even better! Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake combines light and airy angel food cake and the classic flavors of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The lovely presentation comes together in one pan which can be used for both baking the cake and freezing the finished dessert.
7. Homemade Popsicles
For something more flavorful than pre-packaged popsicles, make your own ice pops using your fresh ingredients. Have fun creating frozen treats, in as little as eight minutes, in a Quicksicle Maker. What popsicle flavors will you create? How about quick key lime, refreshing orange with fresh strawberries, or creamy and delicious Nutella®. For the grown-ups, coffee popsicles offer a cool, creamy little afternoon pick-me-up, and fresh berry lemonade can be made with Moscato wine for a little kick!
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