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8 Cool Summer Treats for Hot Days

Nobody wants to wait in a line that stretches down the street in the summer heat just for the cool relief of ice cream. Instead, check out one of these eight fun warm-weather treats that are more creative—and more affordable—than those premade ice cream treats.

1. Easy Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

What’s better than homemade ice cream? Homemade ice cream sandwiches, of course! These customizable treats feature homemade cookies and come together quickly with scoops of your family’s favorite ice cream.

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

2. Strawberry Crunch Cake

This cake delivers all the textures: crunch from crushed cookies, smooth strawberry ice cream, and soft vanilla cake. A classic poke cake technique means strawberry syrup soaks right into the layered dessert.

Strawberry Crunch Cake

3. Mint Chocolate Chip Quicksicles

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.

Mint Chocolate Chip Quicksicles

4. Iced Coffee Variations

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.


Iced Coffee Variations

5. Frozen Custard

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.

Frozen Custard

6. Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

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.

Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

7. Cucumber, Lime & Mint Spa Quicksicles

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.

Cucumber, Lime & Mint Quicksicles

8. Cereal Ice Cream Sandwiches

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. 

Cereal Ice Cream Sandwiches

Did you try any of these? Leave us a review on the recipe page and let us know what you thought!


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