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As much as we enjoy the summer weather, it can take its toll on us and leave us feeling overheated. One of our favorite ways of cooling down is to kick back and enjoy an icy cold homemade treat, and we’ve compiled a list of our favorites to share with you. One of the great things about frozen desserts is that you can make them ahead of time and store them in the freezer until you’re ready to eat them. We’ve got something for everyone and every skill level in this list – from super easy popsicles, to healthy frozen snacks and even some treats that are for adults only.
When the temperature’s rising and you find yourself parched, a blended drink is the perfect way to quench a thirst. While many blended drinks have liquor in them, the drinks in this section are alcohol free and perfect for the home family.
Butter Beer (Pictured)– Butter Beer is a favorite drink among many of the students of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter Novels. Universal Studios collaborated with author J.K Rowling to create a real life version of the brew to sell at their Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. You don’t have to travel all the way to Orlando to try it though, you can now thrill your kids with this at make at home version!
Frozen Limeade – Lemon tends to get all of the love, but switch up your citrus fruits for a refreshing change.
Frozen Hot Chocolate – Hot chocolate is not just for winter anymore, with this recipe you can enjoy “hot” chocolate all year round.
Frozen Iced Tea - Frozen iced tea is perfect for sipping on a sunny porch.
Golden Beetle Slush – Don’t worry, this drink is free of insects, but it’s fruity combination of apricots, peaches and OJ give this drink the same color as the beetle after which it’s named.
Strawberry Almond Horchata – Horchata is a Mexican drink made with rice.
Have you been thinking about picking up an ice cream maker but are intimidated by tempering eggs? Here are some great starter recipes that involve no cooking, so making your own ice-cream is easy! Just make sure you chill the canister in the freezer overnight and that you chill the ice cream base in the refrigerator for a few hours before churning it.
Butter Pecan Ice Cream – This classic flavor combination delights young and old alike.
Coconut Macadamia Ice Cream – Even though this ice cream contains no eggs, the coconut and macadamia nuts make it a rich indulgence.
Five Minute Ice Cream – The name says it all, this recipe only takes 5 minutes to put together.
Meyer Lemon – Meyer lemons are a bit sweeter than a typical lemon, which makes them perfect for ice creams.
Nutella Ice Cream – Who doesn’t love the awesomeness of Nutella? What’s also awesome about this recipe is that there are only two ingredients!
Peach Ice Cream – Since peaches have a delicate flavor, this recipe should be made in season when peaches are at their ripest and juiciest.
Vanilla – This recipe is while basic is in no way boring.
Custard or French style ice creams are a little more complicated to make than a no-cook ice cream. They use egg yolks which need to be tempered so you don’t end up with scrambled eggs. It’s worth the extra effort because the egg yolks add thickness and richness to the ice cream. Like with a no-cook ice cream, to get the best results make sure you chill the base mixture thoroughly in the fridge before churning.
Classic Vanilla Ice Cream –If you only master one ice cream recipe, this is it.
Chocolate Ice Cream – The chocolatiest of all the chocolate ice creams.
Cookies and Cream Ice Cream – If you are a fan of DQ’s Oreo Blizzard, than this is the recipe for you.
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – This recipe goes the extra mile by using real mint leaves instead of an extract.
Red Velvet Ice Cream (Pictured) – The flavors and ingredients of the ever popular Southern cake make its way into this delectable ice cream. The color is to die for as well and really pops when you serve it in a chocolate cookie cone.
Salted Caramel Ice Cream – Salted caramel is everywhere these days, it’s no surprise, because who doesn’t love the combination of sweet and salty?
Frozen yogurt shops - selling ice-cream’s healthier and tangier cousin - have been sweeping the nation! It’s easy to whip up a batch yourself, so the next time you have a craving, you can just take a trip to your freezer instead of the mall.
Coconut Frozen Yogurt – A taste of the tropics in Fro-Yo form.
Strawberry Basil Frozen Yogurt – A touch of basil takes this frozen yogurt from ordinary to extraordinary.
Tangerine Frozen Yogurt – The sweetness of the tangerine juice pairs perfectly with the sourness of the yogurt.
Traditional Frozen Yogurt - This recipe is about as simple as it gets – yogurt and sugar, but it tastes just like the stuff you buy at Pinkberry and Red Mango.
Granita is an icy Italian dessert that is super simple to make - no crazy gadgets required. All you need is a shallow pan, a fork and room in the freezer. This treat is perfect for those days when you want something nice and light to end a meal.
Cantaloupe and Mint Granita – Has the summer heat got you beat? The combination of cantaloupe and mint is sure to cool you down.
Cucumber Granita – The refreshing flavor of cucumber makes this granita perfect to serve as a palate cleanser between courses.
Orange Granita – Orange granita is a classic recipe from the island of Sicily, where citrus fruits thrive.
Raspberry Granita – The bright color of the raspberry fruits makes for a beautiful granita.
Watermelon Granita – A splash of lime juice brings out the delicious flavors of the watermelon in this granita.
Frozen treats with a little kick are the perfect summer treat for those adults 21+. The grown up libations don’t stop at blended drinks, we’ve got recipes for popsicles and ice cream too!
Corona Popsicles – Popsicles can’t get easier than this one-ingredient recipe – pour, freeze, serve!
Frozen Grasshoppers – This is an alcoholic version of a Shamrock Shake, and it’s for mint lovers only.
Frozen Pina Colada – For all those Buffett fans who like getting caught in the rain.
Guinness Ice Cream – The classic Irish stout adds flavors of malt and molasses to the ice cream.
Make Ahead Frozen Margaritas (Pictured)- This recipe is great for parties because you make these ahead of time and keep them in your freezer. That way when your guests come over you can simply enjoy their company instead of having to play bartender all evening.
Mulled Wine Sorbet – This sorbet has the deep flavors of wine with spicy citrus notes.
Strawberry Daiquiri – You can easily pretend you are on your own private island with this daiquiri recipe.
White Wine Sangria – This recipe is a fresh take on a Spanish classic.
Frozen treats don’t have to be full of fat and sugar to taste great, fruit just seems to taste better when it’s popped into the freezer for a bit, of course a touch of dark chocolate never hurt anyone either.
Banana Ice-Cream – This ice-cream is actually just frozen bananas that are churned until they reach a creamy consistency!
Chocolate Dipped Kiwi Popsicles (Pictured) – Not only do these popsicles look fantastic, but they taste great as well. Kiwi is chock full of good for you nutrients and the chocolate shell is made with antioxidant rich dark chocolate and the good for you fat, coconut oil.
Frozen Fruit Kabobs – Super simple and super tasty, a combination of fruits are skewered and frozen.
Mint Pineapple Ice – This ice contains no added sugar, the flavor of the pineapple is sweet enough!
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Shake – This non-dairy shake is the perfect treat for a fall day.
If you can’t function in the morning without a good cup (or two) of coffee, then these desserts are perfect for you. The trick to these treats is making sure the coffee you use is extra strong.
Affogato – A classic and simple Italian dessert, a warm shot of espresso is poured over ice cream.
Frappuccino – Starbucks makes great frappuccinos but they cost an arm and a leg! Save a few bucks and make a copycat drink at home.
Frozen Mocha Cheesecake – This cheesecake would be the perfect dessert to bring to a book club meeting.
Iced Mocha Latte – Coffee and Chocolate? What’s not to love?
Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles – This rich tasting popsicle is dead easy to make and only contains two ingredients!
Milkshakes have been a staple in our culture since the days of soda shops. Making your own milkshake is easy, all you need is a blender. One of the great things about making milkshakes at home is that you get to control the thickness of your shake.
Banana Milkshake – For days when you are monkeying around the house.
Birthday Cake Milkshake (pictured)– It doesn’t have to be someone’s birthday for you to try this shake that has cake mix powder in it. This recipe calls for almond milk, but you can easily substitute regular milk.
Chocolate Mint Milkshake – A peppermint patty in milkshake form.
Peanut Butter Milkshake – This recipe is perfect for PB lovers, to make it extra peanutty, use chunky peanut butter instead of smooth.
Shamrock Shake – McDonald’s only comes out with this shake around St. Patrick’s Day, but with this recipe you can have it all year round.
Strawberry Milkshake – A staple flavor still found in many diners around the country.
Want more milkshake ideas? The food network has 50 additional great milkshake ideas.
It’s typically assumed that ice creams and the like are sweet, but in fact they can be savory creations as well. Sure it sounds a little strange at first, but when you think about it, cream is often used in warm savory sauces like Fettuccini Alfredo, so why shouldn’t it work as a cold dish as well?
Garlic Ice Cream – A must try for any garlic lover, maybe just not on a first date!
Maple Bacon Milkshake – Bacon has been creeping up in desserts for a while now, people seem to love the sweet and salty combination of maple and bacon.
Olive Oil Ice Cream – You can vary up the type of olive oil you use to change the flavors in this ice cream recipe.
Parmesan Ice Cream – It sounds crazy to us too, but people seem to really love the saltiness of this ice cream.
Roquefort Ice Cream – This ice cream combines the cheese course and the dessert course into one, for those evenings when you just can’t decide between the two.
Tomato Basil Sorbet – Instead of sorbet for dessert, serve this as an appetizer. Think of it as an extra cold gazpacho.
Frozen pies and cakes are great to make during the hot summer months when the last thing you want to do is have your oven on for hours on end heating up your home. These are perfect treats for al fresco dinner parties because they can be stored in the freezer. Just make sure to leave them on the counter or in the fridge to unthaw for a few minutes before serving.
Buster Bar Dessert – This frozen treat tastes like Dairy Queen’s Buster Bars.
Chocolate Mousse Squares – This dessert takes chocolate mousse to the next level.
Frozen Keylime Pie – Bring a little taste of Key West into your home with this pie.
Frozen Pizza – This is the perfect finale to serve at a pizza party.
Pretzel Ice Cream Cake – Ice cream cake doesn’t have to be purchased at a store, with a little time and effort you can easily make your own!
S‘mores Ice Cream Sandwiches (Pictured)– A cool take on a campfire treat. Marshmallow ice cream is sandwiched between graham crackers and rolled in chocolate chips.
Popsicles are a childhood favorite. It seems these days though, that most of the popsicles you buy in the stores are kind of bland and tasteless. With a popsicle mold and a little time in the freezer you can have delicious, flavorful popsicles at your fingertips anytime.
Cereal and Milk Popsicles (pictured) – Are you a person who slurps up the leftover milk after eating the cereal? If so then this popsicle is for you!
Cherry Lime Popsicles – There are only four ingredients in this super easy to make recipe.
Creamsicles – These popsicles taste just like the creamsicles you remember from your childhood.
Kiwi Pineapple Popsicles – These popsicles have actual slices of kiwi in them adding extra texture and flavor.
Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles – The addition of cream cheese into this popsicles makes them extra luxurious.
Shirley Temple Popsicles – All of the flavors of the ever-popular mocktail are in this tasty treat.
Watermelon Popsicles – These popsicles are super cute as the addition of chocolate chips look like watermelon seeds.
Sorbet is a great alternative to ice cream for those who are lactose intolerant because sorbets are dairy free. Sorbets are also lower in fat and calories than a typical ice cream or frozen yogurt. Some sorbets do contain a tiny bit of alcohol to prevent the freezer from making the sorbet rock solid.
Blackberry Sorbet – This is a very tart sorbet, perfect for those who don’t like their desserts too sweet.
Chocolate Sorbet – Sorbet’s don’t always have to be fruit flavored, this sorbet has intense chocolate flavors.
Lemon Sorbet – This refreshing sorbet can either be served at the end of a meal or in the middle of dinner as a palate cleanser.
Mango Sorbet – Mango sorbet is the perfect end to a Thai inspired meal.
Pear Sorbet – If you are a pear lover, consider serving this sorbet alongside a poached pear.
Pineapple Sorbet – Who doesn’t love the refreshing and cooling taste of pineapple?
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