Summer is the hottest time of the year, and you may find yourself wanting to go out but not daring to leave the cool temperatures of your air-conditioned room. Don’t be afraid to go out and enjoy some summer sun and heat, these 5 frozen treats are sure to keep you nice and cool while satisfying your palate.
1. Ice cream
Ice cream is a summer staple, what better way to stroll down the sidewalk than with a cone in your hand filled beyond the brim with a delicious frozen creamy treat? Sold at almost any supermarket, ice cream is easy find and is a quick way to beat the summer heat. Enjoy some classic chocolate and vanilla with a waffle cone or save yourself the mess with a cup.
If you’re craving a fruitier taste, then go for a sorbet. These fruity frozen desserts have no dairy in them, they are fruit puree mixed with ice. Perfect for refreshing a palate or simply a great way to satisfy that tangy craving.
Smoothies are perfect to serve on a sunny day and can be enjoyed almost anywhere. Usually thinner than milkshakes and has more fruit than milk, smoothies can easily be made with just fruit and ice. Order them at a restaurant or make them with your own blender at home. There are plenty of smoothie recipes online, but you can use whatever fruit you have in your refrigerator or freezer, blend with ice and add a splash of yogurt. Simple as that!
Blenders are available in a variety of sizes. You can buy your own personal smoothie blender for as little as $15 at Target or a similar store or online at Amazon. The brand of choice for most users are Hamilton Beach and Oster.
3. Frozen Fruit
If you’re craving a healthier frozen dessert, frozen fruit is both a healthier sweet treat and easy to make. Simply pick your fruit, cut it and stick it in the freezer. Grapes are a popular choice, but you can also freeze other fruits such as berries and peaches. Put them in a plastic storage container so you can enjoy frozen fruit on the go or serve them as a snack to guests and friends.
Keep in mind however that there are certain fruits that are not recommended to be frozen unless you are going to eat them right away, among these are melons as they are shown to lose most of their moisture if left to thaw out after removing them from the freezer.
4. Frozen Pie
Pies are a popular dessert, so why not turn them into a delicious frozen goody as well? Frozen pies usually mean that they have an ice cream filling, however, there are some types of batter and filling that can be specially made to be frozen as well. Make a delicious chocolate ice cream pie, or a frozen key lime pie with a graham cracker crust. Create a fruit puree and freeze it before filling the pie crust to make a perfect frozen berry treat.
Mix and match your favorite fruits and make your own crust from scratch. These desserts are sure to hit the spot and cool the summer heat.
Popsicles are a great refreshing snack any day and can be made easily at home. If you don’t want to buy them from a store, simply pour juice into a cup and stick a spoon or other supportive item then leave it in the freezer for a few hours. Add in fruit slices to give it more flavor and texture or you freeze different drinks such as soft drinks or coffee.
Cheap popsicle molds can be found at stores or online and come in all sorts of cool shapes and sizes, so have some fun with your frozen dessert!