Summertime means lemonade stands, lazy afternoons reading in the hammock and enjoying the snacks that somehow just taste better at this time of year. Here are five of our all-time favorite classic summer snacks.
Top 5 summer snacks
No summer camping trip is complete without a crackling campfire, scary ghost stories and a bunch of tired, dirty faces covered in toasted marshmallows, melted chocolate and crumbly graham crackers. Even if a camping trip isn't on the schedule, there are plenty of ways to enjoy s'mores from the comfort of your own home. Pop a pan of s'mores sandwich bars in the oven, make a simple s'mores pie with the kids or try this recipe for s'mores with a French twist. Delicieux!
Drumstick ice cream cones
If you haven't had a Drumstick ice cream cone lately, summer's the perfect time to get reacquainted. These creamy, chocolate-laced treats are better than ever. Drumstick cones now come in several flavors, including classic, sprinkled, dipped, pretzel-dipped and cookie-dipped -- even Lil' Drums and King Size, if you're looking for a bite-size or jumbo-size indulgence. Best of all, Drumstick ice cream still has that big hunk of chocolate at the bottom of the cone that we all love. (If that last bite is your favorite, you'll want to try Super Nugget Drumsticks with their super-sized chocolaty nuggets!)
Ants on a log
A celery stick filled with peanut butter and dotted with raisins is the classic version of the summertime kids' favorite, "ants on a log." Try some fun variations of the classic by swapping out the peanut butter for cream cheese or chocolate hazelnut spread, or substituting dried cranberries, dried blueberries, marshmallows or chocolate chips for raisins. Add a little sap to your logs by dotting with drops of honey. Just make sure you have plenty of wet paper towels nearby!
Homemade ice pops
Fresh, fruity popsicles are a refreshing summer snack. Get creative this summer by making your own ice pops! Use paper cups, empty yogurt containers and popsicle sticks -- or try store-bought molds like these Tovolo Jewel Pop Molds to make giant gem-shaped popsicle rings for the kids. Try blending fruit juices with yogurt, chunks of fresh fruit or melon purees. Remember, ice pops aren't just for kids! Cool off with some adult-only popsicles like frozen cosmopolitans and screwdrivers on a stick.
When your bananas start looking a bit too ripe, turn them into a cold, fruity summer treat. Peel the bananas, cut them in half and gently slide in a bamboo skewer or popsicle stick. Place on wax paper and freeze until hard. Frozen bananas are delicious plain. However, you can turn them into an even sweeter treat by firming them up on a sheet of wax paper in the freezer for 15 minutes and then dipping them in melted chocolate and rolling in toasted coconut, sprinkles, granola or crushed nuts. Back in the freezer they go until you're ready to snack. Soften your frozen bananas in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before serving.
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