Cool frozen desserts

May 23, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Keep your cool this season with one of these yummy treats!

Ice cream

Not only are cool, refreshing desserts a wonderful treat for your family, they are also a perfect choice for summertime entertaining. Who can resist digging into a frosty treat on a hot day? Next time you want to beat the heat, whip up one of these chilled delights!

Ice cream

A cake or pie is a crowd-pleaser anytime, but the warmer days of the season call for an ice cream version that will definitely hit the spot! To satiate the chocoholics, try an Oreo ice cream cake or S'mores ice cream pie. Or instead of a whole pie or cake, a simple black-and-white ice cream sandwich is a cinch to make and eat. For an easy dessert or creamy snack, opt for a milkshake! Almost any flavour of ice cream, fruit or other flavours can be blended together to create a delectable frosty treat. To enjoy the fresh taste of summer fruit, mix up a peach or strawberry shake. Give the adults a little something extra with a boozy banana spit milkshake or a coconut dream shake. An alternative to ice cream is the flavourful Italian gelato; pistachio and fresh fig are two to try.


Popsicles are the quintessential frozen summertime treat! They are simple to make, and children of all ages — and even those just young at heart — will enjoy snacking on this sweet delight on a sweltering-hot day. Freeze up a bunch of smoothie popsicles, or be creative and make your own unique popsicles. For the adults-only group, give them a special treat by whipping up a fun cocktail version.

Fruit ices and other ideas

Whether it's lemon-ginger sorbetfresh fruit sherbet or watermelon granita, these fruity iced treats will keep you refreshed and your sweet tooth satisfied. For something different, try making a sorbet float, such as this sparkling sorbet float, or a spiked version, such as this prosecco sorbet float that the adults will appreciate. For the fruit lover, a basic one-step sherbet, frozen dessert salad or a platter of frozen fruit is nice way to keep cool. Blueberries, grapes, mangoes and various melons all freeze well, as do bananas, which can be eaten on their own or dipped into chocolate.

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