Instead of standing in line at the ice cream shop, cool off with easy make-your-own frozen desserts right at home: milkshakes, yogurt popsicles, no-churn ice cream, lots of delicious ice cream toppings, and ice cream pies.
With over thirty recipes to choose from, you’ll have a tough time deciding which of these fabulous frozen delights to try first!
Why stand in long lines at the local ice cream shop and pay five dollars for an ice cream cone? Or even worse, chase down that annoying ice cream truck that plays the same silly ditty over and over? (Why do they only have one song in their repertoire?)
You’ll love these frozen treats and let me assure you, none of them are difficult to make. Most of the recipes have a short ingredient list, some as few as three! Why not make your own fabulous frozen treat for a fraction of the cost?
About these frozen desserts
Like popsicles? With the purchase of a set of reusable popsicle molds, you can make pudding pops. Simply pick up a box of instant pudding in whatever flavor you like best (according to Wikipedia, Jello offers 34 flavors) add milk, and freeze. It’s that simple! And you can add all sorts of goodies to make your pudding pop even more tasty (like confetti sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or Andes mints).
If you want to make a guilt-free treat, try yogurt pops. Instead of instant pudding, buy your favorite flavor of yogurt, add fruit if you like, and freeze. So refreshing! And e-a-s-y! Keep a good supply in your freezer — they’ll last for up to 3 months — for whenever the urge strikes you.
And homemade milkshakes! There’s really nothing quite like them. I have six milkshake recipes to share with you. How does a strawberry basil milkshake sound? Or a chocolate chip cookie milkshake? For grown-ups only, try a mojito milkshake with rum, or a maple whiskey milkshake! If you have a blender, you can make a milkshake. Hand blenders work great, too!
Did you know you can make your own ice cream? You don’t even need a fancy ice cream maker! Try cinnamon ice cream or double chocolate ice cream. You’ll need an ice cream maker for chocolate cocoa nib ice cream but it’s so worth the extra effort! As an alternative to ice cream and a less indulgent treat, strawberry sorbet or berry mint granita are packed with fruit flavor and lower in calories.
And remember the toppings! Did you know hot fudge sauce is really easy to make? Bet you have all the ingredients you need to whip up a batch right now. Keep leftovers in the fridge so you can enjoy a hot fudge sundae whenever you crave it. And I have a few variations you’re really going to enjoy, like peanut butter hot fudge and mocha hot fudge. Yummy! If you’re not a chocolate lover, try bourbon caramel sauce, or maybe both for a fancy turtle sundae!
Crazy about dipped cones? Try orange creamsicle magic shell with only 4 easy ingredients (no creepy artificial ingredients). Perfect drizzled over vanilla ice cream. Adapt the recipe to make whatever flavor you like best.
Top your sundaes with a homemade crunchy oat topping. It’s the perfect nut-free topping for sundaes and costs hardly anything to make, with only three ingredients! If you love nut toppings, try these spiced pecans or vanilla bean candied walnuts on ice cream.
Maybe you’re having company and want to make a cool dessert. What’s easier than an ice cream dessert? Make an ice cream pie (try Irish coffee ice cream pie!) or roasted strawberry terrine a day or two ahead, pop it in the freezer and forget about it until it’s time to serve dessert.
The weather is swelteringly hot and you’re just wilting from the heat, so open your freezer and treat yourself to a homemade frozen treat. Find a nice spot in the shade, queue up your favorite summertime music, and enjoy a little taste of heaven! You’ll be so glad you did!