Picture this: It’s summer. You’re out of school and playing outside with your friends, when all of a sudden in the distance you hear it: the ice cream truck! You and your friends run home to get all the spare change you can find. As you’re hurrying back you try to decide which tasty frozen treat you’ll get this time, mouth already watering thinking of the sweet, chilly goodness you’re about to have.
As an adult we don’t get as many simple pleasures, but you can upgrade your favorite childhood summertime treats by making them at home. Whether you’re in the mood for ice cream or popsicles, you’re only limited by your imagination. You can stick to familiar flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and fruit, or change it up and put together some more interesting combinations. You can even add a more adult twist with some booze if you’re so inclined.
Before you think about flavors, though, figure out what tools you have or what you may need to purchase. For example, there are tons of good no-churn ice cream recipes out there, like this No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream, but if you do have an ice cream maker feel free to save some time and use that! If you go the machine route make sure to read the instructions thoroughly to ensure you have everything needed to create your sweet treat. If you’re craving something cold and sweet but wanting to limit calories, try out “nice cream”! Cut up some bananas into chunks and freeze until solid. Once frozen put the chunks into a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until creamy. Eat it as-is or stir in chocolate chips or other flavorings. Delicious!
Were you more of a popsicle kid? There are all kinds of popsicle molds to buy online, so choose what works best for you and your price point. If your freezer is big enough, go old school with small paper cups and wooden sticks. Once you’ve figured out how to freeze your treats, start thinking about what flavors you want. Reminisce about your childhood chocolate-covered mouth with these Fudge Popsicles, or try a classic fruit flavor with this Cherry Ice Pop recipe. Kick things up a notch with unexpected flavor combinations like Cucumber Agave Mint Pops, or turn your favorite cocktail into a frozen treat like this Mojito Ice Pop recipe.
No matter what you go with, make sure you savor it and think about all the fun summer adventures you’ve had and will have in the future. Or you can just gobble it down and fight the brain freeze, just like you probably did as a kid.