The first day of summer has past and 4th of July is here already, which means one thing to us. It’s time to eat ice cream on the regular right through fall. Sure, you could do a cup or a cone if vendors are open near you, but if they’re not, or you’re bored, consider all the other ways you can consume one of the best foods in the world. Cool, creamy, velvety, and custom-tailored thanks to an abundance of neat recipes out there, ice cream is the jam. Here’s how to eat more of it!
When was the last time you took the brownie pan out of the oven, hot as can be, and just evened out the edges a bit with a knife? Did you perhaps take care of the “errors” yourself? Did you add a spoonful of vanilla ice cream from the freezer? The best, right? There’s nothing in the world like fudgy chocolate brownies or flourless chocolate cake paired with a scoop of ice cream. That’s why we sometimes like to stick with the classics—in this case, layers of fudgy not quite cake, not quite brownie encasing cool ice cream. These chocolatey layers bake to the perfect dimensions in a pan created specifically for them. Fill them with ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet.
Celebrating a big anniversary or birthday but don’t want to sweat dessert? We’ve got you: Make these chocolate-coated ice cream truffles, and live forever. OK, maybe not, but consider how wonderful it will feel to do the work this Sunday afternoon, taking a few minutes to toast nuts, scoop and freeze ice cream balls, and drizzle them in chocolate and toasted nuts, and enjoy them on Saturday night! It’s the sort of planning hack that will delight busy adults as well as kids. Pro tip: We particularly love the combo of milk chocolate and buttery pistachios.
Ice cream is perhaps the easiest way to get dessert on the table, but there’s a five-minute way to make it arguably even more exciting: Milkshakes! This grasshopper comprises mint chocolate chip ice cream, milk, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and a cherry. It’s just as pretty as what you could order at the soda shop, but no one’s gonna charge you $8 for it. (When did milkshakes get so expensive?!)
If you look closely, all is not what it seems with this “ice cream” cake. It’s actually frozen layers of cake and creamy layers of vanilla and strawberry, nestled together, Neapolitan-style. OK, OK, we’re cheating, but you can serve this beauty with ice cream, too! And it’s so tasty that it will delight both the ice cream fanatics and cake purists at the party.
Here’s a concept! Start with a proven recipe for cut-out sugar cookies or chocolate shortbread, roll and cut the cookies with your best cutter (this fluted round is nice!), then add your favorite flavor ice cream. Instant crispy-creamy dessert-in-one and perfectly tailored to your particular preferences. Need more guidance? Follow our recipe for Pistachio-Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches or (for the big kids) tap into the Tipsy Scoop DIY Ice Cream Sandwich Set for some brilliantly boozy grown-up treats. Some tips to make the process an easy one? Swap out scratch-made cookies with (a no-brainer, here!) store-bought, or whip them up in a jiffy from a cookie mix. And when it comes to the ice cream filling, try this ingenious trick: slice the pints crosswise (carton and all) into rounds, then remove the packaging and tuck the ice cream between two cookies. Et voila! Ice cream sandwiches in a jiffy. No matter how you choose to go about it, any ice cream sandwich creation is about the best way to break up a rainy summer day (or an especially hot one!)
Because in the end, it’s still summer. Add ice cream, and it’s a good day.