The first day of summer may not officially officially be here, but Memorial Day weekend is upon us, 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 with a scoop of ice cream on top. That’s why we are so delighted with these brownie “bowls.” Fill them with ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet or even whipped cream. They’re Goldtouch® Nonstick, so your cakes or brownies should emerge perfectly intact. Make an instant brownie sundae, and win the next birthday party without breaking a sweat.
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.
As is true of many things in this busy life, if you don’t have the right gear, you’re unlikely to give the seemingly tricky thing a whirl. This is as accurate with ice cream sandwiches as it is a difficult home renovation. (Stay with us, here.) The right pan is crucial for ice cream sandwich cookies. This one is nonstick, super-simple to use, and does well with the right cookie recipe. From there, fill with your own ice cream, some store-bought stuff you love, or sneak them as they are. (They’re so good on their own, too!) It’s an amazing way to break up a rainy summer day.
Because in the end, it’s still summer. Add ice cream, and it’s a good day.