Chill Out with Frozen Desserts
Beat the summer heat—or at least indulge in some tasty, frosty relief—with crowd-pleasing frozen desserts. Think chilly chocolate treats, icy fruity delights and homemade ice cream cakes as simple as they are delicious. Nothing’s cooler!
What better sweet snack or meal finale on a hot summer day than an icy-cold frozen dessert? All you need is a well-chosen dessert recipe, a little prep time and some space cleared in your freezer. Read on for fantastic, frosty ideas sure to be the hit of the BBQ.
For the chocoholics in the mix—and you know there are always plenty of ‘em—try decadent frozen chocolate desserts that don’t add one degree of heat to the kitchen. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream Pie and “Healthified” Turtle Ice Cream Cake, for example, skip the oven altogether in favor of the freezer. Same goes for Fudgy Chocolate-Banana Pops, which offer that classic chocolate-banana combo frozen on a stick—no plates, no forks, no cleanup. The “easy dessert” theme continues with this decadent Frozen Chocolate Mousse, which requires just three ingredients and 15 minutes. Even more chilly, chocolatey options take the form of ice cream cakes (see below).
Frozen & Fruity
Icy-fresh frozen fruit dessert recipes come in a rainbow of flavors to satisfy any sweet tooth. Topping the hit list: fruitsicles; a popsicle’s fresher, fruitier cousin; such as Frozen Yogonanas and Frozen Pineapple on a Stick. Strawberry-Peach Pops, too, are a quick and creamy treat-on-a-stick, made with peach Yoplait yogurt and organic Cascadian Farm strawberries. Speaking of that sweet, summery red fruit, fans of strawberry desserts will fall for a slice of Strawberry Frosty Marbled Yogurt Dessert or Strawberry-Chocolate Meringues, with an icy surprise inside. For a sweet, cool slice of a fruity dessert that literally melts in your mouth, try Pink Lemonade Pie, Margarita Pie or this Ginger-Peach Dessert—its crust is made from ginger snaps. Then there are always frosty, fruity totally chill sippers such as Key Lime-Banana or Creamy Peach Smoothies, Sparkling Strawberry-Lemonade Slush or 5-minute Frozen Yogurt Floats.
Scream for It
There’s a special kind of deliciousness that happens when ice cream meets cake. No wonder the urge strikes to take à la mode one step further and combine the two treats in one recipe. Some tested and popular ice cream recipe options at BettyCrocker.com include Chocolate Chip-Ice Cream Dessert, Chocolate Malt Ice-Cream Cake, Mud Slide Ice-Cream Cake and Frozen Tiramisu Squares. Check it out: The “frosting” on this Party Ice-Cream Cake is actually your favorite frozen yogurt. You could also make your own Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, or your own ice cream, for that matter, with the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker. Store your homemade ice cream, or take it on the road, with a Portable Ice Cream Tub.
The Betty Crocker Store stocks plenty of other gadgets at to help you savor frozen desserts this summer. The Ice Cream Cone Holder, for example, gives cones a place to rest while you call everyone in for their frosty treat. And hard ice cream has met its match in this Defrosting Ice Cream Scoop, which transfers the heat of your hand transfers into the scoop. Now that’s cool!