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This summer, celebrate the warm weather in style and try out some homemade frozen treats. These are great to enjoy with visiting grandchildren, with a significant other on the back porch or just at home when you feel as if you deserve a special indulgence.
Frozen deserts are sweet and refreshing, and there are so many different options to chose from. While the neighborhood ice cream truck may come around just a few times a week this summer, these treats can be enjoyed whenever and wherever.
Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwich Cakes
This recipe from the Food Network is a clever twist on a classic summer treat. This dessert is easy to put together, meaning you can employ the help of your grandchildren and make a memory while you whip up these tasty little snacks.
Take the pints of ice cream out of the freezer to soften slightly. Use a food processor to crush the wafer cookies into a fine topping. Line a baking pan with foil, and arrange 5 ice cream sandwiches side-by-side.
Spread the strawberry ice cream in an even layer over the ice cream sandwiches. Next, press the remaining ice cream sandwiches over top. Spread the mint chocolate chip ice cream over evenly over top, followed by an even layer of the crushed cookies.
Cover the cake with plastic wrap and freeze for about 4 hours or until everything has set. Remover from the freezer, uncover, and use the foil to careful place the cake onto a new plate. Spread the chocolate shell topping evenly over the cake and serve immediately or re-freeze for later.
Rose Water Ice Cream or Faloodeh
One of the earliest known frozen deserts, Persians have been making rose water ice cream, known as Faloodeh in Farsi, since 400 B.C. This recipe from The Kitchn is a refreshing and irresistibly fragrant treat.
Start by combining sugar and water in a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add rose water. Stir and let cool.
Combine boiling water and the vermicelli noodles in a bowl and cover for about 5 minutes, or until the noodles are soft. Drain and rinse under cool water. Cut the noodles into small pieces about 2 inches long. Add the noodles and syrup to a shallow baking dish and place in the freezer for about an hour.
Remove the pan and stir contents with a fork before returning to the freezer for another hour. Repeat this process between 1 and 3 more times, until the ice cream has reached desired consistency.
Transfer to serving bowls and top with lime juice, as well as other optional items such as mint leaves, sour cherries or pistachios.
Sweet Wine Slushie
While most frozen treats are perfect for feeling nostalgic or when looking after your grandchildren, some indulgences are for adults only. This wine slushie recipe from the Kitchn is great for a relaxing evening in the backyard or when on vacation. These drinks are easy to make and utterly delicious. The source recommended selecting a sweet, fruity wine such as moscato or icewine.
Pour wine into empty ice cube trays. Freeze the wine for at least 6 hours or overnight.
Place 4 wine ice cubes at a time in a blender or food processor. Blend quickly until the cubes are broken up. Because they will be soft, go slowly to avoid turning the ice cubes into liquid.
Transfer the slush into a martini glass. Garnish with fresh fruit. For treats that aren't as strong, consider freezing the juice and mixing the wine cubes and the non-alcoholic cubes in equal portions.