Summer's Best Frozen Treats

Cool down with our favorite recipes for smoothies, frozen pies, and other lip-smacking treats.

S'more Shake

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S'more Shake

Broiling the marshmallows first gives this shake its authentic straight-from-the-campfire taste.

Caribbean Bushwacker

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Caribbean Bushwacker

Use refrigerated ingredients and freeze any liquor first so the milkshake doesn't melt in the blender before you pour into glasses.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Shake

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Shake

This shake (pictured in the middle) is your favorite candy in a cup. Play with the amount of chocolate sauce and peanut butter depending on your preference.

Peachy Dream

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Peachy Dream

The addition of almond extract and granola garnish makes this fruity shake extra dreamy.

Pom-Berry Shake

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Pom-Berry Shake

Premium vanilla ice cream makes the best base for a creamy, tasty shake. Just scoop, blend, and enjoy.

Mint-Chocolate Chip Shake

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Mint-Chocolate Chip Shake

For a thicker texture best eaten with a spoon, reduce the amount of milk in recipes by half. For a thin shake you can drink with a straw, add liquid in small increments until it's sippable.

Butterscotch-Sea Salt Shake

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Butterscotch-Sea Salt Shake

Avoid "light" and inexpensive ice cream. It's often whipped with air, which means you'll need more scoops of ice cream—and your shakes will melt faster. The ice cream carton should feel heavy for its size.

Blood Orange Sorbet

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Blood Orange Sorbet

Blood oranges are typically sweeter than their cousins, but can be more difficult to peel.

Key Lime Ice Cream Pie Recipe

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Key Lime Ice Cream Pie

Homemade key lime ice cream and a graham cracker pie crust combine to make a tangy and delicious frozen treat. Keep this pie in the freezer so you'll always have a cool treat waiting when an unexpected visitor drops in.

Banana-Berry Smoothie

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Banana-Berry Smoothie

Keep a stash of frozen bananas handy—they’re great in smoothies because they add flavor and body.

Pina Colada Recipe

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Piña Colada

The secret to this lively drink is chopped fresh pineapple instead of canned.

Triple Chocolate Slush

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Triple Chocolate Slush

Although there's a bit of ice cream in this recipe, the ice makes it lighter and less rich than a typical milkshake. To keep the syrup visible on the sides of the glass, put the glass in the freezer up to 30 minutes before adding the syrup.

Tropical Fruit Slush Recipe

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Tropical Fruit Slush

A smaller blender works fine, but blend in batches to avoid a mess.

Caramel-Fleur de Sel Ice Cream Recipe

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Caramel-Fleur de Sel Ice Cream

Fleur de sel, or "flower of salt," is sea salt hand-harvested on the Atlantic coast of France. Its delicate flavor makes it an ideal finishing salt. Look for it at specialty food shops.

Blended Blue Hawaiian Recipe

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Blended Blue Hawaiian

This tiki drink is traditionally served on the rocks, but our version is blended to create a smooth, refreshing summer treat.

Grilled Nectarines with Vanilla-Honey Sauce and Ice Cream Recipe

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Grilled Nectarines with Vanilla-Honey Sauce and Ice Cream

When choosing nectarines, firmness and smell are good indicators, and soft skin usually means a tastier fruit.

Mango Smoothie Recipe

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Mango Smoothie

If you don't have fresh mango on hand, substitute one 16-ounce bag of frozen fruit.

Pineapple-Berry Ice Pops

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Pineapple-Berry Ice Pops

You can use paper cups and plastic spoons in place of pop molds. To make the spoons stand up straight, cover each cup with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, with the spoon handle inserted in the middle. If the pops don't easily come out of the cups or molds, run the bottoms quickly under cool water.

Minty Lime Frozen Mojito

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Minty Lime Frozen Mojito

Punchy lime and flavorful rum give this drink a Caribbean kick.

Summer Sorbet Trio

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Summer Sorbet Trio

Letting the sorbet stand in the refrigerator gives it time to soften, but you can speed up the process by breaking it up and pulsing it in a food processor fitted with a metal blade.

Frozen Lime Pie Recipe

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Frozen Lime Pie

Don't be tempted to substitute bottled lime juice—it simply doesn't compare to fresh.

Summer Melon with Sherbet and Fresh Mint Syrup Recipe

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Summer Melon with Sherbet and Fresh Mint Syrup

Extra mint syrup can be used in your next pitcher of iced tea.

Frozen White Chocolate Recipe

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Frozen White Chocolate

Crème de cacao is an extra-sweet liqueur flavored by the chocolate bean.

Grown-Up Frozen Lemonade

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Grown-Up Frozen Lemonade

Try another citrus in this recipe, such as fresh lime zest and juice, or even lime- or citrus-flavored vodka. (You may need to add a little extra sugar, because it isn't as naturally sweet as limoncello liqueur.)

Mango Colada Recipe

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Mango Colada

May through September is the best time of year to add fresh mango to your favorite summer drink recipe. Of course, the frozen version is available year-round.

Frozen Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

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Frozen Strawberry Shortcake

This unique take on this sweet stand-by combines Bay Anglais with pureéd strawberries to create a delicious and impressive treat.

Cucumber-Watermelon Crush

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Cucumber-Watermelon Crush

Cucumber water is a refresher at many spas. Relax with our jazzed-up version that includes fresh melon and mint.

Best Friends Iced Coffee Frappe

Best Friends Iced Coffee Frappe

This recipe comes to us from the Junior League of Boca Raton, Florida.

Blackberry Ice Cream Recipe

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Blackberry Ice Cream

Is there anything better than homemade ice cream on a warm summer day?

Grilled Glazed Pineapple with Coconut Sorbet

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Grilled Glazed Pineapple with Coconut Sorbet

Create a tropical dessert by grilling pineapple slices tossed with a mixture of orange marmalade and fresh lime juice. The finishing touch is a scoop of coconut sorbet.

Frosty Raspberry-Lime Margarita Recipe

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Frosty Raspberry-Lime Margarita

Fresh raspberries lend a slight sweetness to traditional lime margarita flavor.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

A few simple ingredients combine to create what may just be the best ice cream you've ever tasted. Our Warm Berry Compote makes an ideal topping.

White Chocolate Key Lime Pie

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White Chocolate Key Lime Pie

The addition of white chocolate lends a creaminess to this pie, and cuts down the tart flavor you might expect from key lime.

Raspberry-Ginger Sorbet

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Raspberry-Ginger Sorbet

Traditional sorbet is used as a palate cleanser between courses, often before a meat dish. Our version is rich and sweet enough to be a dessert all on its own. Like typical sorbets, this one contains no dairy, making it a light and fat-free treat.

The Best Ice Cream Sandwich Ever

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

The Best Ice Cream Sandwich Ever

Any chocolate chip cookie recipe will work, but we prefer this extra-chocolaty, extra-rich recipe. Try these ice-cream flavors with our cookies: vanilla, peppermint, chocolate, or butter pecan.

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