42 Delicious Frozen Treats
Cool down with our favorite recipes for smoothies, frozen pies, and other lip-smacking treats.
Broiling the marshmallows first gives this shake its authentic straight-from-the-campfire taste.
- Recipe: S'more Shake (left)
Use refrigerated ingredients and freeze any liquor first so the milkshake doesn't melt in the blender before you pour into glasses.
- Recipe: Caribbean Bushwacker (right)
This cake makes for the ultimate celebratory sweet, perfect for birthdays or just any day of the week.
- Recipe: Brownie Ice Cream Sundae Cake
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.
- Recipe: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Shake
The addition of almond extract and granola garnish makes this fruity shake extra dreamy.
- Recipe: Peachy Dream (right)
Premium vanilla ice cream makes the best base for a creamy, tasty shake. Just scoop, blend, and enjoy.
- Recipe: Pom-Berry 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.
- Recipe: Mint-Chocolate Chip 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.
- Recipe: Butterscotch-Sea Salt Shake (left)
Blood oranges are typically sweeter than their cousins, but can be more difficult to peel.
- Recipe: Blood Orange Sorbet
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.
- Recipe: Key Lime Ice Cream Pie
Keep a stash of frozen bananas handy—they’re great in smoothies because they add flavor and body.
- Recipe: Banana-Berry Smoothie
The secret to this lively drink is chopped fresh pineapple instead of canned.
- Recipe: Piña Colada
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.
- Recipe: Triple Chocolate Slush
A smaller blender works fine, but blend in batches to avoid a mess.
- Recipe: Tropical Fruit Slush
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.
- Recipe: Caramel-Fleur de Sel Ice Cream
This tiki drink is traditionally served on the rocks, but our version is blended to create a smooth, refreshing summer treat.
- Recipe: Blended Blue Hawaiian
When choosing nectarines, firmness and smell are good indicators, and soft skin usually means a tastier fruit.
If you don't have fresh mango on hand, substitute one 16-ounce bag of frozen fruit.
- Recipe: Mango Smoothie
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.
- Recipe: Pineapple-Berry Ice Pops
Punchy lime and flavorful rum give this drink a Caribbean kick.
- Recipe: Minty Lime Frozen Mojito
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.
- Recipe: Summer Sorbet Trio
Don't be tempted to substitute bottled lime juice—it simply doesn't compare to fresh.
- Recipe: Frozen Lime Pie
Extra mint syrup can be used in your next pitcher of iced tea.
Crème de cacao is an extra-sweet liqueur flavored by the chocolate bean.
- Recipe: Frozen White Chocolate
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.)
- Recipe: Grown-Up Frozen Lemonade
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.
- Recipe: Mango Colada
This unique take on this sweet stand-by combines Bay Anglais with pureéd strawberries to create a delicious and impressive treat.
- Recipe: Frozen Strawberry Shortcake
Cucumber water is a refresher at many spas. Relax with our jazzed-up version that includes fresh melon and mint.
- Recipe: Cucumber-Watermelon Crush
This combination of coffee, chocolate syrup, and creamy ice cream is a delicious way to get your caffeine fix.
- Recipe: Iced Coffee Frappe
Is there anything better than homemade ice cream on a warm summer day?
- Recipe: Blackberry Ice Cream
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.
Fresh raspberries lend a slight sweetness to traditional lime margarita flavor.
- Recipe: Frosty Raspberry-Lime Margarita
The addition of white chocolate lends a creaminess to this pie, and cuts down the tart flavor you might expect from key lime.
- Recipe: White Chocolate Key Lime Pie
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.
- Recipe: Raspberry-Ginger Sorbet
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.
- Recipe: The Best Ice Cream Sandwich Ever
Add a refreshing twist to this Italian specialty for the perfect end to a summer meal.
- Recipe: Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake
Make these with homemade sweet cakes, or use store-bought shortcakes for a shortcut that's still delicious.
- Recipe: Strawberry Ice Cream Shortcakes
One bite of these scrumptious treats, and you'll be whisked away to a tropical place.
This delicious ice cream has flecks of real vanilla, thanks to the use of vanilla bean.
- Recipe: Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Ice-cream bites mean you can treat your sweet tooth to two ... or three.