42 Delicious Frozen Treats
Broiling the marshmallows first gives this shake its authentic straight-from-the-campfire taste.
- Recipe: S'more Shake (left)
Not a cola fan? Sub in a chilly bottle of root beer. And give it a splash of Kahlua if you want to really cut loose.
Strawberry Macaron Ice-Cream Sandwich
We didn’t think it could get better than those sturdy chocolate wafers. Or rounds of reliable ole’ chocolate chip. But then we paired our favorite ice creams with airy macaron cookies—a match made in sandwich heaven.
Hawaiian Shave Ice
Vibrant homemade syrups (remember: strawberry + coconut + watermelon = Tiger’s Blood) splashed onto a mound of fluffy shave ice spells the sweetest relief under the sun.
Tamarind paste and a hint of cinnamon add an alluring contrast to all that sweet strawberry flavor.
Pistachio Macaron Ice-Cream Sandwich
Macarons are delicate and finicky (and yes, presentation matters!), so invest in a piping bag with a round tip, and try to avoid making them in a humid environment.
Steeping jalapenos in simple syrup is a surprising addition to these pineapple pops. But trust us, it works.
Brownie Ice Cream Sundae Cake
This cake makes for the ultimate celebratory sweet, perfect for birthdays or just any day of the week.
- Recipe: Brownie Ice Cream Sundae Cake
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)
Mango Macaron Ice-Cream Sandwich
Combining red and yellow food coloring forms the requisite tropical hue to partner with mango sorbet.
The addition of almond extract and granola garnish makes this fruity shake extra dreamy.
- Recipe: Peachy Dream (right)
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.
- Recipe: Mint-Chocolate Chip Shake
Cherry Cream Paleta
Frozen cherries add a pop of color to this Creamsicle-like concoction.
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.
- Recipe: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Shake
Coconut flakes and chunks of mango give this toothsome, coconut milk-fueled paleta an enticing texture.
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.
- Recipe: The Best Ice Cream Sandwich Ever
Premium vanilla ice cream makes the best base for a creamy, tasty shake. Just scoop, blend, and enjoy.
- Recipe: Pom-Berry Shake
It’s not just for guac. Try lush avocado in place of traditional dairy, then give it some zing with a squeeze of lime.
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.
- Recipe: Butterscotch-Sea Salt Shake (left)
Who doesn’t love frozen lemonade? Especially when it’s paired with ripe summer watermelon—and presented on a stick!
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.
- Recipe: Key Lime Ice Cream Pie
Blood Orange Sorbet
Blood oranges are typically sweeter than their cousins, but can be more difficult to peel.
- Recipe: Blood Orange Sorbet
Strawberry Ice Cream Shortcakes
Make these with homemade sweet cakes, or use store-bought shortcakes for a shortcut that's still delicious.
- Recipe: Strawberry Ice Cream Shortcakes
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
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.
- Recipe: Triple Chocolate Slush
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.
- Recipe: Caramel-Fleur de Sel Ice Cream
Tropical Fruit Slush
A smaller blender works fine, but blend in batches to avoid a mess.
- Recipe: Tropical Fruit Slush
Blended Blue Hawaiian
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
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.
If you don't have fresh mango on hand, substitute one 16-ounce bag of frozen fruit.
- Recipe: Mango Smoothie
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.
- Recipe: Pineapple-Berry Ice Pops
Minty Lime Frozen Mojito
Punchy lime and flavorful rum give this drink a Caribbean kick.
- Recipe: Minty Lime Frozen Mojito
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.
- Recipe: Summer Sorbet Trio
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.)
- Recipe: Grown-Up Frozen Lemonade
Frozen Lime Pie
Don't be tempted to substitute bottled lime juice—it simply doesn't compare to fresh.
- Recipe: Frozen Lime Pie
Summer Melon with Sherbet and Fresh Mint Syrup
Extra mint syrup can be used in your next pitcher of iced tea.
Frozen White Chocolate
Crème de cacao is an extra-sweet liqueur flavored by the chocolate bean.
- Recipe: Frozen White Chocolate
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