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Frozen Friday: Ice Cream Truffles

We’re in for a long, hot summer. So to stave off heat stroke, we’re bringing you our favorite summer treats each week as part of Frozen Friday, giving you the scoop on our favorite ice-cold recipes and party ideas to help you stay cool all summer long.

Does a full ice cream cake seem like too great a commitment? (Are you crazy?) If so, go for a more poppable alternative that also happens to be one of the easiest and most gourmet-looking summer desserts around, especially for the minimal effort it requires. Perfect for a party of one or a house full of hungry guests, ice cream truffles sport that crunchy exterior and smooth interior that is almost too quick to delight. Suddenly sitting around all day eating bon bons doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all.

1. Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Truffles: It’s love at first sight (like Valentine’s Day months early) with Hungry Happenings‘ black-raspberry-chocolate ice cream truffles coated in chocolate shavings and pink candy melts (pictured above).

 

2. Pistachio Ice Cream TrufflesBitterSweet prepares a homemade orange-scented pistachio ice cream dipped in liquid chocolate that just so happens to be vegan.

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Summer Soiree: 4 Cobs, 4 Ways

From ear to ear, no two cobs of corn are the same. Consider those kernels a canvas for your culinary creativity, whether that involves slathering on spices, drizzling on oil or rolling them in a pinch of pepper. Stumpted? Here are four ways to add global gusto to your hometown husk.

1. Grilled Corn on the Cob with Lime Butter: Tyler applies a three-layered coating of lime butter, queso and ancho chile powder for a smooth and spicy cob that ignites the taste buds (pictured above).

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Frozen Friday: The Truck Treats

We’re in for a long, hot summer. So to stave off heat stroke, we’re bringing you our favorite summer treats each week as part of Frozen Friday, giving you the scoop on our favorite ice-cold recipes and party ideas to help you stay cool all summer long.

As we celebrate National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, we felt the need to pay homage to the jingling trucks that never cease to make kids (of all ages) come running. If you’ve never tried one of these (admittedly) artificial delights, welcome to a weekend of crunchy, chocolate-covered bliss and a lifetime of indecision over which to call your favorite. Whether these induce nostalgia or new sugar comas, here are five homemade versions of the childhood classics.

1. Choco Tacos: Raining Hot Coupons makes “America’s coolest taco” a little bit cooler (and surprisingly simple) with sculpted waffle bowls and fudge ripple ice cream covered in melted chocolate and chopped peanuts (pictured above).

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The Scoop: Ramen Rants and French Fines

From ramen rants to French fines, here’s a boiled down list of this week’s headlines:

  • Any Way You Slice It: Pizza Hut partners with Hershey’s to bring us the ultimate, 8-inch pizookie.
  • Successfully Unsuccessful: In the wake of Crumbs’ closure, Slate records every time a food fad was deemed “the new cupcake” in English publications since 2006.
  • High and Mighty: A French food blogger has been fined for a negative restaurant review that ranks too highly on Google search.
  • Fried and TrueEater investigates the recent social media frenzy over a package of Fried Chicken Oreos.
  • The Word on the Web: A recent trend report reveals that kimchi is more popular than the Cronut and that ramen is perpetually popular.

Summer Soiree: 5 Sizzling Skewers

May might be National Barbecue Month, but come July, the sun is hot and the grill is hotter. Spice things up with chicken skewers and an array of rich, tangy sauces for instantly party-perfect, swiftly satisfying summer fare. Whether your tastes run tiki, with a pineapple-chicken classic, or buffalo-style, give May a run for its mustard.

1. Chicken and Pineapple Skewers: Toasted pineapple adds just the right kick and summertime flare to this soy-glazed chicken (pictured above).

 

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Frozen Friday: Ice Cream Cupcakes

We’re in for a long, hot summer. So to stave off heat stroke, we’re bringing you our favorite summer treats each week as part of Frozen Friday, giving you the scoop on our favorite ice-cold recipes and party ideas to help you stay cool all summer long.

Summertime comes with a lot of distinct pairings: burger + grill, bonfire + s’mores, pools + pitchers. It’s about time to add another: ice cream + cupcakes, naturally. The ice cream cupcake is more than an innovative mash-up. It’s a little bit of blended genius, from the soft cake to the dreamy ice cream. Here are five decadent ways to have it all.

1. Almond Joy Ice Cream Cupcake: Named for the nutty candy bar that inspired it, this brownie-like cake includes hot fudge drizzled over frozen coconut cream. Need we say more? (pictured above)

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Summer Soiree: Coleslaw Around the World

From tangy to juicy to crunchy to creamy, the summer slaw possibilities are nearly limitless. And with total cooking time ranging from five to 50 minutes, coleslaw is the easiest thing to throw together as a side. Make it as creative as your main course with these five slaw wholly original ideas.

1.  Red Cabbage Slaw: With its vibrant purple hue and tangy citrus vinaigrette, Bobby’s red cabbage slaw is as attractive as it is appetizing (pictured above).

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Frozen Friday: Nanaimo Bars

We’re in for a long, hot summer. So to stave off heat stroke, we’re bringing you our favorite summer treats each week as part of Frozen Friday, giving you the scoop on our favorite ice-cold recipes and party ideas to help you stay cool all summer long.

Great things come from Canada: maple syrup, peanut butter, Ryan Gosling, Alex Trebek, hockey (we guess), and among many other things, NANAIMO BARS. Not enough Americans know about this ridiculously delicious and easy-to-make treat from our northern neighbors. With a nutty cracker bottom, cold creamy center and melted chocolate topping, this is a perfect summer treat to introduce to the people of our nation… just in time for the 4th. America is a land of pioneers after all.

1. Classic Nanaimo BarsCooking Classy puts a slight twist on the traditional crust by mixing pecan cookie pieces with the shredded coconut and graham crackers (pictured above).

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The Scoop: Food Mysteries

From questionable coffee wine to ambiguous expiration dates, here’s a boiled down list of this week’s headlines:

  • What Dreams Are Made Of: Disney World will launch a special hub for the park’s mobile eateries called “Food Truck Park” later this summer.
  • Oh My Lard: A London design agency explains 36 global cuisines via their three staple spices.
  • Tasty, in a Flash: Consumer Reports released rankings of fast food fare based on tastiness.
  • Best By(e) Date:  Americans waste billions of dollars worth of food because we don’t know when to eat it.

Summer Soiree: Star Sweets for the 4th

 

As many know — and have already begun celebrating — America’s birthday blowout falls on a Friday this year. Here are five ways to celebrate the stars and stripes in sweet, weekend-ready style.

1. 4th of July Berry Tart: Keep it seasonal and sophisticated with fresh berries and white chocolate cream atop a buttery almond shortbread crust (pictured above).

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