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Frozen Friday: Freezer Jam

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.

We feature a lot of ice cream treats and sugary sweets on Frozen Friday, but today we’ve put away the scoop. As we near September, it’s time to consider what summer foods we’ll leave behind and which we’ll bring with us. We’re thinking berries. If you’ve been looking for a DIY project, we’ve got you covered. Here we’ve gathered strawberry, blueberry, peach and cherry freezer jams that take only minutes to make and months to eat, with glee.

1. Strawberry Basil Freezer JamRachel Cooks adds basil to a family jam recipe for extra summer flare. You can use this super-sweet jam sporadically throughout the fall as a dessert topper or oatmeal garnish (pictured above).

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Frozen Friday: Iced Coffee

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.

Over half of all Americans over age 18 drink coffee every day and 30 million of those consumers drink specialty lattes and mochas. Clearly we all know how to live drink it up. We also like to keep things fresh, especially on long summer days. Before your next coffee break, we’ve sought out some of the most creative and tasty iced caffeine kicks to keep you satisfied and energized while the sun is high.

1. Cinnamon Dolce Iced CoffeeKitchen Treaty combines cold-brewed coffee with her homemade maple-brown-sugar syrup and half-and-half for this iced spiced sip (pictured above).

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Frozen Friday: Icy, Fruity, Fresh

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.

Frozen dessert on a stick. Isn’t it great? With one hand holding your treat, you still have an entirely separate one free. You can steer, scroll through your phone, swat away mosquitoes — the possibilities are endless. That’s why we’re tipping our hat to the ice pop, one of the all-time greatest summer treats. And, since it’s August and we’re craving something intensely refreshing, we’ve tracked down the fruitiest recipes our hands can hold.

1. Frozen Yogurt Coconut Pops: The fresh fruit puree in Nadia G’s coconut ice pops can be made from whatever produce you happen to have on-hand — blueberries, peaches, you name it — but what really makes their flavors perk up is a pre-serving coconut sprinkle (pictured above).

2. Vanilla Peach Pops: How can you make a vegan dessert stand up to its dairy-laden counterparts? Take a page from Love and Lemons’ playbook and top fresh, ripe peaches with rich vanilla almond milk before freezing. Take that, ice cream.

3. Raspberry-Strawberry-Watermelon Pops: Not only does I Am A Food Blog‘s super simple recipe allow you to use up any about-to-turn fruit, it also adorably calls for a “personal-sized watermelon.”

4. Strawberry, Peaches and Cream with Amaretti: People in the U.K. eat frozen desserts, too. Just check out Top With Cinnamon‘s recipe, which calls for dipping a berry-peach pop into a crushed amaretti cookie. Hey, when in London, right?

5. 6 Ice Pop Recipes: The fashionable ladies over the The New Potato dove deep into (ice) pop culture recently, developing not one, but six wildly creative recipes. Want to make an almond-balsamic-fig pop? Or a little green-tea-pomegranate number? They’ve got you covered.

Frozen Friday: Gelato at Your Door

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.

 

These days, the longest lines are for a scoop of ice cream. But some of the country’s best shops ship pints right to your door. From the old hacks to the newcomers, we found seven gelaterias, parlors and shops currently packaging pints to send your way.

1. Dolcezza: Available by mail-order starting today, this D.C.-based gelateria uses only local ingredients for their Argentinian gelato. The company offers six collections of four pints, including “Virginia Bounty” with fruity flavors like Blueberry Lemon Thyme and Strawberry Tarragon (pictured above) and “Nostalgic Wintertime” with pints like Georgia Butter Pecan and Peanut Butter Stracciatella flavors. One big frozen fiesta is about to commence in the Capitol.

2. Salt & Straw: A “farm-to-cone” ice cream shop, this Portland, OR creamery churns all-natural, 17% butterfat ice cream. They’ll ship you a five-pint pack of favorites, including their Stumptown Coffee & Bourbon, and Almond Brittle and Salted Ganache flavors, or a seasonal selection of berry-packed varieties, such as their Strawberry with Cilantro Lime Cheesecake and Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero. Or go wild, selecting an assortment as intriguing as their combinations.

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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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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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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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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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Frozen Friday: 4+ Ways to Use Leftover Fruit

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.

 

Wondering how to use every last berry in the pints you buy? You could toss a few blueberries into your oatmeal or craft a last-minute blackberry garnish, but we suggest making your leftover fruit the main attraction. Better yet, transform your forgotten fruit into a frozen must-have. With some light yogurt or a drizzle of warm chocolate, these four simple recipes will guarantee that you and your pint finish strong.

1. Dreamy Berries & Cream ShakeFamily Fresh Cooking tosses frozen blueberries, raspberries and strawberries into the blender with vanilla protein powder and almond milk, then sprays on a touch of whipped cream for an early summer indulgence (pictured above).

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Summer Soiree: 5 Frozen Finales

Whether you celebrate summer with a rustic gathering, a feisty fiesta, or a retro Hawaiian fete, balmy evenings should end with an icy escapade. Once the meat is off the grill and the side dishes have been emptied, keep the crowd lingering longer with these frozen finales.

1. Grilled Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches: Briefly grilled banana bread gives the frozen sandwich a sturdy base, decorative flare and a smoky-sweet flavor (pictured above).

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