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Unwind With Wine Milkshakes and 3 More Buzzworthy, Boozy Frozen Desserts

When reaching for something comforting, most people’s biggest vices are booze and sweets. For those times when you can’t decide between the two — such as after a bad breakup or a particularly harrowing day at work — just blend ‘em together in a wine milkshake.

What is a wine milkshake, you ask? It’s a magical (yet simple) concoction that we first tried at Vince Young Steakhouse in Austin, Texas this summer, which blends great red wine with homemade vanilla ice cream for a perfectly balanced way to end a meal. Their classic off-menu drink is great as-is, but we couldn’t help but ask how you could improve it and switch things up, like adding chocolate or hard liquor.

Check out Chef Phillip Brown’s tips and tricks below, plus three more alcoholic frozen treats to try at home.

How to Make a Wine Milkshake

The recipe is not exact and is more about tasting as you go, but Chef Brown recommends 5 ounces of wine for every six big scoops of vanilla ice cream (like Alton Brown’s serious recipe here). They use their own private-label wine — Eleven Ten Cabernet Sauvignon, “Wildcatter,” Spring Mountain, 2009 — but you can sub in any Cab at home. Brown and his wife, Vince Young’s co-owner Laura (who invented the shake), have found that is the best red for the boozy shake.

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Satisfy Your Salty and Sweet Cravings With 4 Dreamy Ice Cream Treats

As the weather heats up, everyone is looking for a way to cool down. Sure, you can go for a swim in the local pool or stand in front of your air conditioner, but the ultimate way is to grab a sweet ice cream treat.

Even though we’re big supporters of the classic soft-serve twist in a cone, sometimes other cravings take over and you don’t want just a sugar rush. To satisfy your savory side, there’s always caramel-candied bacon, goat cheese ice cream or a sprinkling of popcorn to give you a salty bite of life.

Sweet Corn Ice Cream, Salty Popped Corn and Caramel-Candied Bacon

When the powers of popcorn, caramel, bacon and sweet corn ice cream combine, magic happens.

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6 Kitchen Adventure Weekend Projects, from Ice Cream to Homemade Bacon

Whenever the weekend rolls around, you have two options: sit on the couch and watch Netflix all day or be super-productive. Even though we’re all about lounging around and eating great food — especially when it is themed around camping-movie marathons or pairs perfectly with summer jams — you can use your downtime for a fun kitchen adventure instead.

Whether it’s churning up homemade ice cream for a backyard bash or starting the process for homemade bacon, there’s a cooking project fit for you. Check out six ideas below, ranked from easy-breezy to crazy-hard (but so worth it).

Easy-Breezy: Homemade Ice Cream

Once you master an easy ice cream flavor base, you can add any flavors that you want. Chocolate, strawberry, balsamic cherry — you name it! The ice cream maker does most of the work for you.

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You’re Eating Summer Wrong, But Don’t Worry — It’s an Easy Fix with These 5 Food Hacks

You may not realize it, but you’re eating your favorite foods the wrong way. Sure, they’re delicious, but there are much easier solutions to getting bites from your plate to your mouth. Thankfully You’re Eating It Wrong host Dan Pashman is here to solve your problems, particularly for summer treats like perfectly cut watermelon, non-drippy ice cream cones and less-messy corn on the cob.

Check out some of his best food hacks below, and watch all of his videos here.

1. Take your corn off the cob.

There’s nothing worse than having a bunch of corn stuck in your teeth at a barbecue. Cut the corn off the cob and mix with any seasonings you like — Dan is a big fan of going Mexican with Cotija cheese, chili powder, lime and cilantro.

Watch the You’re Eating Corn Wrong video.

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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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Hump Day Snack: Christmas-in-July Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas in July, when rather than pining for yuletide regulars like eggnog, snowmen and candy canes, we dive into the festive Peppermint Brownie Ice Cream Cake that lets us celebrate both. The cool and velveteen ice cream is made without an ice cream machine using cream cheese, airy cool whip and a touch of minty flavor. Slather the ice cream between layers of decadent, chewy brownies to create a tower of chocolatey, candy-cane goodness, then drizzle chocolate sauce in every crevice for even more flavor. Finish the cake with a sprinkle of chopped candy canes and tiny swirls of whipped cream on top to resemble the frosty snowcaps of December, and serve this pretty peppermint party-pleaser with Christmas-in-July cheer. ‘Tis the season!

Check out more of Cooking Channel’s recipes that transform winter’s best comfort foods into picnic-ready summer dishes:

 

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: 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: Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches

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.

 

Nothing forms close bonds like ice cream, sweat and tears… right? At least we’ve got the first one covered. This is the first of a summer-long series called Frozen Friday, featuring various ideas for ice-cold goodies, from grown-up snow cones to easy icebox cakes.

Today, we gift you with four gourmet ice cream sandwich recipes as well as a stellar guide to an ice cream sandwich party we can only regret we didn’t enjoy as kids and can now put on our to-do list as kids at heart. These glorious sandwiches are new and improved blasts from the past.

 1. Blondie Confetti Ice Cream Sandwich:  Sprinkle Bakes folds rainbow jimmies into a vanilla ice cream then sandwiches the colorful mix between two buttery blondie bars (pictured above).

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Hump Day Snack: Snow Ice Cream

As the East Coast gets walloped with yet another polar vortex tantrum this week, it seems as if there’s no better time to make use of the powdery precipitation, before it’s turned into grimy gray slush underfoot. In the spirit of resourcefulness and quick-fix dessert tricks, why not scoop up a few cups of fresh snow and turn it into ice cream? Granted, those living in heavily-trodden metropolitan areas might find this recipe especially unsavory, but there’s no book that says a little outdoor-sourced ice cream will kill you, provided you eat it in moderation. So throw caution to the wind and send the kids out into the backyard for some freshly fallen, clean white snow (beware any snow of more unnatural hues). Mix it up with a little milk, sugar, vanilla and salt and top it off with extra sprinkles to help you forget where it came from. Use this 5-minute snow cream recipe as a guide and then spend the rest of your afternoon trying out Cooking Channel’s variety of snow-speckled sweets:

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