Although it may be hard to imagine right now, spring and summer will be here before you know it. On those sweltering days when you just can’t seem to beat the heat and slush beverages just won’t do the trick, there are frozen treats that can make you feel cool from the inside out. Although you may be used to eating them warm, these treats can taste amazing when frozen and be the cure for the rising temperature.
1 Frozen ice blocks
Juice might be the perfect way to hydrate on a hot day, but if you want to make it fun and exciting for the kids, freeze different types of juices and make a rainbow pop extravaganza. Whether you try coconut milk or juiced vegetables, the more color the better. Not only is it a tasty treat, but if you use enough good ingredients it can provide you with a full day’s serving of vitamins and minerals.
2 Frozen bananas topped with Heath chips
Although typically peeled and popped in your mouth, bananas are a great summer day treat when they are frozen. They’re almost like a sundae, because you can add toppings to them and stick them in the freezer for extra excellent yumminess. Unpeel a banana and use melted chocolate as your “paste.” You can add any topping you want, from Heath chips to almond slices. Better than ice cream, the frozen banana is more nutritious and has about half the calories.
3 Watermelon square pops
Watermelon is a favorite kids’ snack. Try cutting up pieces of watermelon into tiny blocks and stick toothpicks into them. You can cover them and put them in the freezer, then use them as dessert for a springtime picnic. They’re just sweet enough to freshen your palate without all the calories from eating them.
4 Cheesecake bites
With cream cheese, cream and fruit, you can make tiny cheesecake bites that are stupendous when frozen. Mix the cream cheese, cream and some of your favorite fruit blends and then cover them in milk chocolate. A favorite for spring, fall, summer or winter.
5 Milky Way bites
Sure, they taste pretty good as is. But if you want to savor a Milky Way bar without getting a handful of melted chocolate, stick them in the freezer and pull them out for a little treat.
Choose the larger red globe grapes and stick them in the freezer. You don’t have to separate them or put sticks in them. Once they are frozen, all you have to do is pop them in your mouth. Like a little crunchy taste explosion, they are perfect in all their natural awesomeness.
Pralines are a southern favorite that most people like warm and crisp, but putting a container of them in the freezer makes them clump together better and become a tasty snack. You can also add them to ice cream or put some in between the layers of an ice cream cake.
Brownies are just awesome as they are, but if you put them into the freezer, you can savor them even more. Instead of having them piping hot out of the oven, try them frozen. They keep longer and taste like a mix between a chocolate bar and ice cream. Just make sure to cut them up into tiny square pieces.
It’s a little different from frozen yogurt that you get at the local yogurt shop, but if you freeze yogurt, it just tastes better. Try layering different flavors into a parfait for an additional taste surprise.
If you haven’t had a Lychee before, then try them frozen. They are on the list of “superfoods,” and when you put a Lychee in the freezer, the taste is outstandingly exotic.
11 Pound cake
Pound cake is an excellent thing to use for strawberry shortcake, but not many people know how incredible it tastes when you put it in the freezer. With a different consistency, it is the perfect dessert for a hot summer’s day. Top it with strawberries and whipped cream as you would out of the refrigerator, and what you get is a frozen strawberry yum-cake.
12 Cookie dough
There is a reason why many ice cream makers are adding cookie dough to their ice cream concoctions — because it tastes great when frozen. It’s a little more like cookies and cream than cookie dough when frozen, and it is just awesome.
Take a pudding cup, cover it with plastic wrap and poke a hole in the middle with a popsicle stick. If the Jello company can do it, so can you. Make your own pudding pops; they are absolutely fabulous.
Although these treats are typically eaten at room temperature, when the weather heats up, these snacks are even better when frozen.