Nothing screams Summer like ice cream, but you don't have to run to your favorite ice cream shop every time you have a craving. Ice cream makers can be found pretty inexpensively (Cuisinart makes a great one for under $100). After you're up and churning, we've found 11 homemade ice cream treats that will appeal to kids of all ages — and their parents. From gelato-topped cupcakes and ice-cream-stuffed waffle sandwiches to unique recipes that will make your ice cream taste like strawberry Pop-Tarts, oatmeal cookies, or bananas and peanut butter, these treats are sure to add some cool, tasty fun to your Summer! Keep clicking to find your favorite sweet treat.
Pop off the lid of a pint of Graeter's Summer Peach Ice Cream ($5 in stores), and you're greeted by a peachy-pink surface generously studded with chunks of the stone fruit. Dip your spoon in, and its true-to-life peaches and cream flavor washes over your mouth, urging you to take just one more bite. Refreshing, sweet (but not cloyingly so), and creamy, it's peach ice cream done right.
Can't make it into a Graeter's storefront? Don't worry about missing out: this Cincinnati family-owned favorite has expanded beyond its hometown, with pints available at select grocery stores countrywide, as well as online. We don't often find mail-order ice cream worth the expense of overnight shipping, but in this case, we wholeheartedly endorse the practice for this satisfying Summer treat — a six-pack of pints (the smallest shipping order available) makes for a great gift for Father's Day, birthdays, and more. Just make certain to try a scoop before the flavor's limited Summer run is over.
Go ahead and hail down the ice cream truck! You've gotta stay cool on a hot, Summer day somehow, right? Before you wolf down a Dove Bar, Strawberry Shortcake, and Fudgsicle all at once, you might want to know how many calories those cool desserts are costing you. We're in no way trying to rain on your ice cream sandwich parade — you deserve to indulge every so often — but these photos will help give a visual to those trying to count ice cream calories.
Cookies and ice cream may be righteous treats in their own rights, but sandwich them together and they become a supersweet indulgence far greater than the sum of their parts. Once you've mastered the basics of assembly, it's time to start thinking flavor combinations. It's hard to beat the classic chocolate cookie with vanilla ice cream, but if you're feeling more adventurous, then check out our suggestions. Just keep in mind that many of these flavors can be mixed and matched. As long as you stick to a relatively thin, soft, chewy cookie and use your best judgment, the results are bound to be delicious.
|Chewy sugar cookies||Raspberry vanilla frozen yogurt|
|Chocolate-covered pretzel snaps||Guinness|
|Chocolate-marshmallow crinkle||Salted caramel|
|Gingersnaps||Lemon buttermilk sorbet|
|Chocolate-walnut||Vanilla with caramel swirl|
|Graham crackers||Key lime ice cream|
Creamy, cold, and delicious, ice cream is also unfortunately a big calorie bomb. A small half-cup serving of basic vanilla will run you 250 calories and cost you 17 grams of fat and 85 milligrams of cholesterol. You can satisfy the need to spoon up something frozen and sweet by making this recipe for a dairy-free ice cream that only contains two ingredients. Don't worry — no ice cream maker is required, just your freezer and a good blender.
If you think this dish looks delicious, you should taste it! It's fruity like a sorbet but creamy like an ice cream without a drop of dairy. With zero saturated fat and cholesterol and no added sugar, each serving offers almost five grams of fiber. Keep reading for this simple and summery 150-calorie recipe.
When it comes to cooling down on a hot day, a frozen treat seems like the perfect solution, but some choices are better than others. While an occasional indulgence is a necessary part of Summer fun, we want you to know what you're getting into calorie-wise. Watch this video to see how all these cooling treats stack up as well as the healthiest options.
Ice cream is a hot topic around these parts, so it was with much excitement that we dug into the latest lineup of limited edition flavors from Dreyer's (known as Edy's east of the Rockies). We hoped these new additions to the supermarket ice cream section, which range from cake batter to salted caramel with pretzel, could live up their promise. Ice cream scoop at the ready, we dug in, and (spoiler alert!) may have found a new obsession along the way.
Dreyer's Slow Churned Sunny Salted Caramel Pretzel
Take vanilla ice cream and add a generous swirl of salted caramel and chunks of pretzels and it's bound to be a recipe for success, right? While promising in theory, this flavor fell short due to one crucial error: the pretzel chunks were unpalatably soggy rather than crisp and crunchy. And what a shame: the caramel has a strong salty punch, and the ice cream a just-right level of sweetness. This flavor would likely have earned full marks if the creamery had first enrobed the pretzel chunks in chocolate to provide a barrier from the ice cream's moisture and preserve their crunch.
With Memorial Day on the horizon, it is officially ice cream season again. This week, we taste tested new products from Three Twins Organic Ice Cream: four new pint-sized flavors ($5) and one new ice cream sandwich ($2). Read on to see whether the likes of chocolate malt and butterscotch pecan deliver — and if they're worth stopping for in the supermarket freezer aisle.
Sweet and creamy ice cream pints fly off the shelves in the Summer months, and while Ben & Jerry's is a popular brand, you might like the more basic yet scrumptious Häagen-Dazs flavors. Below shows what 100 calories of raspberry sorbet looks like, but chances are one little scoop just won't be enough. Check out the chart below to see how many calories are in your favorite flavors of ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and frozen yogurt, so you can arm yourself before polishing off an entire pint.
|1/2 cup Ice Cream||Calories||Fat (g)||Cholesterol (mg)||Carbs (g)||Sugars (g)||Protein (g)|
|Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough||300||18||75||30||23||4|
|Chocolate Chocolate Chip||300||19||85||26||22||5|
|Chocolate Peanut Butter||340||23||85||26||22||8|
|Cookies & Cream||250||16||80||22||19||4|
|Dulce De Leche||270||16||75||27||27||5|
Don't see your favorite flavor? Keep reading to find out the calorie amounts of other ice cream flavors as well as gelato, sorbet, and frozen yogurt.
Ben & Jerry's ice cream is rich and decadent, and not exactly the healthiest thing on the planet to eat. But then again, that's why we crave it! A scoop of your favorite flavor may be free on April 9 (it's Free Cone Day!), but unfortunately, the ice cream is far from being calorie-free. Take a look at the nutritional breakdown below so you know just how many calories you're spooning up.
|1/2 cup (1/4 of the pint)||Calories||Fat (g)||Cholesterol (mg)||Carbs (g)||Sugars (g)||Protein (g)|
|Boston Cream Pie||250||13||90||29||26||3|
|Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough||270||14||65||33||25||4|
|Chocolate Fudge Brownie||260||12||40||34||27||4|
|Chocolate Nougat Crunch||260||14||60||30||30||4|
|Chocolate Peppermint Crunch||290||16||45||33||28||4|
If you don't see your favorite flavor, keep reading.