Inventive Ice Cream for National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month! If this is one holiday you’re eager to enjoy, check out these options when you crave a frozen treat. These trendy tips are versatile and can be used for family dessert, summer hosting or even a makeshift breakfast.

Place frozen sliced bananas in a food processor and you have a healthy sweet treat!

Fruity Frozen Treats

Plant-based foods continue to be in demand. Making dessert out of fruit cuts down on calories while flaunting a natural sweetness. Slice and freeze your bananas the next time they ripen; frozen bananas whip to a creamy consistency. This Banana “Ice Cream” Swirl Treat is quick to make and the base is vegan/vegetarian friendly. Sprinkle with toppings of your choice. We suggest Berryhill Hazelnut Spread ($1.99), fresh berries and Benton’s Original Fudge Striped Shortbread Cookies ($1.19). You can also blend other frozen fruit with the banana to adjust the taste. Strawberries, chocolate and mango are common mix-ins.

Another one of our summer fruit favorites is this recipe for Freezie Fruit Pops.  You don’t even need a fancy popsicle mold—a plastic cup will work just fine. Using only Nature’s Nectar juice and fruit, the end result is a mosaic fruit popsicle that is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to your taste buds.

Fruit gets fizzy! Try this recipe the next time you’re craving a pop of flavor.

Prosecco Popsicles

“Boozy” desserts are as popular as ever. For an adult-appropriate dessert, combine popsicles with Prosecco. You can use your homemade Fruit Pop in this recipe or you can purchase a premade version to save time. We recommend our SimplyNature Organic Frozen Fruit Bars ($3.29). They come in three varieties: Chunky Strawberry, Creamy Mango and Creamy Coconut. Place the fruit bar into a large-rimmed wine glass with the stick facing upwards. Pour award-winning Belletti Prosecco  over the popsicle until the glass is about half full. The Belletti Prosecco ($7.65) was awarded a Gold Medal in 2016 by the Beverage Testing Institute and has naturally fruity notes. It’s the perfect way to toast summer!

Our low-fat ice cream pints are the perfect summer snack.

Balanced Dessert

Just like fruit treats, a low-calorie ice cream option allows you to indulge without guilt. Rather than restricting yourself this summer, treat yourself in a well-balanced way. Low-sugar, low-calorie and high-protein ice creams became best-sellers over the past year. We joined the trend by introducing a new low fat ice cream this summer. Comparable to Halo Top, our Sundae Shoppe Low Fat Ice Cream ($2.99) is available in Mint Chocolate Chip, Vanilla or Chocolate. Add nuts and banana for a nutritional boost. This item is seasonal so purchase these pints before they are gone!

Waffles and ice cream will make your mouth water.

Experiment with the Unexpected

Ice cream is going rogue! If you really want to mix things up this summer, have fun in the kitchen combining flavors, textures and toppings. Some interesting ice cream experiments we’ve seen include:

  • Thai Rolled Ice Cream – Using a liquid base, (usually condensed milk and cream), pour the “ice cream” into a cold tray. Freeze the ice cream for a few hours. It will freeze flat and can be rolled carefully with a spatula into a spiral shape.
  • Sweet & Savory – Forget salty and sweet. Step outside your comfort level and try savory spices in your ice cream like turmeric or ginger. Rosemary gives ice cream a savory twist in this Rosemary Ice Cream with Sour Cherries, Toasted Walnuts and Pretzels
  • Ice Cream & Waffles – You may have tried a bubble waffle cone or breakfast waffles a-la-mode. Waffles and ice-cream are made for each other. Our Cinnamon Belgian Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich is another perfect pairing. The Ambiano Belgian Waffle Maker ($14.99), in-stores the week of 7/25, will make this recipe even easier.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Let us know in the comments below!

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