Summer is in full throttle, and we are searching for ways to geta our ‘just desserts’ and cool down. One of the most traditional ways is ice cream! Here are some ideas on how to eat that creamy, delicious treat several different ways.
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He was a Real Jerk!
My Daddy was a Soda Jerk when he was a teenager, and shared a lot of that knowledge with us by making us some great ice cream treats. I just loved his banana splits.
He used a scoop of vanilla, a scoop of chocolate and a scoop of strawberry, sandwiched between two slices of banana. The ice cream was then topped with chocolate sauce, a few chopped nuts, whipped cream and a cherry on top.
How to Float
My favorite though, were his floats. What are floats? Simply a glass of your favorite soft drink with a scoop of ice cream floating in it. A Coke Float is just that – a glass of Coca Cola with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
A Black Cow is a glass of Root Beer with a scoop of chocolate ice cream. But you don’t have to end it there. Grab a Ginger Ale and toss in a scoop of orange sherbet, strawberry ice cream or any other flavor you like. Get wild and experiment, and develop your own favorite Float combination.
Make a Sandwich
Do you like ice cream sandwiches? Bake a batch of cookies – chocolate chip, oatmeal or any flavor you like.
Let them cook just a minute or two longer, so they will be a little crisp, but still soft in the center. Set them aside to cool completely. While they are cooling, slightly soften some ice cream.
Once the cookies are cool and the ice cream is softened, spread about ½” of ice cream on the bottom of a cookie. Top with a second cookie and place on a waxed paper-lined tray.
When you have finished all the sandwiches, place the tray in the freezer for at least one hour. Pull them out and enjoy. Or, wrap them individually in waxed paper or plastic wrap and put in a zip top bag for later.
‘Just’ Desserts in a Bowl
You can spice up a bowl of ice cream by mixing in your favorite treats. I love adding the new Crispy M&M’s in my vanilla.
Randy likes adding chocolate chips and a swirl of chocolate syrup to his chocolate. You can also try adding dried or fresh fruits.
Want a banana pudding ice cream? Crush up some Vanilla Wafers, chop up some bananas and mix them with your vanilla or banana ice cream. You can also add some stiffly whipped merengue, but in my experience, it only holds up well about half the time.
Mix your ice cream flavors, add nuts, flavored syrup and whipped cream for a perfect ice cream sundae. And don’t forget to add that cherry on the top!
The most fun thing about ice cream is that you are limited only by your imagination. But regardless of how you serve it, ice cream is a fun and delicious way to stay cool this summer!