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Sweet Treats for National Ice Cream Month

Hey!  It’s July!  You know what that means.  No no, besides the oppressive, unwavering heat.  July is National Ice Cream Month which automatically makes it one of my favorite months, even though I’m not such a fan of the heat.  I’ve got several great ice cream treats to share with you throughout the rest of this month, but I thought first I would start out by featuring a selection of the many ice cream and frozen treats I have shared over the past five years of blogging.

The Classics
The mother of all classic ice cream flavors is undoubtedly vanilla.  Here I share two different recipes, both delicious.  It’s just good sense to keep it in your freezer at all times.

I never really liked chocolate ice cream until I met this version.  Now, totally a different story.

This dreamy creamy strawberry ice cream is Andrew’s current favorite.  He thinks I’m mom of the year whenever I make it and since it takes about 5 minutes of work, it’s a win-win situation!

I’m not entirely sure that coffee qualifies as a classic ice cream flavor, but since it is my all-time favorite (really!) I think it deserves the title.

Oh, cookies and cream, how I love thee.  Willpower goes out the window when you’re around.

The Show-Offs

Who needs boring old cookie dough ice cream when you could have double cookie dough ice cream?

Milk chocolate ice cream with brownie bits.  I really don’t even know what else to say.  Just make it, okay?

Green tea ice cream is one of Ben’s most favorite flavors, so I would be remiss if I didn’t include it here.  If you like green tea, this is for you!

Fresh peach ice cream might be a classic flavor to some, but to me it is so lovely it deserves a promotion.

Peanut butter ice cream.  Top with Reese’s cups.  Repeat.

The Frills

Make your own hot fudge sauce.  It’s, like, way better than regular hot fudge sauce.

This vanilla bean caramel sauce has addictive properties.  If it’s wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

(It is a crime that there are only two entries in this category.  Guess what else I’ll be working on this month?!)

Build Stuff with Your Ice Cream

Cookie crumb crust + coffee ice cream + ganache + toffee bits = mississippi mud pie, AKA the perfect summer dessert.  (See also – the answer to all PMS cravings.)

The Fourth may be over, and this berry vanilla ice cream cake may look a bit patriotic, but this is a welcome addition to any summer party.  Who can resist ice cream cake featuring fresh summer berries?  Not I, my friend, not I.

Ice cream sandwiches were a favorite childhood treat of mine, and the fun of making my own and cutting out squares of ice cream with a cookie cutter definitely makes me feel like a kid again.

You know how chocolate truffles are like, really great?  Try filling them with chocolate ice cream to make tartufi (ice cream truffles).  Whole new level, I’m telling you.

Of all the ice cream desserts I have made, this is my banana split ice cream torte is my favorite.   Such fun and it makes a pretty presentation.

If there is something in particular you’d like to see during Ice Cream Month, let me know in the comments!

  • Aimee Conrad-Hill

    I made the banana split ice cream torte for my dad’s 60th bday last year. His favorite thing is banana split and he just loved the cake. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Aimee Conrad-Hill

    I made the banana split torte for my dad’s 60th bday last year. Banana splits are his favorite and he thought the cake was out of this world. Thank you!

  • http://bethsblueplate.wordpress.com/ Beth

    I have been going back and forth about getting the ice cream maker attachment for my KA for a while now… a month of ice cream recipes just might push me over the edge!

  • Janet

    I’d love a recipe for Greek frozen yogurt (the Ben and Jerry’s stuff is Amazing but sooo expensive)!

  • SarahK

    An ice cream like moose tracks would be fun. Great ideas above!

  • Dmzidar

    Good Lord! Thank you for this post. I just bought Grandma an ice cream maker and must have one for myself. Yours is my absolute favorite foodie site.

  • Cambria Washington

    I’m just so excited to see this post!! I recently purchased an ice cream maker and I’ve been toying with it, without much success. I’m looking forward to trying some of these recipes…maybe even today :)

  • Laviederose

    Thanks for the awesome post, Annie! I would love to find a recipe for rootbeer ice cream… it has been my long-time favourite, but the recipe is elusive…

  • Angela

    Yum! Ice cream month. My favorite dessert! We are scorching here in Chicagoland too so I will definitely be making ice cream treats this month. I started with chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches for the 4th.

    I am trying to find a good recipe for mint chip ice cream. Know any? I also am interested in figuring out how to make homemade sugar or waffle cones.

    Thanks again for all of the great ideas and keep cool!

  • http://lovetobeinthekitchen.blogspot.com/ Becky @lovetobeinthekitchen

    Whenever I need a good ice cream recipe I always come to your site! :)

  • annieseats

    Cones are on my list to make this summer. Mint chip is not since I’m a mint hater – sorry :)

  • Jessica

    Red velvet or s’mores ice cream? Your site is my go to for everything! Thanks for always making me look good :)

  • http://fateatseventeen.wordpress.com/ Laura

    Beautiful pictures, and beautiful ice cream. I absolutely cannot wait to make the chocolate with brownie pieces (not that anyone else will be. I need to “test” it first).

  • Leah

    We made the chocolate ice cream, and it was fabulous! I would love to see a recipe for red velvet cake ice cream.

  • http://twitter.com/JenatPBandP PB and Peppers

    I am bookmarking this and going to try your recipes when I get back from vacation!! I love all of these recipes!

  • Rosanna

    I would love a recipe for raspberry chocolate chip ice cream or something involving the two flavors. I think raspberries and chocolate go hand in hand :)

  • http://www.thelazydaisykitchen.blogspot.com/ Jenslazydaisy

    In our consistent and oppressive 100-plus degree temps for the last two weeks, homemade ice cream has been calling my name… You’ve just made my have-to-try-these-flavors list even longer! :)

  • jenni

    ice cream is the perfect food and these recipes sound divine. unfortunately, cholesterol has gotten the better of me as of late and i’m wondering if there’s any way you could figure out a deliciously perfect frozen yogurt recipe that doesn’t actually taste like…..um, frozen yogurt. something akin to ben & jerry’s cherry garcia. i’m not a real chocolate fan and not necessarily a lover of the “tang” that frozen yogurts have. there’s something slightly addictive about the cherry garcia. but at nearly $5 a pint here where i live…it’s just too expensive most of the time. and i so loves me my frozen yogurt in the summer. can you please work on it?

  • Vicki Bensinger

    OMG you had me at ice cream month. Now to try and make all of these. Oh yes, I can do it. They all sound outrageously delicious! Which was your favorite and I will start with that?

    Vicki Bensinger

  • Lisa Frank

    I really wanted to say mint chocolate chip, but I know the answer would be no. :)

    Anything involving dark chocolate and peanut butter is a hit. What about Snickerdoodle ice cream with cookie chunks and a cinnamon caramel sauce? I also love Almond Joy flavors. Pretty much anything that involves chocolate, peanut butter, coconut or cookies–I’m in!

  • Joy Phillips

    I have been working through your yummy list of ice cream recipes…so far we have made vanilla, and vanilla and more vanilla! Ooops, we got stuck on that recipe because it is just SO delicious! I finally moved on to strawberry last week, and while we like it, we were not huge fans of the sour cream. I might just add strawberries to the vanilla recipe. See, I told you we were stuck on vanilla!

  • Joy Phillips

    I have been working through your yummy list of ice cream recipes…so far we have made vanilla, and vanilla and more vanilla! Ooops, we got stuck on that recipe because it is just SO delicious! I finally moved on to strawberry last week, and while we like it, we were not huge fans of the sour cream. I might just add strawberries to the vanilla recipe. See, I told you we were stuck on vanilla!

  • Caelan

    If you’re looking to play around with toppings, may I humbly suggest hot peanut butter topping (Friendly’s style, if you’ve had the wonderful luck to partake). It’s impossible to buy anything close and oh em gee it’s amazing. sweet, salty, warm, amazingness. I’ve been looking for a recipe and haven’t been able to find anything close!

  • annieseats

    I definitely plan to post more frozen yogurt treats. I do have one posted already – black raspberry frozen yogurt. Not a ton, but it’s a start!

  • http://kerrycooks.wordpress.com/ Kerry

    Wow, so comprehensive! The sauces look especially fantastic and the cookie dough ice cream – wow!

  • Kat

    All right, I gave in. I finally bought an ice cream maker. I couldn’t pass up these recipes any longer!! My son has requested cake ice cream tonight, so that will be our first attempt. Wish us luck!! I am going to have to try to get through all of yours before our scorching hot temps are gone. I have plenty of time here in Houston :)

  • http://onecooktwokitchens.com/ Lisa

    Your peanut butter ice cream recipe was the first ice cream I ever made in my KitchenAid Ice Cream attachment (and the first of many Annie’s Eats recipes)…and it’s still a favourite. I am going through a phase of trying various ice creams based on herbs growing in my garden. I’d love to see if you have any that you come up with, Annie.

  • http://paleyellow.net/ Tracy {Pale Yellow}

    I have very recently purchased an ice cream maker and have been searching the web and your site looking for a great first recipe to break it in! This post is a fantastic crash course and I think I will most definitely be making the double cookie dough ice cream this weekend since I just happen to have a lot of egg-less cookie dough hanging out in my fridge!

  • Suze

    OMG. Since I seem to be in ice cream mode now (!), I guess I will have to bookmark this one, too. I do not like green tea at all, but you gave me a heck of an idea. I *do* love chai spice tea and earl grey tea. :-D I will have to powder some leaves and give it a try. Works for me!

  • Jane

    I’ll second this request – there is just SOMETHING about Friendly’s peanut butter sauce that is swoon-worthy!