10 Frozen Treats That Go Way Beyond Ice Cream

Summer is all about enjoying the outdoors, making memories with your family at the beach, and throwing backyard barbecues. The season is all too short — two months almost feels like two weeks — and we try to make the most of the precious time we have with friends, whether that means grilling steaks or organizing picnics or sipping margaritas by the pool.

The end of summer is the perfect backdrop for another seasonal pleasure: enjoying some sweet, icy frozen treats, because you really won't want anything very cold once winter comes.

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While ice cream is undoubtedly the king of summer desserts, let's step outside the box and have some fun with some different frozen treats that are sure to be a hit. Delightful though ice cream is, perhaps you're lactose-intolerant — or maybe you just want an alternative to the classic chilly dessert.

Going to your favorite ice cream parlor is always a blast, but you can make other frozen treats right at home. Some of these recipes call for a stand or hand mixer, but we've rounded up some quick and easy options too, like a simple Banana Cream Smoothie or our margarita ice pops. These 10 recipes will keep you cool through the end of summer.

Blood Orange Margarita Ice Pops

On a hot summer day, these blood orange margarita ice pops with orange liqueur and tequila are a perfect way to cool off. Alcoholic pops are just better. Just be warned: They melt quickly. If you want to make these non-alcoholic, replace the tequila and liqueur with some orange juice.

For the Blood Orange Margarita Ice Pops recipe, click here.

Chocolate-Dipped Banana Bonbons

Skip the dairy altogether with these chocolate dipped banana bites. Little coins of banana dipped in chocolate make the perfect sweet but healthy frozen treat!

For the Chocolate-Dipped Banana Bonbons recipe, click here.