D.I.Y. Frozen Desserts

Sweet, sugary ways to cool yourself down this summer
D.I.Y. Frozen Desserts
Maryse Chevriere

Dessert can always be a tricky course for many people since it tends to stick to the heavy side of things — enter quick and easy frozen desserts. While yes, ice cream falls in this category, as a whole, frozen treats tend to be somewhat lighter and usually much easier and faster to prepare than baked goods (freezing aside). 

Plus, when it's hot outside, the last thing you want is to be turning on the oven for an extended period of time. So during these hot summer months, try making one of the chilled and refreshing concoctions below. Experiment with seasonal fruit and different flavor combinations and get the kids involved. Making pops is easy and very kid-friendly, particularly if you get the rocket-shaped molds like I did.

Check out the recipes that we made below and let us know your favorite way to cool down in the summer!


Chocolate-Dipped Banana Bonbons

When I was a child, my mom would seldom let desserts enter the house. Sure pints of vanilla and...

— Allison Beck



Watermelon and Mint Granita

Watermelon and mint are two of my favorite summertime flavors — nothing is more refreshing...

— Valaer Murray


Pickle Juice (Snoopy) Sno-Cone (Chaser)

I was deep in Texas, Stephenville to be exact, visiting the origin of Angie's Enchiladas, when we pulled into the Coconut Hut...

— Arthur Bovino



Frozen Mexican Chocolate Mousse

Don't be fooled — even though it's frozen, this dessert packs some heat...

— Will Budiaman 



White Peach and Basil Pops

Not sure what to do with overripe fruit? Make a popsicle! They are surprisingly easy to make and freeze in just about four hours...

— Yasmin Fahr



Blood Orange Margarita Popsicles

On a hot summer day, popsicles are nice — alcoholic popsicles are even better. Just be warned: they melt quickly...

— Maryse Chevriere



Lemon Italian Ice

Lemon ice a perfect refreshing summer treat, and it turns out it's surprisingly easy to make...

— Molly Aronica