I love summer … but man do I hate the ice cream truck. Over-priced fake dairy treats being pushed out of a van with the most annoying, tinny music blaring from a speaker is so not my idea of a summer treat.
To make it worse, all the drivers know which neighborhoods have kids, so they drive in an endless loop for hours on end. It’s like they wear you down.
So, how to best combat the ice cream truck without facing massive kid meltdowns? Make your own treats that are so irresistible, the kids would rather have our homemade goodies over that Choco-Taco staring at them from the street.
Probably the best place to start in your search for recipes is at TipNut, where they’ve compiled a list of more than 100 homemade popsicle recipes from all over the Internet. Some of the highlights? Cardamom Rhubarb Sorbet Creamsicles, Nutella Fudgesicles (shown above), Cranberry Cherry, and Maple Mocha Pops. And that’s just four recipes. What I love about this site is that everything is organized by primary flavor (i.e. lemon, chocolate, strawberry, etc.).
Delish.com also has a bunch of popsicle recipes, as well as several lists of fantastic popsicle molds. My favorite on this particular site? The banana pudding pops … and I think I’ll take their advice and add the chocolate chips!
But what about those that like ice cream? Can you really make your own, without a huge hassle? Turns out you can. Jessica Harlan, Guide to Cooking Equipment at About.com, offers these tips for making homemade ice cream the most delicious treat possible. Her Ovaltine Ice Cream sounds totally delish.
And Kaboose.com offers this “ice cream in a bag” recipe, which would be super-easy for the kids to make (with a little adult supervision, of course).
What treats have you tried making? Be sure to share your recipes!!
photo credit: tipnut.com