1. Celebrate summer with snow cones.
What frosty treats taste like ice pops but are more fun to eat? You guessed it — snow cones. With only four ingredients, you can whip up this hot-weather favorite in no time. Just create simple syrup from a packet of Kool Aid, sugar, and water, and pour it over Dixie cups full of crushed ice. Grape, orange, lemon lime, or blue raspberry — this summer dessert tickles the taste buds.
2. Chill out with homemade popsicles.
If you're looking to cool off on a hot summer day, consider a twist on the classic root beer float. When it comes to popsicle recipes, this one stands out and its easy to make. Just line the bottoms of your frozen pop molds with vanilla ice cream, and pour in cold root beer until 3/4 full. Add a few more small chunks of ice cream, insert the sticks, and freeze for 3–4 hours. This tasty recipe is sure to earn you the prize for "best popsicle maker in the neighborhood."
3. Make birthdays better with an ice cream sundae bar.
The folks at Mobile Cuisine define a sundae as one or more scoops of ice cream covered with sauce and toppings. When it comes to a summertime birthday for kids, a build-your-own sundae bar makes a big splash. Start with containers of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream, and add an array of toppings. For crunch, fill small bowls with caramel popcorn, chopped nuts, and crumbled Oreos. Add M&Ms, Sour Patch Kids, and gummy worms, and don't forget fruits. Kids of all ages love split bananas, sliced strawberries, pineapple chunks, and cherries (maraschino style). For more ice cream sundae fun, add whipped cream, candy sprinkles, and chocolate sauce. Think Hershey's chocolate syrup and Smucker's caramel and magic shell toppings.