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I love frozen treats all year long

A confession—I eat ice cream, gleefully, all year long. I have a running gag with a friend about how I’ve eaten all the ice cream. If something doesn’t go my way, well, he says that it’s my punishment for having eaten all the ice cream. I suffer my punishment gladly, and I toss in the sorbets and popsicles, and other frozen treats too. Go big. Come summer, though, I start making frozen treats. In earnest. And some of them I share with you, in recipe form, at least. Here we have a frozen treats recipes roundup of ice cream, sorbets, popsicles, and, if my plans pan out, more!

Extracting as much of the coffee flavor out of the beans to make Vietnamese coffee ice cream.
Extracting the flavor for Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream

Frozen Treats Roundup

I had sworn off learning to make ice cream

Due to my aforementioned penchant for eating ice cream rather liberally, I’d always maintained that I wouldn’t make it at home. I’d tried making the no-churn ice cream, but I ultimately found it entirely too sweet (and I have a sweet tooth), and I didn’t like the mouthfeel that came with so much sweetened condensed milk. So, I contented myself with heading out to ice cream as often as humanly possible and usually having a pint in the freezer.

A skill forged in the pandemic

However, when the pandemic struck, I found myself sorely missing the scrumptious honey-lavender ice cream from Honeycomb Creamery in Cambridge. Necessity was the mother of my ice cream making, and I decided that I needed to learn how to make ice cream for myself. (A stop at Honeycomb Creamery was one of the first I made when I felt safe to venture out again.)

Transfer Spiced Apple Sorbet to Containers

Making frozen treats is creative fun!

I found ice-cream making fun and just challenging enough to be interesting. Plus, the overnight chill meant that I wouldn’t devour the ice cream instantly. I ventured onto sorbets, and loved the creativity that came with adding spices to the fruit in combinations that sounded delicious to me.

I then got a set of popsicle molds, and well, I got on a bit of a frozen treat kick. Here’s some of my favorites.

Recipes roundup of ice creams, sorbets, popsicles & more!

And now, the recipes!

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Tips for making better frozen treats

In making ice creams, sorbets, and popsicles, I’ve discovered some helpful tips for better results.

  • Get creative. Have you always wished that you could have a certain flavor combination? Well, now you can!
  • Chill that base. the secret to great flavor in ice creams and sorbets comes from chilling the base thoroughly to allow flavors to develop. This is especially true with spiced treats. Your patience will be rewarded when you chill your base overnight.
  • Freeze your tools. When working with ice cream and sorbet bases, always put your tools like your ice cream containers, spatulas, and scoops in the freezer. This helps to keep everything cool as you transfer from your ice cream maker to the freezer.
  • Work fast. As soon as you hear your ice cream maker’s beep signaling that it’s done, get to work. Go as quickly as you can. Melting affects texture.
  • Keep it clean. Working with dairy and eggs increases the risk of bacteria. Make sure that you clean everything thoroughly.
  • Get a self-chilling ice cream maker. A self-chilling ice cream maker makes life easier, especially if you have a small freezer or not a lot of space in it. You don’t have to remember to freeze the container overnight, and it’s just works better, I’ve found. These ice cream makers can be a bit more expensive, but I found it to be worth it.

From the Wonder & Sundry Kitchen Shop

Need something to make a frozen treat? Here’s items from the Sundry Kitchen Shop!

The Perfect Scoop—the ice cream bible

If you want to learn how to make ice cream, you need David Lebovitz’s Perfect Scoop. Not only has he shared some delicious ice cream recipes—the chocolate is out of this world—but he goes into detail on the technique. Making ice cream at home with home equipment has challenges, and the Perfect Scoop solves them. Master how to make ice cream, and you can make any flavor your heart desires!

Tools for making frozen treats!

Here’s some tools that I use to make delicious frozen treats.