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DIY Ice Cream Treats for a Cool Summer

After a much anticipated wait, warm weather is finally here! While soaking up some much-needed vitamin D feels great, you will probably need something to cool down with after. Here are some delicious popsicle and ice cream-inspired DIYs that are sure to be as easy to make as they are refreshing.

Pint of Ice Cream Pops

Start off with a pint of your favorite flavor of ice cream. Cut a line down the side of the carton and peel off the rest of it while keeping the ice cream pint shape intact. Place the ice cream on its side and stick three popsicle sticks in, evenly spaced, from left to right. Cut around each popsicle stick until you have three circular ice cream pops made of your original pint.

Melt up some chocolate in your microwave, and if you’d like, some white chocolate too! Wait until the chocolate is semi-cooled so as to not melt your ice cream, and then dip the sides of your ice cream into each flavor of chocolate.

Next, place your finished ice cream pops on a tray covered with wax paper and put them in the freezer for at least one hour. Enjoy!

Ice Cube Mini Pops

These are a childhood favorite, sure to be familiar to many. In a clean and empty ice cube tray, evenly pour your favorite fruit juice into each space. Popular (and delicious) choices include pink lemonade, cranberry juice, and even orange juice. Next, take some toothpicks, and place one into each cube space to function as your popsicle sticks.

Put the tray into the freezer to freeze for about one hour, and then enjoy your mini pops! These cute little refreshers are sure to hit the spot on a hot day.

Mini Sprinkle Pops

Now that you’ve heard my own homemade recipes, here’s one from Serious Eats! Very similar to our “Pint of Ice Cream Pops,” for this DIY you’ll be scooping your favorite ice cream into small, three-ounce Dixie cups. Place a popsicle stick into each center and allow these cups two hours in the freezer. The wait will be worth it!

After the pops are frozen, cut the cup away from the ice cream and dip the treats into melted chocolate. While the chocolate is still glossy and not fully hardened, add toppings of your choice: sprinkles, cake crumbs, chocolate chips, up to you! Whatever you choose, it’s sure to look and taste amazing.

Keep your summer cool with these yummy treats that are sure to brighten already sunny days. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to buy some Dixie cups.

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