Chill out with an adorable seasonal sweet treat. Taking inspiration from summer produce (mmm... watermelon) and summer vacation favorites like ice cream tacos, you’ll want to rotate through these frozen desserts all summer long—and beyond.
Avoid turning on the oven during hot summer months, but still enjoy a homemade dessert with cute frozen dessert ideas for ice pops, milkshakes, and more. The BH&G Test Kitchen designed these frozen treats specifically to be devoured on the warmest days of summer (just like these no-cook summer recipes for every meal). Prepare to savor them all—just hurry and do it before they melt!
Cute Watermelon Bombe
A bowl and some savvy layering transform this seasonal sherbet recipe into a watermelon look-alike. Choose your favorite flavors: The rind can be lime sherbet or pistachio ice cream, while the juicy interior comes to life with either raspberry sherbet or strawberry ice cream. Just don’t skip the mini chocolate chip “seeds”! While you're at it, try our other Watermelon Dessert Ideas.
Get the recipe: Cute Watermelon Bombe
Banana Split Cupcakes
Rather than serving it in a plastic boat, build a banana split dessert on top of a banana cupcake recipe. To skip the oven completely, start with store-bought cupcakes. Pipe a sweetened whipped cream inside and top with any flavor ice cream as the “frosting.” Finish with whipped cream and a cherry.
Get the recipe: Banana Split Cupcakes
Ice Cream Tacos
Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays—or for savory dishes. Our twist on this ice cream truck favorite is surprisingly easy to make at home. Fashion the shell from a waffle bowl, dip in chocolate, and stuff as desired. We suggest setting out an ice cream buffet and allowing everyone to use their creativity for a custom cute frozen dessert.
Get the recipe: Ice Cream Tacos
Coffee Cone Affogato
Affogato is a popular coffee dessert that translates to “drowned” in Italian. It's often a vanilla gelato crowned with a shot of warm espresso. Take it to go—in the cutest way possible—with this easy frozen dessert recipe. After dressing up the mini ice cream cones with melted chocolate and nuts, all that’s left to do is add an itty-bitty scoop of ice cream and a splash of java or espresso.
Get the recipe: Coffee Cone Affogato
Cake or shake? Why not both?! Use mini frosted cake donuts, and you don’t need to heat up your oven for a second. Simply blend the donuts with ice cream, milk, and cream of coconut for a better-than-soda-shop milkshake that gets even better when you crown it with a mini donut around the straw.
Get the recipe: Coconut-Donut Shakes
Boozy Watermelon Ice Pops
Calling all 21+! These fruity treats are essentially beachy rum (or vodka) cocktails in ice pop form. Since they’re crafted with real watermelon, strawberries, kiwi, cucumber, and blueberries, we think they just about qualify as health food. (Hey, worth a shot!)
Get the recipe: Boozy Watermelon Ice Pops
Dipped 4th of July Fruit Cones
Celebrate your independence from the oven with this quick and easy no-cook dessert recipe. Festive-colored summer fruit (blueberries and watermelon) is an easy sell—even to picky eaters—when served in a sprinkle-coated ice cream cone. Then add a drizzle (honey) and a swizzle (candy “fireworks”) to dress up this dessert for the party.
Get the recipe: Dipped 4th of July Fruit Cones