Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Homemade Ice Cream and Frozen Treats

Summer is in full effect, which means days are spent soaking up the sun (poolside of course), while enjoying a big bowl of ice cream. Because what better way to beat the heat, than to enjoy a delicious, frozen treat? Children, adults, and even our pets can all agree that ice cream is the true star of the show each summer. Let’s be honest, we all still perk up when we hear the ice cream truck around the corner! The ease of purchasing ice cream from the grocery store or from your favorite ice cream shop is always nice, however, what if we told you making homemade ice cream and frozen treats are super easy and with some recipes, no ice cream maker is even required?! Isn’t that the sweetest?! To celebrate National Ice Cream Month, we’re here to give you the inside scoop for delicious, homemade ice cream and frozen treat recipes.

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Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Giant orange-flavored sugar cookie stuffed with vanilla buttercream and topped with a white chocolate drizzle. These soft and chewy cookies are served chilled making them just as refreshing as your favorite popsicle.

Cotton Candy Milkshake

Our forecast for this summer is nothing but sunshine and cotton candy clouds 🌤🌤 This fun twist on a classic treat is made with vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, and LorAnn’s Cotton Candy Super-Strength flavoring. Top with sprinkles for some added flare, or a splash of vodka for an adult spin on this colorful treat.

Mini Baked Alaska

If you’re looking for an elegant dessert to make this summer, this recipe is for you. Individually portioned Baked Alaskas are filled with strawberry and chocolate flavored cake, strawberry ice cream, and is covered in a light fluffy meringue. Like we said, impressive. Strawberry Emulsion and Pure Vanilla Extract are what take this recipe to the next level. Although this dessert gained popularity in the ‘60s, it’s timeless in our book.

Watermelon Mojito Sorbet

At your next summer soiree, swap a classic cocktail with a fruity and fresh sorbet. The addition of our Watermelon Super-Strength helps bring out the fresh and fruity flavors in this fancy frozen treat. Rum optional if you’re looking for an adult-friendly spin for summer entertaining.

Rich and Creamy Ice Cream Base

We don’t play favorites when it comes to ice cream. So why settle on just one flavor? This easy-to-follow recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare and yields rich and creamy ice cream sure to make anyone come back for seconds. With 40 flavor options to choose from, LorAnn’s Flavor Fountain line adds creamy favor and color all in one easy step.

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Bars

This refreshing summer drink has turned into a refreshing summer treat! A buttery graham cracker crust is filled with a creamy, Strawberry Lemonade filling. LorAnn’s Lemonade Super-Strength flavor is both sweet and tart, while Fresh Strawberry Flavor Fountain adds bright, fruity flavor. No additional color is needed as LorAnn’s Flavor Fountains provide gorgeous hues to all of your frozen treats. Remove from freezer a few minutes prior to serving and allow to thaw slightly. Serve chilled for refreshing results.

Soda-licious Root Beer Popsicles

With only four ingredients + water, this is the easiest recipe for root-beer flavored popsicles and voted most likely to be the hit of the summer pool party!

Low-Carb Flavored Syrup for Slushies, Snow Cones, & Shakes

This Keto-friendly, low-carb syrup is a great way to add delicious flavor to frozen treats like snow cones, slushies, and milkshakes. It’s easy to make ahead of time and will keep in the refrigerator for at least 1 week.

When using non-fruity flavors like cake batter or salted caramel, or you plan to add the syrup to milkshakes, skip the Tart & Sour. For commercial slushy machines, please be sure to read the manufacturers manual to determine the recommended sugar:water ratio.

Looking for Ice Sandwich Recipes?

To us, ice cream sandwiches are definitely the superior sandwich. Check out these macaron ice cream sandwiches the LorAnn Recipe Team has developed over the years!

Lychee Pistachio Ice Cream Sandwiches

It’s the flavor combination you didn’t know you were missing! Lychee flavored macarons are filled with the creamy, nutty goodness of pistachio flavored ice cream. This recipe is truly an explosion of flavor. Lychee is a stone fruit originating from Southern China, which resembles the flavor of a strawberry or a pear, with slight citrus notes. If you’re looking to expand the flavor profile in your baking, you’re sure to love this exotic flavor.  

Chocolate Coffee Cookie & Browned Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

Can’t decide between ice cream and cookies? This combination is the best of both worlds! Made with LorAnn’s Coffee Bakery Emulsion and Organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract and Bean Paste, these decadent ice cream sandwiches will satisfy your sweet tooth with rich, bold flavors.

Root Beer Float Macarons

This recipe definitely will float your boat thanks to the macaron sandwiches that are flavored using LorAnn’s Root Beer Super-Strength. It pairs so wonderfully with the creaminess of vanilla bean ice cream.

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