Person holding an ice cream cone downtown.

Summer is officially here! Prepare for the heat with these tasty summer treats you can make at home.

Mason jar filled with ice cream, syrup and sprinkles on a table with cookie crumbles. Mason jar ice cream

Enjoy your own DIY ice cream without any fancy machinery or churning. This 3-ingredient recipe allows you to make your own vanilla ice cream at home using a mason jar.

You can also create your own custom flavors like:

  • Cookies and cream: add a quarter cup of crushed Oreos.
  • Chocolate: add 1-2 teaspoons of cocoa powder or chocolate syrup
  • Mint chocolate chip: add a couple drops of peppermint flavoring and mini chocolate chips. You can also add a drop of green food coloring for the perfect mint color. 
  • Cookie dough: crumble in chunks of your favorite edible cookie dough.
  • S’mores: add mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers.

Person holding a cup of colorful shaved ice.Shaved ice

Recreate this popular summer treat at home with 4 simple ingredients. You can switch up the flavors by using your favorite Kool Aid powders, instant lemonade or other drink mixes! Use a blender or food processor to make the perfect shaved ice. Then, pour these simple homemade syrups over top! 



Strawberry popsicles on table surrounded by fresh strawberries. Fruity popsicles

Create your own popsicles at home with this simple and fun recipe! All you need is juice, Greek yogurt and frozen fruit. No popsicle molds? Not to worry! You can use disposable cups, leftover yogurt containers or a muffin tin to create the perfect summer pops.

Here are some fruit combinations you can try:

  • Orange creamsicle: add frozen banana, orange juice, fresh orange slices and a teaspoon of vanilla. 
  • Triple berry: add frozen strawberries, blueberries and raspberries or use a mixed berry combination with your favorite juice.
  • Tropical: add frozen pineapple, banana slices and pineapple juice.

Baked peaches in a bowl with vanilla ice cream.Baked peaches and ice cream

Try a new take on peaches and cream with this tasty recipe. We recommend using Palisade peaches for a great local flavor! Once baked, serve with your favorite variety of vanilla ice cream for a sweet treat. 



Brownie topped with toasted marshmallows, graham cracker crumbles and hershey chocolate bars.S’mores brownies

Take your baking to the next level with these s’more brownies. They’re perfect for sharing (or not). You can also try this campfire-free s'mores recipe for a more traditional treat. 



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