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Booze Up Your Favorite Childhood Ice Cream Treats

Booze Up Your Favorite Childhood Ice Cream Treats

Here’s how to add a splash of booze to everything from sorbets to sundae sauces

Many of us have spent our weekends cursing the sauna-like weather in our hometowns, so it’s safe to say that ice cream, sorbet, and other frozen treats are godsends in the hot temperatures. Mix in a little booze, and we may have everything we’ll need to survive the rest of the summer.

But of course, adding alcohol to your ice creams and sorbets isn’t exactly easy — too much booze and the creamiest vanilla could melt down into the custard it was before it was frozen; too little, and you might as well forget about reaching that perfect point of tipsiness when you stop caring about the weather. And in all these concoctions, you’re going to want to add a touch more sugar than normal.

So we chatted with pros in the alcohol vs. ice cream field, vetting the rights and wrongs of turning your favorite kid treats into adult concoctions. Christina Tosi from Momofuku Milk Bar shared her tips for creating fancy alcoholic milkshakes, while Matt O’Connor behind The Icecreamists cookbook (and that holy water absinthe ice pop) and Chris Hopkins, mixologist at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, chimed in on how to make shakes, sundaes, and ice pops all boozy enough to require an ID check. Each ice cream concoction on The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas’ menu has enough alcohol for a full drink, after all.

The trick to all of these, however, is pairing the flavors correctly. Going the fruity route? Try some spiced rum, or vodka and gin that complements rather than competes. Or if you’re headed a bit darker, with dark cherries, or perhaps apples, go with bourbon or Scotch. And since it’s summer, it never hurts to try a splash of rosé or champagne with stone fruits or strawberries.

Click through our slideshow to see how you can turn all your favorite childhood ice cream treats into adult ice cream cocktails, of sorts. Our favorite? Homemade alcoholic Dippin’ Dots. Just have some liquid nitrogen handy.

Ice Cream Swiss Roll Cake (Arctic Roll)

Ice Cream Swiss Roll Cake (or Arctic Roll) consists of your favorite ice cream rolled in a fluffy sponge cake that can be made ahead and stored in the freezer for weeks.

The Arctic Roll is a popular British frozen dessert (or pudding if you&rsquore in England) from my childhood. Ice cream fans, from kids to adults will find it hard to pass up this treat.

This British retro cake from the 1950&rsquos was made famous by a retailer that sold only frozen food. They have recently resurrected it, along with other ice cream treats, that are now popular once again.

Popularly known in the U.S as an Ice Cream Cake Roll, you can see the ice cream is the main star of the show with the sponge cake providing a cozy, sponge blanket around the ice cream.

The Ice Cream

Any of your favorite ice cream will work in this Arctic Roll recipe. I swirled pureed strawberries and blueberries into vanilla ice cream. I also want to make this with my favorite ice cream, mint chocolate chip.

Unless you&rsquore able to make this Ice Cream Swiss Roll Cake (Arctic Roll) in a giant freezer (which is very unlikely), when it comes to working with ice cream you must work quickly to avoid a melted ice cream mess.

More Ice Cream Treats:

To get a better understanding of the technique of making this ice cream cake, I recommend seeing the video below to see a step-by-step.

5 nostalgic ice cream treats bring back childhood memories

The notorious melody echoes across the playground. During the summer, kids can hear those few notes above any other sound. When the ice cream man in his truck pulled into the neighborhood, everyone ran looking for spare change. Listed on the side of the truck were several frozen favorites. Now these nostalgic ice cream treats have all those childhood memories coming back.

Of course, everyone has a favorite ice cream flavor. From classic vanilla to cookies and cream, ice cream and its many flavors have and will continue to be a popular dessert and treat. But, those special ice cream treats, like the ones found in the classic ice cream truck, are special.

True, everyone will have a different opinion on the best of list. These lists wouldn&rsquot be as popular if people didn&rsquot debate over the items included and left off.

In honor of National Ice Cream month, here are 5 nostalgic ice cream treats that could have childhood summer memories come back into picture.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 15: Guests enjoy CNN Digital branded popsicles at the 4th Anniversary of The Monthly hosted by Turner

Bomb Pops

The red, white and blue frozen treat is not only the colors of summer, but also so tasty. Shaped like a rocket, the frozen treat screamed summer fun. The original flavors are cherry, lime and blue raspberry. Over the years, new flavor combinations were added. WarHeads, Jolly Rancher and even Hawaiian Punch flavors are available.

Bomb Pops were just a fun part of summer. Maybe it was because the colors were symbolic of summer holidays. I still remember enjoying a Bomb Pop while watching fireworks.

Today, bomb pops can be found at local grocery stores and even Walmart. No need to wait for the ice cream truck.

LOWESTOFT, ENGLAND – JULY 17: A giant plastic ice cream cone glints in the sun on the South Beach on July 17, 2014 in Lowestoft, England. The Met Office has issued a heatwave alert as temperatures throughout England and Wales are predicted to reach their highest level of the year this weekend. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Push Pop

When you can play with your food, everyone is happy. The classic push pop made eating a frozen treat fun. After peeling off the cover, you got to slowly reveal the frozen goodness. But, don&rsquot push too quickly or your treat will tumble to the ground.

I remember that there was a careful balance to pushing too much and just enough. If you didn&rsquot push enough, every ice cream lick came with a cardboard aftertaste. If you pushed too far, the ice cream treat dribbled down the side. Over time, every kid found the perfect balance.

Usually, the classic push pop came in an orange flavor. If you were lucky, the treat had a cartoon character tie-in. The classic Flintstone ones were my favorite.

Now, push-pops can be found all over. Some companies even have a make your own push pops. The reusable containers mean that you can customize the frozen treat. Prosecco pops or rose pops anyone?

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 06: A view of ice cream sandwiches provided by Cool Haus at the Madewell And NYLON Magazine Celebrates The Opening of Madewell at The Grove on December 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Madewell)

Ice Cream Sandwich

Before the warmth melts the ice cream middle, you bite into the chocolate wafer and smile. Who doesn&rsquot love an ice cream sandwich? The old-school, rectangle shaped ice cream treat is always a good frozen treat. The only downside was the chocolate cookie residue that got stuck to your fingers (admit it, you licked your fingers at the end, we all did).

Today, the classic ice cream sandwich is more than just chocolate cookie and vanilla ice cream. From bold flavored cookies to crazy ice cream/cookie combinations, the flavors are elevated. As people explore new flavors, the ice cream treats follow the trend.

Recently, I had some boozy ice cream sandwiches. With fun names, like Fat Elvis, these ice cream sandwiches were made with a little bit of liquor. On a hot afternoon, a peanut butter cookie with banana/rum infused ice cream is a delightful way to cool off.


Chocolate, peanuts and ice cream in a sugar cone is a popular combination. Drumstick is like having an ice cream sundae on a stick. Sometimes, sitting down to an ice cream bowl isn&rsquot convenient. This ice cream treat lets you enjoy the flavor combination in a convenient packaging.
These type of ice cream cones go back to the 1904 World&rsquos Fair in St. Louis. The name, drumstick, originated from the thought the cones looked like a chicken drumstick. Now, Drumstick is an official Nestle brand.

The Nestle brand of Drumstick is the classic version that I remember. Today, the company has added to the original. From extra fudge in the bottom of the cone to new flavor combinations, like Butterfinger, there is a Drumstick for every day of the week.

Just be careful with this popular ice cream treat. Don&rsquot let the ice cream leak from the bottom of the sugar cone. No one wants the ice cream drips.

WESTWOOD, CA – JULY 16: Actress and mom Vanessa Lachey cooled down with icy, refreshing Original Brand PopsicleAE pops at Nickelodeons Kids Choice Sports 2015 on July 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Unilever/Popsicle)

Classic popsicle and Fudgsicle

During the summer, the freezer was stocked with popsicles. The box of cherry, orange and grape was the classic flavor combination. I always hated orange and that flavor always had to be eaten before mom would buy more. But, popsicles were always part of summer.

Today, popsicles come in all flavors, colors and sizes. From the classic Popsicle brand to home-made ones, these frozen treats are a hit with all ages. Now, popsicles can be made healthy with fresh fruit or even veggie juices (not kale). For adults, some people make some booze infused options. The frozen treat is a great refreshment on a hot day.

For the chocolate fans, there was always the Fudgsicle. The chocolate frozen treat is creamy goodness. Tasting like fudge, the frozen treat appears decadent, but isn&rsquot loaded with calories. Whether a single, skinny version or the larger double option, Fudgsicles are popular with all ages.

Your favorite childhood ice cream treat becomes a refreshing and creamy potluck dessert. Orange Dreamsicle Lasagna will be the perfect addition to your Easter, Mother’s Day menu or any spring/summer gatherings.

I love those recipes that we all grew up with, and Dreamsicles have always been one of my favorite treats.
This Orange Dreamsicle Lasagna truly lives up to it’s name, it tastes EXACTLY like a Dreamsicle!
That combination of orange and vanilla is just so magical! I’ve recreated that magical combination in dessert form.

How? With JELLO and Pudding. It’s super simple to do and you get that fun contrast in colors in the actual dessert, and of course, flavor to any cake.


Pineapple Dole Whip isn’t the only flavor available at Disney. There are others like strawberry, orange, lime, raspberry and coconut. Feel free to get creative with the type of fruit you use, or make easy swaps to make it sweeter or even dairy free.

  • To make dairy free, use coconut milk, coconut ice cream or yogurt in place of the ice cream.
  • Add strawberries (or other fruit of choice).
  • Mix in a few spoonful’s of sugar to make it even sweeter.
  • Serve in a cup or bowl as a float layered with pineapple juice, Dole Whip, whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

The 21 Best New Frozen Treats To Try This Summer

Classic ice cream cones will never get old, but one of the best parts of summer is checking out the newest treats available at scoop shops and in the freezer section. We rounded up the most epic frozen desserts on offer this season, from ice cream tacos to boozy popsicles.

Unfortunately this M&M'S treat will melt in your hand . which means you'll just have to devour it immediately. The individually wrapped bars contain reduced fat vanilla ice cream and chopped milk chocolate M&M'S inside, and are then covered in milk chocolate.

In case you weren't already excited about summer, these new Blizzards coming June 26th will make the wait unbearable. Get ready for a Frosted Fudge Brownie Blizzard &mdash with brownie pieces, fudge icing, cold fudge and choco chunks &mdash and a Salted Caramel Blondie Blizzard studded with blondie and praline pieces, caramel and choco chunks.

Ben & Jerry's upscale riff on an ice cream taco is next-level. Stop by a Scoop Shop for a limited time to grab a double-decker waffle cone shell filled with your choice of ice cream, cookie crumbles, caramel and fudge drizzles.

Of course our favorite cookie knows how to adjust to the seasons. These chocolate-y cones are filled with vanilla ice cream and plenty of crumbled OREO pieces.

These bite-size treats contain reduced fat ice cream, so their basically a diet food, right? Track down Bunny Snacks in four flavors: Chocolate Chip Cookie, Chocolate Vanilla Twist, Cookies 'N Cream and Salted Caramel Pretzel.

When it's too hot for a cup of coffee, this is the ideal way to get your caffeine kick. Brewla's "The Barista" treats are cold brewed coffee ice pops, and you can get them at Morton Williams Supermarkets, Fairway, and other spots around NY, NJ and CT.

Movie fans, forget the popcorn and stop by DQ on your way to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 . The Guardians Awesome Mix Blizzard, available through the end of May, consists of vanilla soft serve, mini brookies (a brownie-cookie hybrid), caramel and choco chunks, all in a themed cup.

Popsicle revamped their classic Orange, Cherry and Grape ice pops with real flavors and colors, for less of that artificial dye. There are also lots of fresh flavor packs, including Strawberry-Banana and Mango, Berry and Pineapple, and Strawberry and Raspberry.

We definitely prefer ice cream over cake, and now you can apply that thinking to your wedding day. Blue Bell just released two nuptial-worthy flavors for the occasion &mdash Bride's Cake: almond ice cream with white cake pieces and amaretto cream cheese icing swirl and Groom's Cake: chocolate ice cream with chocolate cake pieces, chocolate-coated strawberry hearts, strawberry sauce and chocolate icing.

Now you can ditch the spoon when you go face deep into a pint of B&J's &mdash their new Pint Slices make it acceptable to eat ice cream with your hands. They come in Americone Dream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup.

H-E-B knows what's up! Track down these cold brew coffee pops in the supermarket's freezer section and stay caffeinated through any heatwave.

Haagen-Dazs released it's new Trio Ice Cream, answering the prayers of every indecisive ice cream lover out there. Every scoop contains bites of three different flavors. Here are the combos: Coffee Vanilla Chocolate, Salted Caramel Chocolate, Triple Chocolate and Vanilla Blackberry Chocolate.

If you're the one who can't resist licking the bowl while baking, you'll dig Klondike's newest ice cream bars. They've got brownie batter &ndash like fudge swirls suspended in chocolate ice cream, with a milk chocolate outer shell.

B&J's new Cereal Splashback line will take you right back to childhood with fun flavors like Frozen Flakes, Cocoa Loco, Fruit Loot.

A frozen treat doesn't have to ruin your bikini bod. Skinny Cow's got new Greek frozen yogurt bars to curb your cravings, in Salt-Kissed Caramel and Chocolate Fudgetastic Swirl. Each contains 5 grams of protein, and just 100-110 calories.

Aldi is our latest supermarket obsession, and the chain solidified their spot in our good graces with the release of Gianni's alcoholic ice pops. The push-pops are 4.5% ABV and come in delicious flavors like Gin & Tonic and Peach Bellini so you can get sloshed and keep cool.

This Breyer's line combines all the sundae toppings you could want in one container. The creamy gelato comes in cookie dough, pistachio biscotti and cinnamon roll varieties.

Every kid and child-at-heart loves a good themed popsicle, and with the upcoming releases of Star Wars and Despicable Me 3, these are sure to be a hit. Even the flavors are themed! The Star Wars pops come in First Order Cherry, Blue Raspberry Resistance and Galactic Watermelon and Minion lovers can chow down on Bello Yellow Lemonade and Compai Blue Raspberry.

Vegans, rejoice! Breyer's has answered your prayers with their new non-dairy almond milk ice cream. Choose between Vanilla Peanut Butter and Cookies & Cream.

The most decadent ice cream bars out there just one-upped themselves. The latest releases are Magnum Double, in Cookies & Cream (cookies & cream ice cream, chocolate cookie sauce and crackling coating with Belgian chocolate and cookie pieces) and Chocolate Hazelnut (chocolate hazelnut ice cream, hazelnut sauce and crackling Belgian chocolate coating). NOM.

11 Childhood Ice Cream Treats You Totally Forgot About

Is there anything more delightful for a child than that ice cream truck jingle? When you hear the truck coming down the block, you just know it's going to be a good afternoon. And while plenty of adults still love a soft-serve cone from the Mister Softee truck, sometimes you just want to throw it back with a classic. With that in mind, we're taking a look back at some iconic childhood ice cream treats.

Whether you were a Choco Taco fan or a lover of the Strawberry Shortcake bars, there was something for pretty much everyone at the ice cream truck. Get ready for a serious dose of nostalgia!

And for even more throwbacks, check out these 35 Snacks From Your Childhood You Forgot You Loved.

Easy No Bake Orange Dreamsicle Lasagna

Your favorite childhood ice cream treat becomes a refreshing and creamy potluck dessert. Orange Dreamsicle Lasagna will be the perfect addition to your Easter, Mother’s Day menu or any spring/summer gatherings.

I love those recipes that we all grew up with, and Dreamsicles have always been one of my favorite treats.
This Orange Dreamsicle Lasagna truly lives up to it’s name, it tastes EXACTLY like a Dreamsicle!
That combination of orange and vanilla is just so magical! I’ve recreated that magical combination in dessert form.

Hоw? Wіth JELLO аnd Puddіng. It’ѕ ѕuреr ѕіmрlе to dо аnd you gеt thаt fun contrast іn colors іn thе actual dessert, and оf соurѕе, flavor tо аnу cake.

Easy No Bake Orange Dreamsicle Lasagna

  • 2 сuрѕ grаhаm сrасkеr сrumbѕ
  • 1 ѕtісk butter mеltеd
  • 8 оz сrеаm cheese ѕоftеnеd
  • 1 сuр роwdеrеd ѕugаr
  • 12 оz Cool Whір frоzеn whірреd tорріng thawed, dіvіdеd
  • 2 3 оz Jell-O Orаngе Jеllу Pоwdеr
  • 1/3 сuр boiling wаtеr
  • 2 3.4 оz Jell-O vаnіllа-flаvоr іnѕtаnt рuddіng mіx
  • 2 1/2 сuрѕ соld mіlk
  • 1/2 cup саnnеd mаndаrіn оrаngе ѕеgmеntѕ drаіnеd

In a medium bоwl, combine grаhаm сrасkеr сrumbѕ аnd melted butter.

Firmly рrеѕѕ into a crust in the bottom of 9 x 13 glass оr роrсеlаіn dish, let іt сhіll іn thе freezer for about 10-15 mіnutеѕ to fіrm uр.

In ѕmаll bоwl, whisk оrаngе jеll-о аnd bоіlіng wаtеr untіl gelatin hаѕ dіѕѕоlvеd. In a lаrgе bоwl make vаnіllа рuddіng ассоrdіng tо расkаgе directions. Stіr іn dissolved gеlаtіn. Lеt stand 5 mіnutеѕ, stirring оссаѕіоnаllу.

In a lаrgе bоwl, соmbіnе the ѕоftеnеd сrеаm cheese and роwdеrеd ѕugаr. Beat in 2 сuрѕ оf the whірреd tорріng. Sрrеаd over сооlеd сruѕt

Pоur рuddіng mixture over сrеаm сhееѕе layer and spread еvеnlу over tор. Top wіth thе remaining whірреd tорріng bу spoonfuls, and саrеfullу spread untіl even.

Rеfrіgеrаtе fоr аt lеаѕt 2 hоurѕ, рrеfеrаblу оvеrnіght. When ready to ѕеrvе, ѕрrіnklе оrаngе segments on tор. Cоvеr and rеfrіgеrаtе any rеmаіnіng ріесеѕ.

Booze Up Your Favorite Childhood Ice Cream Treats - Recipes

Ah, there’s nothing like the cool and refreshing taste of a classic root beer float in the summer.

It’s easy to make, too! Just chill a mug, load it up with scoops of Pierre’s French Vanilla Ice Cream, and pour ice cold root beer until the mug is ¾ of the way full.

Some float lovers sip the foamy, creamy goodness from a straw, while others use a spoon … but everyone smiles!

Root beer and vanilla ice cream aren’t the only staple ingredients for a fabulous float dessert. Try these cool combinations:

Cream Soda Float

Use cream soda or cream ale along with vanilla ice cream for a sweet twist on the original.

Orange Cream Pop Float

Looking for something different, but just as refreshing? Pour your favorite brand of orange soda (or as we call it, pop) over vanilla ice cream, and enjoy the flavor of one of your favorite childhood ice cream novelties.

Chocolate Cherry Cola Float

Who could resist this one … your favorite cherry cola over rich Chocolate Ice Cream?

Raspberry Sorbet and Ginger Beer Float

If there are any foodies in your family, step up your gourmet game with this creative concoction that pairs sweet, yet tangy, Raspberry Sorbet with spicy ginger beer. For a creamier consistency, use Pierre’s Raspberry Sherbet instead.

Ray’s Root Beer Float

For an easy way to enjoy the taste of a root beer float this summer, try our Ray’s Root Beer Float™ Smooth Churned Light. Inspired by Pierre’s 40-year, veteran lead-flavor man, this flavor combines smooth vanilla ice cream with a root beer swirl. Best of all, Pierre’s Smooth Churned Light Ice Cream lineup offers half the fat and 30 percent fewer calories than regular ice cream.

31 After-School Snacks You Forgot You Were Obsessed With

Mostly awesome because you could make them yourself in the microwave.

Ditching the spoon somehow made kids obsessed with yogurt.

Probably not real fruit juice, but definitely delicious.

These had us at "you can eat pizza anytime!"

Because what's better than dipping shortbread kangaroos into vanilla frosting?

Those Keebler elves really knew what they were doing.

Too good to only eat at breakfast time.

The fun bottles of Chucklin' Cherry and Berry B. Wild were our go-to beverages.

These stretchy fruit leathers with punch-out shapes were too much fun to eat.

Basically candy bars pretending to be granola bars.

The perfect food when all you know how to use is the microwave.

PB&J has never been more delicious.

Little Debbie knows what's up.

These tropical treats were like eating three popsicles in one.

You knew it was fall when mom whipped out these mini tubs of caramel to dip apple slices in.

Peanut butter sandwich cookies beat chocolate chip any day.

Our favorite blue box mac and cheese, ready in a few minutes.

Yogurt is so much better with colorful sprinkles mixed in.

These tiny cheese cracker sandwiches were totally addictive.

Not quite as good as Bugles but way cooler than plain old Doritos.

You probably thought this is what onion rings actually tasted like.

Those color combos, though.

Why munch on regular chips when you can eat them as tiny size sticks?

That feeling when it's snack time and you whip out your Handi-Snacks with the iconic red plastic spatula.

If you got one of these in your lunchbox, everyone wanted to be your BFF.

Dipping tiny pretzel rods into fake cheese never tasted so good.

You wouldn't trade anything for these cinnamon, honey, or chocolate graham crackers.

Nothing quite like adding a layer of chocolate fudge frosting on top of brownies and then covering that in candy-covered chocolate chips.

Planters knew what was up with these graham-covered peanut butter bites &mdash and then followed 'em up with chocolate and peanut-butter-and-jelly versions.