An icy treat is the perfect summer sweet,
no matter what your age
Ice cream is a saviour when a party-worthy dessert with minimal effort is required. Start with bought ice cream then turn it into a masterpiece with a bit of window dressing. There are endless options: stir some goodies into plain or chocolate ice cream and freeze in a fancy mould; make ice cream sandwiches with biscuits, brownie, gingerbread, waffles or doughnuts and dip the edges in sprinkles or nuts if desired; create an ice cream pie using a biscuit base from a cheesecake recipe or a thin slab of sponge or brownie; make a three-layered ice cream cake in a lined spring-form cake tin and add a collar of chocolate fingers or savoiardi.
A help-yourself sundae buffet is a great way to provide dessert for a crowd. Nestle popsicles and tubs of ice cream in bowls of ice and fill containers with sauces, sprinkles, fruit, cream, nuts, cones and wafers for guests to choose from.
Home-made popsicles are super easy to make; basically, if you can drink it you can turn it into a frozen treat – although if adding alcohol for adult pops, remember the set will be softer because alcohol doesn’t fully freeze.