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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.

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