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Cold Summer Treats

Few things are as irresistible as ice cream in the summertime. And making your own is easier than you might think.

Ice Cream

Although you don't need an ice cream maker to make ice cream, the machine's churning process develops softer, creamier, and more scoopable ice cream.

Ice cream recipes basically fall into two groups: with eggs and without.


Easy and basic, Philadelphia-style ice creams contain no eggs.


Smooth and creamy, custard-style ice creams contain many eggs or egg yolks for extra richness.

Made Without Ice Cream Makers

Quick and easy to make, but more challenging to scoop and serve.

Exotic Ice Creams

Try these recipes for an interesting twist on traditional ice cream.

Sorbet & Sherbet

Sorbets are traditionally made with fruit and contain no dairy (although some might contain eggs), while sherbets often combine dairy and fruit flavors.

Frozen Yogurt & Gelato

A healthy dairy alternative to ice cream, frozen yogurt usually contains no eggs, while gelato combines dairy and eggs.


Cool treats on a stick that kids love to make and the whole family can enjoy.

Ice Cream/Sorbet/Frozen Yogurt Makers

Ice cream and other frozen treats can be made with a variety of methods and machines. The main purpose of all ice cream makers is to distribute air into the mix, so that your dessert is smooth and scoopable. Makers range from $50 to several hundred dollars, but you do not need to break the bank to make good ice cream--inexpensive makers work just fine for first-time ice creamarians.

    Jun. 6, 2010 1:53 pm
    This article is great, but I've been having trouble finding a lot of creative popsicle recipes on allrecipes. I really wish you'd write an article on popsicles with some simple and delicious recipes to try!
    Jul. 7, 2010 6:23 pm
    I need something with Splenda or other artificial sweetener. Any ideas?
    Jul. 26, 2010 11:58 pm
    There is a Splenda cookbook by Marlene Koch named Unbelievable Desserts with Splenda. Marlene says that Splenda Granular can be used instead of sugar in any recipe.
    Jun. 12, 2012 8:56 am
    I have to agree with Propective PhD, I just got some popsicle molds and have been itching to try them out, but have been unable to find a recipe that suits me. My main concern is that most recipes seem to have dairy products. I was wondering if there are any recipes that can be done without them or without any dairy alternatives, which I happen to dislike a bit as well (sorry, I'm a bit picky as to what I put in my mouth). Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.
    May 25, 2013 11:40 am
    try coconut milk for pudding pops
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