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Cool down with delicious ice cream treats

05/22/2014 1:46 PM

05/26/2014 11:01 AM

You can turn any warm-weather day into a special occasion with a cool ice cream treat. From classic favorites to innovative new flavors, it only takes a scoop or two to bring out plenty of smiles.

Memorial Day is almost upon us, and that means summer is around the corner. For kids, summertime is about chilling out, and there’s no better way to enjoy this slowed-down pace than with a refreshing, frosty treat. Celebrate birthday parties, holiday gatherings or days that end in “y” with special ice cream concoctions that are destined to create sweet memories.

Grab a spoon and dig into these scrumptious recipes. These ice cream treats make it easy for everyone to customize to their own sweet preference, whether it’s pairing creamy ice cream with the gooey goodness of freshly baked chocolate cake, the buttery finish of a flaky pie crust or in a classic, richly adorned parfait.

Layer up with a topping station

The sky’s the limit when it comes to the finishing touches of your favorite ice cream treats. Whether you’re indulging in a decadent parfait or simply dishing out a couple of scoops, it’s easy to get everyone involved in a topping soiree.

A topping station is the perfect activity for birthday parties or other kid-oriented summer celebrations. Just make sure the station is easily accessible — at their level — and place each topping in its own special bowl or serving dish along with a spoon. Also, be sure to label each topping in case anyone has a food allergy, especially when serving nuts and fruits.

The little ones will have a blast mixing different tastes for the perfect sweet combination. Here are some tasty topping ideas:

• Colorful sprinkles
• Maraschino cherries
• Icing
• Mini chocolate chips
• Gummy bears
• Chocolate candies
• Strawberry slices
• Pineapple chunks
• Banana chunks
• Chopped pecans, peanuts or almonds
• Crushed cookies
• Crushed mint candies
• Fruit preserves
• Whipped cream
• Hot fudge or caramel

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