We haven’t quite hit the heated dog days of summer yet, but that doesn’t mean that the thermometer isn’t climbing and that the air conditioner isn’t buzzing. As ice cream trucks play their melodies while winding down your neighborhood street, you might give into your nostalgic cravings and pick up a firecracker popsicle or strawberry shortcake dessert bar to cool down, but instead we recommend creating your own delicious treats to pair with your favorite ice creams. Check out the following pairings to cool your days down while you enjoy the warmth summer brings.
Apple Pie and Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Nothing is more American than a delicious slice of warm apple pie. Early summer apple varieties, which are usually tart, are perfect for baking into pies, cobblers, or other apple compote-based desserts. This summer substitute extra caramel sauce and a dollop of whipped cream for a scoop of silky salted caramel ice cream. As the ice cream melts into a cool custard, the cinnamon and crust mix with decadent salted caramel to create a delicious, post-barbecue dessert that pairs perfectly with relaxing on your porch during a lazy summer evening.
Summer Berry Cobbler and Sweet Cream Ice Cream
Summer is berry season, and one of the best ways to spend a summer day is at a u-pick farm, filling your bowl from the fields of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and boysenberries. With an abundance of berries filling the bowls on your counter, you’ll have to find creative ways to use your pickings. One of the best ways to use up your surplus of berries is to make a summer berry cobbler, complete with a sweet biscuit topping. Add a scoop of sweet cream ice cream to complete the treat with the classic blend of berries and cream. You’ll find that you’ll be craving this dessert during blustery winter days.
Strawberry Shortcake and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
One of the best summertime desserts is strawberry shortcake. Thanks to the jammy strawberry compote and the spongy bread soaking up all the berry juices, this classic dessert satisfies your deepest, most decadent cravings. If your heart desires, you can substitute a buttery biscuit for the shortbread, but one of the most delicious ways to amp up your strawberry shortcake is to add a scoop of creamy vanilla bean ice cream. Using a neutral-flavored ice cream allows the fresh, summer strawberry flavor to sing while letting your taste buds experience the orchestras of summer.
Cherry Pie and Milk Chocolate and Hazelnut Gelato
Deep and rich in flavor, lattice-crusted cherry pie invokes childhood memories of grandma cooling pies on the windowsill. Cherry pie is best served any time of the day, but especially after a light summer meal. If you find yourself craving chocolate after an alfresco meal, reach for a pint of milk chocolate and hazelnut gelato—a creamier, Italian ice cream cousin—and add a scoop to a slice of cherry pie. The classic combination of nuts, chocolate, and cherries will evoke the tastes of summer and its breezy days.
Peach Compote and Cinnamon Ice Cream
The scent of fresh peaches brightens summer days and one of the best ways to use summer’s bounty of peaches is to can peach compote, keeping summer in season in your pantry well after the first crisp days of fall. Peach compote is perfect to top onto anything from French toast and pancakes to roasted chicken and barbequed pork, but it’s best served over a scoop of cinnamon ice cream. By mixing peach compote with cinnamon ice cream, you’ll get the best flavors of peach cobbler and pie, but without the carbs from the crust. Dig into this classic flavor combination and you will be quickly reminded of summer and its vibrant sunsets.
Ne-Mo’s Brookies and Coffee Ice Creams
Sitting on a café patio and relaxing with a post-meal coffee is a very European way to enjoy summer evenings. If you are craving coffee, but don’t want the caffeine to keep you up all night, replace the cup of coffee with a scoop of coffee ice cream. To make your ice cream even better, couple it with a Ne-Mo’s brookie to enjoy the ultimate summer dessert. After having one, Ne-Mo’s brookies will be your new favorite treat: a combination of homemade brownies and chocolate chip cookies, this dessert is pretty much perfect to pair with any of your favorite ice creams, whether mint chip or caramel praline.
No matter which flavor ice cream you choose to pair with a Ne-Mo’s brookie, it surely won’t disappoint. The next time you want to enjoy the perfect summer dessert, stop by your local convenience store and pick up a pint of ice cream along with a Ne-Mo’s brookie—you might have found your new favorite summer treat!