Chicago’s pre-eminent weatherman, Tom Skilling is predicting a high of 98 degrees for the city today (and no, the LA boy band is not playing Taste of Chicago). All this heat call for some tasty frozen desserts post-haste!

margarita popsicleswatermelon granita with cilantro & black pepperstrawberry-lemon yogurt pops

  • We start of course, with margarita popsicles. I have some skepticism that they will freeze well due to the alcohol content, but the author of Confections of a Foodie Bride says that  they do get solid enough to hold their shape and eat them off the stick. If your tastes run to perhaps a bit more liqueur in your libations, or if you don’t want to run out to pick up popsicle sticks, I imagine this would still be most wonderful consumed like a granita or slushy.
  • Speaking of granita, this sophisticated variation is sure to impress: watermelon granita with cilantro and black pepper.
  • While I will always have a soft spot for Fla-Vor-Ice freezer pops, these strawberry-lemon yogurt popsicles using fresh strawberries, lemon juice and vanilla yogurt  are much more appealing  [after you click the link you’ll need to scroll down a bit for the recipe].

frozen caramel/toffee/ice cream dessertkey lime pie "milkshake"frozen banana bites

  • For an easy semi-homemade dessert to feed a crowd, this caramel/toffee/ice cream dessert is sure to bring plenty of smiles. Simply cover a layer of ice cream sandwiches with Cool Whip, caramel, chocolate syrup and toffee bits. Repeat. Top with chopped Skor or Heath bars for good measure.
  • Since it turned out to be ridiculously expensive to send my Dad a key lime pie for his birthday — a $16 pie ends up costing almost $100 to ship what with the dry ice and Fed Ex charges — I offer up this recipe for a healthy key lime pie “milkshake” in exchange. It’s dairy-free as well, instead using light coconut milk, a frozen banana and ice in place of ice cream.
  • I love chocolate covered bananas, and for years one of my go-to desserts has been just melting a handful of chocolate chips in the microwave and dipping banana slices into it like a ghetto fondue. Recently I discovered a frozen version (Gone Bananas!) from Trader Joe’s that’s the perfect summer complement to my favorite bite-size treats. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a TJ’s near you, it’s super easy to make frozen chocolate-covered banana bites yourself, with the added benefit of being able to sprinkle them with assorted toppings to your taste (or even amending by spreading the banana slices with peanut butter before dipping in chocolate).

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