Desserts are wonderful treats no matter what time of year it is, but in the summer it seems that dessert ideas are at their most creative. Some of the most popular ones include jello and ice cream (separately of course!) and I will share with you some of my families favorite summertime treats that have these main ingredients in them.
When coming up with summer dessert ideas, jello is something that comes to mind first as nothing says summer like a bowl of this bright and giggly treat! You can of course simply mix it, let it gel and serve it was a dollop of whip cream, but where is the fun in that? Anyone can make one flavor of jello, but it takes some heart and creativity to make rainbow jello!
Over the Rainbow Jello Squares
What you will need:
1 box blue jello
1 box yellow jello
1 box red jello
1 box knox gelatin
To begin, mix the blue jello pack with one envelope of the knox gelatin. Add 2 cups boiling hot water and let the mixes dissolve. Now add half a cup of cubed ice and stir it with the gelatin mix until it becomes thickened. Remove any large chucks of leftover ice and stir away any bubbles that you see. Pour this mixture into a pan that measures 9 by 13 and put in the fridge. Do the same thing with the yellow and red jello. When each one is mixed pour it over the pan of blue jello. (For example, once you get the yellow jello thickened with the ice, open the fridge and pour that mixture over the blue and so on.) There may only be three colors used, but once it all gels up like jello is supposed to, there appears to be more colors then you actually used. I don’t pretend to understand why; I just accept what the dessert gods have created for me!
Next in line for great dessert ideas is ice cream. Everyone screams for ice cream in the summer months! It is sweet and delicious, plus it cools you off on a hot day. Ice cream is a simple base for fun desserts your kids will love, and the best part is, you can come up with awesome dessert ideas that are simple to put together! Here is one of my son’s favorites:
Cookies and Cream Cake:
What you will need:
I pint of ice cream, whatever flavor you want, but Neapolitan is best for a nice variety
Any kind of large, round cookie you like, our favorite is the Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip. They are super big and very tasty!
All you need to do is scoop the ice cream onto one of the cookie bottoms and put another cookie on top to make a sandwich. Put them in the freezer for about half an hour so the cookies get cold like the ice cream. That is all there is too it and your kids will love it!
As you can see, when it comes to dessert ideas you do not have to spend hours in the kitchen. The best things in life are usually the simplest and these recipes are proof of that!
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