With around 20 locations in the country reaching and exceeding the 41°C heat index, it doesn’t seem like the bright burning rays of the sun will take a break any time soon—but that doesn’t mean that you can’t! A delicious cold treat can sometimes be the best solution for those unbearably hot afternoons, so here are a couple of ideas you can try out for that merienda cooldown.
Ice Cream Sandwiches
A scoop or two of ice cream squished between two yummy cookies is one of the best snacks to cool off with during the hot and sweaty afternoons. These yummy treats are pretty simple to make!
First, buy a pint or a gallon of your favorite ice cream flavor. Throw in some graham crackers or maybe some of your favorite brownies and chocolate chip cookies into your cart, and, finally … make an ice cream sandwich! You can add in some flair to your ice cream sandwiches by adding chocolate chips, sprinkles, oreo bits, and a whole lot more!
Gin and Tonic Popsicles
A classic drink, but in a cooler, more refreshing form. You’ll probably need some ice pop molds for full effect, but you can try using plastic cups or some extra (clean) cans around the house as well.
Starting it off with gin and tonic, making sure the ratio is 4:1 between the gin and tonic water respectively. The additional fresh lime/cucumber juice will depend on your preference, but the recommended amount would have to be the same amount as the tonic water. Add the optional cucumber slice as garnish, and you’re off to enjoy a cool summer weekend.
If you happen to have some powdered milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract in your pantry (better if it’s banana extract, for the authentic ice scramble taste!), then you can opt to treat yourself to generous servings of this childhood classic.
Simply mix one medium can of evaporated milk, ⅓ cup of white sugar, and ½ teaspoon of your chosen extract—you can adjust this amount to your liking! Add in 3 cups of shaved or crushed ice and mix thoroughly (you can use a blender at this point!). And … voila! Ice scramble! Serve in your glass or cup of choice, top off with powdered milk (and chocolate syrup, if you have any)! Sweet, sweet nostalgia for that brief afternoon cooler. (RF/The MiNT)