ice cream http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5282/all en-US 10 Healthy Ways to Have Ice Cream for Breakfast http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-ways-to-have-ice-cream-for-breakfast <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-healthy-ways-to-have-ice-cream-for-breakfast" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/89362745.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was 16, I asked my mother if I could eat ice cream for breakfast. She sighed, shook her head, and then said I could. I think at that point, she was picking her battles.</p> <p>With the arrival of summer's rising temperatures, I was reminded of those breakfasts. The difference is that now, with the advent of so many creative ice cream alternatives, they can also be<em> healthy</em>. Here are 10 cool ways to start your day.</p> <h2>1. Avocado Ice Cream</h2> <p>This is vegan, no ice cream maker required. Do I have your attention? Yes, <a href="http://www.elephantasticvegan.com/avocado-ice-cream/">avocado ice cream</a> is a thing, and what a treat it is. I just started using agave syrup and it worked very well in this, although it is quite sweet (taste it first, if you haven't used it before). I find I need very little. To keep it frugal, watch for coconut milk to go on sale. You can use avocados that are on sale, too (they don't need to be perfectly ripe to go into ice cream).</p> <p>Since we're having avocado ice cream, why not serve it in a whole-wheat <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oihSNq5aAts">tortilla bowl</a>! A light spritz of cooking spray makes these a little crispier. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon before baking, if desired. Add a scoop of ice cream, and sprinkle with toasted, sliced almonds.</p> <h2>2. Banana Ice Cream</h2> <p>Ingredients needed: Bananas. No kidding! Slice up a banana and freeze it until firm (overnight works well). Pop the slices into a food processor or sturdy blender and mash that thing up. It turns out like soft-serve ice cream. If you want to re-freeze it so that it's firmer, you can, but it's great to eat right then and there. To make it more breakfast-y, top with granola and cacao nibs.</p> <h2>3. Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream</h2> <p>Using the banana ice cream instructions above, add a half-cup of washed, sliced strawberries and process in blender or food processor. This also works well with mangos, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries. Serve in a bowl with whole-grain, cinnamon toast fingers.</p> <h2>4. Ice Cream Sandwiches</h2> <p>Toast two whole-grain waffles and cool. Add any of these ice creams in the middle and sandwich that baby together.</p> <h2>5. Froyo</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aZLalIEufSY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Froyo is simply frozen yogurt. It's really easy to make, and no ice cream maker is needed. If you have priced it in the store and had sticker shock, why not make your own? Try <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZLalIEufSY">this strawberry froyo</a> for starters, and then experiment with mango, bananas, or berries. This is really good with whole wheat graham crackers.</p> <h2>6. Coconut Milk Ice Cream</h2> <p>All things coconut are really popular right now, and you may have all the ingredients you need for this <a href="http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2014/03/how-to-make-coconut-milk-ice-cream-without-an-ice-cream-maker.html">coconut milk ice cream</a> on hand. This is really yummy on top of a fruit salad made from chopped pineapple and mango.</p> <h2>7. Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Ice Cream</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.abakinggirl.com/2014/08/07/creamy-chocolate-chia-ice-cream-vegan/">ice cream</a> is a little more labor-intensive, but talk about healthy &mdash; chia seeds, dates, and almond milk are featured. Pour a flaky whole-grain cereal into a bowl and top with a scoop of this seemingly decadent ice cream.</p> <h2>8. Snowballs</h2> <p>If you have kids who like coconut, these will be a hit. Toast some lightly sweetened, shredded, coconut and cool. Scoop <em>firm </em>ice cream into a small ball shape. Roll into cooled coconut and place on a cookie sheet that has been covered with wax paper. Freeze again. Serve when very firm.</p> <h2>9. The &quot;Disney Dole Whip&quot;</h2> <p>I heard the instructions for these mock &quot;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Dole-Whip-Recipe-Vegan-37956742">Disney Dole Whips</a>&quot; on the radio the other day, and couldn't wait to try at home. So easy! Combine frozen fresh pineapple, frozen bananas, and almond milk.</p> <h2>10. Cookies and Ice Cream</h2> <p>Want to add more fiber to your ice cream breakfast? Any of the ice creams above are great with a <a href="http://www.momables.com/oatmeal-breakfast-cookie/">breakfast cookie</a>. These contain oats, flax seed, peanut butter, and dried fruit.</p> <p>Ready to beat the heat? Give these a try for breakfast, and start your day with a big smile.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite ice cream alternatives? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-ways-to-have-ice-cream-for-breakfast">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-develop-the-breakfast-habit">9 Ways to Develop the Breakfast Habit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/peanut-butter-the-poor-man-s-protein">Peanut Butter: The Poor Man’s Protein</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/move-over-weight-watchers-the-new-pyramid-is-here">Move Over Weight Watchers, the New Pyramid is Here!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink Health and Beauty breakfast desserts Food healthy eating healthy ice cream ice cream ice cream alternatives summer Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:30:05 +0000 Marla Walters 1740969 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_ice_cream_74904405.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways ice cream will cost her" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all know that summer comes with expenses &mdash; higher-priced fuel fill-ups, increased electricity bills from running the A/C nonstop (mine doesn't get a rest from, like, March to October; thank you, first-world luxuries), and sky-high hotel rates. But there are other items that see an uptick during vacation season that you might not immediately recognize. Here's a list to watch with your wallet.</p> <h2>1. Bottled Water</h2> <p>We loooove to wag our fingers at others for buying bottled water &mdash; because get a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">reusable bottle</a> already! &mdash; but we also understand that sometimes it's necessary. Like when it's hot as lava outside and you're about to have a heat stroke because you forgot your reusable bottle at home. While it may seem innocuous enough to pick up a bottle at your local convenience store now and then, that's not usually how it goes down &mdash; especially if you have kids.</p> <p>According to<a href="http://www.pennypinchingprincess.com"> money-saving expert Nedalee Thomas</a>, who also happens to be CEO of a water-filtration company, a family of four will spend a whopping $1,600 on bottled water a year. Uh, come again?</p> <p>&quot;Consumption is higher in the summer just because of heat and dehydration, but families tend to buy more bottled water when heading out for the day's activities, spending on average $12 a day for a family of four,&quot; Thomas says. &quot;Theme parks and many venues cost much more.&quot;</p> <p>The best way to save &mdash; if you haven't already heard it a <em>million</em> times &mdash; is to refill BPA-free bottles with your own good filtered water.&quot;</p> <p>Chanson Water USA provides a comparison chart of <a href="https://chansonalkalinewater.com/water-ionizer-vs-bottled-water-cost-comparison-chart/">annual costs of various types of bottled water</a> versus what it costs to filter your own water at home, and it's a doozy.</p> <h2>2. Iced Coffee</h2> <p>Drinking more iced coffee during the summer to give yourself a jolt <em>and</em> beat the heat? Well, it's gonna cost you.</p> <p>Grub Street did some digging a few years back to find out<a href="http://www.grubstreet.com/2012/03/why-does-iced-coffee-cost-more-than-hot.html"> why iced coffee costs more than hot coffee</a>, and their findings may make your temperature rise. Save yourself some gas on a trip to the java joint, and pocket the extra money you'd be spending on each cup of cold joe, by making your own watered-down pick-me-up at home.</p> <h2>3. Car Maintenance</h2> <p>Another unexpected way summer will cost you extra money is through car maintenance.</p> <p>&quot;Many dealers and mechanics want to service cars more frequently than the manufacturer recommends, especially during weather transitions, which is both unnecessary and costly,&quot; says car expert Richard Reina. &quot;While hot weather absolutely takes a toll on our vehicles, the best way to cut these costs is taking proper precautions and doing the simple repairs yourself.&quot;</p> <p>He offers a few DIY ways to avoid the mechanic this summer.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Replace wiper blades</strong>: A winter's worth of clearing slush and ice from the windshield takes its toll, resulting in streaking and chattering that you don't want in spring/summer downpours as it could severely hinder your vision and cause an accident.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Check coolant hoses and belts</strong>: It's also important to check coolant hoses and belts for deterioration and wear, and be sure to check all fluid levels. Just as you checked your antifreeze to make sure the freezing point was well below anticipated winter temperatures, check it now to ensure you won't have a boil over during hot summer driving. By performing this basic auto tuneup yourself, you would save $250, as it only costs $100 to DIY compared to a dealer cost of $350.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Test your battery</strong>: As much as the winter is harsh on batteries, summer is, too, with the constant running of the cooling fans and the pull on your alternator from driving with the windows down. Test the battery to make sure you don't get stranded with a no-start on a summer trip. Check the battery connections for tightness and clean away any dirt and corrosion. If it's time for a new battery, I suggest buying them at local &quot;buyer's club&quot; (Costco, Sam's Club) to save money, and change it yourself. You'll save $120, with DIY costing $80 versus dealer prices of $200.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Change your engine oil and filter</strong>: Cold weather is tough on engine oil because it doesn't get a chance to come to normal operating temperature necessary to get rid of moisture and contaminants, which can cause sludge. If you buy the oil yourself, make sure that you are certain that you are using a high-quality oil of the correct viscosity. Often, chain-store oil-change outfits may be using the same oil for different cars. If your car is older with high mileage, it can be very helpful to switch to a heavier oil with different detergent. Higher temps require higher oil weight/viscosity, and since the seals on the engine of an older car have likely started to wear, switching will help keep your engine protected. Also be sure to check the brake/steering/washer fluids while you're under the hood. This will save you $35, as DIY costs $25 compared to dealer cost of $60.</li> </ul> <h2>4. Dining and Drinking Al Fresco</h2> <p>Warmer weather means more opportunity for eating and drinking outdoors, and if you're not careful, it can get out of hand, financially. Nobody wants to cook indoors when it's hot out &mdash; I get it &mdash; so think of alternative ways to eat at home, like by using the outdoor grill more frequently or making meals that don't require a heat source, like salads, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold">cold soups</a>, and slow-cooker meals. If you're drinking with your dinner, have a glass of water between adult bevies to reduce the risk of overspending, and tomorrow's pounding headache.</p> <h2>5. Home and Apartment Rentals</h2> <p>Rental season is at its busiest during the warmer months, from May to October, for several reasons. For starters, this period is a time when many people are in transition, especially students who are looking for housing after the school year ends or before it begins. Plus, this time of year is more conducive to moving, because who wants to haul furniture around during a blizzard? Nobody, including those begrudging friends you've enlisted to help you. Because of these factors, and the laws of supply and demand, rental prices may be at a premium during the summer. If you have a choice, wait until the weather gets a bit cooler to make your move.</p> <h2>6. New Cars</h2> <p>According to USAA via TrueCar, you can expect to experience more sticker shock on vehicles during the summer than you would while everybody's hibernating and generally steering clear of walking around car lots in a foot of snow. Prices increase as the weather warms because, again, of our old friend supply and demand. More people are out and about when things thaw out, and their tax refunds are burning holes in the pockets &mdash; an incentive that car dealerships fully take advantage of.</p> <h2>7. Ice Cream</h2> <p>You might think ice cream costs more during the summer because everybody is eating it, but that's not necessarily the case. I mean, it's sort of the reason why you may see higher prices this year, but it's mostly because there's a<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/28/vanilla-shortage-threatens-ice-cream-prices-this-summer.html"> vanilla shortage in Madagascar because of poor harvest quality</a>, and that means less mint chocolate chip for you, me, and the rest of the cone-loving U.S. population. Hey, at least we still have freeze-pops.</p> <p><em>How do you stay on top of your summer budget? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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When you think of this nutrient-rich and tasty fruit, you probably think of guacamole. Surprise yourself by trying these unexpected uses for avocados.</p> <h2>1. Skin Moisturizing Mask</h2> <p>Want perfectly supple, smooth skin without having to buy expensive lotions full of weird stuff like parabens? Make your own, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-diy-beauty-masks-made-from-food">using avocados</a> as the star ingredient. Here is a really <a href="http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/winter-avocado-mask/">easy avocado mask recipe</a> that involves basic ingredients that are probably in your fridge right now. Simply leave the mask on for five to 10 minutes, then rinse when it starts to harden. Wash it away to reveal super soft skin.</p> <h2>2. Ice Cream</h2> <p>An excellent source of healthy fats and boasting such a smooth and buttery texture, avocados make a wonderful substitute for cream, coconut milk, or soy milk in frozen treats. Making these diet and vegan-friendly desserts is also insanely easy. Try making <a href="http://purelytwins.com/2013/09/04/raw-vegan-dairy-free-healthy-mint-chocolate-chip-avocado-ice-cream-recipe/">mint-chip avocado ice cream</a>, or this recipe for <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/food/Avocado-Popsicle-Recipe-3797490">avocado popsicles</a>!</p> <h2>3. Hair Deep Conditioner</h2> <p>Skin is one thing, but what about an all-natural deep conditioning treatment that will soothe a dry scalp and alleviate damaged hair? Avocado is rich in healthy oils that easily coat the hair shaft, but even more so when they are overripe. So, if you have some forgotten avocados that are no longer at peak deliciousness, this is a great use for them. Try this <a href="http://burtongirls.burton.com/fitness/diy-avocado-hair-treatments/">hair treatment recipe</a>, which uses oatmeal and vinegar for a great at-home spa day.</p> <h2>4. Cocktails</h2> <p>Avocado margaritas, anyone? Adding a creamy and somewhat savory taste to the classic drink makes for a refreshing update to a summer favorite. This <a href="http://cookingstoned.tv/recipe/frozen-avocado-margarita/">frozen margarita recipe</a> calls for avocado and tarragon. Just add tacos! Also delicious: try a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/30/michelada-recipes_n_1470804.html">savory Michelada</a> with avocado slices or puree added in for an even dreamier meal-in-a-glass.</p> <h2>5. Breakfast</h2> <p>Avocados for breakfast is no alien concept &mdash; we have breakfast burritos and omelets to thank for that. And, lately, avocado toast has become a hot snack for any meal. But have you heard of the <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Baked-Eggs-Avocado-Recipe-30787252">baked avocado</a> with an egg inside? It's two of the most delicious foods combined, plus it's stupidly easy to make, so why not try it tomorrow morning?</p> <h2>6. Baby Food</h2> <p>Did you know that avocados make for a great and tasty transitional food during the period your baby is teething? It is firm enough to help them learn to chew, but soft enough to mash with their gums with ease. To share with younger or smaller babies, simply mash or puree the ripe and unseasoned avocados before feeding. Avocado also works as a great secondary ingredient in these <a href="http://www.newkidscenter.com/Avocado-Baby-Food-Recipes.html">homemade baby foods</a>.</p> <p><em>How do you put avocados to good use outside a bowl of guac? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Eat Less Sugar With These 10 Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty avocados baby food cocktails hair healthy ice cream recipes skin Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:00:23 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1531969 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girls_eating_ice_cream_000022890736.jpg" alt="Girls finding easy and delicious ice cream substitutes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My grandmother had two favorite ice cream methods. The first involved cream, sugar, egg yolks, and fresh vanilla, combined with just-picked peaches. The second one was to scoop vanilla ice cream into a bowl and top it with Metrecal. She knew it defeated the purpose, but she said it &quot;made the Metrecal taste better.&quot;</p> <p>Grandma loved ice cream, and so do I. I don't usually have the time to drag out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ice-cream-makers">ice cream maker</a>, though, so here are some recipes for &quot;ice cream&quot; that are a lot easier, very interesting, and healthy. I think Grandma would approve.</p> <h2>1. Bananas</h2> <p><a href="http://www.chopchopmag.org/content/one-ingredient-banana-ice-cream">Frozen bananas</a> make amazing &quot;ice cream.&quot; I like bananas, so I was fine with plain old banana flavor, but then we monkeyed around (sorry) with different flavorings like chocolate syrup, caramel, and coconut. What I found to be interesting was that the banana flavor isn't that strong, so if you aren't crazy about bananas, just add flavors. And, bonus: I didn't feel guilty after polishing off a bowl of&hellip; bananas.</p> <h2>2. Bananas, Even Better</h2> <p>Buoyed by our frozen banana success, my husband tried something he'd read online, which was slicing bananas horizontally, freezing for an hour, then coating with Magic Shell chocolate and refreezing. These were delicious. I wanted to renew our marriage vows, they were so good. I ought to make things like vegan seeded gluten-free high-protein banana bread from our bananas, but I am busy coating them in chocolate now.</p> <h2>3. Coconut Milk</h2> <p>Upon discovering this <a href="http://www.thehungrymouse.com/2013/04/30/3-ingredient-coconut-ice-cream-vegan-no-cook-totally-amazing/">coconut milk</a> technique, I immediately dove into my pantry. I was delighted to find cans of coconut milk, which I put into the refrigerator (always start with cold coconut milk). Also, note that you want full-fat coconut milk, not &quot;lite.&quot; This works either by hand, with a whisk, an emulsifying blender, or in a traditional ice cream maker. I happen to love coconut flavor, so plain, sweetened coconut ice cream was fine by me. If you'd like to jazz it up, though, try adding:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://eathealthyeathappy.com/easy-blackberry-ice-cream-vegan-sugar-free/">Blackberries</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tasteslovely.com/healthy-strawberry-coconut-milk-ice-cream/">Strawberries</a></li> <li><a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/coffee-coconut-ice-cream/">Coffee</a></li> </ul> <h2>4. Greek Yogurt</h2> <p>I always have a tub of plain Greek yogurt in my refrigerator, so this <a href="http://www.justataste.com/5-minute-healthy-strawberry-frozen-yogurt-recipe/">ice-cream-from-yogurt</a> recipe was one I could try right away. I think it's much better than any store-bought yogurt I have ever had. Try adding:</p> <ul> <li>Peaches</li> <li>Blueberries</li> <li>Mango</li> </ul> <h2>5. Sweetened, Condensed Milk</h2> <p>People frequently get confused about evaporated milk and sweetened, condensed milk. You will need sweetened, condensed milk for this <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-no-churn-ice-cream-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-220413">no-churn ice cream</a>. This one is not dairy-free, so you are forewarned. However, I think it's the creamiest, most truly ice-cream-like of the bunch, and also quite versatile. Try adding:</p> <ul> <li>Chocolate</li> <li>Caramel</li> <li>Butterscotch</li> <li>Fruit</li> </ul> <h2>6. Almond Milk</h2> <p>This <a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/dairy-free-chocolate-ice-cream/">almond milk recipe</a> makes an ice cream which is a little more granular than creamy, but I sort of like that texture. It is not vegan, as it contains egg yolks. The chocolate is really irresistible.</p> <h2>7. Hawaiian-Style</h2> <p>Shaved ice is an extremely popular treat in Hawaii. I like mine with vanilla frozen yogurt in the middle of the shave ice. You pick various flavors, such as coconut, lilikoi, cherry, lime, etc., which are squirted onto the top of the fluffy ice. If you are feeling really adventurous, add azuki beans, which are sweet little beans. I'm not making this up!</p> <h2>8. Creamy Sorbet</h2> <p>Getting a sorbet to be creamy is a good trick, and this <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/creamy-strawberry-sorbet">sorbet recipe</a> tells you how to get it the consistency of soft snow. One of my friends does this every Christmas, and it makes a very festive-looking dessert.</p> <h2>9. Tofu Ice Cream</h2> <p>Okay, tofu-lovers, give this <a href="http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/simple-dairyfree-strawberry-tofu-ice-cream.html">dairy-free ice cream</a> a whirl. I passed on testing it because I'm a big weenie, but you can comment and tell me how great it is. (The recipe says the flavor is &quot;slightly bean-y.&quot;)</p> <h2>10. Pudding</h2> <p>If &quot;creamy&quot; is your thing, then you might want to give <a href="http://elizabethlouandco.blogspot.com/2012/08/chocolate-pudding-ice-cream.html">pudding ice cream</a> a try. The pudding mix contains thickeners, which adds to the stability of the dessert.</p> <h2>11. Avocado</h2> <p>Remember, avocados are technically fruits. The creamy texture we love in guacamole totally works in ice cream. You can make either a <a href="http://www.elephantasticvegan.com/avocado-ice-cream">vegan version</a> or a more traditional <a href="http://www.elephantasticvegan.com/avocado-ice-cream">milk-and-cream recipe</a>.</p> <h2>12. Cashews</h2> <p>Oh, you crazy vegans and your cashews. This <a href="https://snapguide.com/guides/make-vanilla-non-dairy-cashew-ice-cream/">cashew recipe</a> actually produces a sort of nutty, delicious ice cream. Who doesn't like cashews or maple syrup? I do.</p> <h2>13. Cashews No. 2, Vegan Chai</h2> <p>Although a little more complicated than some of the recipes above, if you are a fan of chai, you will love this <a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-chai-ice-cream/">creamy concoction</a>.</p> <h2>14. Cool Whip</h2> <p>I had this <a href="http://www.somethingswanky.com/2-ingredient-ice-cream/">Cool Whip ice cream</a> years ago at a friend's and had forgotten all about it. It goes together really fast and freezes to a soft-serve consistency in only four hours.</p> <h2>15. Let it Snow</h2> <p>Yes, ice cream <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-make-snow-ice-cream-recipe/">made from snow</a>! Just, y'know, be careful about where you get your snow...</p> <p>There you have it! Next time you are craving ice cream, consider making your own from one of these interesting ingredients.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite ice cream substitute?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smoothie-bowls-you-want-right-now">11 Smoothie Bowls You Want Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration">10 Cool Ice Cream Cakes for Your Next Celebration</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados">6 Unexpected Uses for Avocados</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-ways-to-have-ice-cream-for-breakfast">10 Healthy Ways to Have Ice Cream for Breakfast</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dairy-free desserts guilt-free healthy ice cream recipes Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:00:23 +0000 Marla Walters 1523175 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Cool Ice Cream Cakes for Your Next Celebration http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ice_cream_cake_000059454736.jpg" alt="Cool ice cream cakes for your next celebration" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stuck on what dessert to serve at your next backyard cookout? I've got you covered. There's an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes">ice cream</a> cake that's perfect for all your summer celebrations. The best part: No baking is involved! Give your guests something to rave about with one of these quick, easy, and inexpensive ice cream creations.</p> <h2>1. Reese's Cake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.lemonsforlulu.com/reeses-ice-cream-cake/">Reese's ice cream cake</a> is the best way to enjoy chocolate and peanut butter in the heat. The &quot;cake&quot; is made up of classic ice cream sandwiches topped with peanut butter and candy. After you layer a few stacks, you'll cover everything with whipped topping and sprinkle more peanut butter cups on top.</p> <h2>2. Cookies and Cream Cake</h2> <p>Ice cream sandwiches are also the base of this three-ingredient <a href="http://thesoccermomblog.com/2015/03/18/easy-3-ingredient-cookies-cream-ice-cream-cake/">cookies and cream ice cream cake</a>. To assemble, simply chop up Oreo cookies in a food processor and mix them with Cool Whip for the frosting. You will spread this mix between the layers before topping everything off with whole cookies.</p> <h2>3. Brownie Cake</h2> <p>Bake up a batch of brownies as the feature of this <a href="http://cookiesandcups.com/brownie-bottom-ice-cream-cake/">brownie bottom ice cream cake</a>. Don't forget to frost before covering with your favorite ice cream, whipped topping, and sprinkles. To make this cake super easy, use boxed brownie mix and canned frosting.</p> <h2>4. Pecan Pie</h2> <p>Turn your autumn favorite into a summer sensation with this <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Pecan-Pie-Ice-Cream-Pie">pecan ice cream pie</a> recipe. You'll make a crust of pecans, flour, sugar, butter, egg yolk, and some cold water. After you press that into a pie plate and bake, let cool. Then churn candied pecans into vanilla ice cream, spread it into the crust and top with remaining pecans.</p> <h2>5. Rainbow Cake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/rainbow-ice-cream-cake-recipe/?ALLSTEPS">rainbow ice cream cake</a> would be perfect for a child's birthday party. The color comes from Kool-Aid mixed with vanilla ice cream. Choose whatever shades your heart desires. Line several cake pans with aluminum foil, spread layers of colored ice cream in each, and chill. Then stack the frozen slabs between layers of sweet ganache.</p> <h2>6. Pink Cupcakes</h2> <p>Don't want to make a huge cake? Check out these pink <a href="http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2013/01/ice-cream-cupcakes-pink.html">ice cream cupcakes</a>. After you've mixed your batter, scoop out tablespoonfuls into your cupcake papers, bake for 15 minutes, and cool. Then fill each with your favorite softened ice cream and freeze. Top with whipped cream before serving.</p> <h2>7. Cookie Cake</h2> <p>Chocolate chip fans will love this <a href="http://www.dreyers.com/inspiration/recipe/dreyers-giant-cookie-ice-cream-cake">giant cookie ice cream cake</a>. Spread layers of cookie dough into cake pans, bake, and cool. Then make a huge sandwich by spreading one cookie with ice cream and topping it with the other cookie. Slice to serve.</p> <h2>8. Nutella Crunch Cake</h2> <p>The crunch in this <a href="http://www.afamilyfeast.com/nutella-crunch-ice-cream-cake/">Nutella crunch ice cream cake</a> comes from a hefty helping of Rice Krispies cereal. You'll heat together six cups of the cereal with two cups of Nutella before freezing and cutting into chunks. Fold these chunks into softened ice cream and spread into chilled springform pans.</p> <h2>9. Red Velvet Cake</h2> <p>This patriotic <a href="http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2014/06/16/red-velvet-ice-cream-cake/">red velvet ice cream cake</a> will please any crowd at your summer BBQ. Pour cake batter into two pans and bake. Then slice off the top of each cake to make it flat (reserve the crumbs). Use the first cake as your base, then layer on some ice cream mixed with cake crumbs and cream cheese. Top with the other cake and then with blueberries. This recipe is from scratch, but feel free to use box mix and store bought ice cream.</p> <h2>10. Neapolitan Cake Roll</h2> <p>Here's a dessert that will earn you points for style: <a href="http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2014/08/neapolitan-ice-cream-cake-roll/">Neapolitan ice cream cake roll</a>. You'll need bake a cake on a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YKGRVO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003YKGRVO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HOVRUIHHRCLJIURX">jelly roll pan</a>. Then roll it up on a towel covered in powdered sugar. Once it has cooled, unroll and spread with softened strawberry ice cream. Freeze. Then frost the whole thing with Cool Whip or whipped cream before serving.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite sweet and decadent summer time treat?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">17 Classic Desserts We All Miss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">10 Tempting No-Bake Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-ways-to-use-up-a-jar-of-preserves">30 Ways to Use Up a Jar of Preserves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cakes desserts ice cream recipes sweets Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:00:16 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1477153 at http://www.wisebread.com Guacamole, Wine, and 23 Other Surprisingly Refreshing Popsicle Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/guacamole-wine-and-23-other-surprisingly-refreshing-popsicle-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/guacamole-wine-and-23-other-surprisingly-refreshing-popsicle-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/popsicles-493886673-small.jpg" alt="popsicles" title="popsicles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's officially July. Which means it's officially Popsicle Mania.</p> <p>I use plastic popsicle forms to make all sorts of crazy flavored popsicles, but don't worry: You can alternatively use small paper cups and popsicle sticks (which you can find at craft stores). Amazon also carries a wide <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=popsicle%20forms&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=RRGB5HKITDVTT5WS">selection</a> of popsicle forms. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream?ref=seealso">Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Eating Ice Cream</a>)</p> <p>Why make your own 'pops, when they are easy to buy at the store? When my daughter was younger, I liked that I could control the sugar content of the popsicles and avoid food dyes. They are also more economical. There are so many fun flavor combinations, and talk about refreshing during this hot weather!</p> <h2>1. Good 'Ol Coke</h2> <p>When I am really thirsty, I know I should drink water&hellip; but sometimes, if I'm also tired <em>and</em> thirsty, I reach for a Coke. I know, it's not a healthy pick-me-up, but dang, it's good. These <a href="http://lilluna.com/coke-float-popsicles/">Coke Float</a> popsicles are totally addictive. We'll just consider them a once-in-a-while treat.</p> <h2>2. Sale on Strawberries?</h2> <p>Sometimes, I get those two-for-one deals and need to use up strawberries quickly. These <a href="http://diethood.com/strawberry-kiwi-fruit-popsicles/">Strawberry-Kiwi Popsicles</a> are just the ticket. They are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.</p> <h2>3. S'more, Please</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.yumsugar.com/Simple-Smore-Popsicle-recipe-roasted-marshmallow-ice-cream-4637562">S'mores Popsicles</a> are amazing, but I'd recommend modifying the recipe to add more marshmallows. The first section of the recipe calls for toasting the marshmallows, but I ate some of mine, so had to start over!</p> <h2>4. Think Reese's, on a Stick</h2> <p>Do you like peanut butter cups? If so, you will love these <a href="http://www.yumsugar.com/Peanut-Butter-Chocolate-Popsicles-18883349">Peanut Butter and Chocolate Popsicles</a>. Make small quantities because you will want to devour them all on the spot.</p> <h2>5. Healthy Yogurt and Roasted Berry</h2> <p>These <a href="http://cookieandkate.com/2012/roasted-berry-and-honey-yogurt-popsicles/">Roasted Berry and Honey</a> popsicles are delicious. I left out the lemon because the brand of yogurt I bought was already extremely tart. Either way: great treat and zero guilt!</p> <h2>6. Couldn't Be Simpler Bananas</h2> <p>Smash four bananas in a bowl. Add two tablespoons of peanut butter, a quarter cup of chocolate chips, and blend. Stuff into the popsicle forms and freeze.</p> <h2>7. Te-QUI-la!</h2> <p>This one is for adults only: <a href="http://honestlyyum.com/5453/tequila-spiked-mango-popsicles-with-chile/">Tequila-Spiked Mango Popsicles With Chili</a>. I liked both with and without the chili pepper. These are a really fun party treat.</p> <h2>8. Soup on a Stick</h2> <p>Okay, I will admit this one is a little wild, but it's <em>good</em>. Gazpacho is great when it's hot out, and if you freeze it&hellip; even better. <a href="http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/3467608-Gazpacho-Popsicles">Gazpacho Popsicles</a>? Yes!</p> <h2>9. V-8 on a Stick</h2> <p>In the same vein, I tried freezing V-8 juice into a popsicle form. The husband gave me a look, but I thought it was good. I guess you really have to like V-8 juice. I think next time I'll try this with Bloody Mary mix!</p> <h2>10. Sriracha Sauce?</h2> <p>Last Friday I tried a Sriracha Brownie, and it was delicious. Imagine how stoked I was to find these <a href="http://foodbabbles.com/2013/07/sriracha-fudge-popsicles/">Sriracha Fudge Popsicles</a>! If you like the spicy plus chocolate combination, you have got to try these, too!</p> <h2>11. Terrific Tamarind</h2> <p>Have you tried <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamarind">tamarind?</a> It is really good, and unusual. I would describe it as &quot;tart.&quot; You may find it in concentrate or in the pod form at your grocery store. I buy the pod and smash it up to add to my barbeque sauce. When you mash it, its consistency is sort of like a date. I think it is delicious, and so of course I loved these <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Tamarind-Chile-Ice-Pops-Paletas-de-Tamarindo-y-Chile">Tamarind-Chile Ice Pops</a>.</p> <h2>12. Quintessential Summer</h2> <p>The addition of mint to these <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/minted-watermelon-popsicles">Watermelon Popsicles</a> makes them extra-refreshing. These are especially good after a heavy barbeque dinner.</p> <h2>13. Caffeine Buzz</h2> <p>My husband and I could eat these <a href="http://www.theblackpeppercorn.com/2012/08/iced-coffee-popsicle/">Coffee Popsicles</a> all day in the summer. I think we need to switch to decaf popsicles in the afternoon.</p> <h2>14. India-Inspired</h2> <p>Go ahead, eat some super-hot Indian food and then cool off with a <a href="http://www.dessertsforbreakfast.com/2010/09/mango-lassi-and-strawberry-honey-yogurt.html">Mango Lassi</a> Popsicle. These are awesome. Do not leave out the cardamom! That makes all the difference.</p> <h2>15. Kale. Yes, Kale.</h2> <p>Put your healthy <a href="http://signalmountainfarm.com/kale-smoothie-popsicles/">smoothie</a> into a popsicle form and it's even <em>more</em> refreshing on a hot day for breakfast. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-with-kale-easy-recipes-for-real-people?ref=seealso">Cooking With Kale: Recipes for Real People</a>)</p> <h2>16. Carrot</h2> <p>As long as you have juicer all fired up from kale smoothies popsicles, let's make some <a href="http://whenbreadisbroken.com/2012/06/25/carrot-ginger-popsicles/">carrot popsicles</a>.</p> <h2>17. Uncork Some Wine&hellip;</h2> <p>&hellip;and make <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/article/wine-fruit-freezer-boozy-ice-pops">popsicles</a>? Sure, if you also add some fruit and sugar. Make sure &quot;mommy's popsicles&quot; aren't within reach of the kids!</p> <h2>18. Pucker Up</h2> <p>Tart, creamy, fabulous <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/08/key-lime-pie-popsicles/">Key Lime Popsicles</a> &mdash; what a creation! I love the graham-cracker sprinkles.</p> <h2>19. Guacamole Popsicles</h2> <p>Just joking. But why not <a href="http://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/06/avocado-coconut-popsicles.html">Avocado-Coconut</a> popsicles? Avocados are fruit, after all, and they mix so well with creamy coconut.</p> <h2>20. Bean Popsicles</h2> <p>No, really, I am not kidding, this time. Adzuki beans are tiny red beans, frequently used in Asian desserts. In Hawaii, they are popular in shave ice, which is very similar to this delicious <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/29788-red-bean-ice-pops">popsicle</a>.</p> <h2>21. Goat?</h2> <p>Okay, that sounded really gross. But <a href="http://joythebaker.com/2010/08/raspberry-and-goats-milk-yogurt-popsicles/">Goat's milk yogurt</a> is delicious, especially paired with raspberries.</p> <h2>22. Spa Popsicles</h2> <p>What do you think of when you think &quot;spa beverage&quot;? Water with lemon and cucumber slices, right? Go one better and try these <a href="http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2010/08/03/lemonade-cucumber-spa-popsicle-recipe/">Lemon Cucumber</a> popsicles. And don't forget the massage.</p> <h2>23. Oreo Lovers, Rejoice</h2> <p>Hurray! Someone figured out how to make <a href="http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2013/06/20/oreo-pudding-pops/">Oreo popsicles</a>. Just don't try to twist them apart.</p> <h2>24. Pad Thai and&hellip;</h2> <p>&hellip; Iced tea, right? The tea is just so complimentary of the food. Of course we can make that into a <a href="http://www.thesassylife.com/thai-iced-tea-popsicles/">Thai Iced Tea</a> popsicle!</p> <h2>25. Use Up the Herb Garden</h2> <p>Well, or maybe just a few springs of the cilantro, in these <a href="http://keepyourdietreal.com/food/dessert/pineapple-coconut-cilantro-popsicles/">Pineapple Coconut Cilantro Popsicles</a>.</p> <p><em>Alright readers, do you have any favorite hot summer day popsicle recipes? Anything crazier than these?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guacamole-wine-and-23-other-surprisingly-refreshing-popsicle-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-own-ice-cream-and-other-frozen-treats">10 Ways to Make Your Own Ice Cream (and Other Frozen Treats)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-ways-to-have-ice-cream-for-breakfast">10 Healthy Ways to Have Ice Cream for Breakfast</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer">8 Frugal and Refreshing Popsicles to Make This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream">Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Eating Ice Cream</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cool treats ice cream popsicles strange food Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:00:11 +0000 Marla Walters 1154564 at http://www.wisebread.com The Sweet 16: Delicious and Healthy Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homemade-ice-cream-481884595-small.jpg" alt="homemade ice cream" title="homemade ice cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="137" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that it's officially summer, my tastebuds have decided they'd like to cool off for a while. So, rather than making all my standard baked desserts, I like to try my hand at ice cream and frozen yogurt recipes. Something about the chill makes these treats feel healthier, but if I'm not careful, I can consume way too much heavy cream and sugar. Those ingredients aren't exactly a bikini body's best friend. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-make-delicious-ice-cream-with-the-lello-gelato-junior?ref=seealso">Stuff We Love: Make Delicious Ice Cream With the Lello Gelato Junior</a>)</p> <p>Here are 16 frozen delights that feature whole foods and lighter ingredients. Enjoy!</p> <h2>1. Classic Chocolate</h2> <p>This no-churn <a href="http://vegan-magic.blogspot.com/2012/07/no-churn-coconut-chocolate-ice-cream.html">Chocolate Ice Cream</a> uses full fat coconut milk as a base and agave as a sweetener. After combining all the ingredients, a few hours of chilling time is all you need before attacking the bowl with a spoon.</p> <h2>2. Simple Vanilla</h2> <p>Dust off your ice cream maker for this <a href="http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/12/07/four-ingredient-ice-cream/">4-Ingredient Vanilla Ice Cream</a> recipe. You can use two cups of your milk of choice, including non-dairy creamer or even coconut milk. Then add some sweetener and vanilla extract and follow your machine's freezing instructions.</p> <h2>3. Banana Whip</h2> <p>One of the healthiest and easiest &quot;ice cream&quot; recipes around involves nothing more than <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/06/ultimate-vegan-ice-cream.html">frozen bananas</a> blended together in a food processor. You can add peanut butter, cocoa powder, or any other flavors to your taste.</p> <h2>4. Cherry Froyo</h2> <p>I picked cherries at a neighbor's tree as the base for this pleasantly tart <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/07/tart-cherry-frozen-yogurt.html">Cherry Frozen Yogurt</a>. Combine cherries and sugar on the stove and let cool. Next add the yogurt and coconut milk and chill for three hours. Then follow the instructions on your ice cream maker to make the magic happen. I think this recipe would also work well with other fruits or even chopped rhubarb.</p> <h2>5. Green Cream</h2> <p>This deliciously green <a href="http://www.nutritionistinthekitch.com/2013/06/27/healthy-almond-pistachio-frozen-yogurt-no-ice-cream-machine-needed/">Almond Pistachio Froyo</a> has a secret up its sleeve. Not only can you make it without an ice cream maker, but there's an added dose of spinach and avocado that the author claims is undetectable.</p> <h2>6. Rainbow Sorbet</h2> <p>No special tools needed for these vibrant <a href="http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2011/07/summer-sorbets-cool-creamy-easy.html">fruit sorbets</a>. Each is sweetened naturally with banana and a little maple syrup or agave nectar. Whether you like blueberry, strawberry, pineapple, or mango, you can enjoy them frozen all summer long with a quick pulse of your blender.</p> <h2>7. Cookie Dough Paleo</h2> <p>Simply stir almond-based chocolate chip cookie dough into homemade vanilla ice cream for this delightful <a href="http://deliciouslyorganic.net/paleo-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-ice-cream-grain-free-gluten-free/">Paleo dessert</a>. Those of you with nut allergies can substitute your favorite nut-free cookie dough.</p> <h2>8. Chocolate Peanut Butter</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.alaskafromscratch.com/2013/07/10/chocolate-peanut-butter-frozen-greek-yogurt-soft-serve-style/">Greek yogurt soft serve</a> recipe combines the best of chocolate and peanut butter. The author divulges that the trick to getting this consistency at home is serving directly from the ice cream maker sans added chill time.</p> <h2>9. Vegan Fudgesicles</h2> <p>I can't wait to try my hand at these <a href="http://slowclubcookery.blogspot.com/2013/06/homemade-vegan-fudgesicles.html?m=1">Vegan Fudgesicles</a>. You need a can of coconut milk, some cocoa powder, sweetener, vanilla, sea salt, and &mdash; of course &mdash; a popsicle mold.</p> <h2>10. Jungle Pops</h2> <p>Slice any fruit you fancy and pop them into popsicle molds. Fill the empty spaces with coconut water and let freeze overnight. Not only are these <a href="http://thenerdswife.com/2014/02/bare-necessities-fresh-fruit-pops.html">Jungle Pops</a> a quick fix, they are also undeniably good for you.</p> <h2>11. Avocado Cream</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/magazine/recipes-view.php?title=avocado-ice-cream&amp;home=1">Avocado Ice Cream</a> is full of good fats. Once you've made a zesty syrup of lemon and lime and let it cool, you just blend together with the avocado flesh and some whole milk. Use an ice cream maker for the rest or whip by hand and set in the freezer.</p> <h2>12. Blueberry Chocolate</h2> <p>As another great coconut milk-based recipe, this <a href="http://www.henryhappened.com/blueberry-chocolate-chunk-vegan-ice-cream.html#_a5y_p=1838791">Blueberry Chocolate Ice Cream</a> is also highly adaptable. Use whatever fruit you have on hand or is in season and combine with bittersweet chocolate chunks.</p> <h2>13. Dark Chocolate</h2> <p>If you love the idea of avocado ice cream but need more convincing, try this <a href="http://spoonopolis.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/chocolate-avacado-vegan-ice-cream/">Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream</a> recipe. The green flesh is blended with raw honey, as well as carob and cocoa powders to make a dark treat you'd never suspect is full of nutrients.</p> <h2>14. Peanut Butter Hemp</h2> <p>This <a href="http://marmaladeandmileposts.com/archives/25863">Peanut Butter Ice Cream</a> recipe cuts the heavy cream a bit by using hemp milk in its base. Hemp milk is high in plant-based protein and essential fats, so it's a great substitute. For an extra punch of staying power, add a scoop of protein powder.</p> <h2>15. Banana Bonbons</h2> <p>If you want the most taste with the least effort, <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/06/frozen-banana-bites.html">Frozen Banana Bites</a> are what you're after. Cut bananas into chunks and freeze with a mixture of melted chocolate chips and peanut butter on top. You can dip them into any toppings you like &mdash; from nuts to crushed cookies. Then chill until frozen.</p> <h2>16. Ice Cream Pops</h2> <p>Ok, so this specific combination might not be the healthiest, but it's the concept of these <a href="http://chefthisup.com/recipe/9934/peanut-butter-ice-cream-pops/">Ice Cream Pops</a> that intrigues me. The idea is to take your favorite ice cream (think sorbet or frozen yogurt, too) and then layer it with toppings and other flavors for a unique treat. I'd use whole fruit, nuts or nut butter, and maybe some chocolate chips for my own mix.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite homemade frozen treat? Please share a scoop in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream">Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Eating Ice Cream</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-homemade-treats-your-valentine-will-love">15 Delicious Homemade Treats Your Valentine Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dessert frozen yogurt Homemade ice cream treats Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1150363 at http://www.wisebread.com Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Eating Ice Cream http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-86505747.jpg" alt="ice cream" title="ice cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In today's age of calorie counts on menus, attempts to ban &quot;big&quot; sodas, and constant chatter about nutritious school meals, it may seem that something as indulgent as ice cream would have no place in a healthy diet. Depending on where you buy it, the stuff packs &mdash; on average &mdash; 140 to 230 calories per tiny half cup. Most of us eat far more than that in a single sitting. Gourmet dips like Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter only make matters worse, giving eaters a whopping 360 calories per serving. Add in toppings, and it's easy to see why this frozen food gets a bad rap. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/need-a-cheap-cool-dessert-make-your-own-shaved-ice?ref=seealso">Need a Cheap Dessert? Make Delicious Shaved Ice!</a>)</p> <p>Despite the damage a scoop or two can do to a calorie budget, however, there are so many reasons to ignore the nutritional label and give yourself permission to serve a bowl now and again. By picking a simple ice cream, void of extra candies and syrups, it's possible to enjoy the following benefits without guilt.</p> <h2>1. It Provides Calcium and Other Good Stuff</h2> <p>This is one #1 cited reason ice cream eaters give for why it's good for you. Ice cream actually does contain the needed nutrient, provided it is a real ice cream (not made from tofu, almond milk, or other non-dairy sources.) It seems that it usually doesn't matter if it's a true &quot;cream.&quot; Many items on the market are more of an &quot;ice milk,&quot; which is essentially skim milk made into dessert. Ice milk generally has about a third less of the calcium as the same amount of milk (<a href="http://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/calcium_content_of_selected_foods/">200 mg versus 300 mg</a>) (about 10% of the daily requirement, per serving). You will also enjoy protein and riboflavin with your sweet treat!</p> <p>A serving of ice milk also provides about 10% of your <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutritious-things-ice-cream-3919.html">daily requirement of vitamin A</a> and some vitamin D, as well.</p> <h2>2. It Makes You Happy</h2> <p>While I'm not advocating emotional eating, there is truth to the fact that many people associate ice cream with simpler times, childhood, and celebrations. Allowing yourself a reasonable portion of the frozen stuff may bring about a gratification that you won't find in some lower-calorie frozen options, and being satisfied has its perks. Ice cream eaten after a long day of work or a hot day outside can elicit an almost &quot;high&quot; that can be very beneficial for people. Especially when enjoyed with children!</p> <h2>3. It Feeds a Craving</h2> <p>If you're like me, craving ice cream isn't negotiable. Especially during my pregnancies, eating it was going to happen. Eating it first ended the craving. Eating three other things before the ice cream in hopes of healthier satisfaction inevitably led me to eating those three things and the ice cream. I would have saved calories to just eat the ice cream in the first place. If you're finding yourself unable to resist the ice cream jones, it's not that big of deal to go for it. Just stick to a single serving, and you'll be fine.</p> <h2>4. It Can Burn Calories</h2> <p>Grabbing a pint out of the freezer is not hard work, at all, and that is not what I'm referring to. If you happen to have an old-fashioned ice cream machine (one that you crank), however, you'll find it rewarding to make your own ice cream with fresh ingredients in your own kitchen. The process is a bit grueling, but you can build up a few muscles in the making. Homemade ice cream is more delicious, and I guarantee you'll think long and hard about when you'll next want a batch whipped up to enjoy! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-own-ice-cream-and-other-frozen-treats?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Make Your Own Frozen Treats</a>)</p> <p>To get you started, here's a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/serious-vanilla-ice-cream-recipe2.html">recipe for vanilla ice cream</a> that I've used in an ice cream machine (so no calorie burn) and hand crank machines seem to have slipped in quality (at least according to Amazon's reviewers), so you may be better off buying used. Too much work? Try an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000S5XYI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000S5XYI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">ice cream ball</a>, instead. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ice-cream-makers?ref=seealso">The 5 Best Ice Cream Makers</a>)</p> <h2>5. It's a Time Out</h2> <p>Have you ever had an ice cream headache? The notorious brain-splitting pain usually only occurs from eating ice cream too fast. If you have small children, you've likely witnessed how quickly they train themselves to slow down while gobbling ice cream. Because of its head-freezing nature, ice cream is a dish best savored. The act of eating ice cream is a deliberate one that, for many, requires you to take a few extra breaths and really enjoy the moment. Eating ice cream is hard to do in the car or at your desk, as well, making it the &quot;official&quot; food for avoiding multitasking and living life for a bit.</p> <p>Oh, and brain freeze? Scientists think they've <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130522095335.htm">figured out the cause</a>. All that cold stuff in the back of your throat causes some big arteries that send blood to your brain to rapidly dilate then contract. The brain interprets this as pain &mdash; that searing headache. To reduce your suffering, slow down your ice cream intake. You can also jam your tongue against the roof of your mouth to warm it up, or drink something room temperature to do the same.</p> <p>In a world where people take many things too seriously, it's a relief to know that this classic dish (made famous in the 4th century by the Romans) is still around. While many will try to limit, ban, or otherwise tamper with an already perfect food, the best reason to stop feeling guilty and have yourself a scoop is this: Because you can. Unless you are suffering from a serious health problem, a bowl of yummy Rocky Road won't kill you. And not having a good reason is kind of what eating ice cream is about!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite reason to eat a bowl (or cone) of ice cream? Please share a bite in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes">The Sweet 16: Delicious and Healthy Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-ways-to-have-ice-cream-for-breakfast">10 Healthy Ways to Have Ice Cream for Breakfast</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-reasons-to-stop-eating-sugar-forever">12 Reasons to Stop Eating Sugar Forever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados">6 Unexpected Uses for Avocados</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty breaks dessert ice cream treats Mon, 12 May 2014 08:36:15 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1138610 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Ice Cream Makers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ice-cream-makers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-ice-cream-makers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-4551153-small.jpg" alt="ice cream scoop" title="ice cream scoop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the right ice cream maker, it's possible to whip up a batch of everyone's favorite frozen treat that rivals the best of your grocery in taste, and certainly in price. We've narrowed the dizzying array of available models down to our top five.</p> <h2>What Is an Ice Cream Maker?</h2> <p>An ice cream maker is a machine that produces ice cream by simultaneously freezing and churning a mixture most often containing cream, sugar, and eggs. Some models use a double-walled bowl containing a liquid coolant that must be frozen in advance. More expensive models have a freezing mechanism built in. Still others use the traditional method of ice and salt (which dates back to the mid-19th century). Ice cream makers can be electric or hand-cranked.</p> <h2>Best 5 Ice Cream Makers</h2> <h3>Hamilton Beach 68320 1-1/2-Quart Capacity Ice Cream Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CGW338/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001CGW338&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank"><img width="160" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/HamiltonBeach.jpg" /></a>Good Housekeeping's choice for a budget buy, this fully automatic <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CGW338/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001CGW338&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">Hamilton Beach model</a> churns up delicious ice cream in 25 minutes and is a hard-to-beat combination of quality and value. Its gel canister fits easily in the freezer, and its outer bowl prevents condensation buildup on the counter. Users appreciate the easy clean-up as well as Hamilton Beach's excellent customer service. Drawbacks include the unit's small capacity and the up-to-22-hour freezing period its bowl requires before use. But if you're on a tight budget, this is the ice cream maker to buy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CGW338/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001CGW338&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank"><em>Currently $34.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006ONQOC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0006ONQOC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank"><img width="159" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/CuisinartICE30.jpg" /></a>The sleek-looking <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006ONQOC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0006ONQOC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">Cuisinart ICE-30BC</a> &mdash; Good Housekeeping's top overall pick &mdash; earns high marks for the tastiness of its ice cream and for the selection of delicious recipes that come with the manual. Handy features include a cord storage compartment and an ingredient spout that allows you to add chocolate chips or nuts without interrupting the freezing cycle. The bowl requires freezing in advance, so if you wanted to make back-to-back batches, you'd have to invest in an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JEYJRM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000JEYJRM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">extra freezer bowl</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006ONQOC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0006ONQOC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank"><em>Currently $89.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Nostalgia Electrics ICMW400 4-Quart Wooden Bucket Electric Ice Cream Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZEMSFW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004ZEMSFW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank"><img width="157" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/NostalgiaElectrics.jpg" /></a>With its wooden construction and ice-and-salt method, the aptly-named <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZEMSFW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004ZEMSFW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">Nostalgia Electrcis Wooden Bucket</a> harkens back to the earliest ice cream makers, adding the modern twist of an electric motor. Filling the bucket with ice and rock salt every time you scream for ice cream may require some patience (and is potentially messy), but users say the tried-and-true formula turns out ice cream with perfect consistency. Its large capacity is also a plus, and of course there's no pre-freezing required, making multiple batches an option. Other features include a deluxe metal handle grip for easy carrying and storage, and a plastic insert so the bucket doesn't leak.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZEMSFW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004ZEMSFW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank"><em>Currently $58.83 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Donvier 837409W 1-Quart Ice Cream Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006484E/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00006484E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank"><img width="186" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/Donvier.jpg" /></a>The only non-electric model on this list, you won't be limited by the length of a power cord with the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006484E/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00006484E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">Donvier Ice Cream Maker</a>. Just freeze the bowl for seven hours, then crank your mixture by hand, intermittently, over the course of 15 to 20 minutes. The Donvier comes with an exceptionally long 10-year warranty, and the instruction booklet contains many recipes. Some users report that your freezer temperature has to be just so in order to get optimal results, so some trial-and-error may be required.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006484E/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00006484E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank"><em>Currently $68.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006UKLUFS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006UKLUFS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank"><img width="196" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/CuisinartICE100.jpg" /></a>Unlike the other Cuisinart model on this list, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006UKLUFS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006UKLUFS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank">ICE-100</a> uses a commercial quality compressor, which means no lengthy pre-freezing of bowls. You can make ice cream at a moment's notice and can churn up as many batches as you like. This convenience comes at a price, however; the ICE-100 retails for more than twice as much as the ICE-30BC. It also takes up a fair bit of counter space. But users rave about the quality of ice cream it produces. Nifty, high-end features include a touchpad control panel with LCD readout and two separate paddles, one for gelato and one for ice cream.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006UKLUFS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006UKLUFS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20" target="_blank"><em>Currently $299 on Amazon</em></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/john-moffatt">John Moffatt</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ice-cream-makers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-deep-conditioners">The 5 Best Deep Conditioners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-callus-removers">The 5 Best Callus Removers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 Great Gifts for $5 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-descalers">The 5 Best Descalers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-power-banks">The 5 Best Solar Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping ice cream product reviews Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:24:28 +0000 John Moffatt 981521 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Make Your Own Ice Cream (and Other Frozen Treats) http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-own-ice-cream-and-other-frozen-treats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-make-your-own-ice-cream-and-other-frozen-treats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid_with_ice_cream.jpg" alt="Little girl eating ice cream" title="Little girl eating ice cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="196" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was in elementary school, the last day of school was always exciting. Not just because of the whole end-of-the-school-year thing, but because we got to do two things: One, have a squirt gun fight on the bus, and two, get a soft-serve ice cream at the local ice cream spot, Mr. Pizza.</p> <p>Since those young years, ice cream has always been one of my favorite summer treats. But seeing as I live by myself and I try (although don't necessarily succeed) to not eat too many sweets, I'm not one to keep a pint or quart of the stuff in my freezer. Recently, however, I have become obsessed with making my own ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet. I get to control what goes into my frozen treats, make exactly what I'm craving, and choose between going whole hog with an elaborate recipe or just whipping up an easy, one-ingredient stand-in. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-easy-to-freeze-meals">5 Awesome, Easy-to-Freeze Meals</a>)</p> <p>When the weather's hot (or you're just craving a frozen treat), follow one of these 10 methods to reach homemade ice cream bliss.</p> <h2>1. With an Ice-Cream Maker</h2> <p>I'll start with the most obvious of options. If you eat ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt, or sherbet regularly, an ice-cream maker might be worth it. I purchased a mid-range Cuisinart ice-cream maker a couple of years ago, and it has served me well through several batches. All you need to do is add the ingredients and let it spin for a bit.</p> <h2>2. In a Plastic Bag</h2> <p>While many modern ice-cream makers use containers that you keep in the freezer, old-style ice-cream makers use a combination of ice and rock salt to get your cream good and cold. But you don't need an ice cream maker to follow the rock-salt method &mdash; a couple of Ziploc-style bags can work as well. Check out this <a href="http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/a/aa020404a.htm">ice cream in a bag</a> recipe from About.com's Guide to Chemistry, Anne Marie Helmenstine. Not only does she tell you how to make the ice cream, but she explains the science behind it as well.</p> <h2>3. Crafting a Freezer Sorbet</h2> <p>Sorbet &mdash; the frozen fruit treat that doesn't feature any dairy products &mdash; can easily be made by blending together a few ingredients, putting them in the fridge, and stirring occasionally. PJ Hamel at King Arthur Flour has great <a href="http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2009/07/04/strawberry-sorbet-from-field-to-freezer-to-table-to-tasty-in-a-few-easy-steps/">step-by-step instructions for freezer sorbet</a>, including a store-bought vs. homemade cost comparison&nbsp;(homemade is less than half the price!).</p> <h2>4. Making a Semifreddo</h2> <p>This frozen Italian dessert (the name means &quot;half-cold&quot; or &quot;half-frozen&quot;) includes several of the same ingredients as ice cream &mdash; sugar, heavy cream, etc. &mdash; but is simply mixed and frozen until it sets. I'm particularly entranced by this recipe on Epicurious for <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Meyer-Lemon-Semifreddo-with-Summer-Berries-242511">Meyer lemon semifreddo with summer berries</a>, as well as the even easier (and very elegant looking) <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Raspberry-Semifreddo-Torte-103695">raspberry semifreddo torte</a>.</p> <h2>5. With Bananas</h2> <p>This awesome post from The Kitchn about making <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/stay-cool/how-to-make-creamy-ice-cream-with-just-one-ingredient-093414">ice cream with just one ingredient</a> &mdash; bananas &mdash; has been linked around the web again and again, and with good reason. Creamy, sweet, and easy to add to (chocolate chips, anyone?), this frozen treat is also super-healthy. Just don't leave the bananas in the freezer too long.</p> <h2>6. Adding to Existing Ice Cream</h2> <p>If you don't want to make your own base, consider buying an inexpensive chocolate or vanilla ice cream and adding your favorite mix-ins like cherries, pretzels, chocolate syrup, brownie bits, and so on.</p> <h2>7. Making Your Own Ice Cream &quot;Novelties&quot;</h2> <p>Similar to adding ingredients to existing ice cream, you can use homemade or store-bought ice cream to make your own versions of ice cream &quot;novelties&quot; (I always thought that was a ridiculous name for them). Check out recipes for homemade <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Drumsticks/">Drumsticks</a>, <a href="http://www.chow.com/food-news/79610/make-your-own-ice-cream-bars/">ice cream bars</a>, and <a href="http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/dessert-recipes/Brownie-Ice-Cream-Sandwiches">ice cream sandwiches</a>.</p> <h2>8. Putting Yogurt in the Freezer</h2> <p>It seems almost too simple to be true, but making frozen <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/yogurt-should-you-try-making-your-own">yogurt</a> can be as easy as...well, freezing yogurt. Put a single serving of your favorite yogurt in the freezer for approximately two hours. Then simply open, stir, and enjoy. Just be careful not to let this sit for too long &mdash; as with the bananas, it's best when it hasn't quite reached a deep freeze.</p> <h2>9. Making a Raw Key&nbsp;Lime Pie</h2> <p>For a while, one of my very good friends was eating a raw diet, and I joined in on her raw adventures. One of my favorite recipes was <a href="http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com/recipes/key-lime-pie.html">raw key lime pie</a>. The filling ingredients &mdash; avocado, lime juice and zest, agave, and coconut oil &mdash; might not sound like what you want for dessert. But trust me, this treat is cooling, sweet, and rich all at once.</p> <h2>10. Throwing Together 5-Minute Ice Cream</h2> <p>Frozen fruit, cream, sugar, vanilla, and a blender or food processor are all you need for a quick ice-cream fix with this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/5-minute-Ice-Cream/">fast ice cream recipe</a>.</p> <p><em>Do you make your own ice cream or other frozen treats? If so, what method(s) do you use? Share in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-own-ice-cream-and-other-frozen-treats">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-ways-to-have-ice-cream-for-breakfast">10 Healthy Ways to Have Ice Cream for Breakfast</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-old-lady-recipes-classic-frugal-cooking">Little Old Lady Recipes: Classic Frugal Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer">8 Frugal and Refreshing Popsicles to Make This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink budget recipes ice cream stay cool summer Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:24:48 +0000 Meg Favreau 584986 at http://www.wisebread.com Book review: Farewell, My Subaru http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-farewell-my-subaru <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/book-review-farewell-my-subaru" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/farewell-my-subaru-cover.jpg" alt="Cover of Farewell, My Subaru" title="Cover of Farewell, My Subaru" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="376" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400066441?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisbre08-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1400066441"><cite>Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living</cite></a> by Doug Fine.</p> <p>There are a number of books now by people who set out to live a more local, more sustainable life, and wrote a book to document their experiences. Most of them approach the problem with the perspective that living a lower-carbon lifestyle is going to entail giving up some of the things that modern Americans have come to expect. Doug Fine, though, would rather not. Especially not ice cream.</p> <p>There's a fundamental trade-off that you can't really escape. All that carbon gets released producing energy, so if you want to release less carbon, you've got two options: You can make do with less energy or you can find a way to get the energy without burning carbon. The first option requires sacrifice; the second typically requires either doing large amounts of hard work or else spending large amounts of money. Unlike some of the other authors of recent books on low-impact living, Fine is inclined toward the second option--going to great effort and spending large amounts of money to get his modern American lifestyle with less carbon burned.</p> <p>The book is basically a series of funny stories of Fine's first year or so trying to live more sustainably on forty-one acres of rural New Mexico. The humor is largely of the self-depricating sort--Fine bumbles about making beginner mistakes, but through a combination of perseverance, help from friends and neighbors, a modest amount of good luck, a lot of hard work, and the expenditure of a whopping amount of money, manages to set himself up to be successful.</p> <p>The book actually ends before we see a lot of pay-off from the hard work. It would have been nice to hear about the ice cream that he was going to make from his goats milk. But that doesn't make the funny stories about his hard work any less funny.</p> <p>There are two things this book isn't.</p> <p>First, it isn't out to convince you that living a low-carbon lifestyle is the right choice. The audience for this book is largely people who have already decided that--but are daunted at the prospect of the changes involved in living in accordance with their values. (People who don't think low-carbon living is necessary to save the biosphere could possibly be amused to watch Fine go to all this trouble for no good reason that they can see, but I doubt if they'd really be interested.)</p> <p>Second, it most definitely isn't a how-to manual. Although the author talks about raising goats and chickens, and installing a solar-powered pump and a solar hot-water heater, and getting his truck converted to run on used cooking oil, he just tells the funny stories of his mishaps. It may give you some ideas and it may make certain choices seem more (or less!) reasonable, but this is not the book that's going to tell you how to do any of those things yourself.</p> <p>Probably the best thing about the book is the way it provides a worked example that doesn't seem too daunting. Instead of trying to achieve sustainability through the sort of extreme simple living that amounts to a repudiation of the modern American lifestyle, Fine tries to achieve it through a large investment of time, effort, and money. Where the other books leave you thinking that their writers are capable of superhuman feats of self-deprivation (admittedly alleviated by the opportunity to eat lots of great, local food), Fine's book gives you nice crisp stories that emphasize his foibles and leave you with a sense of &quot;If this clown can do it, I can certainly do it.&quot;</p> <p>Sometimes his tone bugged me. One example was in talking about trying to go hunting. His other stories sounded like the efforts of someone trying (and eventually succeeding) in some endeavor despite a certain amount of ineptitude--which make them fun to read. The story of his hunting endeavors, though, ends in failure. His ineptness is great enough in this case that it seems almost willful. That, combined with giving up right away, makes it less interesting to read about than the endeavors where he perseveres. That's a minor complaint, though.</p> <p>If you're interested in living a lower-carbon lifestyle, but you're not quite ready to make the leap yourself, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400066441?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisbre08-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1400066441"><em>Farewell, My Subaru</em></a> packs a nice mix of inspirational and cautionary tales into one funny little book. I enjoyed it a lot.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-farewell-my-subaru">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-game-over">Book review: Game Over</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-in-defense-of-food">Book review: In Defense of Food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-the-only-investment-guide-youll-ever-need">Book review: The Only Investment Guide You&#039;ll Ever Need</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-wabi-sabi-simple">Book review: Wabi Sabi Simple</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-supercapitalism">Book review: Supercapitalism</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living book review books carbon emission carbon footprint gardening goats ice cream review sustainability sustainable living Mon, 22 Dec 2008 20:39:42 +0000 Philip Brewer 2668 at http://www.wisebread.com Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/summer-5084516-small.jpg" alt="frozen fruit bar" title="frozen fruit bar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="158" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's getting to be unbearably hot in many areas of the country, and frozen treats are a healthy way to cool off. With ice cream bars running $5 a small box locally, I went on a search to find inexpensive, alternative recipes to feed our family. What I found were six surprisingly easy ways to stock my freezer on the cheap! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-summer-foods-to-jazz-up-your-menus">5 Cheap Summer Foods to Jazz Up Your Menus</a>)</p> <h2>Frozen Fruit Bars</h2> <p>These are my favorite, and unfortunately, they are the most costly of all my freezer-case passions. Choosing bars that are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">organically-grown</a> or with no sugar will cost you more, so why not make them yourself? Here is a super recipe from <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=218">SparkPeople</a> to get you started (you can omit the sugar, add 100% fruit juice to help in the blending process, or substitute organic fruit.) Sticking to one or two kinds of fruit keep them simple and yummy!</p> <ul> <li>Blend 2 cups cut-up summer fruit (strawberries, peaches, watermelon, etc.) in a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blenders">blender</a> until smooth.</li> <li>Add 1-2 tablespoons water (or juice), if necessary. Add 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Cover and blend until well mixed.</li> <li>Pour into molds and freeze until solid.</li> </ul> <h2>Pudding Pops</h2> <p>Bill Cosby earned my respect, not for his TV sitcom (which <em>was</em> good), but for his delicious endorsement of what I consider the most amazing treats on the planet &mdash; the <a href="http://www.nutcan.com/article/Get_me_A_JellO_Pudding_Pop.php">Jello Pudding Pop</a>. If you can't find the new version (made by Popsicle) in a store near you, here's the next, best homemade thing:</p> <p>Grab a pack of those individual puddings that you can stick in a kid's lunchbox. Carefully slice an opening in the foil lid of the pudding, and insert a wooden popsicle stick (sold at grocers and craft stores.) Freeze and eat! For under a buck for a pack of 4, that's a cheap knock-off! (And, yes, I've heard that the original pudding pops <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pudding_Pops">never really had pudding in them</a>&hellip;my kids won't know the difference.)</p> <h2>Frozen Yogurt Bars</h2> <p>These really are as simple as they sound. Simply scoop your favorite yogurt into your mold, and allow to freeze. I prefer the kind that is all-natural and without artificial sweeteners (they freeze better and don't taste bitter). A good organic like <a href="http://www.yobabyyogurt.com/">Yo Baby</a> could be served in the original single-serve container, much like the pudding pops idea (just pop a stick in and freeze.)</p> <h2>Ice-Cream Bars</h2> <p>This is a little repetitive, but allowing a container of your favorite ice cream to soften will make it easy to scoop into a frozen mold. After it freezes, you can dip it into melted chocolate or roll into nuts to refreeze before eating. It may not be a <em>true</em> money-saver, but for those of us with portion-control issues (especially concerning ice-cream), this could be a life-saver.</p> <h2>Popsicles</h2> <p>Freezing your kid's favorite juice into a mold is the easiest way yet to cool off with a treat. I love to sneak in a veggie serving or two by using a juice that contains carrots (we like <a href="http://www.juicyjuice.com/Products/HarvestSurprise.aspx">Juicy Juice's Harvest Surprise Juice</a>). Try to avoid juices that contain more sugar than juice, and it'll count as a fruit serving, too!</p> <h2>Frozen Bananas</h2> <p>These are killer! Dip a whole, peeled banana (or half them for smaller kids) into a melted chocolate dip. Roll in crushed or chopped nuts and insert a stick. Place on waxed paper. Freeze and eat! (These are best if eaten soon after frozen, but if you won't be using them up right away, take the already frozen bananas and place them in a freezer bag. They're good for up to a week.)</p> <p>I'm sure there are other ways to make frozen treats that involve more work or more expensive ingredients, but I like to keep things cheap and simple. We use small paper cups for our molds, but if you don't want any additional waste, you can use reusable plastic molds (we tried it, but the sticks never made it back from the play yard.)</p> <p>Stay cool!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans">9 Surprising Uses for Empty Beer and Soda Cans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-128-creative-ways-to-upcycle-your-trash">Flashback Friday: 128 Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts">Start Now: You Can Make These 23 Delicious Holiday Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks DIY Food and Drink budget DIY frozen ice cream popsicle treats Thu, 10 Jul 2008 16:22:31 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2228 at http://www.wisebread.com I Scream, You Scream… I’m Lovin’ FREE Ice Cream! http://www.wisebread.com/i-scream-you-scream-i-m-lovin-free-ice-cream <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/i-scream-you-scream-i-m-lovin-free-ice-cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ben jerry cow.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">It has just reached spring temps here in Nebraska, and the ice cream junkie in me has emerged from winter slumber.<span> </span>What better way to feed the beast than with free ice cream promotions from all my favorite companies?<span> </span>Read on for the full &ldquo;scoop!&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Ben and Jerry&rsquo;s Free Scoop Day</strong> &ndash; It&rsquo;s that time of year again!<span> </span>Free Cone Day is on April 29th this year, and I&rsquo;m all in!<span> </span>Check the <a href="http://www.benjerry.com/">Ben and Jerry&rsquo;s website</a> for the list of participating shops in your area.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Haagen-Dazs Free Scoop Day</strong> - To celebrate their new flavor, Vanilla Honey Bee, they are offering a free scoop of the stuff at <a href="http://www.haagen-dazs.com/shops/shopLocator.aspx">participating locations</a> on May 13th!&nbsp; Mark your calendars!&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Cold Stone Creamery&rsquo;s Birthday Club</strong> &ndash; This Caloric treat is one of my faves.<span> </span>Sign up for their <a href="http://www.coldstonecreamery.com/Birthday/birthday_club.aspx">Birthday Club</a> to get free ice cream on your birthday.<span> </span>You can start planning how you&rsquo;ll make your Cold Stone Creation now, and be ready for that special day!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Baskin-Robbins 31 Cent Promotion</strong> &ndash; OK.<span> </span>So it&rsquo;s not free.<span> </span>But 31 pennies for a small scoop ain&rsquo;t bad, and the proceeds go to a really good cause.<span> </span><a href="http://www.baskinrobbins.com/Promotion/31cent.aspx">Check the website</a> to see how this deal on April 30th can help America&rsquo;s firefighters and to find a location near you.<span> </span>(Baskin-Robbins also has a <a href="http://www.baskinrobbins.com/bdayclub/registerinfo1.aspx">Birthday Club</a>, so sign up if you want to double-dip on deals.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Blue Bunny iScream Team</strong> &ndash; Sign up to get the <a href="http://www.bluebunny.com/ISTMemberRegistration.aspx">iScream Team Newsletter</a>, and be the first to hear about promotions, contests, and stellar coupons.<span> </span>I have been a member for over a year, and I have enjoyed the occasional free product with much enjoyment.<span> </span>You also get the chance to provide feedback on Blue Bunny&rsquo;s tasty treats. (Sampling opportunities are available in many parts of the country.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Edy&rsquo;s Slow-Churned Neighborhood Salute</strong> &ndash; <a href="http://edys.slowchurned.com/neighborhoodsalute/english/">This freebie</a> is actually a contest, but the prizes are plentiful, and the goods are to die for!<span> </span>From now until May 30th, just tell Edy&rsquo;s why your neighborhood deserves a party, and you&rsquo;re in the running to win one of 1,500 prize packs that include 12 cartons of ice cream delivered to your door and enough party supplies for 100 people (includes bowls, spoons, napkins, and tons of other promotional stuff!)<span> </span>See a sneak peak at the prizes <a href="http://edys.slowchurned.com/neighborhoodsalute/english/PlanAParty/InABox.aspx">HERE</a>.<span> </span>I&rsquo;ve known folks who have won in past years, and it is an awesome way to share your love of ice cream with your friends and family!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">However you decide to fulfill your ice cream desires -- do it slowly.<span> </span>You don&rsquo;t want to get a headache!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-scream-you-scream-i-m-lovin-free-ice-cream">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rejoice-its-haagen-dazs-free-scoop-day">Rejoice - it&#039;s Haagen-Dazs FREE SCOOP DAY.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-10-on-10-and-free-shipping-at-blockbuster-online">Save $10 on $10 and Free Shipping At Blockbuster Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-free-food-at-chick-fil-a">6 Ways to Score Free Food at Chick-fil-A</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-win-sweepstakes">This Is How You Win Sweepstakes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-12-month-supply-of-contact-lens-cases-coupons">Free 12-month supply of contact lens cases &amp; coupons</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies contests freebies ice cream promotions Tue, 15 Apr 2008 22:38:03 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2009 at http://www.wisebread.com Rejoice - it's Haagen-Dazs FREE SCOOP DAY. http://www.wisebread.com/rejoice-its-haagen-dazs-free-scoop-day <p><img width="223" height="300" title="ice cream" alt="ice cream" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/570269_ice_cream_1.jpg" /></p> <p>Can I say, right here and now, I love free anything. But free ice-cream? Thank you, thank you (although Ben &amp; Jerry's is my personal fav - Cherry Garcia, oh baby).</p> <p>Anyway, on MAY 15th, from 4pm to 8pm, rush along to your local Haagen-Dazs store and you can try a scoop of one of their two new exciting and delicious flavors. Either <a href="http://www.haagen-dazs.com/newflavorday/">Cinnamon Dulce de Leche or Sticky Toffee Pudding</a> (yes please). You don't have to buy anything, just stand in line and wait for you big old scoop of creamy truthiness.</p> <p>To find participating stores near you, <a href="http://www.haagen-dazs.com/shops/shopLocator.aspx">click here</a>. And as this is one of those 'participating stores only' kinda deals, it may be wise to give them a call first. But that's the over-cautious Brit in me.</p> <p>Enjoy your ice-cream, you lucky dogs!</p> <p><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.sxc.hu/photo/570269">The Stock Exchange. </a>Please note. Photo is for fun. You will not get that much for free, no matter how much you cry about it. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rejoice-its-haagen-dazs-free-scoop-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-scream-you-scream-i-m-lovin-free-ice-cream">I Scream, You Scream… I’m Lovin’ FREE Ice Cream!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-10-on-10-and-free-shipping-at-blockbuster-online">Save $10 on $10 and Free Shipping At Blockbuster Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-free-food-at-chick-fil-a">6 Ways to Score Free Food at Chick-fil-A</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-sign-up-for-that-store-credit-card">Should You Sign Up for That Store Credit Card?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-miss-free-ice-cream-again-complete-calendar-of-annual-free-stuff-days">Never Miss Free Ice Cream Again: Complete Calendar of Annual Free Stuff Days</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies deals dessert freebies giveaways Haagen-Dazs ice cream offers promotions Fri, 11 May 2007 00:16:52 +0000 Paul Michael 628 at http://www.wisebread.com