On Sunday, I sat on a bench outside an ice cream parlor. The sun was on my face, my feet were in sandals, and I was dipping my spoon into a swirl of dutch chocolate and vanilla soft serve. Once I had that first bite, it didn't matter what the calendar said: summer had begun.
National Chocolate Ice Cream Day has only inspired more ice cream-driven thoughts. There are moments for ice cream cones eaten on a hot patch of sidewalk and pints pulled from the freezer, eaten on the hottest day directly in front of a whirring fan. But for barbecues and simple family dinners when you want a little something more, these easy ice cream (and sorbet and sherbet) desserts are just the ticket. We're not talking hand-churned here. This is store-bought taken to a whole 'nother level. We can all scream for that.