Easy Ice Cream Desserts to Make All Summer Long

Photo by: BHG
How much do you love this idea? Simply sandwich chocolate ice cream between chocolate wafers spread with Nutella, then roll the whole thing in chopped toasted hazelnuts. Happy National ... more 
Photo by: BHG
How much do you love this idea? Simply sandwich chocolate ice cream between chocolate wafers spread with Nutella, then roll the whole thing in chopped toasted hazelnuts. Happy National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, indeed! Get the recipe. less 
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Wed, Jun 6, 2012 12:16 PM EDT
by Sarah McColl, Shine staff

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.