Want to be able to pronounce all the ingredients in your ice cream treat? Consider making your own as ice cream recipes often call for just a handful of whole ingredients.
Here are a few trendy ice cream and frozen dessert recipes to keep you cool throughout the summer.
The Mexican version of popsicles uses fresh fruit in the frozen treat and is predicted to become increasingly popular this summer under its more exotic Spanish name. Here's a simple recipe that requires just three ingredients and a popsicle mold, by Bon Appétit magazine.
Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in the US, mostly because it's a blank canvass for toppings and because it's the topping of choice for other desserts like apple pie and brownies. At the risk of alienating vanilla ice cream purists, here's a Food and Wine recipe that calls for two unexpected ingredients: corn starch to thicken it and cream cheese to make it "scoopable."
For a more traditional vanilla recipe, try one by popular food blogger and pastry chef David Lebovitz at http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/02/vanilla-ice-cream/.
R-rated ice cream
Beer, spirits and cocktails are also being put on ice this summer as an adult-only treat, with ice creams spiked with everything from bourbon to Guinness beer. British domestic doyenne Nigella Lawson has an easy no-churn recipe for maragarita ice cream that uses lime juice, Tequila and Cointreau for flavorings.
Salted caramel ice cream
And in the trend that shows no sign of waning, here's a recipe for salted caramel ice cream from Epicurious.com that calls for sea salt or Maldon salt.
Popular Aussie site Taste.com.au puts another twist to caramel ice cream by spicing the custard mixture with star anise and cinnamon at http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/21407/spiced+burnt+caramel+ice+cream.