Recipes to Celebrate July’s Ice Cream Holidays

Posted: July 6, 2022 1:40 pm

Enjoy this sweet dessert as many times as you can!

Food holidays are some of our favorites. They offer a chance to enjoy dishes that you love, or to discover new favorites and possibilities with popular ingredients. How appropriate, then, that July has a lot of ice cream holidays—you can celebrate this sweet dessert multiple times and in multiple ways! After all, it is the peak of summer and enjoying cold desserts is a fun way to beat the heat.

The July holidays related to ice cream are as follows:

  • July 7: National Strawberry Sundae Day
  • July 16: National Ice Cream Day
  • July 17: National Peach Ice Cream Day
  • July 20: National Ice Cream Sundae Day
  • July 25: National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
  • July 26: National Coffee Milkshake Day
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That is a lot of days!

Take a look through these recipe ideas to savor your ice cream this July.

Ice Cream Recipe Ideas

Recipe #1: Strawberry Sauce Recipe

You will need some Strawberry Sauce for your sundaes. Place it over ice cream or banana splits. All you need is fruit pectin, fruit and sugar. It can be made with or without liqueur—if without, replace it with ½ cup mashed raspberries. This will also reduce the number of strawberries by 1 ½ cups. Keep any leftovers chilled to enjoy throughout the season.

Recipe #2: Old-Fashioned Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Amy of House of Nash Eats shares this recipe for creamy peach ice cream. If you love peaches and cream, you will likely like this. Grab about 3 large fresh peaches, sugar, lemon juice, salt, egg yolks, heavy cream, whole milk and vanilla, plus an ice cream maker. Freezer-safe containers are also handy to have, since they are useful when storing ice cream. Since this ice cream is quite heavy, serving it alone in a dish or a cone is enough.

Recipe #3: Ultimate Hot Fudge Sundae

This sundae recipe from Preppy Kitchen proves that there is nothing like hot fudge and vanilla ice cream. Heavy cream, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, dark or bittersweet chocolate makes the hot fudge, and ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles, nuts and cherries round out the sundae. What is wonderful about sundaes you make yourself is that if you do not like something, just omit it! You can also have as much or as little as you want—score.

Recipe #4: Coffee Milkshake

Baking Mischief came up with this recipe for a coffee milkshake, which has a touch of chocolate. All you need is vanilla ice cream, cold coffee (or espresso or instant coffee), cocoa powder and milk to a blender. Blend until smooth and well mixed. If desired, serve the milkshakes with chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

Recipe #5: Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Recipe author Kim knows that summer without ice cream sandwiches is like winter without snow. Ice cream is layered in between two cookies packed with chocolate-covered candies for two treats in one. For extra sweet flavor, roll the ice cream in more candy, chocolate chips or sprinkles. Wrap in plastic wrap, freeze and pull out an ice cream cookie sandwich when the cravings hit.

Recipe #6: The Only Ice Cream Recipe You’ll Ever Need

The New York Times’ custard recipe is comprised of heavy cream, milk, sugar, sea salt, egg yolks and your choice of flavoring (vanilla, extracts and more). It is a thick and creamy recipe that is sure to be a favorite, no matter how you choose to enjoy it.

Recipe #7: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Amanda’s Cookin’ shared this smooth and creamy dessert, which, Amanda claims, is just as good as the store-bought version. Sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, 1% milk, salt, vanilla extract, mint extract, bittersweet chocolate and green food coloring are churned in an ice cream maker. The end result is as good in a cone as it is in a dish, but be careful to not overdo the food coloring!

Recipe #8: Ice-Cream Sodas

Martha Stewart’s recipe brings a modern take to an old-fashioned drink. Vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, old-fashioned seltzer and fresh cherries and strawberries offer a refreshing combination. Serve with burgers and fries for a diner-like meal.

Recipe #9: Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Betty Crocker’s Fudgy and sweet ice cream cake combines two of America’s favorite desserts: brownies and ice cream! First, make brownies as instructed on the box (or make your favorite homemade recipe). Divide the batter into two pans. Spread ice cream over the layers and freeze each one. Or, remove brownies from the pans, and, once cool, spread ice cream in between and then freeze. Top things off with whipped cream, cherries, sprinkles and nuts. Cut into wedges and serve!

Recipe #10: 3-Ingredient Creamy Chocolate Ice Cream

Julie Blanner’s ice cream recipe is easy to make, much to the delight of chocolate ice cream lovers. Combine heavy cream, cocoa powder and sweetened condensed milk, pour everything into a loaf pan and then freeze until solid. This is great if you do not have an ice cream maker! Top with fudge, whipped cream, fruit, nuts or just enjoy plain.

Recipe #11: Homemade Creamsicle Recipe

Jenn of The Cincy Shopper shared this recipe for creamsicles, a favorite of those who like fruity desserts. To make about 3-4 pops, mix orange juice, heavy cream, sugar and vanilla extract together and then pour into a mold or paper cups. Add a stick, cover if needed and freeze. Pop them out and enjoy!

Recipe #12: Ice Cream in a Bag

No need for a fancy machine when you can make ice cream in a bag! Half-and-half, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, kosher salt and ice make the base, and then you can add toppings as desired. We like crushed up cookies or candies. This is an arm workout that you will actually want to do.

We all really do scream for ice cream. Enjoy these refreshing treats!

Love ice cream and want to celebrate with your family and friends? Spread the word about these holidays. Did you find this useful? Feel free to bookmark or post to your timeline for reference later!

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