Deep Freeze: Summer Treats (And Where to Find Them)

August 24 2009 by Karla Henriquez
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iStock_000008449071XSmall.jpgSince Boston's Frederic Tudor, known as the Ice King, began introducing people around the world to ice from New England ponds, we have enjoyed cold drinks, ice-cream, and other chilled foods. We also began developing amazing recipes and products that rely on cold or frozen ingredients. Soon, almost every home, and certainly every bar and restaurant had an icebox. Today, we've traded in the icebox for the freezer and refrigerator and we can make ice almost anywhere and enjoy icy products year round.

I am especially in love with frozen treats during the summer months. There's something undeniably satisfying about cooling off from the inside out when it's so hot that people are cooking eggs on the pavement. Here are my top ten favorite frozen or chilled treats to enjoy on a hot summer day. What I choose depends on my mood, the temperature, and my location. Trying to rank these was extremely difficult, and if I were to make this list another day, it might be in a completely different order, but here it is:

#1 - Peach Ice cream from McConnell's in Santa Barbara, CA
#2 - Blood Orange Gelato, at Gelatissimo in New Canaan, CT
#3 - Turtle Sundae at Kopp's Frozen Custard in Wisconsin
#4 - Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity in New York City
#5 - Strawberry Milkshake at Moab Diner in Southern Utah
#6 - Magnum Ice Cream, available in Europe but seems to be coming to the US
#7 - Blackberry Bliss Smoothie from Jamba Juice, available nationwide
#8 - Dip Cone at Berkey Creamery on the Penn State campus
#9 - Ice cream with smoosh-ins at Herrell's in Boston
#10 - Banana pudding at the Purple Daisy Picnic Café in Chattanooga, TN

Since I couldn't possibly cover all the fabulous summer treats that are found all over the country, I'd love to know what your favorites are. I'm eager to try them as soon as I can!

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    By Marcus on August 25, 2009 8:52 AM

    Great list. I recommend:

    Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream in Hyde Park , Massachusetts

    Another fav but a bit out of the way... Berthillon in Paris

    By MCC on August 25, 2009 9:27 PM

    After 20 years in the restaurant business, 2 years of culinary school and 20 months of hard training with a great gelato master Arlecchino Gelateria was born. Simply the best gelato in the southwest and a top contender for best gelato in the world. Worthy listing in the best deep freeze treats list. Read the reviews and honors:

    By karem on August 25, 2009 10:42 PM

    The ultimate summer treat is a "Piragua". Sold by street vendors called Piragueros, piraguas are shaved ice served in a paper cone and drenched in your choice of 50 or more flavored syrups. Common in the streets of Old San Juan, piragueros would take my $1 (or was it a quarter back then?) and go to work in a special concoction that was sure to delight me and keep me coming for more. Should I combine strawberry, coconut and pineapple or just get plain tamarind instead? The possibilities were endless and the sugar rush a certainty; the perfect combination to keep any customer coming for more. I have since moved from Puerto Rico but every time I go back I make a point of visiting a piraguero and sharing the special treat with my kids.

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