There is nothing better than indulging in a frozen dessert on a hot summer day. Whether you’re craving a light and refreshing snack or a bold, satisfying treat, we’ll rank our favorite frozen dessert choices.
The sherbet is good, especially the rainbow sorbet, but it suffers from an identity crisis.
Is that ice? Is that sherbet? It contains dairy products but is not like its tastier and creamier cousins. Unable to decide between the pure fruitiness of sorbet and frozen fruit and the richness of ice cream, its texture and icing leave much to be desired.
9. Serve soft
Sweet service is OK. Its inherent creaminess satisfies our craving for a sweet, cold dessert, but we never crave a chewy dessert per se.
Vanilla and chocolate are the only two flavors (and they only ever have vanilla). You can’t beat the price of 75 cents for a soft serve cone, but it’s always a prop and never the main event.
Soft serve melts too quickly into cake cones, arguably the worst type. It’s, in the end, just a substitute for the frozen dessert that we all really crave – we settle for soft serve, but we dream of ice cream.
8. Frozen fruits
Some would say that frozen fruit is not a dessert. Those who denigrate the freshest, purest, and sweetest of nature’s many offerings have failed to open their minds and palates.
Freeze raisins and blueberries for an easy DIY dessert. Frozen strawberries, bananas and oranges are absolutely delicious on their own, but dipped in chocolate they are sublime.
While they lack the pure sugar that makes up many of the desserts on this list, frozen fruit offers a healthier and potentially organic alternative.
But nature is not consistent. Sometimes the texture just isn’t right or your fruit is too bittersweet. Frozen fruit needs to be chewed, and every now and then this dental gel just isn’t worth it.
A tasty dairy-free alternative to ice cream and sorbet, sorbet is the perfect blend of freshness and sweetness. It is the perfect cleanser for the palate.
If you’re being honest with yourself, however, sherbet is essentially thinner crushed ice with fewer flavor options and higher price tags. All of the other fruit ice cream concoctions on this list accept just that: fruit flavors and ice cream. Sorbet thinks it’s better than that, and that’s where it lacks.
But besides its superiority complex, the sorbet is delicious. If there aren’t other dairy-free options, or if you’re looking for something refreshing at an ice cream shop, this is a solid choice.
Delicious and creamy, gelato deserves all the hype. It is denser, softer and less cold than ice cream, creating both its shiny function and its fall. The slightly higher temperature and sweetness make for a delicious dining experience – sometimes even better than ice cream – but the density produces a treat that is sometimes too much rich.
While ice cream is usually at a higher price (unless you’re in Italy) and is one of the less common (i.e. harder to find) desserts on this list, there are quite a few thing so special about getting the perfect cone or mug (served with a shovel, not a shovel) from the colorful mountains of gelato.
Popsicles are a simple, strong, and must-have treat. The center stick poses a singular danger – nothing is as devastating as a popsicle crashing to the ground or sticky syrup dripping down your fingers as it melts.
But there are endless options and combinations of flavors and colors, all of which are almost guaranteed to be excellent. There is no shortage of popsicles. Period.
Above all, you can easily make your own variation at home. Grab a stick and a mug, use any juice of your choice, and you’ve got your own original frozen snack.
4. Crushed ice
Crushed ice is a great concept – there are so many flavors to choose from and so many colorful flavors to handle. It is both a blessing and a curse. The large amount of flavors invites disaster; not all flavors can be brilliant.
The melting rate of crushed ice is its real Achilles heel. You inevitably end up with a tasteless piece of ice cream or a mess of ice-free syrup. Either way, crushed ice, while beautiful in our minds, does not always meet our expectations. When it does, however, it’s almost second to none – toppings such as kidney beans, condensed milk, boba, and fresh fruit add both taste and aesthetic appeal. Nothing is so bright or vibrant on a hot day.
3. Frozen yogurt
Frozen yogurt is appealing to the experience – it’s the way we get frozen yogurt that makes it special.
There really is something for everyone. Many flavors – sweet or tangy, fruity or creamy, refreshing or rich – and many combinations are at your fingertips. Everyone makes their own bowl of frozen yogurt as large or as small as they want.
Her greatest weakness, perhaps, is that she will always be an imitation. Frozen yogurt is not ice cream, and while imitation is the biggest compliment, the counterfeit will never really escape the shadow of the original.
2. Otter pops
Otter Pops is the superior iced juice. They are not overwhelming – their small size maximizes functionality. You can have one, a snack, or three, a dessert.
Otter Pops aren’t perfect. There are only a few flavors, and opening the thick plastic wrap is impossible without scissors.
The packaging is not without its advantages – cast iron is never really an issue. Whether you crush them or eat them straight away, it’s easy to quickly consume an Otter Pop. Eating an Otter Pop is truly an iconic pastime, shrouded in our childhood memories of Slip ‘N Slides, summer barbecues and hot days at the park. Even when they melt – whether you call them ice cubes or Otter Pops – the resulting juice is never overwhelming.
With not just a day but an entire month devoted to it, ice cream reigns supreme as the ultimate frozen treat. A classic childhood dessert, ice cream can be any flavor you can dream of, from sticky rice and mango bagel.
While ice cream may have previously ruled out lactose intolerant people, the many dairy alternatives that have recently gained in popularity allow anyone to indulge in this delicious treat.
Able to be eaten in any weather and available in so many forms – in a cone, sandwiched between cookies, encased in mochi and more – ice cream never brings anything less than a smile on your face. our faces.
This list isn’t perfect, and while there are plenty of suitors who haven’t made the cut, we hope this frozen dessert power rating inspires you to treat yourself to a cold and delicious treat very soon.
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