9 things to help you stay cool through the dog days of summer includes all sorts of kitchen gadgets and serving ideas to keep things chill and contented in your home as we make our way through the next month.
Layering up for summer weather
A scoop of ice cream, a generous pour of chocolate sauce, a sprinkling of nuts, and a cherry plopped on top? These are summertime layers. No sweater allowed. Tulip shaped and restaurant-grade, these glasses will make your summer layered creations all the more memorable.
6 ounce Glass Tulip Sundae Cups, $25 for 6 on Amazon.com
Hula skirt optional
Fire up the tiki torches and bring out the pupu platter, these popsicle molds will transport you back to the days of Trader Vic’s. BPA free and dishwasher safe, these molds will have you dreaming of mai tais and island breezes.
Tovolo Tiki Ice Pop Molds, $16 for 4 on Amazon.com
Slurp your daily quota of fruit
This handy dandy machine will transform frozen fruit into a swirling soft-serve flavor bomb that’s actually, unbelievably, good for you. After churning, the dishwasher does the clean-up.
Yonanas Classic Original Healthy Fruit Dessert Soft Serve Maker, $45 on Amazon.com
No more melty ice cream
These brightly colored stylish containers nestle and stack in your freezer and their elongated design provides the necessary distance to get that professional-looking ice cream scoop. Insulated and dishwasher safe.
SUMO 1.5-Quart Homemade Ice Cream Containers, $27 for 2 on Amazon.com
What’s the scoop?
Featuring a freezable marble slab, two mixing spades, and three ceramic dishes that sit in a bamboo base, this lovely workshop of sorts lets you create your own cold-stone creation of ice cream and mix-ins. Just add ice cream and chocolate, sprinkles, strawberries, candy bars, or what have you and let the mixing and mashing begin.
Parlor Ice Cream Mixing Set, $80 on Riverbendhome.com
Cup or cone, the choice is yours
Whether you daintily down your frozen concoction with a bowl and spoon or slurp it from a homemade waffle cone, this waffle cone is what you need. The press features nonstick plates and comes with both a cone roller and a bowl shape so you can make cones, bowls, even stroopwafels.
CucinaPro Waffle Cone and Bowl Maker, $38 on Amazon.com
Swooning over a…spoon?
Who knew you needed a special spoon for ice cream? These flat-ended spoons ensure you scrape up every last drop from your bowl.
RSVP Endurance Ice Cream Spoons, $10 for 4 on Amazon.com
Soap bowls of ice cream
Dreaming of jumping into a pool of ice cream to escape the heat? Probably not practical. But washing up with a bar of subtly fragrant, richly moisturizing ice cream soap is.
Wavertree & London 2-Pack Ice Cream Bar Soap, $16 on Amazon.com
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
This whimsical pop-up ice cream truck will provide hours of fun for the little ones in your house. Fill a cooler with ice cream treats and let them open shop. And it easily wipes clean (aka perfect for sticky fingers).
Ice Cream Truck Play Tent, $94.99 on Amazon.com
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