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This is the greatest time of year to play. So go ahead, lick a lemonade ice pop, or scatter caramel popcorn over scoops of ice cream. We’ve layered our favorite flavors into make-ahead treats that are built in stages, then chilled or frozen, so you can work whenever you want (we suggest the morning, before the sun heats up). With these sensational sweets at the ready in your refrigerator or freezer, you can stay cool and join in on all the fun.
Serve up a bit of summer on a stick. Our frozen treats are made with iced tea, extra-tangy lemonade, and mashed raspberries. Freeze the ingredients in different combinations and let everyone -- kids and adults alike -- take their pick.
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This summer showstopper offers a brand-new take on layer cake: It is stacked with paper-thin crepes (with a pink tinge, thanks to raspberry puree in the batter), luscious cream, juicy nectarines, and more raspberries. As the cake sets in the refrigerator, everything melds together, so it’s easy to slice.
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Here’s a grown-up version of an ice cream-truck favorite: Our sandwich is made up of dark-chocolate-dipped espresso cookies and frozen fresh-mint cream. Use a food processor to blend mint with cream for an intensely flavorful, pretty pale-green filling.
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The colors of these frozen-yogurt layers may be pastels, but the flavors are very bright indeed. Use favorite fruits and plain Greek yogurt to create your own tasty trio. Freeze them in a loaf pan, separating the layers with a sprinkle of slightly sweet, cookie-like cracker crumbs.
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If you can’t choose between hot fudge and caramel sauce, try both: Make a quick fudge sauce and a batch of caramel -- which coats popcorn and also gets folded into vanilla ice cream. Prep all the components in advance, and let guests construct their own sundaes— layer upon crunchy-gooey-creamy layer.
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Chocolate lovers will go coconuts for this rich, creamy striped pudding. A little gelatin allows each layer to firm up beautifully before you add the next. Clear cups are essential -- unless you want the two flavors to come as a surprise.