Here in North Carolina, it is hot… These hot summer days get me thinking back on some of my favorite frozen desserts when I was a kid, and one thing that always comes to mind is the fruity/cream/vanilla combo. One thing I used to love were the orange push pops, a creamy citrusy treat. My college version of this was the Varsity’s Frosted Orange: the Varsity, for those who don’t know, is a retro Atlanta hot dog joint and practically a historic landmark, known for its chili dogs and paper hats. The Frosted Orange was basically a kind of orange sherbet milkshake that combined orange, milk, and vanilla flavoring. Epicurious offers a mock recipe for the frosted orange that sounds delicious.
Another of my favorite ice cream flavors, which I tried for the first time in France, is Lemon Meringue. It was a rich, creamy ice cream with a soft lemon flavor and little shards of crunchy vanilla meringue. The Chick-Fil-A frosted lemon has a similar flavor, which marries milk, lemon, and vanilla in a delicious icy drink.
Lastly, when I was at the pool as a kid, I always used to get the Good Humor strawberry shortcake ice cream bars at the snack bar. Something about the strawberry cake topping with the vanilla ice cream was a winning combination. Here, I have recreated it as an ice cream topping.
Strawberry Shortcake Crumb topping
- 2 tbsp strawberry Jello powder
- 3 tbsp vanilla pudding powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- one sleeve of butter crackers
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 2 tbsp freeze dried strawberries (optional)
Pulse all the ingredients in a food processor or crush and mix by hand in a plastic bag. Sprinkle very generously over ice-cream.
It tastes a lot like the strawberry shortcake ice cream bar!