I sweat a lot for a not-very-skinny girl, and Atlanta summers can be sweltering. They were even hot before some smart aleck weatherman invented the heat index so we could feel hotter than the thermometer reading.
But even before I moved South, I had a habit of chewing on cold things to beat the heat. As a child and even past the point where I was old enough to drive, I would pour grape Kool-Aid into ice-cube trays and freeze it.
Sucking on the purple cubes was a great way to cool off - that is until I overindulged and almost developed frostbite on my tongue.
My current favorite is raspberry: I love it when the brilliant tiny berries defrost on my tongue with their intense flavor.
Frozen blueberries are also a fun afternoon treat, but they have a tendency to turn your fingers and tongue a very scary color that you'll have to explain the rest of the day.
As for strawberries, they're better eaten half-defrosted - but they also work great as flavorful ice cubes in a glass of orange juice while sitting on the patio.
A friend swears by frozen grapes - seedless of course. And, I’ve seen recipes for frozen bananas – whether sliced into chips or split down the center and slathered with peanut butter.
A slushy of cantaloupe sounds good too – maybe with strawberries as a topping.
Now, we all know why I need to get a second mortgage on my house before I return to the dentist.
Previously: A chilly blast from the past - Animals eating icy treats!
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