It's as hot as a frying pan out there! Summer has officially reared its sweaty head with temperatures nearing triple digits throughout most of the country.
If you're puzzled about what to eat in the heat, don't sweat it! We've rounded up all our summertime treats to cool you down.
If Burger King's new 510 calorie, bacon-studded sundae is any indication, people aren't going to stop putting pork in desserts anytime soon. I can't say I necessarily endorse that, though I've certainly contributed to the glut, myself, with a recipe for Bacon-Bourbon Brownies with Pecans in Food & Wine magazine last year.
Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.
Compared to the fast-paced world of juicing and organic chocolate, not much happens in the land of ice cream sundaes. There are exceptions, like when Burger King sticks a couple strips of bacon in a chocolate-and-caramel sundae and starts test-marketing bacon sundaes around Nashville.
For those like me, who live in an idyllic sundae past and aren’t ready to mash up their charcuterie plates with their vanilla ice cream, the following are some places to check out. Especially if you don’t want your dog to feel left out when you dig into your ice cream.
Free ice cream - how cool is that?
In celebration of their 34 years of business, on April 3, Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops around the globe will serve up complimentary cones from noon to 8:00 pm.
Founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield began the Free Cone Day tradition as a staff and customer thank you on the first anniversary of their Burlington, Vermont, store in 1979. The company was acquired by Unilever in 2000, but the custom remained.
The company is expected to give away more than 1 million cones of ice cream or Greek frozen yogurt worldwide during the event. Most Scoop Shops will partner with a local charity to raise money and awareness for the cause of their choice.
When folks are using sidewalks as griddles and baking biscuits in their cars, you know you've got a heat wave on your (sweaty) hands. Take a tip from the folks at Knox who published "Dainty Desserts for Dainty People" way back in 1915. They didn't need any newfangled plug-in freezers or schmancy ice cream gizmos to keep cool in the middle of a blistering summer - just a block of ice in a chest, or crushed ice mixed with rock salt.
Where'd the ice come from without a home freezer? Let's not get too hung up on the details (a strapping delivery gent would come around with a wagon full of blocks and some tongs) when there are brains to be frozen and tongues to be tantalized.
Here's your assignment, should you choose to accept it.
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.
First of all, there is a big difference between “enjoying” ice cream and “needing” ice cream - so for the sake of time, we will not even discuss the one-person, one-spoon and one-carton method of scarfing down the frozen medicine of your choice.
But during your saner moments – do you prefer your ice cream in a bowl or a cone? Easy question, right?
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Do you want a chocolate, strawberry, peach, vanilla, banana, pistachio, peppermint, lemon, orange, butterscotch ice cream cone? - July is National Ice Cream Month!
We can't think of a a better way to beat the heat than scooping up some of our favorite ice cream all month long.
Whether you're a single-flavor purist or a multi-scoop taster, get your ice cream fix this July. Visit the neighborhood ice cream shop, take an ice cream tour (if you can handle the brain freeze) or whip up some of your own.
Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to get our grub on, we listen up.
But wait – there are some frozen desserts you might think twice about before serving at the holiday picnic. We’re not saying they’re not tasty (though some of them sure sound disgusting). We’re just saying keep the mint chocolate chip handy, just in case.