Chill Out with Hand-Held Frozen Treats

Here are five cool desserts that you can make ahead, then freeze and forget.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Attempting to eat with a fork while balancing a drink in one hand and a plate in another is a universal party buzzkill. At summer cookouts, we tend to avoid silverware and go hand-held — think burgers, hot dogs, grilled wings and corn on the cob. So why not keep your party sweets utensil-free too? The ice cream cone is the quintessential hand-held frozen treat, but that involves scooping to order. Here are five cool desserts that you can make ahead, then freeze and forget. Just grab ‘em straight from the freezer for the finale of your 4th of July bash or any weekend gathering.

Paper cups are the DIY molds for Ree Drummond's easy summer party dessert that turns ice cream and crushed cookies and candies into fun pops.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Giada De Laurentiis coats the tops of her cookies with chocolate-toffee candy bars before assembling these decadent ice cream sandwiches.

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The traditional chocolate-peanut butter treat gets a cool summer makeover with this recipe.

Aarti Sequeira's creamy pops are an easy frozen treat inspired by pistachio kulfi, India's answer to ice cream.

Photo by: Heather Ramsdell

Heather Ramsdell

Think of this boozy treat as the classic red-white-and-blue jet pop, for grownups. Use frozen strawberries for the red base, blue curacao liqueur for the middle layer and coconut sorbet with rum for the white topping.

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