The Best New Frozen Treats in the Ice Cream Aisle

Summer’s most nostalgic treats just got a new twist.

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July 27, 2022

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Frozen treats are the secret to making balmy summer nights and searing summer days taste sweeter. There’s something about summer that makes every night feel special — both for grown-ups and kids alike — and the never-ending supply of frozen treats is a big part of that. Nothing tops off a barbecue better than ice cream, and frozen desserts are an easy way to cool off after a hot, sticky, sandy day at the beach. Whether it’s a weekday or weekend, frozen treats are a nostalgic way to make each summer night feel more celebratory.

Sure, pints of ice cream are nice, but handheld treats are ideal for a backyard cookout. From candy-packed novelty bars to fruity water ice, there’s no shortage of frozen treats to enjoy. This summer, we’ve rounded up some of the newest goodies to hit the ice cream aisle, and there’s something for everyone. Don’t let a dairy or lactose allergy stop you from enjoying ice cream — we’ve found plenty of vegan and dairy-free options to suit all types of dietary restriction. Read on for the best new frozen treats to enjoy this summer.

JARS by Dani’s newly launched ice cream cakes take the brand’s original layered desserts and supersizes them. The ultra-luscious cakes come in three irresistible flavors — Loaded Cookie, Cake Batter and Strawberry Shortcake, all of which are contained in colorful, vibrant boxes that are meant to be gifted. The layered treats combine cookies, ice cream, sprinkles and cake for crunchy, creamy texture in every bite. Eat it by the slice or store it in the freezer and take a scoop out whenever you need a little something sweet.

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KIND makes some of the most filling, nutritious snack bars available, so we’re thrilled to see that they’re now making frozen treats, too. These plant-based bars are made with creamy almond butter, so they have the rich texture of real ice cream. Each pack contains five bars, and you can find them in flavors like Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt and Nut and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Nut.

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Yasso’s line of Greek yogurt-based treats pack decadent flavor in better-for-you bars, sandwiches and poppables. We love these simple, nostalgic vanilla bean sandwiches because they’re extra creamy and rich. Each sandwich contains four grams of protein and 100 calories, and they’re miraculously made without any artificial sweeteners. If vanilla isn’t your thing, try Yasso’s Sea Salt Caramel Crunch bars or the Coffee Ice Cream Poppables.

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These organic, gluten-free, plant-based scoopable smoothies are an easy way to snack on something sweet without taking in any added sugar. The scoopable smoothies come in a convenient, petite package with an enclosed spoon, so you can grab one as a morning snack, midday pick-me-up or after-dinner treat. The scoopable smoothies come in a range of flavors like mango, tropical greens and dark chocolate, all of which are made from whole, organic fruits. These refreshing treats are a healthy way to take in your daily serving of fruits — no blender required.

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There’s nothing worse than being an ice cream-lover with a dairy allergy. Thankfully, Oatly’s line of oat milk-based ice creams are here to change that. These super-creamy treats are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and non-gmo, so they’re a responsible choice for anyone with a dietary restriction. The creamy and flavorful vegan vanilla ice cream is dipped in chocolate, making for a crunchy, candy shell in a convenient bar.

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Sweety’s mochi ice cream is specially formulated to highlight intense, unique flavors in every bite. From strawberry to mango to Vietnamese coffee, these creamy, chewy balls are offered in eight bold flavors for complex, decadent sweetness. They’re gluten-free, nut-free and made without high fructose corn syrup.

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These boozy popsicles are like having a glass of frosé to go, so they’re the perfect treat for a pool day, beach day or boat day. The strawberry lemonade flavor is ideal for summer, and it pairs perfectly with Mumm Napa’s dry rosé sparkling wine. Enjoy on its own or use it to ice down a glass of rosé. Tipsy Scoop’s treats come in other flavors and styles like Mango Daiquiri Sorbet or Spiked Key Lime Pie Ice Cream, all of which ship nationwide.

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Brave Robot makes its specially formulated ice cream with dairy that is made from animal-free milk protein. The animal-free milk gives the ice cream the same smooth, creamy texture as regular ice cream, while preserving the company’s mission to create less waste. Their ice cream is free of lactose, hormones and antibiotics. These bars combine chocolate chip cookie dough chunks with smooth, decadent vanilla ice cream, all of which gets sandwiched between — you guessed it — two chocolate chip cookies. This epic sandwich combination is perfect for anyone with a lactose allergy who wants to enjoy rich ice cream without skimping on flavor.

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Ice cream bars are synonymous with summer, and this punched-up version is a fun twist on the classic. Häagen Dazs’ rich chocolate ice cream gets folded with thick swirls of peanut butter, then wrapped in crunchy milk chocolate and salty broken pretzel pieces. Each pack comes with three bars, so share them with your friends or hide them at the bottom of the freezer to keep them all for yourself.

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N!CK’s ice cream is made without any added sugar, and it’s keto-friendly for a delicious, better-for-you treat. Each sandwich contains eight grams of protein and has only eight grams of carbohydrates. These delightful sandwiches combine Swedish-style ice cream flavors like mint and double chocolate with extra-large, extra-chewy cookies for a healthy and decadent handheld treat.

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