What is your favorite cold treat to beat the heat during a heat wave?
We've had record high temps in my area (and lots of places actually!) If you could choose only ONE favorite cold treat on a steaming hot, humid 100+ degree day - what would you choose?
Mine is ice cold grapes - so refreshing! We keep them in the ice box or sometimes pop in the freezer for a few minutes before eating them - YUM. Light but super cold and sweet.
Cold cantaloupe and watermelon, or any melon for that matter.
When it gets very hot I like to drink plan ice cold glass of water.
Fruit popsicles...you just have to eat them fast before they melt into a sticky mess.
I was actually going to say frozen grapes! They taste like sherbert! Pretty much any frozen fruit. I always keep a few bags in the freezer.
Homemade, ice cold, with more ice Lemonade! Nothing can beat that! Well.... At least for me that's the best treat!
Mine would be a "Loop the Loop" ice pop (popscicle) straight from the freezer!!
I have just discovered Edy's Fruit Pops. I like the coconut ones. They are not so full of sugar as some of the popsicles. I also like to eat watermelon and peaches for dinner when it is super hot. If my husband is hungry, he makes a nice gazpacho!
I will give a plug here to Trader Joe's for their frozen fruit bars, three layers of pure fruit, strawberry, lemon and raspberry. I'm sure these could be made at home but they are perfect for a decent price of a box of 4 for $1.99, less than the cost of a junk soft drink and much much more pleasing to your palette. In search of another brand closer to home I purchased Kroger's frozen bars in pomegranate and strawberry flavors. At 2 for $4.00, they were a close substitute but not nearly as good as Trader Joe's. These are not only refreshing, they are not loaded with calories and sugar. Delicious!
Vanilla Ice cream....no topping. If I don't have ice cream I am up for a great cold glass of water anytime.
So many awesome answers - are we all feeling hungry yet? or thirsty?
Nope, just ate some cereal. Didn't have any melons tonught.
Yes, I could use some ice cream....thanks for making me hungry..LOL
Here's that recipe for chilled zucchini soup, ChristinS:
A tall glass of fresh lemon juice, mixed with crushed mint leaves and lot of crushed ice. You may add little sugar if you like. Another option is ripe mango pieces or water melon. In India Lassi, which is made of home made curd is a very popular drink in summers.
lemon mixed with the mint sounds very good. I will have to read more about Lassi as I have never heard of it, but it's always interesting to learn about foods of other cultures
Lassi is more or less like yogurt. You can add fruits such as mango or pineapple in lassi, if made in a food processor/ mixer.
I love making home-made popsicles. I don't like the high sugar content of most of the kinds you find in stores (except Edy's Fruit Bars), so I like to make my own. Tupperware has great popsicle making sets, and I use mine to freeze fruit juice (sometimes watered down to reduce the sugar content) mixed with fresh fruit. What I love best about it is you can mix different juices into one popsicle batch, so you can make them any flavor you want!!
i love icecream! and will use any heatwave as an excuse to eat more... although when it is super hot, i tend to prefer more refreshing items like a cold glass of water, or a sherbert slammer type drink from friendly's or somewhere else.. things that are super sweet just don't seem quite as refreshing to me when i'm real hot.
Chocolate ice cream, my favorite! But any ice cream in general will do.
Cold summer vegetable soup. I made some yesterday with zucchini from a friend's garden. A bowl of it with some yoghurt on top cools you right down.
That sounds really intriguing. I've never heard of a summer soup with zucchini - you should hub the recipe
I'll do that, Christin. Maybe I can find time for it later today. When I can, I'll post a notice here. Thanks for the suggestion.
This weekend, at the Midsummer Fantasy renaissance faire, I got to enjoy the perfect hot weather treat.
One of the food vendors was making Persian ice drinks. He was starting with shaved ice, adding a touch of apple cider vinegar for tartness and to help prevent heatstroke and flavoring them with custommade syrups with no preservatives or extra ingredients.
He had standard flavors, like cherry and strawberry, but he also had more exotic flavors, like ginger, mint or vanilla cardomon. My favorite was the raspberry jalapeno, which had just enough zip to make the raspberry pop its head up an say "Hi!"
That sounds so interesting! I'd actually like to try it sometime and I'll look into where I might be able to get one.
since he's making his own syrups, it's a pretty unique handcrafted experience:)
Even here in India, this is one of the hottest summers. And in such heat, I can't do without Ice lemonade every now and then.
I prefer ice water because it's cooling, clean, refreshing, and re-hydrates!
I just wrote a hub on this topic. Cucumbers are 20 degrees cooler than the air temperature around them: http://faceless39.hubpages.com/hub/cool-cucumber
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