The team at HalfHourMeals.com always gets excited about food holidays, but National Ice Cream Day, on July 20, 2014 has us all screaming for our favorite frozen treat!

Luckily, we can make and savor our own creamy, iced delights…

1. Lavender Ice Cream Recipe

Taste the freshness of velvety smooth, homemade ice cream made from ingredients straight from the garden! This heavenly herbal ice cream is made using lavender flowers plucked fresh from Mother Nature (you can also use dried lavender flowers if you don’t have access to fresh). Serve it up over pie, warm cobbler, or it’s fantastic on its own as well.

Source: Taste of Home

2. Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Salted caramel is all about summer fun. Reminiscent for me of the circus or carnival, this sweet-meets-salty flavor will give you the chills from nose to toes—and in a good way! The distinct tangy-smooth flavor is thanks to a mouth-watering combination of vanilla, heavy cream, whole milk, and coarse Maldon sea salt.

Source: Real Simple

3. Peach and Toasted Pecan Ice Cream

Like a cool Southern kiss on a hot and sticky summer day, this homemade peach and toasted pecan ice cream is down South all the way down to the end of the cone. Packed with juicy Southern peaches, sweet toasted pecans, and smooth vanilla bean—you may try and sneak a second cone!

Source: Southern Living

4. Avocado-Cilantro Sherbet

Sorbet vs. sherbet—oh yes, there is a difference! It’s all in the milk, of which sherbet has a touch and sorbet does not. These delectable green-hued, icy scoops are made with the luscious flavors of fresh cilantro leaves, tangy lime juice, a bit of whole milk, and creamy ripe avocados.

Source: Martha Stewart

5. Ice Cream Sandwiches

Everyone will scream for these sweet ice cream sandwiches at a summer birthday party, barbecue, or after the ball game. They are quite simple and quick to make using store-bought cookies and your choice of ice cream. I like to mix it up with different flavors for a treat. Just remember to use a really thick, crisp cookie so they don’t get soggy.

Source: Country Living

6. Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

Big and little kids alike adore the fruity flavor of a strawberry cone. No one can resist a fresh, homemade scoop, or two, of seasonal strawberry-infused ice cream! To ensure the berriest of scoops, I blend an entire quart of fresh strawberries in my food processor with sugar and lemon juice. This yields full, juicy chunks of strawberry in each bite!

Source: Brown Eyed Baker

7. Roasted Mango Sorbet

A mouthful of the tropics can be enjoyed when you swap rich- ice cream for this creamy mango sorbet. Not only is this recipe entirely dairy free (remember sorbet is made with zero dairy vs. sherbet, which is made with a touch of milk)—you won’t be screaming for ice cream as much after tasting this healthier, fruitier iced treat.

Source: Eating Well

8. Double Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

Mmmm—if smooth, cool mint is your summer call to dessert than this pure peppermint ice cream offers a full-flavor experience that will send chills up and down your spine.  The recipe calls for fresh or pure peppermint extract rather than pink or red peppermint to achieve a taste so cool and chocolatey that it will put the freeze on school!

Source: Canadian Living

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Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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