Ho, ho, ho…t temperatures may be here for a while, but there’s a fun and easy way to cool off just a tad. How? Pretend it’s Christmastime (think: below-freezing temps, three inches of snow, dangling icicles…)—all of the following five Noel nibbles have a cool, summery spin. Hey, they say that Santa’s always watching, so spreading the cheer early will surely put you at the top of his “Nice” list. Don’t even celebrate Christmas? With temps rising above 90, I bet anyone could imagine a fat man coming down their chimney if that’s what it takes for some relief (right?).
Cooling peppermint candy canes are one of the best parts of Christmas, so Epicurious.com’s Chocolate and Peppermint Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches (originally in Gourmet magazine) are the right mix of summer (and another nod to National Ice Cream Month!) and winter. Peppermints are finely crushed into vanilla ice cream, which is wedged between chocolate-wafer cookies once frozen. Sorry, Santa—these will melt before December, so we’re taking full license to eat them ourselves.
Photo credit: Romulo Yanes on Epicurious.com