“It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July for our family without this special treat,” writes Alice Hicken of Heber City, Utah. “Even though electric models make it easier, I still prefer to hand-crank ice cream.”
Making ice cream goes smoothly when you do prep work in advance. I make the custard ahead and refrigerate it overnight. Plus, I toast the almonds beforehand and separate my add-ins into labeled containers. —Rosalie Peters, Caldwell, Texas
This delectable dessert layers my favorite ice cream (chocolate) and my husband's favorite (butter pecan) on a shortbread crust, along with chocolate candy pieces, toasted pecans and caramel topping. It never fails to impress our guests. -Kelly Arvay
I found this recipe years ago and have been taking it to ice cream socials ever since. But you won't want to wait for a get-together to enjoy it. The cool combination of chocolate, coconut and pecans is delicious anytime.
-Peggy Key, Grant, Alabama
You'll need only three ingredients to fix this refreshing make-ahead dessert that features a cool combination of mint and chocolate. "When time is short, it's so handy to pull this no-fuss pie out of the freezer for company," notes Dolores Scofield of West Shokan, New York.
From North Richland Hills, Texas, Laurie LaClair shares this make-ahead delight that's just in time for your Halloween bash. "I dreamed up this wonderful concoction when I was yearning for the creamy orange ice cream treat of my childhood," she writes.
Chances are chocolate's high on your family's list of favorite flavors—so we've included this easy recipe. Combine this ice cream with scoops of Homemade Vanilla, spoonfuls of Delicious Chocolate Sauce (see recipe in Recipe Finder) plus fresh pineapple and ripe bananas to create an old-fashioned split everyone will love!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen