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12 Surprising Things You Can Do with a Pint of Ice Cream

Dish or cone? Uh, neither! These creative ways to eat ice cream are everything you need to take your frozen treat game to the next level.

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Trendy Rolls

You’ve likely seen foodie photos of this new ice cream fad that’s taken over Instagram… and the whole country. Making your own version of this Thai-inspired trend is easier than it looks. You’ll need only two ingredients and most importantly, a super cold metal tray for rolling.

Psst: Ice cream rolls are super popular at Dollywood!

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strawberry milkshakePhoto Courtesy of Wine and Glue

Boozy Milkshakes

The creamy confections you loved as a kid just got a lot more grown-up! Spike your milkshake with the alcohol of your choice—this recipe uses cake-flavored vodka, for example—and blend one of these virgin variations for any kiddos who want a taste.

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ice cream bundt cakePhoto Courtesy of A Night Owl

Bundt Bread

You don’t have to be a serious baker to make homemade bread. This recipe is super-simple and you can add any mix-ins (like chocolate chips, raisins or other dried fruits) you’d like. Just stick to the “good” ice cream—low-fat or light varieties can affect the texture of the bread.

Want a loaf instead? Here’s our recipe.

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Japanese Mochi

More mochi, please! These bite-sized bits—which are essentially a small ball of ice cream surrounded by a chewy rice cake dough—are the perfect on-the-go dessert to cool off on a hot day. It’s a trend we definitely hope sticks around.

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Oreo Brownie Bars

Ice cream is delicious on its own…but add brownies and chocolate into the mix and it’s even better. With layers of Oreos, mint ice cream, chocolate chips and fudgy brownies, these bars are sinfully sweet and worth every bite.

These cookies and cream recipes are impossible to resist.

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Waffle Sandwiches

If you need an excuse to eat ice cream for breakfast, here ya go! Your sugary scoops are sandwiched between two thick homemade waffles so it definitely counts… right? Dip the whole thing in chocolate for an extra indulgent treat.

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ice cream trufflesPhoto Courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker

Decadent Truffles

Few things satisfy a sweet tooth as well as sinking your teeth into an uber rich truffle. You could swap the vanilla for your favorite flavor in this recipe, but the combination of classic vanilla ice cream and white chocolate is like an explosion of pure creamy goodness.

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French fries and vanilla soft creamShutterstock / Kwanbenz

A Side of Fries

Would you like fries with that? If you have a scoop of ice cream or a milkshake, your answer should definitely be yes. These salty scoopers balance out the sweet richness of your dessert (just like chocolate-covered pretzels or salted caramel) for a bite that gives new meaning to “fried” ice cream.

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homemade ice cream tacoPhoto Courtesy of Love Bakes Good Cakes

Choco Tacos

You might be too old to chase down the ice cream truck, but you’re definitely never too old to enjoy a classic Choco Taco. If you don’t have a waffle cone maker, no worries—you can make the crispy shell just like you make a pancake in a skillet. Don’t forget the rainbow sprinkles (because sprinkles make any day more fun)!

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ice cream french toastPhoto Courtesy of Brownie Bites

French Toast

Don’t cry over spilled milk…or melted ice cream! Just use it as batter for slices of fluffy French toast. A pint of good quality vanilla ice cream makes the bread sweet enough that you don’t even need a drizzle of syrup on top.

First time making French toast? Here’s a how-to.

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ice cream piePhoto Courtesy of FoodieCrush

Ice Cream Pie

Swap the traditional apple pie for ice cream pie this summer. Equally as delicious, this no-bake treat has a peanut butter Rice Krispie crust making it a hit for kids and adults alike. You can use store-bought ice cream for the filling or take things up a notch and make your own.

Feast your eyes on our favorite ice cream pies and cakes.

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ice cream floatsPhoto Courtesy of Recipe Runner

Raspberry Champagne Floats

Bring on the bubbly! These fancy floats are perfect to serve at your next girls’ night in or at an elegant summer brunch. Just think of them like dessert mimosas. If there’s any champagne left over, use it to make one of these next-level bites.

Amanda Tarlton
As both a freelance lifestyle writer and editor for a national teen magazine, Amanda spends most of her time creating #content. In those (rare) moments when she's not at her desk typing furiously, she's likely teaching a hot yoga class, reading the latest chick-lit or baking a batch of her famous scones.
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