Chocolate Treats to Cool Down this Summer

Summer may be technically coming to an end, but the raging heat across the country doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo. And we’re guessing that you’ve probably found yourself throwing open the windows, cranking up the AC, and/or wearing as little clothing as possible in an effort to escape the heat.  

Well, we feel you and have a tasty solution:  Cool your jets with a chilled, chocolatey, and refreshing treat!

If you find yourself baking-averse when it’s hot AF outside, let the record show, you don’t have to ditch homemade treats until it’s cool enough to bake again. Instead, whip up any of these chilled sweets to beat the heat while satisfying your inner chef and your taste buds.

Chocolate-Drizzled Frozen Fruit Skewers

Not only is this cool treat tasty and refreshing, it’s also pretty healthy. Loads of fresh fruit in the form of watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, grapes, blueberries, and ripe bananas get skewered onto kabobs. Then they’re topped with a homemade drizzle of antioxidant-rich semisweet chocolate. Freeze the kabobs and enjoy them anytime you need a summer pick-me-up. For an even healthier take, we recommend subbing coconut oil for the shortening.

Chocolate Martini

To whip up this decadent martini, you’ll need to ditch the olive juice and reach for chocolate ganache instead. The ganache consists of heavy cream and semisweet chocolate; this combo gets shaken up with vodka and Bailey’s Irish Cream to create an adult summertime beverage. If you’re whipping up drinks for a younger crowd, swap in milk in place of the alcohol.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

You don’t have to wait until winter to enjoy your next hot chocolate fix—provided you’re willing to sip it cold. This homemade recipe calls for melted chocolate, milk, sugar, cocoa mix, and plenty of ice cubes to blend into the hot chocolate so it turns icy-cool. Delight your inner child by topping the whole shebang with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. We love this recipe with our 39% Classic Milk Chocolate.

Greek Yogurt Fudgesicles

Fudgesicles are one of our favorite classic summer treats, but the store-bought varieties are often loaded with preservatives. Now you can enjoy fudgy pops with a healthier twist thanks to this recipe for Greek Yogurt Fudgesicles. The ingredients consist of Greek yogurt, milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and a natural sweetener. Blend ‘em up, freeze ‘em in popsicle molds, and then enjoy a trip down memory lane!

Healthy Homemade Banana Chocolate Ice Cream

“Healthy” and “ice cream” are two terms that rarely go together. But for this ice cream recipe, the “healthy” moniker actually fits. That’s because the only ingredients are frozen bananas and cocoa powder. (The recipe also works great with other types of fruit and seasonings. Try adding a dash of cinnamon or  a couple drops of vanilla!) Mix those ingredients in a blender and serve immediately for a truly refreshing treat.

Luscious Chocolate-Dipped Raspberry Smoothies on a Stick

Frozen smoothie + chocolate dip = delicious (...and cool) summer snack, just like the no-nonsense recipe title implies. One of our favorite things about summer is the plethora of fresh fruit and finding new ways to get our daily servings. These popsicles pack in lots of fresh raspberries and bananas, along with almond milk, vanilla yogurt, and a natural sweetener. The smoothie mixture gets poured into popsicle molds and is shipped off to the freezer to set up before being dipped in a homemade chocolate coating for a little extra panache.

Need to cool down? Then help yourself to one of these icy chocolate treats, which are guaranteed to take the edge off even the most oppressive summer heat.