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Published: Friday July 5, 2013 MYT 1:56:00 PM
Updated: Friday July 5, 2013 MYT 2:17:22 PM

Four Seasons' cool desserts

The Four Seasons Hotel Beirut features seasonal ice cream sandwiches. - Four Seasons Hotel Beirut/MCT

The Four Seasons Hotel Beirut features seasonal ice cream sandwiches. - Four Seasons Hotel Beirut/MCT

Summertime means we all scream for ice cream.

No treat matches a season better than ice cream and summer. The combination of cold and sweet is perfect whether you need to cool off at high noon or you just want a tasty dessert on a relaxing summer evening.

Ice cream is also big business. A 2010 MarketLine study showed that revenues for the domestic ice cream industry generated US$10bil (RM32bil). That’s a lot of dough. Well, not actually dough, but you get the point.

For the second year in a row, Taste, the culinary branch of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, has launched the “Summer of Ice Cream Love”. More than 70 Four Seasons locations are participating to make ice cream treats that represent the location as well as hit upon current ice cream trends.

It’s impossible to travel the world to try all the recipes, but luckily, these ice cream delicacies can all be made from the comfort of your own home, and many of the hotels and resorts’ recipes are available online. Trying your hand at them is almost like you’re taking a culinary vacation – minus the expense.

Here are three ice cream trends that are sure to be a hit this summer:

Ice cream sandwiches are a fun staple of the frozen treat world. But forget what we have come to know as the “ice cream sandwich” – that “vanilla” ice cream held together by a cookie-like substance. That’s a pale reflection of what its true iteration should be. And that is? Wherever your imagination leads you, because the treat lends itself to complete customisation. Homemade ice cream sandwiches allow you to create true delicacies with the ability to customise both cookie and filling. There are unlimited options.

Popsicles! Everyone’s childhood favourite is, well, still a favourite, just with a twist. Instead of just freezing juice, making ice cream based popsicles or bars from scratch can provide a rich, on-the-go experience that can be customised just as much, if not more, than homemade ice cream sandwiches. Any ice cream you can imagine can become a popsicle reality. To paraphrase, “If you put a stick in it, they will come.” Jokes aside, high-quality popsicles are great for all ages, and especially for the over-21 crowd, for whom alcoholic popsicles, which some have nicknamed “poptails”, provide a whole new level to the homemade ice cream popsicle game.

Speaking of the 21-and-over crowd, an ice cream trend that is sure to appeal to most of them is booze. Alcoholic ice cream treats are perfect for the adult who wants to add a little kick to an old classic, be it simply adding a little bit of liquor to a milkshake or making a high-end drink-dessert hybrid. Yet again, the ability to customise and perfect your alcoholic dessert is there, so have fun experimenting. Just don’t have too much fun.

For an extensive list of ideas and recipes from the “Summer of Ice Cream Love”, visit taste.fourseasons.com/seasonal-recipes/ice-cream. – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Tags / Keywords: Four Seasons Hotel, ice cream, dessert, summer

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