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7 Ingredients You Need to Throw in the Freezer Now

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It's summer, and it's absolutely blazing outside. I don't know about you, but I'm constantly craving ice-cold food to beat the heat this time of year. The past few months, I've been seeing tons of recipes for everything from fun-flavored popsicles, to ice cream cakes, to no-cook lunches and dinners. And while there's a time and place for all of these recipes, what if I told you to simply transfer an ingredient from your refrigerator (or pantry) to your freezer for a delicious frozen snack that you can enjoy the next time you've got a hankering for a cold treat? Here are 7 things you should go put in your freezer, like now.

 

#1. Grapes

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If you've never ever experienced the glory known as a frozen grape, I'm mourning for you. This sweet fruit tastes even better when enjoyed as a frozen snack. It doesn't matter whether you have red or green grapes on hand--you need to toss that bag in the freezer now (but be sure to pull them off the vine before freezing). The best part is, if you have a bag in your fridge that's starting to get a little mushy, transferring them to the freezer will not only yield a crunch, tasty snack but will also preserve the grapes for several weeks.

 

#2. Frozen Banana Ice Cream

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Want a low-calorie sweet treat that tastes (almost) like real ice cream? The next time your bananas are starting to get a little brown, peel and cube them and freeze them flat in a freezer bag. When they're fully frozen, throw them in a blender or food processor, and you have a satisfying bowl of banana "ice cream." And I know this is an additional ingredient, but I highly recommend drizzling your a little chocolate syrup over your frozen treat.

 

#3. Actually, any form of bananas

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It actually gets easier than freezing banana cubes and blending them up into a smooth, icy treat. You can simply enjoy them as frozen cubes or even as a full banana "pop." Bonus points for dunking them in melted chocolate and sprinkling them with all your favorite toppings.

 

#4. Candy Bars

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Remember those Snicker's ice cream bars? This is exactly like that--but better and easier. Biting into a bar of frozen chocolate/caramel/peanut butter/nutty goodness is ultra-satisfying, and there's no need to even unwrap them. The best part is, the gooey insides of the bar never fully freeze--so each bite will be half-frozen and half-soft and gooey. You might never eat "raw" candy bars again. My current favorite chocolate candy to freeze? York peppermint patties.

 

#5. Yogurt

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And no, I'm not talking about FroYo. Many of our popsicle recipes use yogurt and just a few additional ingredients to make a wonderful treat, but even easier is to simply freeze store-bought yogurt cups or tubes for a wonderful frozen dessert all on it's own.

 

#6. Pineapple

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Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits, and while I'm not going to lie and say that it's better in frozen form, I do think the frozen variation is absolutely delightful. Dice fresh pineapple into small cubes to freeze or cut into wedges, stick a popsicle stick through it,  and munch on your new pineapple popsicle creation.

 

#7. Any other fruit

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Really ANY fruit makes a naturally-sweet frozen snack. Our staff collectively decided watermelon, blueberries, and mango cubes are our personal favorite picks.

Are we missing any simple foods that you love to freeze?