Best Frozen Treats – Summer 2021

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The frozen section of any grocery store is a treasure trove of cool treats, and during the hot summer months these ice-cold indulgences are extra appealing. So it’s not surprising that even more options have hit shelves recently. What’s worth adding to you cart? Below, I’ve rounded up the best frozen treats to grace grocery store freezers from the last few months. I’m talking chocolate-dipped ice cream bars, boozy ice pops, and more.

I taste tested these boozy Popsicles last month for Grocery Spotter — it’s a hard job, but someone’s gotta do it! — and after finishing the box with the help of some friends, I can confirm that these are worth buying. Pack them in your beach cooler or pop a few in the freezer to cool off after yard work, and you’ll thank me later. The variety pack includes three flavors: strawberry, watermelon, and green apple.

From the iconic NYC-based dessert brand founded by Christina Tosi, these indulgent pints reimagine Milk Bar staples in ice cream form. The Cereal Milk flavor, for example, is inspired by Milk Bar’s iconic soft-serve dessert. It has a Cereal Milk ice cream base and a salty-sweet cornflake crunch that’s reminiscent of the bottom of a cereal bowl. Birthday Cake, Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow, and Milk Bar Pie round out their freezer-aisle debut.

3. KIND FROZEN Plant-Based Pints

These frozen treats are made without artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols. Instead, you’ll find real ingredients like dark chocolate chunks, chopped almonds, and peanut butter swirls. KIND FROZEN pints are plant-based, creamy, and have four to six grams of protein per serving. Available flavors include Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew, Coffee Hazelnut, Caramel Almond Sea Salt, Strawberry, and Pistachio.

The low-calorie ice cream brand’s first foray into fruity pops was a home run in my book. Popsicles are a freezer staple at our house, especially during hot Florida summers, and this low-sugar option (with 50 to 65 percent less sugar than other options in the freezer aisle) is a solid pick. If you like piña coladas, go for the Coconut flavor.

5. Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Bars

Smooth, rich, and indulgent are just some of the words that come to mind when I think of these ice cream bars from Van Leeuwen that were released earlier this year. There are three regular (dairy) flavors and three vegan flavors, and in true Van Leeuwen fashion the non-dairy options are just as creamy and delicious as their dairy-filled counterparts. Whatever flavor you choose, the ice cream is enrobed in a generous layer of chocolate.

Abigail Abesamis Demarest


Abigail Abesamis Demarest is a freelance contributor for Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn. When she’s not writing she’s reading up on the latest wellness trends, teaching Zumba classes, or reading a book on the beach.

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