What frozen desserts can I make without an ice cream freezer?

Question: What frozen desserts can I make without an ice cream freezer?

You don’t have to purchase expensive equipment to make great frozen desserts. There are wonderful treats that you can make with basic supplies you already have in your home or just small additions. If you only want to make your own frozen treats once in a while, these ideas are a great way to get started.


Ice Pops

Ice Pops

Ice pops are probably the simplest frozen treat to make at home. If you want to buy ice pop molds, most kitchen supply stores have very inexpensive versions. Or, you can use paper cups or other small molds and popsicle sticks for an even cheaper version. You can get creative and invent your own flavor combinations, or try one of these ideas.



Granitas are a type of Italian ice. Imagine a snow cone, but with more adult flavors and textures. The best part is that they take no special equipment. Any type of shallow pan will work and the only other thing you need is a fork. The technique for making granitas is simple

Some of my favorite recipes for granitas include:


Semifreddo is a type of frozen mousse. It incorporates air through whipped cream or egg whites instead of being churned in an ice cream maker. Typically, the process to make a semifreddo involves making a custard, folding in whipped cream or egg whites, and freezing it into a mold until it is set. Then you can just slice and serve. Most of the tools you will need are probably already in your kitchen, such as a small saucepan and a whisk or electric mixer.

One of my favorite combinations for a semifreddo is raspberries and chocolate chips.

Adding chocolate like this gives an added texture to the dessert and goes well with the tartness of fresh raspberries.

Molded Desserts

I’ve been known to put together impressive ice cream bombes or cakes without actually bringing out my ice cream maker. A great store-bought ice cream is the perfect weapon when you want to make a special dessert but don’t have a ton of time to spare. It is the way that different flavors and textures are combined that makes these treats special, so don’t worry if you don’t have time to make it all from scratch. Use a little help from your favorite premium ice cream brand.

You can enjoy plenty of frozen treats without purchasing more equipment for your kitchen. Wait and see if you will really use an ice cream freezer before investing in one, but try one of these frozen treats to keep you cool in the meantime.

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