Keeping your cool
"Icebox Desserts" (Harvard Common Press, $17.95), by Lauren Chattman, brings more than 100 frozen summer treats to home cooks. Unflavored gelatin and whipping cream, not an ice cream machine, are the secrets behind most of these desserts. Options include a potent and creamy frozen margarita mousse; luscious sweet ricotta and strawberry parfaits, and a lime cream and mango tart. The book is sold at some Borders and Barnes & amp; Noble bookstores and at amazon.com.
Coffee on ice
Stonyfield Farm is selling its coffee-in-fused Javalanche flavor in an organic ice cream and a frozen yogurt. Chicago Tribune tasters preferred the full-fat ice cream (no surprise there) but they also thought the non-fat, lower-calorie frozen yogurt delivered a great, if lighter, java punch.
Godiva unveils new drinks
Just in time to cool off for summer, a new chocolate drink is now available at Godiva Chocolatier. The Chocolixer is a blended drink made to order with Godiva chocolate. It's available in three flavors: dark chocolate decadence, milk chocolate latte and white chocolate raspberry. But like most chocolate drinks, they can pack on the calories and fat. The 12-ounce Godiva Dark Chocolate Decadence Chocolixer has 660 calories, 30 grams of fat and 14 grams of saturated fat. It sells for $4.50.
Freezer pops beat the heat
If you're looking to create a fun frozen treat for kids, Ball, the makers of home canning products, have teamed with Disney and come up with Disney Ball Funsicle Kit and Disney Ball Jammin' Kit. The Funsicle kit features a Winnie the Pooh character mold to make freezer pops. All you need is to combine fresh crushed fruit, unsweetened fruit juice and honey with the Ball Fruit Jell Freezer Jam Pectin, pour it into the molds and freeze it. The Jammin' kit has all the fixings for kids to make their own freezer jam using their favorite fruits. The mixture is stored in a Mickey Mouse plastic jar in the refrigerator or freezer. The kits are available at Wal-Mart; the suggested price is $8.99.
Quick, easy meals
"Go Ahead Make My Dinner," a new competitive cooking show, premieres Monday on the Discovery Channel; it will air noon to 1 p.m. weekdays. In each episode, the show gives two chefs, out of a group of six from across the country, a culinary challenge. Real people provide the real-life challenges, such as getting kids to eat healthier or learning the best way to cook beef. The two chefs are given the same four ingredients and a few basics such as spices and oils and compete to make as many meals as possible in 20 minutes or less. Halfway through the challenge, a mystery ingredient is tossed in. The person who presented the cooking challenge chooses the winner. Marc Silverstein, who was a host of Food Network's "The Best Of" series, hosts the show.