For our next installment of caffeinated culinary creativity, we’re turning to that summery sweet we all know and love: ice cream! We’ve teamed up with Starbucks to turn their lineup of Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Cafe Favorites (available at your local grocery store) into all sorts of coffee ice cream-based treats.

From festive ice cream cupcakes to ice cream sundae push pops, we’ve got a treat for anyone who’s got a sweet tooth.

Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Cafe Favorites – Ice Cream Base

First thing to do is create your ice cream base!

Ingredients:
 – 1 ½ cups Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Cafe Favorites (choose from Vanilla Latte, Caffé Mocha or Caramel Macchiato)

– 1 ½ cups whipping cream

– ⅓ cup sugar

Optional add-ins:
 – ¼ cup caramel sauce

– ½ cup chocolate syrup

– 1 vanilla bean, split

Prepare an ice cream maker according to the package instructions (this usually involves an overnight chill of the ice cream bowl in the freezer). Mix together your choice of Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Cafe Favorites, whipping cream, and sugar in a large bowl. For a deeper chocolate or vanilla flavor, add chocolate syrup or vanilla bean to the mix as well.

Place mixture in the ice cream maker and process according to machine directions. Once the ice cream has been processed in the ice cream maker, gently stir in the optional add-ins of caramel or chocolate syrup to leave ribbons of flavor in the ice cream. Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container and freeze overnight.

We made a batch using Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Cafe Favorites – Caramel Macchiato but feel free to pick your favorite (there’s Vanilla Latte and Caffé Mocha too!).

Doesn’t that look good? Now, we’re ready to trick it out.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

First off, we’ll whip up a colorful and modern take on the classic cookie-wich.

Ingredients (makes 6):

– 1 ½ cups Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Cafe Favorites ice cream (see recipe above)

– 12 sugar cookies or preferred cookie flavor

– ½ cup frosting

– 1 tablespoon sprinkles

Top six cookies with a dollop of frosting and a dash of sprinkles. Place a small scoop of ice cream on the remaining six cookies, and top with the frosted cookies.

Mmmm.

Ice Cream Sundae Push Pops

You’ve seen cupcake push pops, but what about an ice cream sundae IN a push pop?!

Ingredients (makes 6):

– 1 ½ cups Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Cafe Favorites ice cream (see recipe above)

– 2-3 bananas

– ¼ cup caramel sauce

– ¼ cup chocolate syrup

– ¼ cup whipped cream

– 6 maraschino cherries

– Supplies: 6 push pop containers

Roughly chop bananas and divide half amongst push pops. Drizzle bananas with caramel and chocolate sauce, and top with a scoop of ice cream. Repeat process and then top with whipped cream and a cherry, of course.

Dibs!

Ice Cream Cupcakes

This is definitely our favorite creation of the bunch. It’s so simple, but oh-so-delicious.

Ingredients (makes 6):

– 1 ½ cups Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Cafe Favorites ice cream (see recipe above)

– 6 cupcakes (any flavor)

Place a scoop of ice cream on each of the six cupcakes. Garnish with sprinkles and a candle, as desired, and serve immediately.

How awesome are those gold star sprinkles?

Ice Cream Affogato

You can totally eat ice cream for breakfast… if you mix up an affogato like this ;)

Ingredients (makes 6):

– 1 ½ cups Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Cafe Favorites ice cream (see recipe above)

– 1 ½ cups Starbucks® coffee (your choice), brewed very strong

Place a scoop of ice cream each in six small bowls and top immediately with hot, strongly brewed coffee or espresso. Serve immediately.

Freel free to a throw a few chocolate chips on top — we won’t judge.

Ice Cream Milkshakes

And finally, a milkshake!

Ingredients (makes 6):

– 3 cups Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Cafe Favorites ice cream (see recipe above)

– 3 cups milk (any type)

– Supplies: blender; striped straws

Place ice cream and milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Divide mixture among small-sized glasses and garnish with a striped straw, if desired.

Gotta love those Gold Leaf Cocktail Glasses! You can get your own in the B+C Shop :)

Have you ever made your own ice cream? What’s your favorite flavor? What other cool (get it?! hehe!) desserts would you like to try making with our Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Cafe Favorites ice cream base? Talk to us in the comments below.

This post is a collaboration with Starbucks Coffee Company.