With the advent of summer comes a lack of real estate in our freezers, as boxes of ice cream treats make their annual pilgrimage into our homes. It's easy to grab the tried and true classics when you're purveying the frozen food aisle -- black-and-white ice cream sandwiches, chocolate-covered ice cream bars and drumstick cones. But if you're feeling a little more adventurous this summer, we've got something just for you.
Our editors rounded up the most impressive looking frozen treats, tasting each one and ranking them to find the best. We found a few duds (not a fan of the chocolate-covered frozen bananas), but we were pleasantly surprised by a handful of desserts that we're looking forward to eating all summer long. Among the top five are two candy bar-inspired desserts and three ice cream sandwiches that will knock your socks off. Keep your eye out for them.
Check out the slideshow below to see our five favorite frozen treats.
Ciao Bella Key Lime Graham Gelato Squares
<b>Comments:</b> "The most refreshing, creamy ice cream sandwich I've ever had. I could eat the whole box." "How can these be so good??? Magic." "Love the soft graham cracker sandwich." "Strong, fresh key lime flavor." "Growing up, we always had key lime pie in the freezer -- it's the best way to eat it. This tastes better than that." "AMAZING."
<b>Comments:</b> "Surprisingly fresh coconut flavor -- better than the candy bar." "Yum! Love the coconut and thin layer of chocolate." "Delicious and coconutty, but not overpowering. Nice texture." "So good! Coconut heaven." "Delightful! The coconut is very refreshing."
Trader Joe's Mini Mint Ice Cream Mouthfuls
<b>Comments:</b> "Love the petite size -- perfect for when you want a small snack and don't want to fill yourself up." "Yum! Petite, minty and lovely." "This is the best thing ever! Soft cookie, perfect cookie-to-ice-cream ratio, refreshing and comforting."
Frozen York Peppermint Patties
<b>Comments:</b> "Not as astringent as the candy, which is better. A nice mild minty flavor." "I want 100 of these." "Satisfying flavor. Reminds me of childhood summers."
Ciao Bella Belgian Chocolate S'mores Gelato Squares
<b>Comments:</b> "I'm not even a chocolate lover, but these are incredible." "I thought this was pretty standard until I got to the marshmallow swirl in the middle. Yum!" "Perfect. Amazing chocolate flavor." "Deep, dark chocolate flavor." "Everything an ice cream sandwich should be."