Whether you’re planning an indoor or outdoor event, there’s no better time than the summer season to serve cool treats. Food is an integral part of all events, as it boosts guest satisfaction and engagement. But some dishes work better than others, which is why it’s important to choose the right ones. Here are some cool treat ideas that will leave a lasting, positive impression on guests.

Ice Cream

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Kentucky Senator Walter Dee Huddleston first proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month back in 1984, with President Ronald Regan signing it into public law that same year. You can show your support for National Ice Cream Month by serving this delicious treat at your next event.

According to a 2014 study conducted by Vision Critical, the most popular ice cream flavors are:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Cookies & Cream
  3. Vanilla
  4. Cookie Dough
  5. Mint Chocolate Chip
  6. Strawberry
  7. Butter Pecan
  8. Rocky Road
  9. Coffee


Although it looks similar to ice cream, gelato is a completely different ballpark. It’s a creamier, and arguably more satisfying, treat that’s made with milk, cream and sugar. Gelato is often topped with fruit and/or nut purees for an added kick of flavor.

Gelato was popularized in Italy, where there are now more than 5,000 parlors specializing in this cool treat. Many people prefer it over ice cream because of its low fat content and unique texture. Regardless, though, you really can’t go wrong with serving either gelato or ice cream at your event.

Fruit Kabobs

Who doesn’t love fresh fruit? It’s delicious, sweet and nutritious — a unique combination that makes it appealing to a large audience. Instead of just cutting up some fresh fruit and serving it in a large bowl, however, try serving fruit kabobs at your event. Simply slice up a variety of fruit into small pieces and slide them onto a wooden kabob. It’s a fun alternative to traditional fruit cocktails that guests will love.


Another cool treat idea for events and parties is sherbet. This frozen dairy product is characterized by a butterfat content of between 1 and 2%. In comparison, ice cream has a butterfat content of 10% or higher. Much like its dairy counterpart, though, sherbet is typically flavored with fruit, puree and various toppings.

Italian Ice

Also known as water ice, Italian ice is a sugar-sweetened treat made with natural and/or artificial flavorings. Not to be confused with shaved ice, Italian ice is made using the same process as ice cream: the ingredients are mixed together and then frozen. It does not, however, contain milk or dairy products. Popular Italian ice flavors include cherry, lemon, mango, strawberry, watermelon, orange and blue raspberry.