Chocolate Recipes to Beat the Summer Heat

Try these delicious chocolate recipes to make your summer sweet

When you think of chocolate recipes for the summer, you might picture a pool of melted chocolate in the back yard. But there are plenty of cool chocolate treats (ice cream, anyone?) to keep chocoholics sated throughout the hotter months.

Almost anything you can make hot, you can make cold. Chilled hot chocolate is just as refreshing as cold coffee, and popping your favorite caramel filled chocolate bar into the freezer for half an hour yields delicious results.

So next time you think of chocolate recipes, remember that the heat of summer is no excuse for not indulging your inner chocoholic -- and this chocolate ice cream pie is chocolate-y enough to satisfy even the most extreme chocolate craver.

Chocolate Ice Cream Pie

Pre-made chocolate crust (see recipe below)
1 quart chocolate ice cream
Real whipped cream
Your favorite sauce: caramel, strawberry, or, for the real extremist, hot fudge
Crushed Oreo cookies
Mini chocolate chips
Mini M&Ms
A handful of peanuts (optional)

This is one of those chocolate recipes that requires not much skill and a lot of creativity. Start by letting the chocolate ice cream thaw for 15 - 20 minutes. Spoon about half of the ice cream into the pie shell (it should be half full). Add the cookies, chocolate chips, M&Ms, and peanuts, then fill the shell with the rest of the ice cream.

Garnish the pie with whipped cream, sauce, and any leftover candy or cookies, then refreeze it for at least eight hours.

Chocolate Wafer Pie Crust

If you have a lot of chocolate recipes, you may have your own pie crust recipe kicking around. Go ahead and use it, or substitute a graham wafer crust if you want to cut down on this dessert's richness. Failing that, use this recipe for the ultimate chocolate experience.

1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp melted butter

Combine all ingredients and firmly press into a 9 inch pie plate. Bake at 350 F for ten minutes. Make sure you let it cool completely before adding ice cream! This is best made at night or in the early morning, when the heat from the oven won't overwhelm your entire house.

Remember, chocolate isn't just for winter! Have fun experimenting, and enjoy your favorite chocolate recipes all year long.