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The Coolest Recipes to Beat the Summer Heat

Submitted by Edmonton Public Library

Written by Caroline Land

Weather forecasters are predicting a hot summer in Edmonton. Looking for ways to beat the heat? Check out EPL's collection of cookbooks for desserts that can help keep you cool all summer long. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! These are perennial favourites and go down easy on hot summer days:

Icebox Desserts Go beyond ice cream with these ideas for cool parfaits, mousses, puddings, and more. I bet your grandparents' iceboxes never looked like this!


People's Pops Think that popsicles are just for kids? Think again! Check out some of New York City's hottest pops in this book from Brooklyn's People's Pops.


Pops! Do you like your pops chocolatey? Maybe fruit-flavoured pops are more your thing. Pops! promises icy treats for everyone, no matter what your taste preferences are.


Paletas Add a Mexican twist to your popsicles and treats with this book of recipes for paletas and other icy delights.


The Vegan Scoop Looking for a vegan alternative to ice cream? Try The Vegan Scoop for some ideas!


After you've eaten your ice cream and you need a break from the sun, drop by any of our air conditioned locations to check out even more books and cool off for even for longer!

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Warm Up with Hot Chocolate

August 17th, 2016

Submitted by ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen

With winter in full swing, why battle the cold when you can embrace the season and enjoy the snow and ice while it’s here? From skiing to skating to building snow forts in the backyard, there’s plenty to do when bundled up for the weather.

As much fun as it is to play outside in the winter, it’s almost as fun to head inside afterward, take off the boots and mittens, and warm up with a mug of hot chocolate. These creative hot chocolate recipes are fun for the whole family, and they’re easy to make with some help from the team. Enjoy, stay warm, and have a great winter!



4 cups (1 L) milk

3/4 cup (175 mL) milk chocolate chips

2 jumbo marshmallows, halved lengthwise

2 graham wafers, cut in half lengthwise

16 milk chocolate chips

4 bear-shaped honey graham cookies

Heat milk in a medium saucepan over low heat until steaming and just beginning to simmer. Do not boil. Remove from heat.

Add 3/4 cup (175 mL) chocolate chips and whisk until chocolate is melted and milk mixture is smooth. Return to low heat; keep warm.

Preheat broiler. To make s’mores, place 1 marshmallow half on each graham wafer half. Transfer to a non-stick foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Broil until marshmallows are golden brown. Remove pan from oven. Place 4 chocolate chips on each marshmallow half. Top each with 1 graham cookie.

Stir milk mixture and pour into mugs. Top each serving with a s’more. Serves 4.



4 cups (1 L) homogenized milk

1 tbsp. (15 mL) grated lemon peel

1 cup (250 mL) milk chocolate chips

1/2 tsp (2 mL) rose water

1/2 cup (125 mL) whipping cream

2 tbsp. (25 mL) strawberry or red currant jelly, melted and cooled

1 drop liquid red food colouring

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