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Summer vacation used to mean days of lying by the pool and sneaking endless ice cream cones and French fries from the snack bar. Some of us have to work these days, but you can still relive those long, hot pool afternoons with these classic snack bar recipes.
1. Rocky Road Ice Cream Bars
Indulge your sweet tooth, chocolate-lover style. Chocolate ice cream studded with marshmallows and toasted nuts is coated in a crunchy semisweet chocolate shell. Get our Rocky Road Ice Cream Bars recipe.
2. Chocolate Pudding Pops
Sweet and creamy, these rich chocolate pops are the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. A touch of gelatin makes them chewier and thicker than regular chocolate ice cream. Using bittersweet chocolate takes the intensity up a notch. Get our Chocolate Pudding Pops recipe.
3. Basic Iced Tea
Sip on this citrus-y, sweet iced tea all day (and lace it with vodka for the evening!). Delicate black tea gets sweetened with a touch of simple syrup; make a batch of this in advance and enjoy it all week. Get our Basic Iced Tea recipe.
4. Bacon Club Sandwich
This clever twist on the classic club sandwich is all about bold flavor. Delicious (and cheap) canned sardines step in for the meat, and sun-dried tomatoes, Tabasco sauce, and bacon give the sandwich a bright, acidic punch. Get our Bacon Club Sandwich recipe.
5. French Fries
Nothing says summer like a handful of greasy, salty, crispy fries. This homemade version has excellent color, a delicate crunchy exterior, and a fluffy interior. Master the technique: Get our French Fries recipe.
6. Perfect Cheeseburger
The key to making this recipe perfect is starting with the best meat you can find. Season it well, cook it right, and get as wild with the toppings as you want. Get our Perfect Cheeseburger recipe.
7. Cracker-Crusted Chicken Fingers
We revamped the classic chicken finger recipe to be even better. Our version is baked instead of fried and uses whole-wheat cracker crumbs for the coating. Healthier, yes, but just as flavorful: Serve them hot with honey mustard sauce. Get our Cracker-Crusted Chicken Fingers recipe.
8. New England Lobster Rolls
Transport yourself to the coast of Maine with one bite. A mayo-heavy, celery-studded lobster salad is piled into a buttery, toasted split bun. Get our New England Lobster Roll recipe.
9. Fruity Smoothie
This summertime smoothie is thickened with tofu, which gives it a creamy texture without changing the flavor. Apple juice and honey sweeten it up and a dash of nutmeg rounds out fruit. Get our Fruity Smoothie recipe.