How to Keep Ice Cream From Melting In the Summer Heat

How to Keep Ice Cream From Melting In the Summer Heat

It's heating up out there. Knowing how to keep ice cream from melting is an essential summer survival skill if you agree that ice cream + summer = the ultimate duo.

We all know frozen treats hit different in the summer months and SorBabes bars are made for passing around at a picnic, cooling off with after a long hike, or enjoying a refreshing treat at a beach day. But keeping your frozen treats from turning into a sad, drippy mess is half the battle.  

Luckily, knowing how to keep ice cream from melting is a feat we know a thing or two about - after all, we ship our bars all over the country even in peak summer months and we've lost count of all the hot days spent schlepping sorbet to farmer's market, music concerts, you name it. (Trust us, we've had our moments of wondering why on earth we decided to make a frozen product. Couldn't we have just made something easier like popcorn!?)

But there is a simple, game-changing trick for how to keep ice cream from melting.

Two words: dry ice! 

We'll spare you too much of the nerdy science of it all, but dry ice is the far superior option in terms of how to keep ice cream frozen. (Basically, dry ice is colder than regular wet ice - about negative 109.3 degrees -  so it keeps your food colder and stays dry when melting.)

If you're still reaching for regular ice from your freezer or a freezable lunch bag, trust us  - dry ice is a gamechanger! Keeping a box of SorBabes in a hot summer trunk for a long drive in this heat? Regular ice could never. But dry ice can -- we recently kept hundreds of bars in our trunk overnight for an event in Austin, Texas, and they were not only still frozen but had to thaw a bit before being bitten into!

Here's exactly how to keep ice cream from melting even on the hottest day, thanks to the magic of dry ice.

1. Grab your ice! Many grocery stores have a cooler of dry ice at the front of the store near the cash registers, such as H-E-B, where we're sold across South Texas! It's an often-overlooked little treasure. Scout it out next time you're doing your grocery shopping or ask a store employee for help tracking it down.

2. Use caution when handling! Dry ice is meant for keeping sorbet cold - not for touching or breathing. Many are scared off by dry ice but don't be. Simply use gloves when handling (H-E-B always has a pair right next to the cooler where it's kept) and never, ever touch with bare hands! There's also a danger associated with inhaling the CO2 from dry ice, so you'd never want to be in a small enclosed space near the "fog" or keep your head down in the cooler rummaging around. Safety first.

3. Line a cooler or ice chest with the dry ice. (Pro tip: most grocery stores will sell their own Styrofoam coolers - ask a store employee if you don't see them.) Depending on how much SorBabes you're transporting, you may need anywhere from 3-5 lbs of dry ice to last a full day in a cooler and keep your treats frozen. At H-E-B, dry ice is only $1.19 per lb and you can grab as much as you need at the self-serve cooler.

4. The fun part - stock up on your choice of SorBabes flavors! Another pro tip: remove the bars from their boxes once you check out; it helps to fit more into even a small cooler, so you can get more sorbet into your mouth. Which is always the equation we're really all about ;)

More of a visual learner? Watch our quick reel showing you exactly how to pack your SorBabes on dry ice like a pro - here!

5. Enjoy your SorBabes "in the wild!" At the beach, on a hike, at a cookout or potluck with friends, or at a picnic. Our bars are the perfect shareable dessert (but make sure to bring enough for everyone to have seconds - and win automatic "best friend" at the get-together.)

We hope you have fun in the sun enjoying the high points of summer as they're best experienced - with a cool ice cream bar in hand!

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