All Scooped Up: The 10 Best Ways to Eat Ice Cream in Winter

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Read on to learn how to enjoy ice cream in the winter.

Unwritten Thaw

No one can argue that these flavors are out of season: Keep things simple with a scoop of orange or ginger, or top vanilla with homemade lemon curd. For something less fruity but equally apt, a Girl Scout-inspired flavor is sure to win you some brownie points.

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With a Hot Drink

Skeptics, consider the affogato (that's Italian for "drowned in coffee") your gateway scoop. Add booze, or swap coffee for cocoa -- that’s one sweet way to go down.

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With a Hot Sauce

No, not sriracha -- we just ask that you think beyond basic hot fudge. Add cinnamon for a transportive south-of-the-border experience, maple and walnuts for northerly hibernation chic, or forgo the chocolate altogether -- you won’t miss it when there’s lavender salted caramel to be had.

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In a Pastry

Warm, flaky baked goods might seem more seasonally apropos than ice cream -- we say, why not both? Stuff cream puffs with ice cream and top with hot fudge, or go bananas in sundae form. If all else fails, swap your usual sprinkles for caramel-soaked brioche.

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In an Edible Vessel

Ice cream’s answer to the bread bowl: the brownie bowl, of course. Whether to use a fork, a spoon, or your fingers is your call to make.

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In a Sandwich

While we’re talking baked-meets-frozen mash-ups, we’d be remiss to overlook the ice cream sandwich. Fudge-topped grasshopper sundaes and peanut-butter brownie bites more than meet our comfort-food requirements.

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Tea-Flavored

When matcha ice cream is paired with island-inspired skewers, the forecast is moot. And the tea-reminiscent flavors of chamomile and honey are more than a match for winter blues.

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In Formal Attire

Not you -- we fully support your stretch pants -- but the confection in question. Summer ice cream is often as casual as grabbing a cone on the curb while barefoot. If you’re going out of your way for a fix, you might as well do it in high style.

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Deconstructed and Decadent

Some of the best winter sweets are wonderfully sloppy and doled out by the ladleful. We'd slalom through this split-inspired trifle any day.

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For Breakfast

Rules were made to be broken. Call it breakfast, call it dessert -- but if you know what's good for you, call this treat yours.

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When all the world's a freezer, logic demands that we ignore the contents of our own cooler. Sorry, but "no ice cream after Labor Day" is a rule we'll never observe! Balance your pie and pudding habit with our top 10 ways to cool off in the cold.

Check out the slideshow above to learn how to eat ice cream all winter.

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