Chilled Desserts for the Holiday Season

By Sharon Hudgins

During the Christmas-New Year season, from Advent at the beginning of December to Three Kings Day on January 6, we all delight in the aroma of cookies baking in the oven and the smell of hot spiced drinks simmering on the stove. But chilled desserts are also tasty treats to serve at this time of year. And they can add an air of elegance to your holiday table.

Frozen desserts in the middle of winter? You bet! During the two winters I spent in Siberia, I learned that Russians enjoy eating ice cream outdoors even when the temperature is well below freezing and the snow is pelting down. Where I lived in Siberia, the first freeze arrived in October and the thermometer never rose above freezing until the following March.

Street vendors sold ice cream already packed into cones, not even wrapped in paper, just stacked in layers in open cardboard boxes with no fear of the ice cream melting in the frigid air.
Whether you celebrate the winter holidays in the frozen North, the dry desert, or the balmy tropics, surprise your guests with one of these chilled desserts as a special ending to a festive meal.

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