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10 New Twists on Nostalgic Summer Favorites

Do you recall the endless joy of summertime when you were a kid? We’re taking you all the way back with 10 do-you-remember throwback recipes, each with a new twist, full of flavor and nostalgia to feed your inner child.
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Dump Cherry Cobbler

A classic summer dessert gets a Tik Tok-approved makeover in this dump-style version of cherry cobbler. Peak season fruit shines in this crowd-pleaser made with boxed cake mix that’s as easy as dropping ingredients into a pan and baking.

Sloppy Joe Nachos

We deconstructed classic sloppy Joes sandwiches and added Tex-Mex flair for this comfort food mashup. Cheesy nachos smothered in saucy, seasoned beef are a meal-worthy snack that hits the table in 15 minutes.

Banana Pancakes

The best part of weekend mornings as a kid? Cartoons (of course) served with a stack of hot, fluffy pancakes. These fiber-rich flapjacks made with banana, buttermilk, and white whole wheat flour are sweetened with fruit, not sugar.

Ice Cream Sundaes with Two-Ingredient Hard Shell

Remember the “magic” of summer ice cream sundaes with a hard chocolate shell? Two ingredients and the microwave are all you need for a homemade version of the old school chocolate sauce that hardens in seconds.

Almost Instant Creamy Mac & Cheese

In the childhood dinner hall of fame, boxed macaroni and cheese holds a special place. We captured the ease and kid-friendly flavor of the original with an upgraded homemade version using precooked noodles and two kinds of cheese.

Grilled Patty Melt

Be the star of your next backyard barbecue with a five-ingredient vintage diner favorite. Classic patty melts with caramelized onions on grilled toast are a tasty game-changer when everyone’s bored of burgers.

Blueberry Lemonade

You don’t need a lemonade stand for this one-of-a-kind sip made with peak season fruit. A homemade simple syrup infused with blueberries adds sweetness and rosy blush to freshly squeezed summer lemonade.

Southern Style Potato Salad

If you remember cookouts as a kid, chances are this goes-with-everything side dish always had a place at the table. We cranked up the flavor volume on classic potato salad with hardboiled eggs by adding the tang of sweet pickle relish, mustard, and vinegar.

Spicy Tomato Grilled Cheese

This spicy sandwich is inspired by childhood but made for grownups. Pepper jack, pickled jalapeno, and guacamole take grilled cheese with fresh tomato to the next level.

Raspberry Yogurt Pops

If the sound of the ice cream truck sent you running for treats as a kid, you’ll love this better-for-you play on popsicles. Four-ingredient raspberry ice pops are ready to chill using fresh fruit, yogurt, and the natural sweetness of honey.

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