7 retro iced desserts to cool down with now Puddings today just don’t compare to the puddings you likely had as a child. As long as you didn’t have a parent who handed you an apple and considered it dessert (we feel for you), the finale of a meal could actually be quite spectacular – especially when it came from the freezer. Aside from your standard ice pops (was there a fight over who got the cola one in your house, too?) and classic choc ices (still a bona fide staple), if you grew up in the Sixties and Seventies, an array of oddly textured, brilliantly sweet and dramatically structured treats could emerge. At Platinum Skies, many of our retirement living locations have extensive communal spaces and bistro facilities to relax with like-minded neighbours in a vibrant community. As the weather hots up, you can’t be doing with sticky toffee pudding or crumble. You need something cool and nostalgic instead. We’d suggest this lot… 1. Arctic roll View this post on Instagram #arcticroll A post shared by Andrew John Godley (@andrewjohngodley) on May 3, 2020 at 12:25pm PDT The texture is undoubtedly a little strange (the slightly cardboardy sponge against the cold of the ice cream), but there’s something immensely comforting about tucking into a slab of perfectly swirled Arctic roll. 2. Viennetta View this post on Instagram #viennetta#viennettaicecream#yummy#socold❄#icecream#iloveicecream#icecreamlover A post shared by Shakri Shah (@shakrishah) on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:56am PDT Remember when KFC offered a meal deal that involved a bucket of fried chicken and a Viennetta for pudding? It was the absolute dream. Those curlicues of ice cream, the crunchy sheets of frozen chocolate – delicious. 3. Super Mousse I loved going to my friend Jane’s house they had birds eye burgers in a bun and frozen chips, with super mousse for pudding. We only had home made dinners. It was a dream come true 🙂— Ms Parsnip (@parsnip45) February 11, 2020 A staple of nans throughout the nation, these funny circular tubs of frozen mousse from Birds Eye are no longer available, but really ought to be brought back. 4. Baked Alaska View this post on Instagram Baked Alaska – a fun dessert to make. Cake and ice cream go really well. The toasty meringue gives a special touch. I used passionfruit ice cream (recipe from @drizzleanddip ). I was going for a coconut sponge but decided to use the rest of my beetroot and made @bbcgoodfood beetroot brownies. To finish, Italian meringue. #dessert #sweet #bakedalaska #passionfruiticecream #meringue #italianmeringue #icecream #beetroot #beetrootbrownie #brownie #chocolatebrownie #blowtorch A post shared by My Kitchen Notebook (@mykitchennotebook) on Jun 7, 2020 at 11:21am PDT Bizarrely, baked Alaska is known in some countries as an ‘omelette surprise’. Regardless, the premise is the same: cake topped with ice cream, encased in nicely singed meringue, for the ultimate hot-cold contrast. 5. Black Forest Gateau View this post on Instagram #Birthdaycake#BlackForestGateau# A post shared by Lucia Hom (@homlucia) on Jun 12, 2020 at 10:00am PDT Technically it’s a cake, but if you ever managed to let your Sara Lee black forest gateau defrost fully before sticking a spoon in it, you’re a better person than we are. 6. Blancmange View this post on Instagram Going old school for pudding tonight #blancmange A post shared by @ ebagoddess on Apr 5, 2020 at 11:57am PDT Wobbly, served cool from the fridge and preferably pink, the milky blancmange is traditionally set in a quirky, bulbous mold and flavoured almonds. You feel quite Victorian eating one of these. 7. Summer pudding View this post on Instagram One of the strangest of British puddings – the #summerpudding. First of the year, but TBH mostly last years frozen fruit….. So much more than the sum of its parts. A post shared by Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope (@somewhere.org.uk) on Jun 21, 2020 at 12:55pm PDT Fun to construct (line a bowl with bread before loading up with summer berries and their juice, then leave in the fridge overnight), this thrifty, chilled pud might not be frozen, but it celebrates the season.