Summer in Illinois is like a big warm hug from Grandma, and what's a hug without some sweet treats to beat the heat?

As the days get warmer and school gets out for summer break, it's not uncommon to crave a refreshing dessert just about every day.  For some reason, I love making root beer floats during the hottest days of the summer.  It gives me instant flashbacks to my childhood with the neighbor kids!

And if I didn't feel like making my own, I'd take a trip to A&W at Woodfield Mall to get my fix with my family.  That A&W just hit different... too bad it's gone.

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Anyway, if you're looking for some refreshing sweet treats to indulge in, these will satisfy your sweet tooth.  What's missing from the list?

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9 Refreshing Sweet Treats Illinoisans Crave During Summer

  1. Strawberry Shortcake
  2. Key Lime Pie
  3. Popsicles
  4. S'mores
  5. Candy Bar Ice Creams
  6. Jell-O Cakes
  7. Watermelon
  8. Frozen Yogurt
  9. Root Beer Floats

I agree with this entire list, 100%.  S'mores by the bonfire, strawberry shortcake with vanilla ice cream on the side, and a giant bowl of cut up watermelon sound like the perfect summer day!

So, next time you're craving a taste of summer, reach for one of these sweet treats and let the memories wash over you. After all, life is short – eat dessert first!

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