Instead of spending the entire heatwave alternating between melting and submerging yourself in a cold bath, stock up your freezer and reach for one of these treats when the heat gets too much…

1. Grapes
Frozen grapes pop in the mouth when grabbed straight from the freezer – they also make nifty edible ice cubes.

2. Watermelon
Slice into triangular wedges and freeze for perfect watermelon ice lollies.

3. Chocolate
A step further than fridge-cold chocolate, freezer-cold chocolate snaps pleasingly and melting is delayed.  Arguably it tastes better too. We’d especially recommend giving a Snickers or a Boost bar the freezer treatment.

4. Berries
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries – they all become frozen nuggets of healthy, cooling joy.

5. Peaches
Prone to spoiling in the fruit bowl during this kind of heat, store your peaches (as well as nectarines and plums) in the freezer instead. As they begin to defrost while you eat them, their sweetness takes on extra punch.

6. Bananas
Frozen bananas lose the fuzzy texture of room temperature ones, and make great ice pop alternatives, while also being one of your five-a-day.

Or, go all out and dunk them in molten chocolate and chopped nuts before freezing – better than a 99.

7. Coffee beans
For a quick pick-me-up, frozen coffee beans really hit the spot – even better if they’re coated in dark chocolate.

8. Brownies
Gooey at room temperature, after a stint in the freezer, brownies turn almost fudgy.