15 Gloriously Messy Treats to Properly Send Off Summer

August 30, 2016

There are times for icy granitas, for delicate pastries, for meltingly creamy puddings. Labor Day is not it.

Here's how I see it: Labor Day's timing makes it a glowy, golden celebration of summer—of the gorgeous fruit, the sticky hot days that we complain about now but will miss as soon as we trade them for cooler ones. And the barbecues and picnics that come with it mean it's the ideal opportunity to plunk yourself down in the grass with one of the gloriously messy, crowd-feeding, explosion-type desserts. These 15 treats are the only way to properly send off summer:

What's the dessert that says "summertime" to you? Tell us about it in the comments.

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