Nothing says summer like the ice-cream truck blaring candy-coated kids music, beckoning young'uns to momentarily ditch the cool draft of their AC units to get their hands on WWE cookie bars, or classic character-shaped pops like Sponge Bob. As a kid growing up in the '80s, this was the stuff childhood dreams were made of. 

It wasn’t until years later that items available exclusively from the ice-cream man started popping up at grocery stores and in cafeteria freezer cases. I was fortunate to go to a school that not only carried Choco Tacos and Flintstone push pops in the lunch room, but also Froz Fruit pops, and even the seasonal Kemps Gingerbread ice-cream sandwiches. Luck was on my side. 

Today’s crop of kids are even luckier. A vast selection of frozen treats are seemingly available everywhere you go, from bodegas to gas stations, but even more so, the ambition of these frozen snacks—not to mention their eye for quality—is pushing the genre forward. While these newer ventures might not carry the same tinge of nostalgia, you'd be a blockhead to not give them a fair chance. At the very least, do the Snack Gawd a solid, whose mission is to churn out banger snacks for you every month.