This summer started off slow, then got decidedly cold and grumpy during the holidays and has only now come good with some decent warm weather!
Instead of complaining about the not so summery summer holidays we are making the most of these late warm days and holding on to summer as much as we can. That means swimming in the pool instead of having a bath on the weekends, dinner outside, and eating as many frozen treats as we can!
This weekend was hot and sunny and we did all of those things, we even made our own frzoen treats.
I set my kids a challenge to each come up with some new flavours for homemade ice pops!
They had some odd flavours and combinations on their lists, especially the little one. I am not sure what apple and banana ice-pops would turn out like, let alone ‘poop flavoured’ (you gotta love a four year old and their obsession with poo jokes), but we finally settled on four flavours to try – Lime and pineapple, pineapple and berry, strawberry swirl yoghurt, and cookies and cream yoghurt.
Here’s how we made our four fabulous flavours of homemade ice pops:
Lime Pineapple Ice Pops
- a packet of lime jelly mixed with water and cooled but not set
- chunks of pineapple
Pineapple and Berry Ice Pops
- pineapple juice
- frozen berries – we used raspberries and loganberries.
Strawberry Swirl Yoghurt Ice Pop
- plain greek yoghurt
- 2 tbsp strawberry jam
Cookies and Cream Yoghurt Ice Pop
- plain greek yoghurt
- 1-2 tsp icing sugar – to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2-4 chocolate ripple biscuits (or chocolate cookies) broken into chunks
To make your ice pops:
Put all of the ingredients into a bowl, mix and then pour/scoop into your ice pop moulds. We found it best to place the chunks of fruit into our moulds and then fill around them. Pop them in the freezer and freeze overnight.
We got our ice pop molds from My Lil Pouch, or you can find them on Amazon (affiliate link) but you could use traditional icy-pole moulds too, or even plastic cups and icy-pole sticks, or ice cube trays and toothpicks for sticks would be fun too!
This is a great cooking activity for the kids to do themselves, from start to finish, and a great way for them to explore flavours and learn how to write and tweak their own recipes.
What flavours would your kids create?