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On a hot day, the children will enjoy nothing more than a lovely refreshing ice lolly but rather than spending a fortune on shop bought ones throughout the summer, why not make your own at home? At least you know what's gone into them and can make sure that they are healthy! Start by buying some lolly sticks and moulds from a supermarket or other store. Here are some recipe ideas:-
- Fruit juice lollies: for the most simple lollies, just pour fruit juice into the mould and insert a stick. Beware that pineapple juice doesn't freeze on its own but you can mix it with other juices. Make multi-coloured lollies by pouring in a little orange juice, let that freeze for a few hours, then add a red juice (blackcurrant, raspberry, cranberry etc).
- Make traffic light lollies by layering pureed strawberry, pureed peach and pureed kiwi on top of one another, freezing for about 2 hours between each layer. If you find they need sweetening, add a little honey to each puree.
- Yoghurts and fromage frais freeze into delicious creamy lollies - pour the contents into your moulds or, for the little fromage frais pots, simply take off the lid, place a lolly stick in and freeze them in their own pots!
- Fruit smoothies also make for a delicious frozen feast, if you have your own juicer then juice a variety of fruits and banana to create your own fruit smoothie and freeze to make lovely lollies!
- Make milk lollies by using a milk base and flavouring with fruit puree or even cocoa. Semi-skimmed milk freezes better than full fat milk, just make up a milk drink and pour into your moulds.
- Frozen bananas make a novel change from lollies, just peel a bananana, wrap it loosely in foil and place in the freezer. Either enjoy them as they are or use them as toppings on yoghurt or other puddings - frozen bananas have a lovely creamy texture to them, almost like ice-cream!
Once you're in the habit of making your own lollies, you'll start experimenting by freezing all sorts of drink, fruit and yoghurt combinations! Be creative and give the children a summer treat!