I guess I am finally getting old enough to complain about the summer heat. In the past I have never complained because I know that winter is coming and it won’t be long before we are complaining about the cold, but this year I am logging my first official complaint, it is hot! There I said it, so now how can one cool off?
Well one day my little niece Heaven had the best idea she asked could we make Popsicles with our new ice pop mold that we purchased at Publix the day before. The girl is a genius. We immediately went to work on finding a recipe for the ingredients that we had on hand because no one wanted to go out into the heat to pick up anything.
We searched the internet for recipes and like other recipes there are the extremely easy recipes, like the one we created and then there are the tediously complicated and we both agreed that time was not on our side and we wanted to enjoy these pops right after lunch or sooner. Sure we could have just poured a flavored drink mix and froze them but that would have taken away some of our summer fun. We opted for a double layer treat.
Heaven is a big water drinker and only drinks juice on occasion so I thought that it would be a nice treat to do juice pops. We also found a box of blue raspberry gelatin among other things like chocolate chips and left over 4th of July candy but we digressed and decided simplicity was best so we created a double layer ice pop. They were so good, I think mostly because of the satisfaction of creating something ourselves with minimal effort, pretty and gone in no time. The mold that we used was for four pops. This basic recipe is so easy and it leaves room for so much creativity. Heaven and I would love to see what cool idea’s you and your kids freeze up this summer. Email me a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag me on Instagram at #ZesPopsicleHeaven.
If you are looking for an easy recipe that is full of fun and satisfaction than this is the recipe for you.
TT Ze’ and Heaven’s Ice Pops
3 cups of 100% Fruit Juice, divided, (we used Tropical Punch Juicy Juice)
1 tablespoon blue raspberry gelatin, (we used Jolly Rancher Blue Raspberry)
¼ cup canned fruit, optional (we didn’t initially use it but later we used crushed pineapple)
Combine 1 ½ cup of 100% juice and all of gelatin in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
Heaven shows us that creating these ice pops really are, "child's play".
Pour mixture into ice pop molds only filling ¼ of each mold. Place in freezer and freeze for 1 hour. Once frozen remove from freezer and fill mold with remaining fruit juice and any tropical fruit. If you decide to use canned fruit combine with juice before you pour into mold.
Freeze for another hour, hold molds under cool running water to release and enjoy.