Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the taste of cooling ice lollies. However, some are packed with dairy products to which some people have an intolerance. In addition, many artificial ice creams and lollies are packed with additives, vibrant colors and E numbers and not to mention calories. Therefore, it is a great idea to look for alternatives and 'homemade ice lolly making' can really solve this problem. This is because not only are you consuming fresh ingredients and natural sugars, you can vary your ice lolly recipes yourself to produce your ideal product.
Due to the fact that many people will have different sized ice lolly molds of varying shapes, I will leave it up to the individual to decide on the quantities required for each recipe.
1. Fruit Ice Lollies
This is a classic concept and a very low calorie option. If you find yourself reaching for too many ice creams in the hotter weather then this fruit alternative will not only be good for you, it will cool you down with low calories and naturally occurring fruit sugars.
To make one of these tasty summer treats, simply add your favorite fruit to a blender and peel and remove any seeds if this is necessary. Once you are happy with the consistency of your blended fruit then simply pour it into your ice lolly molds. Allow them to set in the freezer for at least four hours and preferably overnight.
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I find that this recipe works especially well with denser fruits such as mango and bananas. However, more dilute or watery fruits such as apples and grapes can produce sweet and delicious results as well. Why not give this a try at home and see what you can create.
2. Fruit Cocktail Ice Lollies
This idea is similar to the recipe above but here you combine two or more fruits to make a 'fruit cocktail style' ice lolly. Combinations such as mango and papaya or apple and blueberry can work a treat. In addition, try adding some coconut water to your ice lollies for a really tropical and exotic taste.
If you are using a more dense fruit such as mango then pour a little bit of this into the bottom of each of the molds first. After this you could add a lighter fruit juice such as apple juice from blended fresh apples. Although some of the juice will seep into the mango mixture you should still get a slight separation in the sections of the ice pop and therefore in the taste of them too.
3. Frozen Yogurt Ice Lollies
This recipe includes dairy products for those people who wish to include it in their ice lollies. You could use any variety and flavor of yogurt to make these delicious desserts. Simply pour your favorite yogurt flavor into the ice lolly molds and allow them to set overnight. I find that this idea works best with fruity yogurts with bits in them. However, you could use natural Greek yogurt for example and add in fresh blueberries and raspberries for a hint of color and vibrancy.
Why not even try mixing flavored yogurt with chunks of fresh fruit? There are lots of combinations you could make with this frozen yogurt option and they have a rich, creamy texture as the finished result. As with all of the suggested recipes, allow the lollies to set overnight if possible.
4. Frozen Yogurt Cheesecake Ice Lollies
This recipe calls for slightly more creativity. Firstly, you need to mash up some biscuits and these could be nutty in flavor or even ginger or chocolate chip flavor. Place the biscuits in a bag and wrap them in a tea towel. Use a rolling pin to gently crush the biscuits into smaller chunks. Then place them in a small saucepan and add a small amount of butter. You want to add just enough butter so that the biscuits start sticking together.
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Once the mixture has cooled down you can spoon it into the bottom of each of your individual ice lolly molds. Try to press the mixture right down into the corners so that you get a wonderful shape from the molds. Pressing the biscuit mix down will also help the mixture to become more compact and to stick together more effectively.
Next, you can pour in a few spoonfuls of your favorite yogurt onto the top of your biscuit base. Do this step gently as to not disturb the biscuit layer too much. Once they are full to the top you can add your pop sticks and place the molds in the freezer overnight.
5. Real Fruit Cocktail Stick Ice Lollies
This last recipe idea is for people who perhaps do not have an ice lolly mold at home but who would still like to enjoy ice lollies making If you have cocktail sticks or skewers then you can still create this option. Simply place your fruit such as blueberries, grapes, pineapple or apple chunks onto your skewer sticks and place them in the freezer overnight. These real fruit cocktail sticks really are that simple to make.
I like mixing strawberries, blueberries, grapes and melon pieces on skewer sticks and these go down a real treat at parties. It is an excellent way to get more fruit into your diet in a varied form which does not include juicing or dairy products. This option will also melt less because you are using solids and there is less liquid residue. Therefore, this is a great option to have out in advance before a party starts.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading about these varied and tasty ice lolly ideas. Remember that you can customize the recipes as much as you like and this means that you can get really creative in the kitchen this summer. So if you have a barbecue, birthday party or outdoor family picnic coming up, why not take along your own homemade ice lollies to impress your family and friends this summer.
Below is a You Tube video from ‘Food Tube’ where they show you how to make delicious watermelon and kiwi ice lollies.