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Cool Fun Popsicles

What better way to stay cool on a hot summer day than with a delicious Popsicle? If those Popsicles are nutritious, that is great. If those Popsicles are homemade... well... that's even better. But if those Popsicles are homemade by the kids... that's the best!

Here are several flavors of Popsicles for your children to try.

Variety Pack Popsicles

Ingredients:

1 (6 oz) can frozen orange juice concentrate, softened (or use grape juice, cranberry juice, etc.)
1 (6 oz) can water
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened (or 2 containers of plain yogurt)
Popsicle sticks
Cups

Directions:

1. Whir in a blender.

2. Pour into molds.

3. Insert sticks.

4. Freeze.

POLYNESIAN POPSICLES

Ingredients:

1 cup skim milk
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup honey or sugar
1 egg white
1 1/4 cups apricot nectar or canned pineapple juice
popsicle sticks
cups

Directions:

1. Pour milk into blender and add gelatin.

2. Let soften for one minute before adding the rest of the ingredients to whip.

3. Pour into molds.

4. Insert sticks>

5. Freeze.

CREAMSICLES

Ingredients:

1 (6 oz) can peaches in light syrup or 2 fresh ripe peaches, sliced and pitted
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp sugar or honey (optional)
popsicle sticks
cups

Directions:

1. Whip cream in a blender for 30-45 seconds.

2. Add peaches and honey.

3. Whir until smooth.

4. Pour into molds.

5. Insert sticks.

6. Freeze.

CHOCOLATE POPS

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz) container plain yogurt
2 tbsp cocoa or carob powder
2 tbsp brown sugar or honey
popsicle sticks
cups


Directions:

1. Liquify ingredients in a blender.

2. Pour into molds.

3. Insert popsicle sticks.

4. Freeze.

KEEP-ON-HAND SNOW CONES

Freeze orange juice (or any other flavored juice) in ice cube trays. Pop frozen juice cubes in a plastic bag to store. Put three to six of these cubes at a time in a blender. Turn blender on and off until cubes reach snowy consistency. Pile into a cup to serve.

The whole batch blended at once will keep its carnival consistency stored in a container in the freezer. Kids can serve themselves. Adding a little water makes it a "slush". Even kids who don't care for orange juice like it this way.

WATERMELON POPSICLES

Ingredients:

1 cup seedless watermelon chunks
1 cup orange juice
1 cup water
Popsicle sticks
cups

Directions:

1. Blend these ingredients in a blender.

2. Pour into molds.

3. Insert sticks.

4. Freeze.

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