Fruity, freezy popsicle treats

  • Tuesday, June 6, 2006 9:00pm
  • Life

Simple, healthy and fun popsicles can help entertain children and delight busy mothers during the summer months.

Tawra Kellam, author of “Dining on a Dime Cookbook,” offers some helpful tips in keeping kids cool this summer with refreshing, berry-filled popsicles.

Popsicle molds, ice cube trays or small paper or plastic cups with some toothpicks in the center and plastic wrap to cover is all you’ll need for fantastic fruity pops.

Mix up these recipes, pour into molds and freeze.

Yogurt: Mix fruit or jam into yogurt. Freeze in small, snack-sized Ziploc bags for frozen yogurt on the go.

Jell-O: Mix gelatin and freeze. Add gummy fish or worms for added fun.

Jelly : Pour 1/4 cup hot water in a leftover jam or jelly jar and shake well.

Pudding: Add coconut, nuts, marshmallows, crushed cookies or sprinkles to pudding.

Berry: Stick a toothpick in the center of berries or bananas. Dip in chocolate if desires. Freeze on a tray, then store in freezer bags.

Watermelon: Blend 1 cup each seedless watermelon, orange juice and water.

Strawberry: Blend 2 cups strawberries, 1 cup vanilla ice cream or yogurt, 4 cups orange juice and 2 tablespoons sugar. Blend smooth.

Banana: Dissolve one 3 ounce package strawberry gelatin with one cup boiling water. In a blender, mix gelatin, a banana and 1 cup yogurt or ice cream. Blend well.

Easy snow cones: Freeze any flavored fruit juice. Freeze and store cubes in a plastic bag. Blend five cubes in the blender until they have a shaved ice consistency. Shaved ice will keep its consistency if kept frozen in a container.

For more tips, visit www.livingonadime.com.

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