If the extra use of deodorant, antiperspirant, and sun screen isn’t a clear indication that the summer temperatures are here then the constant craving for something cold should be the most telling marker that our bodies need extra help to cool down.
Shops and supermarkets are filled with different varieties of ice creams and popsicles that can be quite challenging on your tastebuds. Here are some easy do-it-yourself popsicle recipes from allrecipes.com that you and your kids can make at home that will be both fun and yummy.
10 ice pop sticks
5 very ripe bananas, peeled and halved crosswise
1 (16 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter
10 tablespoons flaked coconut, or as needed
Insert 1 pop stick into the cut end of each banana. Place the bananas on a wax paper covered baking sheet and freeze until the bananas are frozen, about 2 hours.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 3 minutes (depending on your microwave).
Dip the frozen bananas in the melted chocolate, spooning the chocolate over the banana to cover it completely. Roll in coconut if desired. Place the dipped bananas on the wax paper-covered baking sheet, and freeze until the chocolate is firm.
Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Ice Pops
2 cups fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and sliced bananas, mixed
2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup white sugar
8 small paper cups
8 popsicle sticks
Place the mixed blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sliced bananas, yogurt, and sugar into a blender. Cover, and blend until fruit is chunky or smooth, as desired.
Fill paper cups 3/4 full with fruit mixture. Cover the top of each cup with a strip of aluminum foil. Poke a popsicle stick through the center of the foil on each cup.
Place the cups in the freezer for at least 5 hours. To serve, remove foil and peel off the paper cup.
Yummy Watermelon Pops
2 1/2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
Place the watermelon, lemon juice, sugar, and raspberries into a blender, and blend on High speed until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into ice pop molds, and insert sticks or handles. Freeze until firm, several hours or overnight.