There’s nothing like a frozen treat to cool you off in the summer. My kids love popsicles. I don’t love the high sugar content and all the food dye. The 100% juice popsicles are very expensive. Some of my kids like store bought slushies, too. I have the same problem with those that I have with the popsicles.
So I started to make my own.
My favorite is lemonade. I make the lemonade myself:
6-8 lemons, juiced approximately 1 cup of juice
1 cup sugar, xylitol or your favorite sweetener
Add to a 2 quart pitcher and fill with water stirring to dissolve.
Pour into freezer containers or popsicle molds.
You want to make the lemonade a little stronger than if you were just drinking it.
Freeze until solid, or desired constancy, if your kids are standing at the freezer waiting like mind do. lol
If frozen solid, let sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes, then stir (or chop) with your spoon.
I like to take my frozen lemonade and start scraping right away. Kind of like the lemon ice I used to get off the ice cream truck when I was a kid.
We also use 100% juice to fill the containers. My son likes grape. Another likes orange juice. With orange juice, you’ll want to make sure the juice isn’t bitter before freezing. My kids don’t like bitter slushies, and I’m guessing yours won’t either. lol Just use your kids (or yours!) favorite juice.
You can freeze any kind of smoothies that you kids like and treat them like a slushie, or let them completely defrost.
I like to use canning jars to freeze our slushies in. I bought the plastic freezer jam containers that one of the canning jar companies puts out, but ours keep cracking on the bottom. So I started using the glass jars, which are freezer safe also. My kids actually prefer these to popsicles. The benefit of these is no dripping.
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