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Cool down and save money by freezing your own refreshments

By Jordan Slocum

Fudgesicles anyone? Photo submitted

Fudgesicles anyone? Photo submitted

The days keep getting hotter and hotter, and I really like to cool down with frozen treats. My mom and I decided to look up some ways to make our own frozen treats. This way, it saves mom and dad money because they don’t have to buy lots of frozen treats for me from the store and it also gives me something to do. I also learned that making frozen treats I can make them healthier for me too.

The first thing we made was yogurt bars. In a blender, whirl together one cup plain or flavored yogurt, one cup mixed summer fruit (seasonal berries, peaches, or plums), and one tablespoon honey. Pour the mixture into pop molds and freeze for three hours. I really like the zingy flavor yogurt gives plus mom says it is really good for your body.

The next frozen treat we tried making was Ice pops. These quenched your thirst better and they are very easy to make. All you have to do is combine fruit and juice to make ice pops. Just blend together 1 cup of 100 percent juice (try mixing varieties, such as pineapple, orange, and cranberry) with 1 cup of fruit chunks (like peaches, mango, or strawberries). Pour into pop molds and freeze for three hours. The fruit and juice make you feel re-energized. The best thing is there is no added sugar and mom says natural sugar is much better.

The last frozen treat we made was pudding pops. This was the yummiest of all. We had to first make our own pudding. We used the Jello sugar free and skim milk. We put the pudding in the blender and then added our favorite fruit. We tried banana with chocolate pudding and blueberries with vanilla pudding and those combinations were both great. Next, spoon the mixture into pop molds and freeze. We left them in for three hours and they were delicious when we took them out.

All three of the frozen treats we made turned out great. I even let my little sister Kennedy try the treats and she liked them too! Most of the steps I was able to do by myself, although my mom kept a close eye on what I was doing. I like that my mom will teach me how to cook and make things in the kitchen. Remember have fun and don’t be a slug!

Jordan is enjoying her summer and will be entering 4th grade next year.

Christie Slocum (503 Posts)