It’s summer at last and once again it’s time to dig those long forgotten ice pop molds out from the back of your cabinets, stock up on wooden popsicle sticks (I buy mine here) and find a few go-to summer ice pop recipes to make all summer long.
With the Fourth of July approaching I thought it would be fun to re-create a healthier version of the classic “Firecracker Pop” with layers of red, white and blue.
No artificial flavors or dyes here, just sweet fruit, Almond Breeze Almondmilk Vanilla and of course a bit of sugar. I mean, can it really be considered dessert without a little of the sweet stuff?
Of course if you plan to make these for kiddos or just want to cut back on your sugar intake, feel free to sub agave nectar or even honey. Go ahead you health nut, more power to you! I bet you’ll look fab in your bikini.
Either way, whichever way you sweeten it, these Firecracker Ice Pops are delicious, fun and just about as All-American as it gets. Now all I need is a sprinkler to cool off in…it’s hot in herre!
Popsicle Mold Source: Tovolo Twin Pop Molds – Set of 4
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk however the recipe and all opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who support Freutcake!
- 2 cups diced strawberries
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoons lime juice
- 1¾ cups Almond Breeze Almondmilk Vanilla
- 2 teaspoons (melted) coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 cups blueberries
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1½ tablespoons lime juice
- Make the Red Layer: In a blender, combine the strawberries, sugar and lime juice. Puree until fruit is completely liquified. Pour into the ice-pop molds 1/3 of the way. Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Make the White Layer: Start with room temperature almond milk. Whisk the almond milk together with coconut oil, and sugar. Pour into the ice-pop molds 1/3 of the way. Freeze until semi-firm, about 20 minutes. Remove from freezer and insert popsicle sticks through the white layer. Freeze for an additional 10-20 minutes or until firm.
- Make the Blue Layer: Puree the blueberries, sugar and lime juice. Puree until fruit is completely liquified. Pour into the ice-pop molds being careful to pour around sticks. Freeze until solid, 3 hours or overnight. Just before serving, briefly run molds under hot water to release the pops.
- Set timers so that you won’t forget about your ice pops as you build the three layers! Trust me.
Warm nights and lazy days means summer is the perfect season to keep the party going way after the dinner plates are cleared. That’s why I love a cocktail that doubles as dessert! For this week’s cocktail, we’re giving an ice cream truck classic a boozy twist. Meet: The Creamsicle Cocktail!
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this 2-ingredient summer drink! It’s easy to make, check! Absolutely delicious, check! And almost too much fun to drink…check, check, check! All you need: Your favorite vanilla ice cream and orange liqueur. I highly recommend spending the extra few dollars to get Grand Marnier for this recipe— it makes a huge flavor difference. When a recipe only has a pair of ingredients, each one really counts!
Making this for a crowd? Take my advice and double, triple or even quadruple the recipe! Go get that family-size gallon-o-ice-cream. You’ll need it! I very daintily divided mine among little party cups, thinking each guest would have a sophisticated sipper as a “dessert digestif”. Then I came to my senses.
I pour those all into 1 big-girl sized cup—as one should—ran down to the grocery store and whizzed up some more milkshake because no one should be cheated when it comes to charming cocktails!
Who wants one?
photos by Erin Phraner
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- 2 ounces Grand Marnier
- Blend the ice cream and Grand Marnier in a blender until smooth and combined, scraping down the sides of the blender if needed. Divide among glasses.
- If you like your milkshakes a bit thinner, go ahead and add a splash of milk, too!
Sparklers always remind me of summer vacations to West Virginia to visit my Grandma. Those humid, sticky summer nights of catching lightning bugs on my Uncle’s farm, toasting marshmallows on dangerously large bonfires, and running around like a bunch of wild animals with my cousins and a fist-full of sparklers fully blazing. There was nothing like it…
Of course sparklers also bring back memories of the 4th of July! The 4th has always been a special holiday for me because I have so many great memories. It’s synonymous with summer, the time spent with family, barbeques, our local parade and of course those crazy sparklers! Can’t you smell them now?
red, white & blue spray paint *we recommend paint & primer in one for better coverage
note: use standard (short, hand-held) sparklers for this project.
1. Spray paint pineapples using red, white and blue paint & primer in one. Allow to dry completely before continuing.
2. Insert sparklers into pineapples tops. Stick the “handle” of the sparkler down into the soft fruit leaving space between the fronds of the pineapple and the “sparkler” portion of the stick. You may have to wiggle them a bit to stick them into the fruit.
3. Touch up any chipped paint with a paintbrush as needed but do not spray paint pineapple once sparklers are inserted.
4. Arrange as your tabletop centerpiece.
5. Just at dusk, have a couple of guests all help light the sparklers using a long lighters then step back and enjoy!
Oh, and don’t forget to pass out extra sparklers to all of your guests big and little. You’re never too old to enjoy those wild fireworks!
Craft & photos by Christina Streit & Leah Bergman