Skip to content

Firecracker Ice Pops

2015 June 26

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.

Firecracker Ice Pops

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.

Firecracker Ice Pops

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?

Firecracker Ice Pops

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.

Firecracker Ice Pops

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!

Firecracker Ice Pops

Firecracker Ice Pops

Firecracker Ice Pops

Popsicle Mold Source: Tovolo Twin Pop Molds – Set of 4

Almond BreezeDisclosure: 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!

 

Firecracker Ice Pops
Yields 8
A homemade version of the classic Firecracker Ice Pop.
Write a review
Print
For the Red Layer
  1. 2 cups diced strawberries
  2. 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  3. 1 tablespoons lime juice
For the White Layer
  1. 1¾ cups Almond Breeze Almondmilk Vanilla
  2. 2 teaspoons (melted) coconut oil
  3. 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
For the Blue Layer
  1. 2 cups blueberries
  2. 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  3. 1½ tablespoons lime juice
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Notes
  1. Set timers so that you won’t forget about your ice pops as you build the three layers! Trust me.
Freutcake http://www.freutcake.com/

Firecracker Ice Popsphotos by Leah Bergman

The Creamsicle Cocktail

2015 June 25

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!

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!

The Creamsicle Cocktail

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.

The Creamsicle Cocktail

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!

The Creamsicle Cocktail

Who wants one?

The Creamsicle Cocktailphotos by Erin Phraner

The Creamsicle Cocktail
Serves 2
A boozy milkshake that tastes like a classic Creamsicle.
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  2. 2 ounces Grand Marnier
Instructions
  1. 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.
Notes
  1. If you like your milkshakes a bit thinner, go ahead and add a splash of milk, too!
Freutcake http://www.freutcake.com/

 

4th of July Pineapple Sparkler Centerpieces

2015 June 23

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…

Pineapple Sparkler Center Pieces

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?

Pineapple Sparkler Center PiecesSo, let’s celebrate the sparkler in all of it’s crazy glory! Here’s a simple way to turn pineapples, sparklers and a couple cans of paint into wildly fun and very festive 4th of July centerpieces…

Pineapple Sparkler Center Pieces

Supplies:
pineapples
red, white & blue spray paint *we recommend paint & primer in one for better coverage
sparklers

note: use standard (short, hand-held) sparklers for this project.

Pineapple Sparkler Center PiecesSteps:
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.

Pineapple Sparkler Center Pieces

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!

Pineapple Sparkler Center Pieces

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!

Pineapple Sparkler Center PiecesCraft & photos by Christina Streit  & Leah Bergman

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...