The sun is dancing with the idea of staying around for more than a few moments and tongues are beginning to wag at the sight of those creamy 99s.
Yet, the high calorie treat does not provide the same refreshment as the humble ice pop, the ultimate sweet to cool you down on those long humid summer evenings.
As long as you’re equipped with a nifty set of ice-pop moulds, such as these from coolkidscookware.co.uk, making your own at home couldn’t be easier and they are a much better alternative to the sugar loaded options available in your local supermarket. Hop onto the icy wagon and pop one of these into your gob for the ultimate sin-free summer treat.
It may seem like an odd combination, but the creamy texture of avocado combined with the sweetness of condensed milk makes for the perfect tasty treat. In a food processor combine 1 ripe avocado, ½ can of condensed milk, 120mls of cream, the juice of ½ a lime and 4 ice cubes. Blend until smooth pour into moulds and freeze.
Kiwi and coconut
This creamy pop combines tangy kiwi and creamy coconut to produce the ultimate summer treat. Combine 8 kiwis, 270mls of light coconut cream and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar together in a food processer until smooth and pour into moulds. Freeze overnight.
Strawberry and yoghurt
Bang 250g of ripe strawberries into your blender along with 100ml of natural yoghurt and one table spoon of honey. Coursely whizz, pour into moulds and freeze.
Blueberry and yoghurt
Place 2 punnets of fresh blueberries into a food processor along with 270mls of natural yoghurt into a blender. Add a dash of vanilla extract and whizz before placing into moulds and freezing overnight.
Lemonade is a tarty favourite and one of the best ingredients to make use of in the summer. For this recipe, combine 1 ½ pints of water, 170g of castor sugar, the zest of three lemons and the juice of 6. Pour into moulds and freeze.
Cherry and lime
Pop this cherry ice into you for a seasonal summer kick. Combine 2 punnets of freshlt pipped and washed cherries with 200g of sugar and 240ml of lime juice. Roughly blend, pour into moulds and freeze over night.
Spoon out the flesh of one small melon and discard the seeds. Finely chop up a handful of fresh mint leaves. In a food processor combine the ingredients along with 100g of castor sugar ½ pint water and the juice of 3 limes. Blend, pour into moulds and freeze.
Grapefruit & Rosemary
This tangy treat is bound to refresh during those humid summer days. All you need to do is combine 185mls of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, 100g of castor sugar, 60ml of water and 2 teaspoons of finely chopped rosemary. Combine together in a blender, pour into moulds and freeze.