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Tips
•Try using 3- or 4-ounce paper cups if you don’t have molds. Cover each cup in foil and insert a wooden stick through the top to create a handle.
•Blend up a little extra and freeze in ice cube trays to give summertime beverages a refreshing flavor twist. For example, combine fresh watermelon with strawberry extract to create watermelon cooler cubes to brighten up sparkling water or clear soda. Raspberry and peach cubes are a simple way to turn ordinary iced tea into unique summer refreshments.
•If you don’t have a shaved ice maker, crush ice to a snowy texture in your blender or by wrapping a plastic bag of ice in a kitchen towel and smashing it with a rolling pin or mallet. This can be a fun project for kids so long as they have adult supervision.
•Arrange a DIY shaved ice station at your next summer gathering for a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Fill a large vessel with shaved ice and set out squeeze bottles filled with different flavored syrups so guests can mix and match to their heart’s content.

Summertreats pop up

Saurer
Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
Head server Mackenzie Kneller holds a Fruity Pebble Dreamsicle at the Friendly Fox, which offers several frozen treats.
McCormick Kitchens
Fruit syrups give flavor to shaved ice summer treats.

Dan Saurer has yet to perfect the traditional frozen fruit pop but the chef and co-owner of the Friendly Fox has plenty of treats in his repertoire.

He says he likes to develop flavor combinations that not only sound good to him but ones he knows he can’t get elsewhere – from Vietnamese Coffee to Chocolate Malt Fudge.

Oh, and Fruity Pebble, which features a vanilla base dredged in the childhood favorite cereal before freezing.

“It’s nice to have one that’s made from scratch, where you know the ingredients,” Saurer says of the treats, which sell for $2.75. “Something a little different. A little something special.”

Making frozen treats can be a fun summer activity for adults and children alike as the summer heat sets in. Saurer suggests using an ice cream base for creamsicles rather than the pudding base many recipes call for. For fruit juice bases, look for ripe fruit, which will taste sweetest and require less sugar.

“Most people already have all the ingredients they need to make frozen treats right at home,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens.

Frozen Fruit Pops

These customizable and easy-to-grab snacks are as fun to eat as they are to make. Plus, with nutrient-packed ingredients such as fresh pineapple or strawberries, parents will feel good serving these hand-crafted treats to kids.

This recipe is as simple as adding fruit and complementary flavors to a blender. Then, pour into popsicle molds and freeze until set. Have fun with a variety of combinations for everyone in the family.

Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Pops

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups frozen strawberries

1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract

Bring water and sugar to boil in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature. Pour syrup into blender container. Add frozen strawberries and lemon extract. Blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into molds. Freeze 4 hours or overnight, or until firm.

– McCormick Kitchens

Easy Fruity Shaved Ice

Cool down with a frosty blast from the past that uses five or less ingredients. Top shaved ice with homemade syrups in inventive flavor combinations. Add a few drops of food color to complement the taste – such as pairing red and yellow food color with orange extract. Or have fun and vary the color to mimic the vibrant shades of summer. Blue food color and raspberry extract make a playful combination.

Easy Crushed Orange Shaved Ice

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

1 teaspoon orange extract

8 drops yellow food color

2 drops red food color

Bring sugar and water to boil in small saucepan on medium high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in orange extract and food colors. Cool to room temperature. Poor into squeeze bottle for easier serving. Pour syrup over shaved ice.

– McCormick Kitchens

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