Category Archives: Frozen

Mocha Fudgesicles

Is it HOT where you live?  We actually have a slight reprieve from the heat this week, but it is August, and that means more oppressive heat is on the way.  Not to worry, I’ve got a cold, smooth Mocha recipe for adults and if you leave out the coffee, kids will love these “fudgesicles”.

Most fudgesicle recipes call for  sweetened condensed milk or instant pudding.  I wanted to make a slightly healthier, less sweet version.  My experimenting led me to make these which turned out, oh so creamy and yummy.  This recipe made 6 Zoku popsicles – feel free to double or triple the batch.

 

In a 2 cup measuring cup place:
1/2 cup Yogurt, (I used plain, but you could use chocolate)
1/2 cup Evaporated Milk
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tabl. Instant Coffee granules
1/4 cup Chocolate Syrup

Whisk the above ingredients well.  Pour into your popsicle molds and freeze until firm.  Since I have the Zoku Popsicle maker I didn’t have to wait long.

        

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Frozen Fruit

Too.hot.to. eat. – No recipe here today, just suggestions.  As the heatwave continues in the US, and definitely here on the east coast, with a heat index of 110 degrees, let’s talk fruit.  Frozen fruit – Grapes, Strawberries, Raspberries, Pitted Cherries, Oranges, Grapefruit and more!

Fresh fruit is delicious and refreshing enough, but for that extra bit of refreshment to help cool you down, freeze it!  Seedless grapes, raspberries, blueberries, pitted cherries and strawberries can be frozen whole.  Wash fruit and place on paper towels to dry.  Put the fruit in a ziplock bag and place in freezer.

For a twist, segment an orange or grapefruit to freeze.  To segment, peel the skin with a sharp knife, cutting all of the exterior off and the white “pith”.  Holding the fruit in your hand, slice through each segment on the inside of the membrane to release the slice. Place the orange or grapefruit slices on a piece of parchment (or wax) paper on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid.  When they are frozen, place in a ziplock bag to enjoy.

     

Use your frozen fruit in place of ice cubes in cold drinks to add flavor and color.

Write and tell me how you are staying cool.

Frozen Fruit

Too.hot.to. eat. – No recipe here today, just suggestions.  As the heatwave continues in the US, and definitely here on the east coast, with a heat index of 110 degrees, let’s talk fruit.  Frozen fruit – Grapes, Strawberries, Raspberries, Pitted Cherries, Oranges, Grapefruit and more!

Fresh fruit is delicious and refreshing enough, but for that extra bit of refreshment to help cool you down, freeze it!  Seedless grapes, raspberries, blueberries, pitted cherries and strawberries can be frozen whole.  Wash fruit and place on paper towels to dry.  Put the fruit in a ziplock bag and place in freezer.

For a twist, segment an orange or grapefruit to freeze.  To segment, peel the skin with a sharp knife, cutting all of the exterior off and the white “pith”.  Holding the fruit in your hand, slice through each segment on the inside of the membrane to release the slice. Place the orange or grapefruit slices on a piece of parchment (or wax) paper on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid.  When they are frozen, place in a ziplock bag to enjoy.

     

Use your frozen fruit in place of ice cubes in cold drinks to add flavor and color.

Write and tell me how you are staying cool.

Orange-Cream Popsicles

It is H-U-M-I-D here – the kind of day where you sweat while sitting still. Fortunately, my daughter had just gifted me with a “Zoku” Popsicle Maker. It’s a frozen chamber which, once it sets in your freezer for 24 hours, makes popsicles in minutes.  Of course, you don’t have to have the quick Zoku to make popsicles – you can use any type of mold or paper cup with stick/spoon in it.

I decided that this is the perfect week to experiment with flavors, as the heat index climbs even higher.  My first attempt is quite successful, combining the tangy flavors of yogurt and orange.  After tasting the mixture, I decided to add honey to sweeten and minimize the “tang”.  Though not as orange in color as commercial brands, it’s full of tangy orange and cream flavors!

In a bowl whisk together:
1-1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt 
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Orange Juice Concentrate
3 Tabl. Honey
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Chill this mixture.  Pour into your popsicle molds/cups and freeze until firm.

      

   

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