Today's post is a fun DIY summer snack - easy ice cream pops - from Carolyn of Simple Play Ideas.
Ice pops and ice cream treats are summer staples. You can turn a frozen snack into an activity when you custom create your own ice cream pops!
And best of all, it’s so super simple!
Make Your Own Easy Ice Cream Pops!
Fair warning: this activity can end up pretty messy. So keep those clean-up supplies on hand and ready!
To make your own easy ice cream pops, you’ll need:
- your favorite ice cream flavors, slightly softened
- ice pop or popsicle molds
- ice cream mix-ins: cereal, coconut flakes, cherries, chocolate chips, sprinkles, OJ concentrate, chocolate syrup
- big mixing bowl
We start to build our pops by picking out what flavor we want. I set a few cartons of our favorite single-flavor ice creams on-hand: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, coffee, etc.
We also have a few different mix-in options available to make things interesting. To skip some of the mess, you could use combo flavored ice creams, like rocky road or mint chip.
Our favorite ice cream combinations:
- Creamsicle: 1 pint vanilla ice cream + 1/2 cup orange juice concentrate “mix-in”
- Chocolate Chocolate Chip: 1 pint chocolate ice cream + 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Fudge Swirl: 1 pint vanilla ice cream + 1/4 cup chocolate syrup “mix-in”
The major goal: make the yummiest combo of ice creams and mix-ins possible! Seriously, go nuts!
Kids Can DIY Easy Ice Cream Pops!
Let one pint of ice cream sit out until it melts enough that your kids can stir it easily, similar to soft serve texture. Scoop it into a bowl with a scoop or spatula.
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Then get out the mix-ins, stir them in, and spoon the mixture into an ice pop mold (affiliate link). You can mix everything in completely or leave it lightly swirled – your call.
Put the molds in the freezer until they are frozen through, about 3 1/2 hours or overnight. It might be a great idea to mix up your treat before lunch.
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To get the ice pops out more easily, hold the ice pop mold under running water. The easy ice cream pops slide right out!