Nosh

Key Lime Pie Pops

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I’m a sucker for anything citrus and I love to satisfy my pucker with these icy treats!  They’re exactly like a key lime pie except frozen and on a stick! So there you have it…pie on the go! Sort of! Day eight of our twelve days of summer kick-off pops is brought to you by Key Lime Pie Pops!

Here’s how I made them:

  • 1/2 brick cream cheese
  • 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • juice and zest from 1 lime
  • 1-2 graham crackers, crushed

In a large mixing bowl mix all the ingredients except for the graham crackers with a hand mixer.  Mix until smooth and creamy.  Dollop into your ice pop molds and then top with the crushed graham crackers, sort of pressing the crumbs into the cream so they stick.  Top with your mold stick and lid and once again, freeze these beauties for a good 24 hours or in your chest freezer like I did!

Nosh

Funky Monkey Pops

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Day seven of our twelve days of summer kickoff are these really fun Funky Monkey pops! The natural sugars in the banana freeze to a creaminess much like icecream making these yummy treats seem much more decadent than they actually are!

Super simple to make: Take a ripe banana, peel it and cut it in half.  Skewer each half with a popsicle stick and dip the banana into melted dark chocolate, place on a baking sheet with parchment paper and decorate each banana pop with your favourite sundae toppers (like sprinkles, toasted coconut, toasted chopped nuts, skor bits, chopped smarties or m&m’s, chopped cookies or any other funky topping you desire!). Freeze until the banana is solid and the chocolate has hardened. Store in a ziplock bag and enjoy these semi-healthy treats whenever a sweet, cold craving hits!

Nosh

Canada Day Raspberry Cheesecake Pops

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Ok…this recipe is amazing (not to toot my own horn), it really is!  These pops for day six of the twelve days of summer kick-off are a bit more tedious than other recipes but I promise you they are so completely worth it.  Reminiscent of cherry cheesecake hard ice cream found at most ice cream huts all summer long, these Raspberry Cheesecake pops are sure to be a summer favourite, soon to be summer staple and are perfect to show your patriotism for Canada’s upcoming 150th Birthday!

For the raspberry layers:

  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries pureed plus 1/2 pint for garnish
  • 2 tbsp sugar

For the cheesecake layer:

  • 1/2 brick cream cheese
  • 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

In your bullet or smoothie maker, pulse up the raspberries and sugar.

In a large bowl using a hand mixer, combine the cheesecake ingredients and mix until smooth.

Dollop a bit of the raspberry puree into the bottom of each mold.  Top with a whole fresh raspberry.  Dollop the cheesecake layer onto the puree and gently nudge a half of a fresh raspberry into the centre of the cheesecake layer, visible to the outside of the mold (this is the maple leaf of the Canadian flag!). Top with another layer of raspberry puree, top with cap and stick of your mold and freeze for a good 24 hours.  I had to freeze them in my chest freezer as it’s a lot colder than my fridge freezer and with the sugar content of the cheesecake filling you need a harder freeze to set!

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So festive, so fun and so very very delicious!

Nosh

Breakfast pops!!

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I don’t know what kid wouldn’t like waking up on their first week of summer holidays to breakfast pops in the morning! These day five pops in the twelve days of summer pop kick-off are incredibly easy and yummy and easy to trick your kids into a nutritious treat! Warning: they may think you’ve gone mad offering them icecream in the morning!!!

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All you do is layer your favorite Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and granola. We used strawberry and blueberry yogurt, fresh strawberries, blackberries and almond granola! It is truly as easy as dollop-ing these ingredients into your molds, freezing and enjoying!

Nosh

Sangria Sipper Pops

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For our fourth day of the twelve days of summer kick-off pops I bring you an adult idea that’s sure to help beat the heat this summer! (If we ever get any!)  Sangria Sipper pops can be enjoyed on a stick or in a glass topped with fizzy club soda or sparkling proseco if you’re feeling fancy.  This recipe also came from my frugality and not wanting to throw out sangria at the end of a fun night.  I simply froze the leftover fruity wine in ice molds and popped them out and stored them in a ziplock bag to enjoy whenever the party arises!

Use your favourite sangria recipe (red or white wine) and reserve some of the nicer, smaller fruit to add to your molds too if you like!

For red wine sangria I like to use dark berries like strawberries, blackberries of blueberries, orange slices, a bottle of nice red wine and 1/2 cup or so of an orange liqueur.

For white wine sangria I like to add blackberries, peaches, lemons and limes (and even fresh mint if I have), a good bottle of white wine and 1/2 cup or so of a peach schnapps.

There’s really no rules with sangria though…use whatever fruits you love or are in season and add a bit of flavourful liquor (rum, brandy, etc) and let steep for a time or two before serving chilled and spritzed with soda if you like!  Sigh…all I need now is a pool to sip on these by!