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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

Chocolate Pops!

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What rendition of summer ice pops medley would be complete without some sort of chocolatey goodness?? I give to you these extremely simple yet rich Chocolate Pops for day three of the twelve days of summer kick-off pops!  This is a basic recipe that can be modified in countless ways.  Let your kids create their own fudgy masterpieces by getting adventurous in the candy and nut aisle at the grocery store.

All you do is mix equal parts of chocolate pudding with cool-whip, dollop into molds, freeze and indulge!  I’m sure these would work equally well with butterscotch pudding, pistachio pudding or even traditional vanilla pudding.  Think outside the box and fold in some toasted nuts, mini chocolate chips or your favourite candy, crushed up for something different! They are creamy, rich and decadent and easy enough for the kids to make!

Nosh

Strawberry Sweetness Pops

 

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Continuing with the 12 Days of Summer Ice Pop Sensations I not only bring you another idea for frozen treats to share on sunny days, I also bring you a magnificent bribery tool!  Need some weeds pulled? The lawn mowed? Perhaps there’s a fence that needs painting? Do you have a front porch that needs to be swept? Or you just want someone to play Bocce Ball with, or run through the sprinkler with?  This my friends is your ticket to plenty!

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On the second day of Summer Ice Pop Sensations I bring you “Strawberry Sweetness Pops”.  This has got to be the easiest ice pop I’ve ever made.  All you need is a package of strawberry jello and some fresh strawberries.

Dice up the berries and put them into your pop molds then top with the jello (made as per the directions on the box).  Any remaining jello can just be put into a dish in the fridge for actual jello!

I’ve read somewhere that jello added to ice pops can prevent them from dripping…I did not find that this was true. All of us were a sticky mess by the end of enjoying these but regardless, it did not take away from their yumminess!