Tons of Fun, Frozen Treats You Can Make With the Kids

Tons of Fun, Frozen Treats You Can Make With the Kids

Is there anything better than the smile on a kid’s face covered in melted chocolate?

By Lorraine Allen

When the weather warms up, there’s no better way to treat your family than with something cool, delicious, and homemade. I love frozen treats on hot days, even though they often melt into a mess before they are totally devoured. It’s still totally worth it to me. And what is better than those pics of your kids with melted chocolate ice cream and big, happy smiles on their faces?

If you are SUPER excited about the warm (and hopefully HOT) weather ahead like me, here are some tasty frozen treats that are fun and easy to make with your kids. (Doesn’t hurt that they’re hands-down delicious, too!)

1. Ice pops with gummy treats inside: Simply pour your kids’ favorite juice -- like cranberry, pineapple, or orange -- into a Popsicle mold, leaving about a half-inch space empty. Then, place in freezer with the tops on. About 30-50 minutes later, when the juice has started to freeze solid but is still half liquid, remove tops, insert gummy of choice, and replace ice pop stick. Put back into freezer for several hours or overnight and serve with a side of humor.

2. Frozen smoothies: Pour 1 or 2 cups of plain or vanilla yogurt into a blender, add a banana and berries or fruit of your choice, and blend until well combined. Then, freeze in small cups using ice pop sticks as handles. Serve as a refreshing, healthy snack. We love to use whole berries in the mix, too!

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3. Frozen giant homemade candy bars: This was my all-time favorite thing to make with my grandma when I was little. Prepare a small pot of chocolate ganache by melting one bag of chocolate chips over a double-boiler, with 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter to keep it from getting stiff, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla for extra awesome flavor. Then, line a bread pan with foil, followed by plastic wrap. Pour in a thin layer of melted chocolate, and then place a layer of butter cookies or vanilla wafers on top. Cover the cookie layer with a chocolate layer. Next, add another layer of cookies.

Continue layering this way until you are out of room or cookies or chocolate. You want to be sure to end with a thick layer of chocolate, and pour some down the side so that the cookies are all covered all around. Wrap the plastic around tight, then the foil, and put the whole pan in the freezer overnight. When you unwrap it all, you will have a delicious, frozen candy bar that is seriously out-of-this-world. Slice and serve with whipped cream, strawberries, or just on its own.


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To make your kid’s favorite giant candy bar, just use this process and add in whatever other ingredients, like peanuts and caramel layers. It’s all fun, simple, and ridiculously good.

4. Ice cream sandwiches: If these delightful treats don’t bring to mind some of the best summer days of your life, I don’t know what will! They are fun and fast to make with kids, too. Just bake your favorite chocolate chip cookies, slather vanilla or chocolate chip ice cream between two and roll the outside in little chips or rainbow sprinkles. Wrap individually and freeze for an hour or so. YUM!

5. Frozen fruit ice cubes: Here are two awesome ways to use fresh fruit to both cool down and add great flavor to any beverage on a hot day: Either freeze cubed fruit like pineapple, mango, kiwi, or clementine slices, or whole grapes or berries. Or make ice cubes with the fruit INSIDE them by freezing a layer of water in your ice cube trays (just under half-filling the tray) and then, adding the fruit, with more water. It’s a great way to make your water taste extra refreshing and get your kids to drink more, and it looks really festive and fancy if you’re having people over, too.

What are your family’s favorite frozen treats to make and eat?

Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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I can't wait to make these with my boys they will love every bit of it.

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I can't wait to try these with my grandson.

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