I love inviting other bloggers to guest post on Kidgredients, and this guest post from Renee at Play Based Parenting is perfect for the hot weather we've been having lately! These fruit jelly ice pops are the perfect thing for cooling down after a long day. So, over to Renee to share her fun and yummy recipe:
Summer is approaching here in Australia, which means my kids get to make fruit jelly ice pops. One of our favourite things to do in preparation for the hot days to come is to make a batch of berry and mango fruit jelly ice pops. They are beautifully bright, yummy and contain real fruit of course.
Fruit jelly ice pops are really easy for kids to make. I enlist the kids to help gather the ingredients, we measure them out and label them as we go. I usually have to top up the ingredients because they like to eat some during the process, as kids do. They help put the ingredients into the blender. I blend and they block their ears, it’s not really loud at all but they think it is hilarious to block each other’s ears.
With these berry and mango fruit jelly ice pops, we layered the two flavours. First we blended all our berries, making sure to leave some chunky yummy bits of real fruit in it. Once we were happy with the texture, we set it aside in a bowl and continued on to chop up our frozen mango in the blender. Usually I would use 2 fresh mangoes but they are only just coming back into season so I used up some of our frozen mango.
Next we mixed up two lots of jelly to match our flavours; we picked raspberry jelly and peach jelly. As instructed on the box of the Jelly, I boiled the jug and did the first step to dissolve the jelly crystals completely, then once the cool water was added, the kids could help again.
My little girl was in charge of berries and my boy was in charge of mango. They stirred and combined the jelly with the real fruit. It smelt fabulous! Of course they had to taste a bit of that as well. The fruit jelly mixture was ready to be poured into the ice pop trays and frozen.
We layered one over the other, Berry-Mango-Berry, into our ice pop trays but we had some left over. We poured that into plastic cups and stuck a craft stick in to improvise. Now comes the trickiest part of all, the part that the kids struggle with… Waiting! Stick them in the freezer and wait 4-6 hours, preferably overnight. We made a total of 10 berry mango ice pops.
The fruit jelly ice pops turned out great. The softer consistency of blended fruit is easy to bite into and enjoy, while the jelly helps hold it together and not melt as fast. The perfect summer treat that you can have fun making and enjoy eating. The process and the great taste makes these fruit jelly ice pops much better for the little ones than those artificial sugary things you can buy at the grocery shop.
Check out these other ice pop ideas I made for your kids to enjoy especially during summer:
Fruit jelly ice pops
Berry ice layer:
- I cup of strawberries
- I cup of blueberries
- ½ cup of Blackberries
- 1 satchel of Raspberry Jelly Lite
Mango Ice Layer:
- 2 mangos
- Peach Jelly lite
For the berry layer:
- blitz the berries until smooth.
- Mix the jelly with the boiling water and cold water as per the box instructions.
- Combine the jelly with the blitzed fruit.
- blitz the mangoes until smooth
- Mix the jelly with boiling and cold water as per the instructions, combine the jelly and the fruit.
- Layer the two different flavours into the ice pop moulds and freeze for 4-6 hours, or overnight.
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