I don’t know about you but I am so so sooooo ready for Summer. Every year I’m ready, but this year the urgency with which I wish to welcome the warmest season of the year is especially strong. I’m looking forward to sea salty hair, sandy feet and sleeping with nothing more than a sheet. And that’s huge. I usually hate sand on my feet. This year I’m ready. It’s my year to embrace the beach and to love the ocean. It can not come soon enough.
My creative mind is switching off from hearty feasts and comfort foods and dreaming of cool treats. Ice cream flavours. Tall glasses of homemade lemonade. Salads in abundance. Fresh fish. Perfectly cooked steak on the BBQ. Cold Coronas with a sliver of lime. Fresh cut grass. The sun dipping down around 9pm. Aaaaahhhhh we’re so close. I can taste it!
It’s no surprise then that when asked to create a recipe using the new Allen’s Jelly Tots, I went straight to Summer in my mind. I combined the desire for a tall glass of homemade lemonade with these little fruity lollies and came up with an ice block that is guaranteed to thrill the kids. Brightly coloured jewels in a popsicle – are you kidding? They went nuts for them. Mostly because they just look so fun!
Making your own iceblocks is the same as making your own anything – in doing so you know what it contains and are able to control the amount of everything you’re putting into it.
I made a simple homemade lemonade mixture and dropped six little lollies into each ice block mould. The new branding on all Allen’s lollies makes it easy for parents to know how many lollies are recommended with the portion serve size referenced on each packet. And because these candies are naturally flavoured with delicious fruits and contain no artificial colours, they are a treat I am personally comfortable giving my children every once in a while.
The recommended portion for these little lollies is 14 per serve, which is more than generous right? What kid do you know that is going to want more after 14? Because I had sugar in the lemonade mix, I reduced the number of Jelly Tots to six, but you could put just one or two in each mould if you preferred – make it a game of ‘Spot the Jelly Tot’ or ‘Slurp the Lemonade until you reach the Jelly Tot’. Whatever tickles your fancy. The kids will love it however you wanna play it!
- 1 C water
- 2 T sugar
- 1/2 C freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 t vanilla extract
- 36 Allens Jelly Tots in a mix of colours
- Stir together sugar and water until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the lemon juice and vanilla and combine.
- Place 6 (or less) Jelly Tots in the base of your ice block moulds and carefully pour the lemonade in to the fill line.
- Leave to set.
- Once set, carefully remove from the mould and eat.
- If you are using traditional plastic moulds, once you've poured in the liquid, place in freezer and wait until set.
- If you are using a quick pop maker like the Zoku as I did, it is recommended to chill the lemonade before adding to the moulds. Follow manufacturers directions for best results.
Thanks Allens Lollies for the Jelly Tots.