As a kid growing up on the islands, one of our favorite frozen treats were ice blocks. Any fruit juice mom would make, we’d fill ice trays with and when frozen, they would be perfect for the tropical heat of the Caribbean (known locally as ice-blocks). Besides the various fruit juices she’d make from local fruits, our fave was always cool aid… especially “red” and grape! This is one of those recipes that’s not really a recipe, but rather a fun way to get the kids involved in the kitchen.
3 cups fruit juice (I used white Cranberry)
NOTE: Since I didn’t have access to fresh tropical fruits, I used what were in season here in Canada, so feel free to use what fruits you have access to and those you enjoy eating.
Peel and slice your fruits (especially if you’re using mango, pineapple, peaches, kiwi etc) about 1/4 inch thick.
Then stack the sliced fruits into the Popsicle mold, leaving a bit of room for the fruit juice.
Top off with the liquid/juice of your choice and freeze for about 5 hours or until completely frozen.
Run warm water over the mold to help them come out easier. ENJOY!
As mentioned this a fun recipe to do with kids, but more importantly you have the opportunity to include fresh fruit in their diet and control the ingredients in this wonderful frozen treat. Real fruit, little sugar and no preservatives (sugar and preservatives depends on the fruit juice you use).