Cool & Easy Summer Treats

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A few years ago my husband gave me an automatic ice cream maker for my birthday. Ever since, my kids and I have loved trying out different ice cream recipes and combinations. They’re fun to make with our favorites being vanilla with chocolate chips and vanilla with crushed Oreo cookies. But to make ice cream, it usually requires some forethought since we normally don’t have all the ingredients on hand. Luckily, we have two favorite recipes, slushies and chocolate fudgesicle ice cream that between them require only three ingredients that we almost always have on hand.

Slushies

These are perhaps the easiest treat you’ll ever make and require only 4 cups of your favorite flavored liquid – cola or other soda, lemonade, cranberry juice, white grape juice or Kool-Aid to name a few. The only caveat is that in the ice cream maker, you cannot use sugar free products to make slushies.

Turn the machine on and pour the liquid into the freezer bowl. Let it mix until it’s thick and slushy – about 15 to 20 minutes. You can serve it immediately, which the kids will insist upon. But, you can also transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer. (Thaw frozen slushies for at least 20 minutes before serving.)



Chocolate Fudgesicle Ice Cream

This recipe requires only two ingredients – 2 packages of instant chocolate pudding (3.4 to 3.9 ounces each) and 3 cups reduced fat or low fat chilled milk.

Simply blend the ingredients in a mixing bowl, turn the machine on and pour the mixture into the freezer bowl. Let the machine run for 20 to 25 minutes and then serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the freezer until you’re ready to eat it. You can vary this recipe by trying other pudding flavors like white chocolate or vanilla and stir in some sprinkles or mini chocolate chips at the end.

So, the next time your kids beg for a cool summer treat, try these two recipes. They’re sure to be a hit!

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