Who doesn't love an ice lolly on a hot summer's day? They're definitely not just for kids – homemade ice lollies are the ultimate treat: cool, refreshing, hand-held and ready to go. We've got your popsicle cravings covered with these ice lolly recipes, from fruity favourites to cocktail dippers, and they all taste just as good as they look.
Fresh, fruity flavours are excellent thirst-quenchers, and we love the mix of pineapple, lime, basil, ginger and kiwi in these tropical lollies. You could even add a dash of rum to really conjure up the tropics. For something a little easier to prepare but no less delicious, these watermelon and kiwi lollies still have a zing of lime for sweet refreshment.
Ice lollies needn't be just for summer... Summon the flavours of spring with these tart rhubarb ice lollies, which have beautiful pale pink layers between honeyed Greek yogurt. As the autumnal harvest gets underway, make the most of juicy blackberries with these simple milk ice lollies. Using just three ingredients, they're easy to whip up and perfect for enjoying in the Indian summer sunshine.
Although ice lollies are generally sweet, there's no reason to avoid including savoury ingredients in your lollies, too – in fact, they can be surprisingly tasty additions. Try a little kick of chilli with pineapple or fragrant basil with strawberry. For something a little more unusual, try these sweet-and-salty roasted nectarine ice pops, which use white miso paste for a Japanese-inspired twist.
Fresh fruits and yogurt are as good a combination in ice lollies as they are in breakfast smoothies, so why not try these gorgeous ombre smoothie pops which also have a sprinkling of granola for added crunch. For your caffeine fix, try a caffe latte ice lolly – with a hit of espresso and a decadent chocolate drizzle, these are sure to be your new summer pick-me-up.
Dairy-free doesn't have to mean missing out on a creamy treat. These pretty pink vegan strawberry ice lollies are made with fresh berries, coconut milk and maple syrup, so perfect for enjoying in the height of summer.
Just like coffee, your favourite summer drinks work just as well as a frozen treat on a stick as in a glass. For a classic British treat, our Pimm's ice lolly recipe is sure to please a crowd. Want all the taste without the booze? These piña colada ice lollies have that perfect balance of pineapple and coconut. Instead of ice cubes, we love these cocktail dippers; refreshing watermelon ice lollies you can add to your favourite drink to cool it down and add a refreshingly fruity flavour.
Keep things simple for the kids with pure fruit lollies this summer. These brightly coloured rainbow ice lollies have vibrant layers of strawberry, mango and blueberry, but are actually incredibly easy to make. Alternatively, make the most of bottles of juice from the fridge with these striped juice lollies, we love the combination of orange and forest fruits, but try your own combinations.
Why not let the juiciest summer fruits shine in their own right as a summer treat? Watermelon is perfect for this – simply slice into wedges, insert a lolly stick and freeze for juicy and refreshing watermelon pops with nothing added at all.
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