Icy Treats To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

There’s nothing more refreshing than an ice-cold treat on a hot summer’s day. Not only do these frozen treats satisfy the sweet tooth, they’re also hydrating as well. Here are some easy summer recipes that make for the ultimate summer treats as you bask in the summer sun.
 

Lemon-Cucumber Popsicles  

  • 1 cup julienned cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups cold water
  • Natural sweetener (to taste)

Of all the icy treats out there, popsicles tend to bring the most nostalgia. These cold desserts remind us of our childhood, playing all day outside and taking a break to enjoy the frozen treat on a stick. It’s simple to recreate these moments with homemade popsicles.

To make lemon-cucumber popsicles, squeeze the juice of half a lemon through a strainer and into two cups of cold water. Use a sweetener like Stevia, agave, honey or maple syrup to sweeten up the lemon water. Take a popsicle mold and fill it up about two thirds of the way. Freeze for about an hour, then add julienned cucumber to the top of the mold, which will be the bottom of the popsicle. Finally, press the cucumber into the mixture using a butter knife, drop in the popsicle stick and freeze until solid.
 

Italian Ice

  • 3 cups strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups ice

In the land of frozen desserts, Italian ice is one of the most refreshing options. While you may have bought it from a restaurant or at the store, you might be wondering how to make Italian ice yourself. An easy Italian ice recipe to start with is strawberry Italian ice. All you need to do is blend strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, honey and ice in a food processor or blender until smooth. Next, pour the mixture into a shallow baking dish and freeze for 30 minutes. Then, scrape the frozen layer with a fork until it becomes a slushy-like consistency and freeze until firm. Serve in paper cups and treat yourself to the classic Italian dessert.
 

Frozen Grape Ice Pops

  • 2 cups of fresh grapes
  • ½ cup of water (as needed for blending)

Frozen grapes are a go-to for a hydrating summer snack. Take the fruit to the next level and pack them into homemade ice pops. For frozen grape ice pops, blend two cups of fresh grapes along with half a cup of water. Then pour the mixture into reusable popsicle sleeves and freeze until firm. This healthy ice pop recipe will quench your thirst, and you won’t feel guilty when you grab a second one.

 
Cold Treats Call For Good Water
 
Just as you would want to drink the best tasting water, you want to use the same high quality ingredient in these frozen treats. Before you start whipping up these easy-to-make summer treats, call your local Culligan Man to make sure the drinking water you use is up to par. Water is a key ingredient not only for these recipes but for everyday consumption. Make sure you’re using clearer and cleaner drinking water when creating these icy treats for a refreshing frozen dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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