6 Fun Ways to Make Ice Cream & Popsicles

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Whip up some homemade ice cream, slushes or popsicles for a cool treat on a hot summer day.

Nothing beats the hot summer weather than a nice cool treat! And there are many, many ways you can make ’em yourself, too. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to do just that:

DIY Ice Cream

ICEE Float Fun Factory
by Jupiter Creations
jupitercreations.com
$24.99 at walmart.com
Ages 5+
Bond with your kids as you make delicious frozen treats right on your kitchen counter! The set comes with a base to organize the Icee Float components such as the Icee machine, three cups, three spoons, and whip cream and sprinkles dispenser. It’s so easy to make, too. All you do is add the salt, ice and water into the machine to spin until it’s cold. You can add your favorite ingredients to create your own ICEE floats, fruit juice slushes and frozen yogurt. Let everyone in on the fun and take turns cranking the arm to spin the machine.

Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker
hamiltonbeach.com
$34.99
Plan to make homemade ice cream this summer! No rock salt required for this ice cream maker. Pre-chill the bowl, then pour in ingredients and let it work its magic for 25 – 40 minutes. It makes just the right amount for you and your family being 1.5 quart in size.

Cuisinart Cool Creations Ice Cream Maker
cuisinart.com
$139
In just 20 minutes you can have the best homemade ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt and sorbet! With the touch of one button, it’s ready to make a two-quart amount and has an auto shutoff, too.

DIY Popsicles

Koji Ice Pops
kojicool.com
$12.99
This set of six molds allows you to freeze juice, drinks, purees and yogurt for a refreshing homemade frozen treat! Just fill with desired ingredients and close up with the sticks. BPA and phthalate free.

Koji Safari Pop Molds
kojicool.com
$14.99
Make something fun for the kids with these easy molds are BPA and phthalate free. When they’re done freezing, you don’t even have to rinse to get the contents to release. Four different characters included (elephant, parrot, monkey and a professor).

Tovolo Ice Pop Yeti Molds
tovolo.com
$13.29+ on amazon.com
This set of four yetis make for a fun little treat, too. They have such detail to them that reflects when popped out of the mold. The molds are made of flexible silicone and come with a tray for easy mobility. Tovolo also has other molds including zombie, robots, dings, monsters, tiki and more.

Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of three.

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