On a hot day, there is nothing more desirable than coming in from being outside and enjoying homemade cold treats. Eating the same cold snack every time can get boring, so it is nice to mix it up with unique and creative ideas that make the “cooling down” time even more enjoyable.
Top 10 homemade cold treats for kids during warm weather
Try these ideas below for some tasty cold treats that are super simple to make.
1. No-bake Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
These homemade cold treats are so easy to make that your kids can even enjoy helping you make it. Start by placing an ice cream sandwich onto a plate and apply a thick layer of whipped cream across the top of the sandwich. Add some chocolate candies on top of the whipped cream and then drizzle fudge across them. Stack another ice cream sandwich on top of that one and repeat this process twice for a total of three ice cream sandwiches in the stack. Freeze the sandwiches for three hours until they are firm.
2. Watermelon Lemonade Slushy
This slushy is perfect for the scorching hot days during the summer. Puree four cups of watermelon using a blender and then strain it to make it easy to drink. Next, use a blender to blend the pureed watermelon, four cups of ice, two-thirds cups of lemonade concentrate and one cup of cold water until it turns into the perfect slushy.
3. Sugar-Free Snow Cones
If you love snowcones, you are going to love this recipe that is not difficult to make at all. Use your blender to turn ice into crushed ice. Then, use either one packet of Crystal Light drink mix or Kool-Aid and mix with one cup of water. Combine the water and drink mix together and then put it into a squeeze bottle. You are now ready to squeeze the flavor onto the ice and enjoy.
4. Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles
You will love this yummy cold treat that is the perfect blend of cheesecake and a popsicle. Begin by mixing half a cup of graham cracker crumbs and two tablespoons of melted butter in a small mixing bowl and then set it to the side. Next, mix 1 eight ounce package of cream cheese, two cups of strawberry halves, half a cup of confectioners’ sugar, one-third cup of milk and one-fourth cup of Greek yogurt. Take a spoon and put this mixture into popsicle molds, while leaving 1 inch for the crust. Go back and put the graham cracker mixture in the popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks in each and put in freezer until frozen.
5. Colorful Yogurt Chips
Your kids will enjoy helping you make this healthy yogurt snack. All you have to do is take a pastry bag with yogurt and place little drops of yogurt onto a cookie sheet. Place the chips into the freezer for one hour. Remove when frozen.
6. No Churn Cake Batter Ice Cream
This cold treat is so delicious that it is undeniably a kid favorite. In a large mixing bowl, mix one box of cake mix and one can of Diet Sprite and pour this mixture into a cake pan and bake it. Next, use a bowl to whisk one can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk and 16 ounces of whipped cream until combined. Take half of the cake and break it into small pieces and add it to the mixture. Put it into a non-stick freezer container and freeze for at least two hours.
7. Frozen Grape Kabobs
This is a creative and yet healthy idea for a homemade cold treat. Take a toothpick and put 3-4 grapes onto each toothpick. Lay them out on a tray and freeze them for at least four hours.
8. Frozen Hot Chocolate
For this heavenly treat, grab a blender and pour in 6 ounces of milk, half a cup of hot cocoa mix and two cups of ice. Start by blending at a low speed and then put it on high speed until the ice has made it into a slushy mix. Pour into a cup, and top it off with some whipped cream.
9. Raspberries and Cream
All you need for this recipe is some raspberries and yogurt. Put your yogurt into a pastry bag and put it into the freezer long enough for it to become slightly hard. Once it is ready, remove it and use the pastry bag to insert yogurt into each raspberry.
10. Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Bites
These little yogurt bites will be so tempting on hot days. Use a blender to blend strawberry yogurt and strawberries. Once combined, add to an ice cube tray. Place in the freezer until frozen.
These top ten homemade cold treats for kids are sure to keep your kids cool during the hot days and keep them asking for more. You can be creative as well by trying out different fruits, yogurts or other varieties of these recipes.
About the Writer: Kayla Clough is the email specialist here at OurStart. Kayla is a recent graduate of Eastern University in PA where she majored in Marketing and Human Resources. Kayla loves all things fashion, her golden retriever Max, and coffee. When she is not working, you can find her binge watching Sex in the City and baking her latest find on Pinterest.