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TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Ice Pops, Regular Or Diet

Cool off with minimal calories. Photo
courtesy Sparkling Ice.

 

With record heat in many parts of the country, including ours, our thoughts ran to the different ways to cool off—without packing on the calories.

So we kept making bottles of seltzer with our Soda Stream, and mixed lots of our favorite new 5-calorie Lipton Tea and Honey To Go Stix Iced Tea Mix (in the Blackberry Pomegranate flavor) into individual bottles of cold water.

Then, we made our first diet ice pops of the season. All you need is ice pop molds and your favorite flavor of diet soda (we prefer fruit and root beer).

This tasty recipe uses calorie-free Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE with fresh raspberries. If you’re not counting calories, you can also use regular soda, juice or kefir.

The chopped fruit helps to bulk up the thinness of the soda.

 

RASPBERRY ICE POPS

Ingredients

  • 1 17-ounce bottle Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE or other raspberry soda
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries, chopped
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    Preparation

    1. In a bowl, stir together soda and chopped raspberries.

    2. Ladle mixture into ice pop molds and insert handles.

    3. Freeze for at least 2 hours or until frozen.
     
    The other Sparking ICE flavors can be adapted to pops as well: Coconut Pineapple, Kiwi Strawberry, Lemonade, Lemon Lime, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit and Pomegranate Berry. The line is certified kosher by OU.

    The over-21 crowd can add a half teaspoon of gin, tequila or vodka per pop. Don’t add more without testing, or your pops may not freeze.

      




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