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With the summer heat arrivingfiguring out how to cool off for the Fourth of July is super-important! Making frosty desserts to commemorate our nation’s birthday is the ultimate solution. Have no fear, The Balancing Act is here with 3 refreshing and trendy, red-white-and-blue ice pop recipes for kids—and adults! 

Strawberry (Mojito) Pops

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Ingredients: 

  • ¾ cup of chopped strawberries 
  • 2 cups of limeade 
  • 4 oz. of fresh lime juice 
  • 8 mint leaves, chopped 
  • Wooden popsicle sticks
  • For adults: ½ cup of rum 

 

Instructions: 

  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and evenly divide the mix into popsicle molds. For adults, add ½ cup of rum. 
  2. Freeze popsicle molds for about 20-30 minutes. 
  3. Add wooden ice pop sticks and leave in the freezer overnight.
  4. Run warm water over molds to remove ice pops and serve. 

Coconut Cream Popsicles with Vanilla Bean (and Malibu Rum)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can of coconut cream 
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut 
  • 1 cup of sugar 
  • 1 pineapple juice 
  • Wooden popsicle sticks 
  • For adults: Malibu rum 

 

Instructions: 

  1. Mix coconut cream and sugar in a small saucepan. 
  2. Simmer mix over medium high heat. Stir for five minutes or until sugar is dissolved. 
  3. Pour mix into heatproof bowl and place in refrigerator for fifteen minutes or until cooled. 
  4. Split vanilla bean down the center lengthwise and scrape into bowl with a paring knife. 
  5. Add shredded coconut and pineapple juice. For adults, add Malibu rum. 
  6. Pour mix into 8 ice pop molds and freeze. 
  7. Run warm water over molds to remove ice pops and serve. 

Blue Lagoon (Cocktail) Popsicles

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Ingredients: 

  • 10 fluid ounces of prepared lemonade 
  • 10 fluid ounces of Hawaiian Punch “Polar Blast” flavor (blue)  
  • Alternative: Gatorade “Frost Glacier Freeze” 
  • For adults: 5 fluid ounces of Blue Curacao liquor 
  • Optional: 10 Swedish fish 

 

Instructions: 

  1. Mix lemonade and Hawaiian Punch together. 
  2. Pour 2 ounces of the lemonade/Hawaiian Punch mix into popsicle mold and stir. For adults, add ½ ounce of Blue Curacao into each popsicle mold. 
  3. Add 1 Swedish fish to each mold (optional). 
  4. Cover and insert wooden ice pop sticks. 
  5. Freeze overnight.  
  6. Run warm water over molds to remove ice pops and serve. 
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