Thirst-quenching ice lollies to beat the heat

These fabulous frozen delights are a cinch to make and a great way to cool down after outdoor play.

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Is it just us, or have the past few months been warmer than ever? Dealing with the heat is a daily affair for us tropical folks, so we use every possible method available to cool down when the mercury starts rising.  

And yummy ice cream usually does the trick with everyone, not just the little ones. However, since these are chockfull of sugar and additives, you’ll want to ease up on how often you dole them out. 

Fruit is always a great substitute ― packed full of nutrients, including antioxidants, they taste even better when frozen. If you’re in the mood to kick it up a notch, whip a batch of these fruit-based popsicles. Your kiddos will surely love the fun new flavours in these refreshingly cool treats!

Strawberry-Basil Ice Pops  

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Serves 10 to 12 ice pops
Sweet basil’s slight anise flavour adds a fragrance to the strawberries in this ice pop

Ingredients
· ⅓ cup sugar
· ⅓ cup (10g) fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
· 2½ cups (315g) strawberries, hulled and halved
· 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
· Pinch of salt

Method:
1. Combine the sugar and basil in a small saucepan. Pour in ⅓ cup (80ml) of water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove the syrup from the heat and cool to room temperature.
2. Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the basil syrup into a blender or food processor, discarding the basil leaves. Add the strawberry halves, lemon juice and salt. Process until very smooth.
3. If using conventional ice-pop moulds, divide the mixture among the moulds. Cover and freeze until solid, at least for four hours of up to three days. If using sticks, insert them into the moulds when the pops are partially frozen (after about one hour), then freeze until solid, for at least three more hours. If using silicone cupcake moulds, follow the same steps. Remove pops by carefully pulling on the sticks.

Top Tip! Place a small potted basil plant in your kitchen for easy access to this herb. It requires little care just water and picking its leaves actually helps to promote its growth.