Fun frozen treats…Fruit Cups!

Nothing says summer like a frozen fruity concoction!  Unlike most store brands of Italian ice which are often  made with artificial flavors, colors, high fructose corn syrup and other fake ingredients, I made some with real fruit!  YUM!

First I found these cute cups at Michaels Craft store.  How fun, right?

Then I sent Russ out on a mission for fruit.  Russ purchased some frozen mango and plenty of kiwifruit  and I bought strawberries at a local farm.  We always have frozen blueberries and  lemons and limes on hand at all times.  I grow plenty of mint and basil, which I figure, would add a unique flavor to my home made frozen concoctions. So I was good to go…

I like to use very fine sugar in recipes that require sweetness but desire an easy to incorporate sugar such as meringue cookies, frozen ice cups and cocktails.  I don’t drink many cocktails but I do love a good mojito in the summertime  and this extra fine sugar works perfect.

If you decide to make a frozen ice cup of fruit, be creative and blend your favorite fruits or unusual combinations, it’s fun.  My first recipe was the mango ice cup.

I like to make my ice cups and mojitos with simple syrupMix ½ cup of water and ½ cup extra fine sugar over medium heat in small saucepan until the sugar dissolves.  I usually add mint leaves to infuse some mint flavor for a mojito or in this instance added some lemon zest to add a nice lemony flavor to my simple syrup.

These look so refreshing…

I decided I didn’t like the look of the kiwifruit ice cup so didn’t post the recipe, sometimes recipe creation is trial and error!

 

 

 

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