Frozen fruit always brings out the sweetness. Freeze grapes, strawberries, pineapple slices and oranges in a ziplock bag. When your child asks for ice cream on a warm summer day, grab a kiwi ice pop, or some frozen fruit instead. It will quench their thirst and give them 35 percent of the daily needed amount of Vitamin C.
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup sugar (use less if desired)
1 teaspoon finely freshly grated lime zest
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/3 cup lime juice
1 drop green food coloring, (optional)
2 kiwis, peeled and very thinly sliced
Pour water into a small saucepan, add sugar, lime zest and ginger. Stir over high heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
Strain the syrup through a fine sieve set over a bowl. Stir in lime juice and food coloring, if using.
Line eight individual frozen-treat molds or small (2-ounce) paper cups with slices of kiwi, pressing them onto the sides so they are close together but not overlapping. Fill each mold or cup with the lime mixture.
Freeze until beginning to set, about one hour. Insert frozen treat sticks and freeze until completely firm. Dip the molds briefly in hot water before unmolding.
Susan Caldwell is the mom of two and the owner of Lil' Chef in north Raleigh. Go to Lil' Chef's website to learn more about the classes, programs and parties it offers for tots to teens. And find her here twice a month on Go Ask Mom.