Home-made ice lollies are Fab! and can be as ordinary or as fancy as you like. I bought a lolly mould some years ago which makes eight lollies and the moulds have little lids which you shove the sticks through. They are easy to clean and I use the sticks again and again.
At the end of the summer, shops often have loads of lolly moulds on sale. A few years ago, a local farmer had a batch of misshapen strawberries going begging and it happened to coincide with a sale in Sainsburys and I bought ten packs of lolly moulds for about a fiver and made strawberry lollies for my sons’ school.
You don’t even need a lolly mould, plastic cups can work just as well and you can still rinse them out and use them again and again. Save lolly sticks from when you buy ready-made lollies and you can use them for your own brand.
If you use a plastic cup, freeze the lolly until it is firm slush, then put the stick in.
If you want to make batches of lollies, gets some food bags with tie seals, take the lollies out of the moulds, seal them into individual bags and pop them back in the freezer. This way you can use up gluts of fruit or take advantage of special offers in the shops.
Allow a minimum of three hours for them to freeze.
There are lots of things you can use to make lollies:-
Pure fruit juice
Undiluted squash or cordial
Angel Delight / Instant Whip/ or whatever your shop calls an instant, whipped dessert made with milk
Ice cream mix
Pureed fruit mixed with cream
And you make them look more interesting by layering the contents:-
Fill the containers half or a third full and freeze them
When they’re frozen, add the next layer and so on
If you’re using Angel Delight, chose two different colours and just put one in first and the next one straight on top then freeze them
Why not try a jelly base, then fruit puree, then Angel Delight then dip it in cream for a frozen ‘Trifle’ on a stick
Add chocolate drops or little bits of chopped fruit or nuts
If you’re really clever, put the lolly moulds at an angle so it freezes on the diagonal
Stuff a piece of flake or chocolate near the middle, allowing room for the stick (this works particularly well with the creamy ice lollies)
And the final touch:-
When you pull them out of the mould you can:-
Dip the ends in sugar strands, chopped nuts, chocolate sprinkles, hundreds and thousands etc
Leave them to melt just a tiny bit and roll the whole thing in sprinkles
Dip them in cream or melted chocolate which will freeze immediately
Suck on a frozen trifle or strawberries and cream whilst watching Wimbledon!