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Cool Treats for Your Kids (and Neighbor Kids) in the Summer Heat
Why Treats Mean So Much to Moms and their Kids
I have three children at home. Over the years, I have come up with some fun treats to make for my kids and their friends in the neighborhood. Some of my ideas are borrowed from my friends or were made by my own family.
Sharing these treat ideas makes me tear up because it reminds me of days gone by that I enjoyed so much. In fact, this summer I asked my kids if they could remember any cool treats I made for them in the summer. My middle son said, "How about those dessert glass treats!" I knew right away he was talking about the jello and pudding desserts my dad taught me to make.
This comment by my son melted my heart. I remember my dad making these treats hours before dinner, so they would be ready for dessert. He would be home with us in the day at times, and I would sit at the counter on a bar-stool watching him work his magic.
I have fond memories of my dad putting such effort in a dessert that he knew his kids would marvel over. Oh how we marveled! I loved the layers of different flavors. I thought he was a dessert genius. My kids have a lasting impression of these desserts too, and maybe their kids will as well.
So start when your kids are little, and continue it until they are old enough to remember. Those lasting memories will bring a smile to their face and yours!
Things You Never Thought to Freeze
I have come up with a list of things that you can freeze to cool off your hot kids. I got one idea recently from my sister-in-law. I had never thought of it, but I believe it's a common idea, peppermint patties! Yum! Hold them to your ear, and listen to them make a crisp splitting noise. Tell your kids, they'll think it's great!
-Grapes (Yep, they are refreshing!)
-Candy bars, such as a Milky Way (Don't over freeze. We don't want to break teeth!)
-Bananas (sliced) with toppings
-Sweet tea, lemonade, Kool-Aid or soda into popsicles or slush
If you can think of it, try freezing it! I have tried different things in the past. Some things were a mistake, but you never know until you try.
I came up with the banana idea when I started buying bananas for my protein shakes. They were going bad on me fast, so I decided to freeze them. I figured they would turn a rotten color, but if they were just in my shake I could deal with that. What I found was, I didn't need ice cream or ice for my shakes anymore. I could make a smooth frozen shake with my frozen banana chips.
So now I'm trying it with toppings the kids love, peanut butter and chocolate chips. If you have a peanut allergy in your family, try it with just the chocolate chips. The moisture from the banana will make the chocolate chip stick. Eat just the banana slices too.
A slush is always a great way to cool off. Put a favorite beverage (not sugar-free) into a short cup and freeze for about an hour. Take the cup out , and stir around. If it is frozen solid, pour more soda on top of the frozen to break it up. Stir around as it thaws.
You can also buy soda in a 16.9 oz bottle or a 12 oz can, shake up very well, and put in freezer. Put some bowls to serve soda in the freezer as well. After freezing for about three hours, take out soda, turn upside down, open very slowly, pour into frozen bowls and eat.
Homemade Popsicle Maker
How to Make Homemade Popsicles
Jello and Pudding Desserts with a Twist
Okay grab some dessert dishes and boxes of jello and pudding for this twisted treat.
We are are going to have our dessert slanted. My dad used to make jello, pour it into dessert dishes, and let chill in the refrigerator tilted against the side. Once your jello is set, make the pudding and do the same. Finally, add a third jello or pudding layer. Make sure each layer sets before adding the next.
I made this treat with raspberry jello, cheesecake pudding and chocolate pudding. I wanted the three flavors to compliment one another. All of those flavors make a tasty familiar treat of chocolate cheesecake with fruit.
Ingredients for Black Forest Pie
- 3 1/2 cups cool whip whipped topping, thawed
- 1 graham cracker crust, chocolate (if possible)
- 1 package instant pudding/pie filling, chocolate
- 1 cup cherry pie filling
- 1 cup milk
Directions for Black Forest Pie
- Spread 1 cup whipped topping on bottom of pie crust.
- Combine milk and pudding mix in medium bowl. Blend with wire whisk or electric mixer on low speed for one minute.
- Fold in 1 1/2 cups of whipped topping.
- Spread mixture onto whipped topping in crust.
- Spread remaining whipped topping over pudding mix leaving a 1 inch border and forming a depression in center of whipped topping.
- Spoon cherry filling in center. If your kids don't like cherries, just use the glaze in the cherry pie filling or leave off entirely.
- Chill 2 hours.
My middle son came up with this idea for kids. Go to the grocery with your kids and have them gather their favorite fruits. It's summer, so I will choose fresh fruits. Grab some kabob sticks or use ones you have at home. For littler kiddos, you can even use toothpicks.
Line the fruit up for the kids on plates or cutting boards if some need to be cut, and let the kids go through the line. They can use anything they want to fill up their kabobs.
Have whipped topping, chocolate syrup or anything else you think they would like to put over the fruit. You can also use small bowls for the toppings for the kids to dip their kabobs.
-1 roll of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
- 8 oz whipped topping
-fruits of your choice, cut into slices
Spread the sugar cookie dough out onto a greased pizza pan (circle or small rectangle). Bake according to package directions. A lot of cookie dough packages have the pizza recipe on them. Bake until crisp and lightly browned. Let cool completely. Spread whipped topping over the cookie, and then add your fruit. Slice into triangles or squares. Let the kids share this for sure. It makes a lot of servings, and doesn't save well.