If you are looking for a fun thing to do at home with the kids during this lock down heatwave then making these frozen yogurt ice lollies are perfect! They are a great way to reduce the single use plastic wrappers that are on the individual wrapped ice lollies that fill up the freezers and end up going straight in the bin (or eventually when the children remember). Making your own lollies too means some healthier options with choosing fresh ingredients like in this recipe using fresh fruit and yogurt.
I have two types of reusable lolly molds, silicone cones and plastic sleeves made from recyclable polypropylene. Silicone is a food safe, durable yet flexible material. This is great for freezing ice lollies as you can get the lollies out of the molds with ease. Silicone is considered a more environmentally friendly material as when it is burned or incinerated it reverts back into its harmless ingredients: amorphous silica, carbon dioxide, and water vapor unlike non-recyclable plastic which releases toxins when burned and can end up polluting oceans. It is also oven safe too and it can be washed up by hand or in the dishwasher. Altogether a good plastic alternative!
For this recipe I used the plastic molds as I needed something with more rigidity to hold the liquid before it is frozen. However, they can (and will) be reused many times over and then recycled easily so it is still avoiding single use plastics.
For these ice lollies I’m going with a Wimbledon inspired strawberries and cream flavor given we are in June and it is tennis season. Usually at this time of year, we make frequent visits to Gravely fruit farm to pick our own strawberries. This year due to the restrictions on numbers we haven’t been able to book at slot at a time that we could go, so I used supermarket but locally grown British strawberries, the next best thing. When buying from supermarkets it is good to check where the produce comes from to consider reducing the air miles if possible.
200ml plain yogurt
12 whole fresh straberries (in slices)
3 tsp honey (Locally sourced if you can)
- Mix together the yogurt, honey and milk
- Add the strawberries to the molds
- Then pour in the yogurt mixture
- Freeze for an hour
- After an hour add the wooden sticks or mold sticks.
- Freeze for at least 5 hours.
- Take out the ice lollies from the molds and enjoy!
Tip! Waiting an hour to add the stick means that it is more likely to stay in the right place.
We definitely enjoyed making these! The mold kit would make a thoughtful gift perhaps for someone who has grandchildren or children at home to make them with. You can print out the recipe to to go with them. I always think that people are more likely to use something if they have some inspiration to go with it.