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3 ways with ice blocks by Nici Wickes

Cool me down

These ice blocks are the perfect foil for hot days - you can get creative as you want with flavours. Nici Wickes shares three ways to create juicy, suck-able frozen treats

Homemade ice blocks

How I love a homemade ice block! They’re such a treat and you can get as creative as you like with flavours. The only trick is to make sure you use a sugar syrup – or similar – to ensure that you get an ice block that is juicy and suck-able, not just a block of flavoured ice!

Sugar syrup

½ cup sugar
¼ cup water

In a saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a simmer for 2-3 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved.

Pineapple and vanilla crush

½ fresh pineapple, juiced (or 250ml juice)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup water
¼ cup sugar syrup

  1. Blend all ingredients and fill ice-block moulds.
  2. Freeze for at least 6 hours. For choc tops, melt some chocolate over a double boiler (or in the microwave) and dip or brush the chocolate onto the frozen ice blocks.

Blackberries and cream

Makes 6-8
1 cup blackberries, some chopped and squashed
1 cup cream, lightly whipped
1 tbsp plain yoghurt
¼ cup sugar syrup, cooled

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and fill the ice-block moulds.
  2. Freeze for at least 6 hours.

Watermelon and lime

Makes 6-8
3 cups fresh chopped watermelon, pips removed
¼ cup lime juice
½ cup water
¼ cup sugar syrup

  1. Blend all the ingredients and fill the ice-block moulds.
  2. Freeze for at least 6 hours.

Nici's tip

If you don’t own an ice-block mould, use small jars or glasses. Place them on a tray, fill, then cover with foil and poke the sticks through the foil and into the iceblock so they stay upright during freezing.

This first appeared in New Zealand Woman's Weekly.

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