the other day, i was eating a frosty fruit on the back lawn, when arty came right up to me, took it out of my hands, and wandered off with it. he ate the whole thing. i was too amused to be outraged, and he loved it too much for me to have the heart to stop him, but this is not the kind of treat i want him indulging in very often. they’re far too sugary and sweet. so, being me, i decided to make our own.

depending where you’re from these things are called icy poles, ice lollies, popsicles, or somesuch. wherever you’re from they’re a delicious spring and summertime snack. plus, they have the added bonus of taking a toddler ages to eat, so they’re a very good distraction if you need a few minutes to get something done.

raspberry and orange icy poles
3/4 cup raspberries
1 tsp caster sugar (if raspberries are tart or sour – omit if they’re sweet ones)
juice of four oranges
  • place raspberries in a small bowl or ramekin, and sprinkle with sugar (if using)
  • microwave on high for 30 seconds, remove, stir, then microwave for another minute
  • stir warm raspberries until sugar has dissolved, and raspberries are reduced to a pulp
  • place a spoonful of raspberry mixture into the bottom of each icy pole mould
  • top up with orange juice
  • freeze overnight, then eat with sticky-fingered abandon.
  • quantities and proportions for this one are a little tricky, because they will vary depending on the size and number of your moulds. ideally, think of this as a ‘serving suggestion’ and adjust yours accordingly (and if you make too much raspberry mixture, it’s very nice on yoghurt or ice cream!)
  • we have icy pole moulds that i used to make these, but you don’t need them – read how to make frozen treats without moulds here.