We are not gas station convenience store shoppers, but my kids know what Icees are. There is an Icee machine inside of our Target store, right next to Starbucks.
Of course, I don’t have to explain to you my need for caffeine. As a full time working mom of 3, it’s a necessity. Once a week, I used to get my iced coffee + cranberry orange scone fix; but since I figured out how to copycat the recipe and make my own… that is no longer a weekly stop. I keep mine in the freezer and get my fix on demand… it’s a lot more cost effective too!
But that Icee machine… my daughter says it’s “staring at her and telling her that it’s cool and delicious” even though she knows that’s not the truth. So one day, I told her: how would you like for me to make you Icees at home? Her face lit up.
While I don’t who introduced my kids to the world of Icees, let’s just say that I have not and will not buy my kids one. It’s not just about the fake ingredients and sugars, but also about the artificial coloring. If Europe bans artificial colors due to ADHD and cancer links, why should I give them to my kids? I rather not. They are quite happy and healthy as they are.
If I don’t like Icees for the funk they contain… why make my own Icees? Because kids, ultimately, want things everyone else is having. It’s summer and it’s hot. We live in Louisiana and one of the ways to beat the heat is with iced cool drinks and snow balls (another treat filled with rainbow colors).
My homemade version has a fraction of the sugars, none of the artificial colors, real flavor and all of the “fun” aspect of the real thing. The best part: all you need is a blender and juice. No, I don’t have one of those fancy blenders. I think mine was like $14 nearly a decade ago.
- 1 cup crushed ice
- ⅓ cup 100% fruit juice
- In a blender, combine ice and fruit juice. Blend until you have an even slush consistency.
You can also use frozen fruit juice concentrate (such as orange) and use 2 Tablespoons.