HABA gives you cool Kids on hot days with delicious ice cream ideas

When the sun is high in the sky, there’s not a cloud in sight and the temperatures climb faster than the kids up the water slide ladder, then there is no doubt about it, summer has arrived. For most of us, this is the best time of year; summer means vacation and school holidays, swimming in the pool or nearby lake, barbecues with family and friends... But summer can also be intensely hot, causing us to seek shelter under the cooling shade of trees and to shed any but the most necessary of clothing. Then, it’s very important to drink plenty of fluids - water, fruit juices, teas and soft drinks, at best chilled with ice cubes. The hotter it gets, the more ice cream becomes a staple. No matter if you prefer classic vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, exotic flavors, homemade or store bought – ice cream simply tastes best in the summer.
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Hot days and ice cream-hungry kids

Summer is the best time of year for day-trips with the family. All the same, summer hikes, bike tours or window-shopping in the city can be very sweaty work! So a stop at the local ice-cream parlor is always a part of the itinerary. But at home, too, licking an ice cream is always a wonderful refresher between playtime in the children’s room and cavorting through the garden. A delicious alternative to store-bought ice cream is homemade treats made of fresh ingredients – and it’s half as complicated or time-consuming as most people think. With HABA’s premium silicone popsicle trays, making delectable ice cream is child’s play. The whole family will enjoy creating yoghurt or fruit juice popsicles, perhaps even creating totally new flavors. The best part is when everyone sits down together to enjoy a refreshing fruit popsicle dream or a fantastic frozen yogurt with sprinkles.

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From simple fruit juice to delightful kid’s cocktail

When children are at play, things can get pretty heated, and they simply forget to drink. Of course, their favorite thirst-quenchers, fruit juices, fruity teas or mineral water, are at hand, but they’re just too busy with other things. We have come up with a few tricks to keep children coming back to fill their cups between building with blocks, splashing in the kiddie pool or playing dolls. One of them is our silicone ice cube trays where you can easily make ice ‘cubes’ in entertaining forms like a penguin, whale or shark. Another tasty trick is to fill the trays with delicious fruit juices instead of water, adding extra zing, and it looks nicer, too! Fill a cup with colorful ice figures; add your child’s favorite juice and our novel children’s drinking straw. Garnish the cup with strawberries, pineapple or other fruits and voilá; your kid’s cocktail is ready to serve!

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Fruit popsicle dream made with your favorite juice

Ingredients:
ca. 5 fl oz of your favorite juice

Preparation:
Press the sticks into the ice tray. Then fill up the hollow shapes, one by one, with fruit juice. Watch out: Only the upper part of the shape should be filled with liquid. The lower part with the round shape of the stick
should stay empty. Otherwise you might have problems squeezing the popsicles out of the tray once they are frozen. Place the tray in the freezer for approx. 4 hours.

Freezing time: approx. 4 hours

Hint:
Before freezing place a piece of fruit in the tray.

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Fantastic Frozen Yogurt with Sprinkles

Ingredients:
ca. 5½ fl oz natural yogurt
ca. 2 tbsp. (colored) sprinkles

Preparation:
Press the sticks into the ice tray. Get a bowl and mix the yogurt with the
sprinkles. Stir the mixture well. Then fill up the hollow spaces of the ice
tray one by one with the yogurt mixture. Make sure to distribute the
mixture well, filling up all the corners.
Watch out: Only the upper part of the shape should be filled with the
yogurt mixture. The lower part with the round shape of the stick should
stay empty. Otherwise you might have problems squeezing the popsicles
out of the tray once they are frozen.

Place the tray in the freezer for approx. 4 hours.

Freezing time: approx. 4 hours

Hint:
Instead of natural yogurt, you can also use your favorite fruit yogurt.