Whether they are called popsicles, ice pops, frozen treats, freeze pops or frozen fruit pops, you can make your own healthy and balanced sweet treats that beats the heat for just a few pennies.

The best part of these treats is that you control what goes into them – you can avoid each of the high fructose corn syrup, Natural Flavors,Yeast Extract, Glumatic Acid (MSG), Carrageenan, food dyes and other Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) you can find in your retail grocery store items.

These are exceptional for families that have kids with food allergies. Did you know that over six million kids in our country have food allergies to gluten, eggs, milk, nuts, fish, soy, yeast and so on. Eating healthy can make a big difference in lives of those impacted by these conditions.

How to make these frozen treats is very simple. All you need to make homemade ice pops is some healthy food items, juice and a creative mind. The latest style is Silicone freeze pop molds. They are BPA-free and FDA approved. Ice Pop Makers can be used to create frozen fruit freezes, frozen yogurt treats, freeze pops and more.

Here is a recipe of our family’s favorite frozen snacks:

1 package of chocolate pudding.
1/2 cup mini marshmallows.
1/4 cup chopped peanuts.
Mix, fill ice pop molds and freeze overnight.

If you want to go above and beyond for some effective looking, amazing tasting and healthy freezy ices, here are some ideas for you. And have the kids help you; it will be more fun for everyone:

• Fancy Layers– Layer with different layers of yogurt, pudding or gelatin.

• Frozen Yogurt pops– Pick your favor yogurt like strawberry, blueberry, banana, lime or plain, and pour into an ice pop maker. Add some cut up fruit with it to make frozen fruit pops.

• Parfait Ice Pops– Layer any filling with a whipped topping in between.

• Party Fun Pops– Add sprinkles, chocolate chips, marshmallows, nuts or coconut to your frozen treats. You can also make them in all kinds of wild shades by using organic food coloring.

• Love-cicles– Mix 1 or 2 tsp. Tang and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract with milk (or Soy or Coconut Milk). (You can adjust to your taste.) Fill ice pop makers to the top and freeze. Some people compare this to the high dollar Orange tasting drinks you can get at the mall.

• Rocket Pops– Layer red, then white, then blue Kool-Aid, juice or Jell-O for festive freeze pops– like you use to have when you were a child.

• Pina Colada Special– Whirl pineapple juice, coconut and banana in a blender, then fill the frozen treat molds and freeze upright.