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Friday, July 29, 2011

Homemade Icees



**Update: I posted this recipe 2 years ago and it's still one of our favorite summertime treats! Click here to share the full graphic with your friends on Facebook, or scroll down for an easy pin-able graphic. Stay cool!**


If you live anywhere near a Rita's Water Ice, you know how bad the cravings can get. If not, you have my sincere sympathy. Born and raised in Northeast Philly, I grew up on water ice. Every summer it was a treat to walk to the local water ice stand around the corner from our church. I remember taking that walk fondly during youth group on Sunday nights. Good times.

Well the other day we decided to take Silas for a small water ice at Rita's. Seriously. It was close to $13 for the three of us and Silas had a kid cup! On the way home I commented to Paul that we should have just gone to Kmart and bought Icees there instead. His reply? It would be even cheaper if we could make these at home.

That's when it hit me that I came across a recipe for them here. AND it just so happened that Kool Aid packets went on sale for $.10 the next week. It was meant to be. So one hot afternoon me and my trusty sidekick tried it out. We loved them so much we decided to invite Aunt Renee and Uncle Chris over for Icees after dinner the next night!


Homemade Icees

1 packet Kool Aid (any flavor)
2 cups seltzer or club soda (I used seltzer)
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups ice

Dissolve sugar and kool aid packet in one cup of the seltzer, you can do this right in the blender. Add ice and pulse until all ice chunks are gone. Add remaining one cup of seltzer and blend. Pour into glasses and serve. One batch made enough for two adult glasses (approx 12oz) and one kid glass (approx 6oz). Now the original recipe says to freeze in the glasses for 30 minutes, but I forgot and they were fine.





 

These were very tasty and a really fun summer activity, even with a toddler. We've tried tropical punch and orange so far. I think next on the list is a frozen lemonade. :)








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12 comments:

  1. Wheee....I love Icee's and I have about four bottles of club soda in the garage that I have left over from some baby shower I hosted! Kool-Aid packets in my cabinet. Definitely will try this tomorrow! Thanks.

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  2. I'm adding this to my favorites. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  3. Your son is adorable! He sure enjoys his icee :)

    The Twerp and I

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  4. that's so refreshing...your boy's enjoying his glass, must be really great! thanks for sharing your recipe! visiting from FTF, have a great weekend. :)

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  5. My Princess loves slushes! I'm loving your blog! I am your newest follower! I would love it if you would stop by and become my newest follower back!

    Have a great day!
    Kirsten
    www.mushkiloves.blogspot.com

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  6. my boys love this too but they call it Slushies! :)

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  7. Thanks everyone for stopping by, I hope you're having a nice COOL day today. :)

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  8. These look delicious! I'm definitely going to try it out next time I can get some club soda. I pinned this on pinterest and featured you today on my favorite things :)

    http://sunshineandchaucer.blogspot.com/2011/07/what-ive-been-pinning-today_30.html

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  9. Is it bad that my hubby would LOVE these?!? :) He's always begging for Icee's when we go to Target. Gotta try this recipe!

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  10. I'm addicted to icees! I get them all time, even when it's freezing outside! I'll have to try this recipe!

    Thanks for linking up with me last week! I just added this to my pinterest!

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  11. We love Icees too, but rarely get them because it does add up buying them for the whole family. LOVE that we can now make homemade ones for a fraction of the price! Thanks for the recipe, Kelly! Pinned ;)
    - Brenda, Chatting Over Chocolate

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  12. My kids are going to freak when I make these for them! We LOVE Icees!

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