Everybody had a favourite ice-cream growing up; whether it be a Bubble O’Bill, Cornetto or Calipo. I used to love going to the corner shop for an ice cream after school. For me – it was always a Chocolate Heart if it was for a ‘real special treat’, or a lemonade icy pole on those stinking hot summer days! The ones so hot – your school uniform stuck to the seat on the bus home.
I’ll often take my girls to the servo to pick up an ice cream after daycare. They love getting to choose for themselves (however it’s the same every time). Chocolate Paddle-pop for Charlotte, rainbow for Annabelle. If I’m in need of a pick-me-up I’ll go for a Splice. We all love how the smiley man behind the counter has two girls at home as well; told to us one day as I was searching for shrapnel in the bottom of my handbag.
So with the weather getting hotter – it’s the perfect excuse to get the plastic ice block moulds out of the pantry. Hidden deep in the drawer that never gets opened; the one filled with everything from paper serviettes, coloured straws, leftover party hats and too many chopsticks for a family of four to own. (Especially when you consider the girls haven’t mastered the art of using choppies yet and Cork Daddy often favours a fork).
And if you’re lucky enough to have a juice machine at home – DO squeeze your own pineapple juice. It’ll fill the house with the most wonderfully tropical smell – you’ll be transported to a seaside resort instantly! Of course, failing your own Breville juice fountain, add pineapple juice to your shopping list.
It’s a fun activity to make with the little ones; excitement levels are high. The excitement quickly turns to impatience, however, while the freezer does it’s thing. See it as a lesson in patience maybe? “Are they ready yet Mum?” … “Are they ready yet Mum?” … “Are they ready yet Mum?”… You get the idea.
So inspired by my pick, I give to you these pineapple and yoghurt ice blocks; my take on the Splice. Delicious, easy and oh-so-refreshing on a hot day! Healthier than a store-bought ice cream, you’ll also feel a real sense of achievement in making your own cheat one’s at home.
And if it all sounds like too much effort – just jump in the car and go and grab a Golden Gaytime instead.
Cork Daddy’s favourite.
homemade ‘splice’ ice blocks
A couple of spoonfuls of vanilla bean yoghurt
2 x cups of fresh pineapple juice
- Simply spoon some yoghurt in to the ice block moulds and top with the pineapple juice.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours or until fully frozen.
If you make these homemade ‘Splice’ ice blocks, please leave your comments below. xx