As your little one gets older, the ice cream truck becomes something of a toddler temptress. In the evenings, as the truck trolls by, my 2-year old goes running to the window, like a nosy neighbor to see the commotion. Once he flips the switch for the music, she makes her way to the center of the living room and breaks out in her Mr. Softee dance. An adorable sight, yes, and harmless since she hasn’t started begging for a buck to run outside and get her fix.
I figure the best way to counteract the artificial flavors and high-fructose corn syrup is to keep a stock of ingredients on hand so I can make these slushies, reminiscent of my own childhood. Best part is even the wee little ones can help pour the ingredients into the blender bowl. Right now I’m using strawberries since they’re in season. I suspect raspberries will be an equally delicious stand-in as the summer progresses.
Simple syrup is a liquid made with equal parts sugar and water. You can leave it out all together, if you prefer, though you might need to increase the amount of apple juice to help puree the frozen strawberries.
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 cup simple syrup
1 1/4 cups frozen strawberries