Pink Lemonade Ice Lollies

vegan pink lemonade ice lollies

This was a recipe from when it was sweltering (sadly no more!). We don’t usually have heat like that in the UK (it had been up to the mid 30s) and when we do the whole country grinds to a halt. The transport stops working, everyone spends the whole time saying ‘its just too hot’ and we just don’t know how to cope! It would be ok if we were on holiday in a hot climate, but here at home, we just can’t cope!

If you need a little assistance cooling down the next time it happens, these super zingy, tangy refreshing pink lemonade ice lollies will definitely help. The icy sweet lemony, strawberry ice will definitely lower your temperature – far more refreshing than a cloying creamy ice cream. These are also perfect for the whole family, sweet enough for the children to dive into, and also zingy and refreshing enough to appeal to adult palettes alike. So when the mercury in the thermometer is rising, make sure you get a batch of these into the freezer, you’ll be so happy you did!

Pink Lemonade Ice Lollies

(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)

dairy-free pink lemonade ice lolly, popsicle

Makes 4

100g granulated sugar
100ml water
Juice of 3 lemons
100g strawberry purée

  1. First make the strawberry puree – blitz up the strawberries and then pass through a fine sieve to make it as smooth as possible
  2. Dissolve the sugar into the water over a low-ish heat to make a basic stock syrup. Add the lemon juice and strawberry purée, stir well.
  3. Pour into ice lolly moulds and place in the freezer to set

pink lemonade ice lolly

Sainsbury’s, this time you did impress (ice lollies part II)

As I’ve mentioned before, Sainsbury’s is normally a complete nightmare to shop in if you are dairy, egg and nut-free, with a complete lack of (or even non existence of) choice in a lot of areas, notably breads, biscuits, crackers, sweet and savoury snacks.

I have to admit there are a couple of things they do well – most notably the Free From Mint Crisps which are delightful but also incredibly expensive (hence the need for homemade Mint Thins!), but all in all it’s a rather depressing experience to shop there.

However, today to continue my ice lolly research I visited my local large Sainbury’s and I was totally overjoyed about the range of ice lollies available that were dairy and nut free. Sadly out freezer is rather iced up and crammed full so I didn’t buy any, but there was a choice! These were all suitable:

Ice Lollies (UK brands and why Tesco come out on top again)

As I mentioned, summer has suddenly arrived in the UK – at last, some might say! So thoughts turn to ice lollies, especially if you’re a child and especially if most ice creams are out of the question.

I know the girls will be hot and need cooling off when they get home from school today, so I spent ages looking around the frozen foods aisle in Tesco’s for suitable ice lollies (popsicles if you’re American). It was all rather depressing…. the ONLY ice lollies that I found which my girls could eat were some of the Tesco own brand range, including:

  • Tesco Rainbow Lollies
  • Tesco Valencia Orange Juice Lollies
  • Tesco Helter Skelter Lollies
  • Tesco Rocket Lollies

Out of ALL the other lollies I looked at they either contained milk protein, warned ‘may contain’ milk or ‘may contain’ nuts. The ‘may contain’ I understand as it’s a legal protection when the same production line is used for different products. But the “contains milk protein” tag – and I’m looking at you Del Monte 100% Juice – how on earth can a 100% fruit juice ice lolly contain milk protein? It’s been a while since I studied maths but my understanding of 100% means that there is nothing else in it?

So, ice lollies to avoid:

Ice lollies that contain milk protein or ‘may contain traces of milk’

Ice Lollies that may contain nuts

Obviously there are other brands out there that I didn’t come across today, and I will update this list.

UPDATE: Although not available in Tesco’s, the New Forest Ice Cream Brand is available in a lot of places where you might like to buy an ice lolly in the South of England. Of their ice lollies, the safe ones for us (no milk or nuts) are:-

  • Yeti Mountain (cola and lemonade flavour)
  • Super 5 (five fruit flavours)
The Chilly Billy Brand is also allergen free and is available in the following flavours from Nando’s and Goodness Direct as well as some smaller independent shops (although due to the natural quality of these lollies they are rather icy rather than sugary!)
  • apple and blackcurrant
  • apple and mango
  • apple and raspberry
  • apple and strawberry
  • orange and apples
UPDATE 2: Sainsbury’s also proved to be rather good at providing allergen-free ice lollies in their own brand range. The following were all suitable:-

In the meantime, once again well done Tesco‘s for making the only ice lollies we can buy – I do hope they are nice!