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Friday, June 13, 2014

Super Summer Slushies!

One of the tastiest ways to cool off on a hot summer day is with a slushie!  Shaved ice or Icee's are really tasty but not always conveniently located (or in the budget!).  We live in a very rural area so it takes a trip to town for those.  Though, we do have an ice cream truck that occasionally stops by - we think THAT is a real treat!  An ice cream truck in the country is a rare sighting!   

Years ago we bought a Vita-Mix brand blender.  We've used the daylights out of it.  Smoothies, ice cream, chopped veggies, whole wheat blender pancakes, etc.  At 20 years old it's still in pretty good shape.  It is one of the best blenders on the market even now and can easily tackle pulverizing ice cubes.  I love my Vita-Mix!   

This is the first year we've done slushies at home.  (lots of ice cream and smoothies, but no slushies!  We've been missing out!)   

Simple directions for a Slushie:

1 packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid
1 C. sugar
1 quart of water
2 C. ice cubes

Mix the Kool-Aid, sugar and water.  Place ice cube in blender, pour 1 C. of Kool-Aid mixture over ice (reserve the rest for later).  PLACE LID ON BLENDER!  (Sometime ask me why I stress this. lol )   Turn blender on high speed and blend until ice is crushed.  Pour into cups immediately as it separates quickly.

Joy's Notes:  If your blender doesn't handle the ice cubes as well add a little more Kool-Aid and let it continue blending for a minute.   This is where my Vita-Mix wins hands down. I can mix a slushie thick enough that I have to spoon in out.  Yum!

Our ice cream truck sells a 9 oz cup of shaved ice for $1.50.    Right now I can pick up a packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid at WinCo for 10 cents.  A cup of sugar is about 30 cents.  For less than .50 cents I can make about 3 of that same sized cup of slushie at home!   A cheap sugar high!  (and my budget loves it as much as the kids do!) 

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