This post was sponsored by Hood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
It’s not even spring, and the warm temperatures of summer are upon us. One of my favorite snacks to make the boys are 5 minute popsicles. I love that these have no added sugar (a dash of honey in the chocolate) and are the perfect addition to any meal. During the hot summer months, I even make them to eat with their breakfast. They feel like they are getting away with something by eating a frozen treat for breakfast.
Although I love making popsicles with juice, I really want my kids to get their daily intake of dairy and making fudgesicles and creamsicles definitely helps this goal. I’ve been buy Hood Calorie Countdown dairy beverage for about a month now, and we are huge fans! I love that they offer it in Whole which is typically what I buy for our family. They also have a delicious chocolate, which my husband loves.
Hood has always had great products for the family, and Calorie Countdown is definitely one of them! I love that I’m only purchasing one dairy beverage for the whole family and cutting calories, but none of the nutrients we all need. Hood Calorie Countdown is creamy and has a delicious taste, and keeps the kiddos coming back for more.
Hood Calorie Countdown is a ultra filtered dairy beverage that is offered in Whole, 2%, Fat Free, and Chocolate–there is even an option for 2% Reduced Fat Chocolate. It contains 42% less calories, 75% less sugar, and 67% fewer carbs. The milk comes from farmers who have pledged not to use artificial growth hormones, this is something I try and search for when I am buying food items for my family.
Making the popsicles with the Hood Calorie Countdown dairy beverage takes 5 minutes with the Zoku popsicle maker. You simply freeze the popsicle maker for 24 hours, pour the liquid in, place the stick, and wait 5 minutes. If you don’t have a zoku popsicle maker, you can grab a popsicle mold here and just let them freeze over night.
Creamsicle- for the creamsicle I poured orange juice into the fill line and let freeze for about 3 minutes, and then poured out the part that hadn’t frozen. I then poured the whole into the max line and stuck the stick in the top. (if you are making these with a mold, I would probably just mix the orange juice and dairy beverage together and pour into the mold that way.)
Fudgesicle- I added honey and cacao nibs to this delicious chocolate treat, but you could simply pour the Hood Calorie Countdown chocolate dairy beverage into the popsicle maker or mold and call it a day. I didn’t have the chocolate dairy beverage on hand, so I mixed 1 teaspoon of cocoa and 1 teaspoon of honey with a handful of cacao nibs. This was so creamy, and a perfect hot weather treat!