Cherry Slushies

It’s been super humid in Philly the past few days and my family’s finding it hard to stay cool. Today’s recipe is a perfect way to beat the heat. A semi-frozen concoction of crystallized juice and fruit, these slushies are true refreshment. Your kids will love inventing their own new and interesting combinations – we’re trying pineapple and mango next. If you forget to take the mixture out of the freezer in time, no worries. Simply scrape like a granita and you’ve made delicious homemade water ice. Or, if you have those great plastic popsicle molds, drop in some fruit, add juice and freeze for fabulous fruit pops. The sky’s the limit!

Yields 4 servings.

SODIUM CONTENT: 25 mg per serving


1 1/2 c. fresh pitted cherries, coarsely chopped
4 c. 100% fruit juice, such as cherry, blueberry, cranberry (I like Northland 100% cranberry pomegranate)


Place cherries in an 8 x 8-inch square pan. Pour in juice and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Carefully place in freezer for 3-3 1/2 hours. Remove from freezer and scrape/ladle into four glasses. Serve immediately.

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