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Ahhh, wonderful warm summer days. We look forward to them all year. When they finally come, they seem to be gone in a flash.

Want to make the most of sunny days? Then you'll need the sort of energy boost that can only come from Zespri Kiwifruit, a super food that's packed with vitality and energizing vitamin C. In fact, a serving size of SunGold® — 2 medium-sized kiwis — has more than three times the vitamin C as a medium orange.

And what better way to enjoy the glorious weather than with frozen kiwi treats? They're quick snacks that can be made at a moment's notice, or prepped ahead of time. And they're easy to make. Here are four of our favorite frozen kiwi-inspired snacks that you're sure to fall in love with.

SunGold Kiwifruit Coconut Popsicles

Simple. Refreshing. Naturally sweet with no added sugar. Vegan, gluten-free and Paleo-friendly. SunGold® Kiwifruit Coconut Popsicles are a must for summer. But they're sure to be a hit, no matter what time of year you serve them. More importantly, this recipe is easily made with just three main ingredients — SunGold®, bananas and coconut milk.

What You'll Need Preparation
4 SunGold® Kiwifruit
1 cup coconut milk
2 bananas
unsweetened coconut flakes
(optional garnish)
1 blender or food processor
popsicle molds
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and place in freezer for 2-3 hours.
  3. Remove from popsicle mold and sprinkle with unsweetened coconut flakes, if desired.

Zespri Tip: If you prefer a creamy sweet snack with a kick of tartness, replace SunGold® with Zespri Green. Your taste buds will thank you for it.

Bananas and kiwifruit are a powerhouse combination. Read why we consider kiwifruit and bananas "nutritional twinsies."

SunGold Kiwifruit No-Churn Ice Cream

How could we talk about frozen kiwi-snacks without talking about the ultimate frozen treat — ice cream? (Answer: we couldn't.)

Fortunately, making homemade ice cream isn't as difficult as you might think.

What You'll Need Preparation
8 whole eggs (separated)
1 cup caster (aka superfine) sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 lb. Zespri SunGold® kiwifruit (pulped)
½ teaspoon lime juice
2 mixing bowls
1 ice cream machine (optional)
  1. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Add the caster sugar and whisk for an additional minute.
  2. In another bowl whisk cream, until just firm.
  3. Beat the egg yolks and add to the whites. Fold into the cream and Zespri SunGold® kiwifruit pulp. Add the lime juice.
  4. Put mixture into ice cream machine. Alternatively, place into freezer and every 1 – 2 hours until frozen whip the mixture until it feels firm to the touch.

Zespri Tip: To pulp the kiwifruit, scoop the kiwi flesh out of their skins. Whizz to a pulp in a food processor.

Kiwi-Strawberry Greek Yogurt

For those of us who love ice cream more than our tummies love ice cream, Greek yogurt is a great alternative. Greek yogurt is a dairy product made from milk and the addition of a bacterial culture. It has about a third of the lactose in milk, which is why people who are lactose intolerant may have an easier time digesting Greek yogurt.

So frozen yogurt is a great alternative for those of us who love ice cream more than their tummies love ice cream.

You already know how we feel about the flavorful combination of kiwifruit and strawberries. And now we're bringing you the best Kiwi-Strawberry Frozen Yogurt recipe. It's quick, easy and delicious!

You Will Need Preparation
3 cups frozen strawberry
3 Zespri kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
1 cup greek yogurt
3 tbsp honey or agave
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Transfer to an 8x8-inch glass dish.
  3. Freeze for at least 2 hours.

Zespri Tip: Use a glass dish with a lid, so you can cover the frozen yogurt while it's in the freezer. Doing this will make sure the top of the frozen yogurt doesn't get too icy.

Like the kiwifruit itself, this recipe is extremely versatile. If you prefer a tangy-sweet flavor, feel free to use Zespri Green kiwifruit. For a more tropical sweetness that takes you back to beachside summer vacations, go with Zespri SunGold®.

Either way, you're in for a real (frozen) treat.

Kiwi Apricot Slushy with Mint

When you're out and about, it’s important to stay cool and keep hydrated — especially on hotter days. Slushies are a fun way to do both. They're simple to make. And they're not just for kids!

Our Kiwi Apricot Slushy with Mint recipe combines the nutrient-dense kiwifruit with one of nature's best kept nutritional secrets — apricots. Apricots are great sources of vitamins A, C and E, as well as iron. And they're also rich in dietary fiber, same as kiwifruit. Add them together, and you have a nutritional homerun.

What You'll Need Preparation
6 Zespri SunGold®
400 g ripe apricots (approx. 13)
A few mint leaves
1 lime
2 tablespoons of agave nectar (optional)
  1. Set aside one kiwifruit for slicing. Blend the remainder until you have a smooth puree.
  2. Wipe the apricots, slice them in half, remove the stone and blend them with the mint. Add a dash of lime juice to each flavor and a little agave nectar if you want the puree to be sweeter.
  3. Now place the two purees in separate containers and set in the freezer.
  4. Freeze for 2 hours. Then break up break up the ice crystals by scraping and stirring with a fork.
  5. Return to the freezer for 2 more hours and break up the crystals again until you get a slushy consistency. Keep both mixtures in the freezer until ready to serve.
  6. To serve. Layer up the two colors in a decorative glass. Decorate with sliced kiwifruit and mint leaves.

Zespri Tip: This recipe serves eight. Need less? Divide by two for a serving of four.

This recipe is also a good, all-natural source of potassium and folate — very important to your genetic health and immune system. While you can't get all folate you need from kiwifruit alone, but they make a delicious, first-class addition to any vitamin B or folate-enriching supplements you may be taking.

Tips for Freezing Kiwifruit

We've talked before about refrigerating kiwifruit and even provided some tips for freezing: refrigerating kiwifruit and even provided some tips for freezing:

You can prolong the life of your ripe Zespri® Kiwifruit by popping it in the freezer to use later in refreshing recipes such as smoothies and sorbets. Just remember to cut your kiwifruit in half or peel to freeze, otherwise your whole kiwifruit could split open.

But more importantly, you can rest assured that kiwifruit will retain its delicious flavor and wonderful nutritional power when you try any of these four kiwi-inspired frozen treats. Give them a try and let us know how you like them.

Have any frozen snack recipes featuring Zespri Kiwifruit that you'd like to share? Sound off on social media and make sure you tag @ZespriKiwifruit.