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Iced Coffee Polar Cup / Shave Ice (★★☆☆☆)

In the summer, we keep our thermostat pretty high, and frozen treats taste that much better as a result.  In fact, when I come in on a hot day, pretty much anything frozen is a treat.

That’s basically way I keep putting coffee, mostly decaf, in ice trays and blending them in the Vitamix 7500.  The 7500 basically turns them into coffee ice dust, and the blender container has enough surface area that an entire tray ends up as powder without any chunks or slush left to circulate in the blades.

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I don’t bother adding anything else, I just consider it a different way to have a black ice coffee on a hot day.  Surprisingly, both my kids occasionally help me eat them as well, despite the flavor being just black coffee.  I wouldn’t be all that surprised if I’m the only one who likes it as much as I do, which is why I’ve rated it so low, but I’ve already made this a dozen times this summer, and it’s really grown on me.

It probably doesn’t need to be spelled out as a recipe, but on the off chance that it might help someone, here goes:

Iced Coffee Snowcones / Shave Ice (★★☆☆☆)
As with fruit bars, you need a stronger flavor in the frozen treat than you do in the liquid drink.  When I’m making a pot of coffee, I’ll add a little bit coffee more than I normally would, and as soon as there’s enough coffee to fill two ice trays, I’ll fill the trays and put them in the fridge.

1 tray of coffee ice cubes

Throw the whole tray in the blender and start it at 10.  Let it spin until basically nothing is making contact with the blades, which won’t take long, then turn the blender off.  (If you go past 30 seconds, you’re dealing with a different tray of ice cubes.)  Use a spatula to scoop all the snow from the container and lid into the bowl.  (A reasonable amount will be on the bottom of the lid.) If you’re in a warm room, the snow in each corner will already start clumping together, as you can see in the photo above.

Enjoy!


Edit: Iced Coffee Snowcones / Shave Ice with Sweetened Condensed Milk (★★★★☆)
Want to make this a valid tasty treat that you can serve to others?  Drizzle it with sweetened condensed milk and/or caramel sauce.  I personally prefer just sweetened condensed milk.

Homemade Grapefruit Polar Cup (★★★★☆)

I decided to try to put a new spin on my Homemade Grown-up Polar Cup by using a grapefruit instead of two lemons.  The results were very good, and I definitely think some people would prefer the grapefruit version, although I think the grapefruit zest leaves a longer, slightly less pleasant aftertaste.

Homemade Grapefruit Polar Cup (★★★★☆)
I don’t know whether to describe this as a loose italian ice, thick frozen beverage you eat with a spoon or what polar cups would taste like if they were made for adults instead of kids using fresh fruit, but it is all of those things, and it is very good.

1 grapefruit (both zest and juice)
stevia
sugar
ice

Use a bread knife or other serrated knife to take just the outermost layer of the grapefruit rind, putting the zest into the blender.  Squeeze the juice from the grapefruit into a bowl so that you can remove any seeds from the juice and pulp before putting the juice and pulp into the blender along with the grapefruit zest.  Add two packets of stevia sweetener and an equal amount of sugar.  (Because the grapefruit is sweeter than the lemon, less sugar is needed than the lemon based version) Add a glass of ice and blend until well mixed.  Add ice gradually for the desired consistency, and additional sweetener to taste. (Unlike the lemon version, no water is needed, as the grapefruit juice is not as potent as the lemon juice.) Pulse blend on high with the tamper to insure no ice chunks remain.

Very simple to make, very good. As with the lemon based version of this, I think the zest is the difference.

Homemade Grown-up Polar Cup (★★★★★)

To celebrate this blog getting 25,000 hits, I decided to try to make something new this weekend.  In fact, it turned into a very busy weekend for the blender, as I made Frozen Mocha Frappuccino, peanut butter and chocolate milk shakes on Saturday, and Falafels (new!) with Yogurt Herb Sauce (new!) and Black Bean Burger Patties (also new!) on Sunday.  But while those three will also all see their recipes shared in the near future, the recipe that really pleasantly surprised me tonight was something I tried on a whim that worked out really well.

After picking up a whole bag of lemons for a recipe that only needed one (Yogurt Herb Sauce for my Falafels), I decided to try to make a lemonade similar to the Newman’s Own diet lemonade that we get.  It’s really good, and it’s made with real sugar and stevia as it’s sweeteners.  That mix of sweeteners works really well in the lemonade, which is what got me to try it in my own creation.

Homemade Grown-up Polar Cup (★★★★★)
I don’t know whether to describe this as a loose italian ice, thick frozen beverage or what polar cups would taste like if they were made for adults instead of kids, but it is all of those things, and it is very good.

2 lemons (both zest and juice)
stevia
sugar
ice/water

Use a bread knife or other serrated knife to take just the outermost layer of the lemon rind, putting the zest into the blender.  Squeeze the juice from both lemons into the blender, taking care not to allow any seeds into the blender.  Add three packets of stevia sweetener and an equal amount of sugar.  (four if the lemons are large)  Add a glass of ice and blend until the mixture is too icy to blend.  Add a bit of ice and water for the desired consistency, and additional sweetener to taste.   Pulse blend on high with the tamper to insure no ice chunks remain.

Very simple to make, very good. The zest is the difference, as I’ve definitely done variations of this before with just lemon juice, and it does not have the same level of flavor that the addition of zest gives it.  I’ve got three more lemons in the fridge and will probably be making this again this week.