Frozen fruit cups are a classic treat with loads of fruit suspended in sweet, icy slush. Full of oranges, pineapple, peaches and bananas, these fruit cups are refreshing and delicious, and a perfect afternoon treat or dessert.
These frozen fruit cups are a perfectly refreshing treat for an after school snack. They also pair nicely with an elegant brunch spread too, served with Egg & Cheese Hash Brown Waffles or Mexican Breakfast Casserole.
This recipe came from sweet lady at my childhood church, who was like another grandma to me, and she was the actual grandma to a good friend of mine. We would have sleepovers at her house and she would make these little fruit cups for us and they were so good!
What do you need to make Frozen Fruit Cups?
Simple, easy to find ingredients are the name of this game and what makes this recipe so simple.
- Frozen juice concentrate – This recipe calls for both orange juice and lemonade concentrate. You could also use just one of those, or any citrus combination.
- Frozen strawberries – you can also use fresh if you like, but frozen are available year round.
- Fruit cocktail – Drain the juice and splure for the extra cherry kind!
- Crushed pineapple – Make sure to get crushed and not chunks.
- Peaches – Canned peaches but you could use frozen or fresh if you like.
- Mandarin oranges – Drained and chopped.
- Bananas – Fresh, ripe but not brown.
- Water, sugar and 7Up – For the slushy base.
How to Make Homemade Frozen Fruit Cups
With less than 10 minutes of hands on time, frozen fruits are one of the simplest snacks you can make!
- Dissolve – Add the water and sugar to a large bowl and whisk or stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Drain fruit – Open all the cans of fruit and drain off the syrup. Add the fruit to the bowl.
- Mix – Add 7 Up to the bowl and stir everything together.
- Freeze – Divide the mixture into small, clear cups and freeze for about 6 hours.
For the clear cups, I recommend using disposable plastic. I’d worry about glass cracking in the freezer. These small plastic cups are perfect.
To serve, remove from the freezer and let sit out for several minutes so they can become slushy.
Obviously these frozen fruit cups can be made in advance. Place them in the freezer and once they are completely frozen you can store them in a freezer bag or airtight container for up to 3 months. Serve one at a time for a snack or all of them to a crowd.
Recipe Notes and Tips
- Use the juices from the can instead of the sugar and water mixture. It will create a different flavor but its still delicious.
- For a fancy feel, add a sprig of mint to each cup.
- Feel free to swap out your favorite fruit or what you have on hand. Try frozen blueberries, raspberries, mango, canned pears or even mini marshmallows.
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- Fruit Salad Recipe
- Salted Graham Cracker Pretzel Toffee
- Strawberry Pretzel Salad
- Instant Pot Applesauce
- Muddy Buddies
- How to Make Stovetop Popcorn
Frozen Fruit Cups
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup 7-Up
- 6 ounces canned frozen orange juice concentrate thawed
- 8 ounces canned frozen lemonade concentrate thawed
- 8 ounces package frozen strawberries about 2 cups, thawed and chopped
- 8 ounces canned fruit cocktail drained
- 20 ounces crushed pineapple drained
- 15 ounces peaches drained and chopped
- 30 ounces mandarin oranges drained
- 2 bananas peeled and cut in small pieces
- In a large bowl, stir together water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
- Divide mixture into small plastic cups and freeze for about 6 hours. Remove from the freezer about 20 - 30 minutes before serving.
Clear plastic cups: https://amzn.to/2F9bDmS