Make Your Own Popsicles

We’re getting some of those warm “dog days” of summer here in Ohio. When I get hot, I like to have something cold to eat or drink. That always reminds me of a recipe my mom used to make for my siblings and me…homemade popsicles! This recipe takes just a few common ingredients: 1 – 3oz. box of Jello gelatin mix (fruit flavor), 1 packet of the same flavor of Kool-Aid drink mix (Unless you are feeling adventurous and want to mix up your flavors!), 3/4 Cup sugar and some water.

Place the Jello powder, Kool-Aid mix and sugar into a large bowl. As you can see from the picture, this time we are making cherry flavored popsicles.

Bring 2 Cups of water to a boil and carefully pour it into the bowl with the Jello mixture. Stir until everything is dissolved.

Now add 2 Cups of cold water and stir again.

You are ready to pour this mixture into whatever forms you are using to make the popsicles. You can use popsicle molds, small paper cups (I recommend using the Dixie 5 oz cups and fill them 2/3’s full) or ice cube trays. (The cups pictured are the 9 oz size because those are the ones I had on hand.)

I filled my popsicle molds first.

I had enough Jello mixture to also fill an ice cube tray and 2 – 9 oz. paper cups about half full.

Place on a flat surface in your freezer for 2-3 hours until the popsicles are frozen. You can place wooden sticks in the cups or ice cube trays after the popsicles are partly frozen.

Here is the recipe card that I have the recipe written on.

The number of popsicles you will get from one batch depends on what size containers you use for making your popsicles. Let’s take a look at a finished popsicle! Ta dah! Ready to eat! 🙂

A word of caution: eat these slowly as they feel colder than ice cream and its easy to get a “head freeze” if you eat them too quickly! Looks like someone is enjoying this popsicle! 😉

The popsicles that are made in the ice cube trays are great for adding to a cup of juice to add more flavor and keep your drink cold longer. There are lots of ways to make popsicles but this one is a favorite because it comes from my childhood. Maybe we will look at some other ways to make your own popsicles on a blog post another time. For this time, enjoy your popsicles! 🙂

Cool Treats for Hot Days!

Whew!  Have the hot days of summer been rather overwhelmimg for you?  Are the kids a little grumpy? (Ok, maybe even VERY grumpy!)  Are you looking for a way to cool everyone down?  Take a look at what we tried at our house that really helped!  This is so simple you’ll wonder why you haven’t already thought to do it.  Make ICE CUBES but not just out of water!

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Would you like to give your kids popsicles but the ones in the store are loaded with extra sugar and you’re trying to cut back?  Just use the juice you normally serve them.  Fill an ice cube tray or two with your favorite juice and freeze.  Could it be any simpler?!

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These are great to just suck on like a popsicle.  You could add in some sticks before you freeze them to make them easier to hang onto.  You can use these in a cup of juice and it won’t taste diluted like it can with ice cubes made with water. Mix and match flavors till you find a new favorite – like apple juice ice cubes and grape juice or pineapple juice ice cubes and orange juice. 🙂 Like to make smoothies or slushies?  Throw some of these ice cubes into the blender with whatever other ingredients tempt your munchkins’ taste buds, whiz it up together and slurp away!

My favorite thing that we froze into ice cubes turned out to be PUDDING!  YUMMY!  I used instant vanilla pudding for one batch and then instant chocolate pudding for another batch. They taste great!

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My hubby has even been helping me eat these! 😉

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As you can see from the pictures, I froze the juice or pudding in the ice cube trays and then dumped them out and stored them in freezer bags in the freezer.  Grab a few out of the bag whenever you need a cool drink or snack.  I’m planning to try a small glass of milk with chocolate pudding ice cubes to make a chocolate milkshake. 🙂

One more suggestion for ice cubes – this one is for the grownups that love iced coffee!  Brew some coffee and freeze it into ice cubes to add when making iced lattes or iced coffee drinks.  🙂  Again, you’ll get the coldness without diluting your drink!  Oooo, and what about taking coffee ice cubes and chocolate pudding ice cubes and some milk in a blender…?!  Or maybe try a Purple Cow shake with some vanilla ice cream, grape juice ice cubes and a bit of milk? The ideas and combinations are endless!  Try a few to cool off and let me know what your favorite combination is!  🙂