The weather's been steadily heating up in Hawaii as we slip into our hot & dry season. The only other season we have is slightly cooler & extremely rainy. I'm excited about the rainy season ending, & bought Booger a cheap-o inflatable pool at & a set of foam squirter wands slightly early. We spent yesterday lounging on the deck & in the extremely tiny pool, managing to nearly empty it through splashing & squirt warring.
Most of my summers growing up in Florida were spent in much the same way; I have so many fond memories of how awesome a tiny kiddie pool can be when you've got a bunch of friends, its keeping you cool in the boiling heat, & school is far over the horizon of summer. The only thing better at cooling us down in the 100+ degree heat were delicious popsicles. No self-respecting mom would be caught by a pack of sugar-hungry kids without popsicles! While kids all loved store-bought pops, most moms handed out homemade because they were much cheaper when you're feeding a dozen kids.
No kid would ever turn down a popsicle when they can feel their brain frying between their ears, but there was a definite ranking system among us. The best tier of moms were held in reverence, & were a huge factor in who's yard was cool, & could make up for a mediocre slip 'n slide or slight lack of shade. The best moms used BIG pop molds, offered seconds, & offered the yummy flavors (strawberry, cherry, watermelon). Moms that would get your place snubbed, & even earn you ridicule, had tiny, baby-sized molds, made pops out of crummy pure Koolaid in flavors like orange or even grape (blech!), or GASP - didn't even make pops!
Now that I'm a mom, I have an awesome excuse to make pops, & I've done a little research into how to make them absolutely delectable! I'm going to share four yummy recipes with you - no plain old juice crap here!
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First, we need a mold for our pops. You can find them at many super-markets, big chain stores, & fancy ones online. Plastic is fine, silicone is easier to remove, & metal ones exist as well. You can also go the MacGyver route, & use ice cube trays, empty yogurt/pudding containers, or just regular old glasses. Use plastic picnic utensils, chopsticks or straws for handles.
All these recipes yield around 4 2.5 oz popsicles.
Jell-o keeps these popsicles mess-free!
1/2 package sugar free fruit-flavored Jell-o
1/2 package unsweeted Kool-aid
1/4 cup hot water
2/3 cup cold water
3 tsbp sugar
Mix together Jell-o, Kool-aid, sugar & hot water until its all dissolved. Add cold water. Pour into your molds & freeze.
Healthy, substitute any fruit in to taste.
1/2 cup fat free vanilla yogurt (an individual serving cup)
1/2 a sliced banana
1/2 cup strawberry juice (or apple)
1/2 tsp vanilla (skip unless you want more vanilla flavoring)
Blend together well. Pour & freeze.
Rocky Road Popsicles
A neat substitute for ice cream!
1/2 package of fat free chocolate pudding
1/2 cup mini-marshmallows
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Make pudding according to package. Add marshmallows & peanuts, mix well & pour into molds.
These are not for kiddies, just moms & their friends! (Found here)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 2 tablespoons tequila
- 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Mariner)
- Kosher salt, for garnish
- Combine sugar, lime juice, water, lemon juice and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool transfer to a blender with tequila, orange liqueur, and lime wedge and process until smooth. Pour into molds & freeze. When you remove them from the molds, sprinkle salt over popsicle.
Hope you guys enjoy these!