Seeing so many awesome photos of DIY Ice Pops really got me thinking…I’m going to age myself a bit but here goes. One of the memories that I remember vividly was the summer that I spent babysitting my two god-brothers. One, it was a good gig – my godmother paid above the going rate and she used to drop the boys at my house each morning because we lived in town. Every day we’d walk 5 mins to the local Mac’s Milk (think 7-eleven) to get a slushy or some other cool treat. I can still remember the day when we realized that the popsicle sticks had point values imprinted on them and if you saved enough you could trade them in for a nintendo game. (yes, this is where you start trying to calculate how old I am).
From that point on, we ate popsicles not stop. We even started foregoing Mac’s Milk and instead started buying popsicles by the case from the grocery store. We’d cheer when we got a 100 point stick and jeer when we got yet another 10 point stick. I can’t remember the exact number we were aiming for but I can tell you it had to have been in the neighbourhood of 30,000-50,000 points. We eventually go there but fell victim to the “while supplies last” clause.
My daughter loves “pops” too. Since her diet can be a little limiting at times, I thought the new DIY ice pop trend would be a good one to try since I could hide all kinds of good things in those pops.
So I finally washed up the molds and set about to figure out what kind of pops I could make given what I had on hand. I decided to make a two layer pop as a bit of a test. First layer, was made primarily with Vanilla and blueberries and the second layer was a mixed berry puree.
After shooing my daughter away from the freezer I left the first layer to set while I made the second layer and then chilled it in the fridge. After approx an hour I added the second layer and then left these to freeze over night. I really wasn’t too sure how this “experiment” might turn out. Low and behold, turns out my daughter couldn’t wait to try one and had already completed a taste test on her own before I got home from work. Luckily I still had a couple so I could take a picture of the final product.
Needless to say, I’ll be making more and I’ll be trying any and all flavour combinations that I can think of. Check out these thorough Ice Pop Recipe roundups for more inspiration:
Ice Pop Recipes from marthastewart.com – 38 Recipes are bound to give you inspiration.