One of the best memories I have of growing up was eating a popsicle during the summer months. I always thought these were great fun to eat, as most children do. My favorite was the "Creamsicle", the one that had orange sherbet swirled with vanilla ice cream. I still love that flavor to this day and it's one of the best childhood memories I have.
While you can still get these frozen treats in the store, why not try making your own? I'm sharing the ingredients for "Homemade Popsicles" and these are far less expensive to make at home compared to purchasing them. If you have a set of popsicle molds, you'll really be set to go! If not, don't dispair, because if you have some styrofoam coffee cups and some popsicle sticks, you can still make this summertime treat!
Very easy to do and very inexpensive to make, all you do is combine a package of your favorite flavor of gelatin and an envelope of the unsweetened drink mix (such as Kool-Aid) to match the flavor of the gelatin. This is combined with sugar, boiling water and cold water. Pour this mixture into your popsicle molds or cups and freeze. If using the styrofoam cups, place the cups on a tray to make them easier to move in and out of your freezer. Let the partially freeze, then insert the popsicle sticks. Then, let them freeze completely. When ready to enjoy, simply unmold from the popsicle molds or peel off the styrofoam cup. There you are....a homemade popsicle!
When choosing the Kool-Aid for this recipe, make sure to use the unsweetened version. Since you'll be adding your own sugar and because the gelatin already has sugar in it, the pre-sweetened version won't be necessary. Also, make sure to use the regular version of the the gelatin and not the sugar-free type. I haven't tested this recipe with the sugar-free gelatin or with any sugar substitutes. If you decide to try it, please let me know how they turned out!
This is an easy recipe that a youngster can make with a little supervision. Another good recipe that a beginning cook can make was one I shared about two years ago for "Forgotten Cookies". These are mixed and dropped onto the baking sheet and left in the oven for a number of hours, allowing them to bake while you do other things. This is one that's great for a busy young person this summer and to get the recipe, follow this link:
Build a summertime memory by making your own popsicles, following this easy recipe:
- 1 (3 oz) pkg. gelatin, any flavor
- 1 envelope Kool-Aid soft drink mix (not the pre-sweetened), same flavor as the gelatin
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 cups cold water
Dissolve the gelatin, soft drink mix and sugar in boiling water. Stir in the cold water. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Or, pour into styrofoam coffee cups and partially freeze. Insert popsicle sticks and continue freezing until firm. To serve, unmold from popsicle molds or tear off the styrofoam cups and enjoy immediately.