Sunday, July 1, 2007


Every July 4 the family gets together, almost always at Mom and Dad's which is just across the mutually owned field from my house. Kids of all ages play games of all sorts in the field (usually involving water) while the wiser or more timid of us sit on the big porch and watch. Everyone brings food and drinks and every year for some time now I have made popsicles for the 4th of July.

I have a favorite and very simple recipe I use with some variations:

1 small box of gelatin (any flavor or match it to the drink mix)
1 envelope unsweetened drink mix
up to a cup of sugar
2 cups boiling water
2 cups cold water (can use fruit juice or pop if desired).

Mix the gelatin, drink mix, and sugar. Add the boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Add the cold water. Stir some more. Let the bubbles disperse. Fill 3 oz plastic cups to about 1/2 inch from the top (I use one of the cups as the dipper). I put the cups into high sided trays and can usually get 18 in a large cake pan. Coincidentally, each recipe fills 18 three oz cups. I cut off plastic drinking straws and when the popsicles are partially frozen (anywhere from 1 to 3 hours after putting in my freezer) I stick a straw in each one (instead of popsicle sticks which can splinter). When ready to eat just warm the cup with your hands and push on the bottom to release the popsicle.

This year there are 5 flavors - 90 popsicles - so far. Black Cherry, Red Raspberry (both favorites), Peach, Pineapple (using pineapple gelatin, lemon drink mix, and pineapple soda - sugar adjusted to allow for the soda); and the mystery flavor of the year (Green Apple/Watermelon). If the mood strikes and I find another flat spot in the freezer I may make chocolate pops using pudding again. I have to find my recipe for that one.

Time to go check and see if the popsicles are ready for their sticks.


Jen said...

Oh! Oh! POPSICLES!!! I can't wait! You are like the Pied Piper of Popsicles! When the kids see you coming through your gate to cross the field, the gathering of children around your knees is something beautiful. I will have to get a picture of it this year...along with the aftermath of those wonderful creations. LOL! Oh, the my. The sticky mess the children turn into...but it's wonderful. The smiles are great! Looking forward to this year's flavors!

Dana said...

Sounds like a fun time! I'm sure you will be warmly welcomed with all those popsicles in hand.