Sunday, June 29, 2008

It's that time of year

I have started making the popsicles for the 4th of July.
So far I have made Strawberry, Grape, Black Cherry, Blackberry/Raspberry, Banana, Chocolate Mint (only 6 of those and they may not make it to the 4th), and two mystery flavors this year. I ran out of flat space in the freezer and had to bag up the first batch.
This is the second batch you are looking at. I will have to wait until tomorrow to make the larger batch of all chocolate pops. I did not keep count but I had 100 of the colored plastic sticks and have used all of them and have started on the regular wooden sticks I had in the craft supplies.

There are never too many popsicles and I love having left-overs.

This year sister Beth wants us to make jello beans too as she got some molds at the yard sales we went to earlier this summer. I forgot about this when I went to the grocery store so will have to get some more flavored gelatin this week so we can try this treat too.

The popsicles take one small box of gelatin, one envelope of unsweetened drink mix, and approximately 1 cup of sugar. Add 2 cups boiling water and stir until dissolved. Then add 2 cups cold water. Pour into 3 oz cups and freeze partially before adding sticks (I have used plastic spoons and straws as well as the popsicle sticks).

The pudding pops take 1 small box of instant pudding and 1 1/2 cups cold water. Beat for 1 to 2 minutes by hand. Pour into cups and freeze. You may be able to add the sticks when you put the pudding pops in the freezer or may have to wait for the pops to partially freeze before adding sticks; it depends upon how thick the pudding is when you put it in the freezer.

Much of the family gathers at Mom and Dad's for the 4th as we have a great view of the fireworks at the fairgrounds. Both kids and adults eagerly await the arrival of the popsicles from my freezer and I always have many helping hands carrying the trays across the sidewalk.


Mary C said...

Martha - those popsicles sound like a really good treat for kids at VBS, too. Our VBS will be in August this year, and I may try your recipes. Have a great 4th of July.

Martha said...

Mary, the popsicles are just the right size for everyone when made in the 3 oz cups. I have used paper and plastic cups and prefer the plastic. They can even be reused if not badly mangled. Make sure you have plenty of water or wipes for cleaning faces and hands.
Have a wonderful 4th of July, too, Mary.

Jen said...

Many hands to help? Aunt Martha, you are the pied piper of popsicles! The kids just have to spy you walking across the field and they go running, dropping toys and chalk, leaving them scattered. All because "THE POPSICLES ARE COMING! THE POPSICLES ARE COMING!". Okay, some of the is the grown-ups jumping up and down in joy, too!

Keep this up and the annual donations won't be for the family fireworks, it will be for the family popsicles! YUM!

linda may said...

G'Day Martha,
I can remember you making these last year. I wish I could sample them. Mmmm.