Wait, let me back up. This was also the summer I decided we were going to make our own popsicles.
It wasn’t the money or even the health benefits.
It was the sleeves of plastic I was constantly finding in the backyard that finally made me give in. I was sick of finding them EVERYWHERE.
So I decided, no more store bought popsicles. This summer, I was going to buy a popsicle maker and actually make my own sweet treats.
Only have you seen the COST of one of those popsicle makers? Fifty bucks to freeze some juice?
Pshaaaaw. I may not have opted for homemade for the money, but I wasn’t going to blow whatever savings I was going to reap on a $50 popsicle maker that only makes THREE popsicles.
Enter the Tovolo “Groovy” Popsicle Molds, found at TJ Maxx for a whopping $7. You can make six popsicles at once — that’s DOUBLE the expensive maker — and for a fraction of the price. And better than the Dixie cup DIY popsicle molds I’ve seen on Pinterest, these can be used over and over and over again (well, except for the one with the lid that fell to the bottom of the dishwasher and got melted … but what can you do).
So what else have I discovered this summer?
That the only thing sweeter than gummy bears is gummy bears encased in sweet liquid and frozen. Behold, the directions for making gummy bear popsicles:
- 1 bag Gummy Bears — I prefer Haribo
- Sprite — I use Sprite Zero to reduce the sugar a little bit (because there is plenty in the bears)
1. Fill your popsicle molds with gummy bears. I was doing the soda first, but I realized you didn’t get many bears in there.
2. Shake your molds to let the bears settle. Then throw in a few more on top. You’ll want to be near the top, but leave a little space, like so:
3. Pour Sprite in each mold, allowing to cover the bears, but still leaving a quarter inch of space for expansion:
4. Freeze for at least three to four hours or until the soda no longer sloshes around inside.
What is your favorite popsicle? Do you make your own?
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