Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Easy-Peasy Desserts: Homemade Popsicles

By now you see I am all about the simplicity of DIY- the sheer joy you can give by simply putting a little love and imagination in play.

This simple dessert is so easy, and reaps big rewards.

Homemade Popsicles!

On a recent shopping trip to Ikea (always a dangerous idea), I discovered these Chosigt Ice Pop Makers for the unbeatable price of $1.99 at the checkout. Naturally, they landed in my leaning tower of furnishing delights...along with a few $1 chocolate hazelnut bars. (Don't judge!)

I have always wanted one of those expensive ice pop makers but thought "will I ever really make enough popsicles to justify the cost and cabinet space?", and these little miracle makers were the right price for what it is- a treat.

Here is a child-friendly recipe Emma and Sara gave two thumbs up to:

2 containers of vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup of chopped fresh strawberries
1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips

Mix all of the ingredients lightly and spoon the mix into the popsicle containers. Place in freezer and allow 4-6 hours to fully harden. The result is a delicious creamsicle with chunks of yummy chocolate heaven. Serves 6.

And here is a boozy bellini popsicle that would be delish dipped in a cold glass of prosecco:
2 cups peach juice
teaspoon of lemon juice
teaspoon of sugar
1/2 cup of prosecco

Gently mix and pour, freezing overnight for best results. Then, fill a wide mouth wine glass with prosecco, and serve to guests with the popsicle upside down in the glass. As the pop melts, the drink will mix, or folks can pull the pop out to cool down and drink up! YUM! Serves 6.

Experimenting with these is so easy and fun, and kids and adults will love them as a dessert option. I would LOVE to hear what kinds of combinations you create!

HINT: When trying to remove the pop, DO NOT pull on the handle or the pop will dislodge from the handle. Instead, run the plastic cover over warm water in the sink for 15 seconds, and the pop will slide right out. (You're welcome!)

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