Friday, May 20, 2005

Popsicle Molds

My son has never looked so rapt as he did when Levar Burton demonstrated popsicle molds on Reading Rainbow this week.

It was a revelation to him--you mean, we could actually be making popsicles at home?

He's reminded me nonstop to pick up a set of molds at Dollar Tree, but this week I'm down to spare change when it comes to non-essentials.

You can imagine how excited I was to find a complete set of vintage Tupperware popsicle molds this morning--for only 25 cents! Even better, they are the thin "bar" style pops, not the thick tube kind, which melt faster than little ones can eat.

Big deal, you may say, only 75 cents difference. Well, this is one of those weeks in which every quarter counts!

Besides, I love finding a quality product for the price of a cheap imitation.

Now I'd better go round up some popsicle recipes! Anyone have a good one that uses home made yogurt?


Kim said...

You make your own yogurt?? I'm impressed! Amy Dacyczyn (Tightwad Gazette) has some ideas in her first book. Here are some popsicle addition possibilities she lists:

homemade jam
leftover jello
juice or syrup left over from canned fruit
juice left over from runny berry pie
fruit or chocolate syrup
ice tea mix
cranberry sauce
bits of fruit

Meredith said...

Thanks! I should have known Amy D. would have some suggestions...better fish my TWG out of the box! I just started making yogurt at home after a long hiatus--for a while there, my salvage grocery sold Yoplait custard-style yogurts 6 for a $1! Now I'm a little spoiled from a year of Yoplait, and my home made yogurt tastes tart and runny. That's why I thought popsicles might be a good thing to use it for!

Anonymous said...

I use plain yogurt as a substitute for sour cream in many recipes. My favorite being stroganoff. I also mix it in smoothies.

Kim said...

Wow! Six for $1? Only with coupons and a really good sale around here! Jam would probably be the best thing to add since it would kind of mimic the Yoplait. Maple syrup might work well, too. But it's pricey, so maybe not such a good idea. Maybe just regular store-bought pancake syrup?

Anonymous said...

My daughter LOVES yogurt pops. She use to knaw on them when she was teething and they remain a treat to her. She is 4 now. I use any yogurt, even my home made. She loves Vanilla and Lemon which you can make with plain and a bit of sweetener (honey? Sugar?). We also get a locally made yogurt from a dairy that makes their yogurt from organically raised cows. They mix honey with fruits to make yummy yogurts. You could do this with a blender. Smoothie recipes work for the yogurt pops too, and homemade yogurt works great in smoothies.

I have also seen plain yogurt with a box of flavored jello. I tried this with my runnier homemade yogurt ;-).

I have also used fruit juice. We like grape and apple. I use the same strength as you would for drinking but I know it makes it a bit thinner than most ice pops.

I don't only give these for treats. When my daughter wants something and she is looking at treats I pacify her with an ice pop.

Those Tupperware pops are my favorite. I especially like the plain jane one's. A few years ago I looked into buying more and all they had were Mickey Mouse pops. Not my cuppa.


Meredith said...

Wow, thanks Barb!

Donica Ben said...

Self-explainatory :-D