Thursday, May 29, 2014

Please, no! Not the Ice Cream Man again!

Is the Ice Cream Man ruining your life already, too?  Oh, good!  It's not just me then.  We've heard him once already and it sent my kids into full convulsions.  Don't get me wrong, I really have nothing against the Ice Cream Man.  He's a great symbol of vintage Americana.  I love the thought of a 1950's suburban street with kids lined up for their double scoops.  That's just not the image of the Ice Cream Man anymore.  Now you've got all of those character pops with the gumball eyes.  And before someone freaks out about me complaining about their Ninja Turtle popsicle they enjoyed as a child let me explain a bit.  I loved getting those too!  I really did.  I just don't see the point in paying $3 for one.  Not EVERY time he comes around, anyway.

I guess a lot of my frustration comes from my neighbor (yeah, don't get me started on my neighbors!).  She would buy my kids those popsicles after I told them no, and then expected me to return the favor.  So, now, much like Pavlov's dogs, when that bell, or in this case music, rings through the streets, my kids go running.  Last night, or maybe the night before (yeah, that's how bad my memory is) we heard the Ice Cream Man streets away Big Sis immediately started begging.  I told her no, and although she didn't cry she definitely made her disappointment known.  Over.  And over.  And over again!

So!  In keeping with my attempt to make our home a more happy home I went straight to pinterest and started looking up fun popsicle recipes.  I came across this one, but for some reason didn't pin it.  It turned out fantastic!  I really wish I could post a link and give credit to the blog I found it on.  The great thing about this recipe is the versatility it has.  So many possible flavor combos!

Jello Popsicles
1 3oz pkg Jello (we went with strawberry)
1 packet of koolaid (we went with lemonade)
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups boiling water
2 cups cold water

In a bowl, mix Jello, Kool-Aid, and sugar together.  Add boiling water, stirring until dissolved.  Stir in cold water, and pour into popsicle mold.  Freeze for 4 - 6 hours.  My molds couldn't hold all the liquid, so I poured the remainder into a plastic container and ate as a slushy before it fully froze.  It was really good!

1 comment:

  1. I loved the Ice Cream Man (Mr. Frosty) when he would come around in his HUGE truck back in the 1960's. Nowadays I just don't trust the trucks like in the good old days, even when you kids were little. Home made is a much better idea!