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I have three children, and every time the baby gets a tooth coming in it feels like the hardest teething time ever. I remember feeling Jacob’s teething was worse than Keith’s, and now I feel Michael’s is worse than Jacob’s. Most likely they are all the same severity, but I have just blocked the screams, cries and sleepless nights from memory by the time the latest child starts teething. One trick my husband thought of last time we went through this was to offer a popsicle to the poor teething baby. It worked like a charm and as soon as Michael started with his molars (while simultaneously getting both his lower lateral incisors) I made sure we had homemade popsicles in the freezer.
The weather is heating up and popsicles are not just for teething. The older boys love to grab one from the freezer after a hard afternoon of playing out in the yard. The frozen treat helps cool them off and gives them the energy to go back and continue their fun. I prefer making the popsicles at home instead of buying store brand to not only keep costs lower and keep the popsicles better for us, but also to enable me to make them per request. Any flavor the boys want I can usually create with a few pieces of fresh fruit or crushed up candy, and the help of Kool-Aid Easy mix.
I knew about regular Kool-Aid, since it was a summer staple in my house growing up much like at most other homes in the 80s (and now). There was a demo for the Kool-Aid Easy mix I stopped to listen to while shopping for curtain rods at Walmart, and if possible they made Kool-Aid even easier. It is still just add water, and the convenient concentrate bottle is less at risk for getting lost in my cabinet than those pouches of powder. You can make a pitcher or a glass, which is perfect for my popsicles. I can make a whole pitcher and then use a little for the popsicles, or just make what I need to fill the molds.
I only made four popsicles this round. Partially because I only have the one mold. The other mold I have is smaller, for popsicles that are Michael sized. Unfortunately that mold doesn’t really leave room for much fruit. When I make the smaller popsicles I need to puree the fruit. He is still small and surprise blueberries are a choking hazard. The big kids love these, and I only need to make a cup size Kool-Aid Easy Mix to make the four popsicles, and there is even some juice leftover for the closest boy to claim and drink.
- 1 cup fresh fruit, chopped small
- 1 cup Kool-Aid Tropical Punch
- Place the fresh fruit snugly in the popsicle molds.
- Pour fruit punch into molds until full.
- Freeze 4-6 hours.