So these are Zipzicles.
You want these. My friend Cara from Fork and Beans found some at Cost Plus World Market and went on to make some lovely homemade Otter-type pops. I fiddled around on the Internet a bit and found that WizCo is just a few miles from my house! They graciously sent me a sample pack and I went a little bonkers, ya'll. I just kept on thinking of things to use these little pouches for!
Nasturtium and Mint Ice-Pop
1/2 C water per pop
2 nasturtium flowers per
1 two inch sprig fresh mint (about 5 leaves) per
Combine in a cup and let steep for 30 minutes. You can muddle it a bit at the end if you like. I chopped up a few blossoms to make it pretty, but you don't need to. If you are using flowers, place a few chopped blossoms into the pouch, pour infused water in to the fill line, close bag, and tilt it back and forth gently to distribute the flowers evenly. Lay flat for a few hours to freeze.
And now for the rest!
homemade yogurt sweetened with a bit of honey. No cane, beet or corn sugar, no rBST, just milk, bacteria, and honey. Yummers.
And speaking of snacks, let's talk dessert, shall we? A few mini chocolate chips, some tiny marshmallows, and a graham cracker bear or two. A large pastry tip makes a nice funnel for the chocolate chips. I know this is the complete embodiment of opposite from what I said about the yogurt tubes, but you know, cute is cute sometimes and dessert is dessert and s'mores is s'mores.
hummus makes a great snack, and 1/2 a cup of hummus makes a pretty healthy portion! The flexibility of the pouches makes it really easy to get all of it out. I've got a straw brush that I used to clean the pouches out after the hummus.
Again, with the food coloring, but you know what? There's exactly enough room in these pouches for Jell-o. I used the quick-set method so that the heat wouldn't melt the plastic. Sets up faster that way, too! I wonder if agar agar jello would work in these, but I think that by the time it was cool enough to pour, it would be set too far. An experiment for another day, perhaps.
Need a sweet little pouch for party favors? Fill them up with candy, jewelry, or confetti! (Maybe don't give out the confetti filled ones until the end of the party...)
Here's a few more ideas!
I haven't tested them, but you can!
- Make your own "Pedialyte" pops. Coconut water is an excellent (and more tasty) electrolyte replenisher!
- Try these for pureed baby foods or toddler snacks like Cheerios.
- Going camping? Fill one with ketchup, one with mayo, and one with mustard.
- Maybe a small First-Aid Kit, a couple of Band-aids and a tube of Neosporin.
- What about filling one with mouthwash for weekend trips?
And Now, A Give Away!!
Have some ideas for these lovely little bags? Wanna get some for free? Well, you, my friend are in the right place! WizCo is allowing me to give three lucky people a free 12-pack of Zipzicle pouches! Leave me a comment here or on my facebook page with your favorite ice-pop flavor or a new idea for the bags and you'll be entered to win! Contest ends on Friday so chime in!