Congratulations to RayeHawk who wanted to freeze her yogurt mixed with a little fruit puree, Joanne Kemp who wants to try making fudgsicles, and Rebekah Whitlock who thought up like a bazillion uses including salad dressing and Jell-o shot pops! You three have won a pack of Zipzicle pouches! Please e-mail me your addresses and Zipzicle will send out your prizes! Thank you to all who entered!
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!
First off, I did make pops. 'Cuz yeah, Summer. These are each a different type of juice. The clear one is a simple infused water concoction of nasturtium and mint. Not sweet for the kiddles, but so nice for me on hot days! Each pouch contains almost 1/2 a cup, so to make my grown-up Zipzicle: 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.
The other pops are juices I bought at Trader Joe's, one is the Very Green Smoothie, one is carrot, and one is Tart Cherry. The cherry one is especially good. We also enjoy orange, grape, and fruit puree pops regularly!
And now for the rest!
Next up, can we just talk about how long I've been wanting to make yogurt tubes? I don't like store bought ones that are full of sugar and chemicals, and the organic frilly ones are few and far between. I have thought for years that there had to be a better way. Some way to make yogurt tubes at home. This is it, yo! These are homemade yogurt sweetened with a bit of honey. No cane, beet or corn sugar, no rBST, just milk, bacteria, and honey. Yummers.
Number 3 is applesauce pouches. 1/2 C is a good portion of sauce. You can fill past the fill line if you're not going to freeze it. I found that the best way to fill these pouches with thicker things like yogurt and applesauce is to use a pastry bag to fill them half way, tap it once or twice to get out the bubble, and then fill the rest of the way. For thicker substances or tough bubbles, a poke or two with a chop-stick will go a long way.
Fourth up, any small, amusingly shaped cracker will fit beautifully into these pouches. It's slightly less than a serving size, but just right for a lunchbox or a quick snack after karate.
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.
For a healthier alternative while camping or hiking, Good Old Raisins and Peanuts really hit the spot. A serving of peanuts almost fills up to the fill line, mix in a few raisins and GORP's your uncle!
For flying, camping, or car trips, 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...)
I think this is my favorite idea: A little tomato soup and a pouch of oyster crackers! Again, I poured the soup in cold, and served it at room temp. It's a nice, healthy change-of-pace snack for the kid who's tired of cheese sticks and fruit slices.
And then there are the non-food options. Let's talk art-on-the-go, shall we? Four thin markers fit very well in here, four or five colored pencils would do nicely, as well. Just right for trips! You can fit a few pipe-cleaners in here, too I bet, though I haven't tried it. I did try Rainbow Loom bands and they were near impossible to get back out. Think, long and thin, and things that shake out easily.
Speaking of things that shake out easily, a few Lego bricks are just the thing for a quick creation on the go. Nanoblocks fit well, Micro Machines, too.
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!