I am happy to be part of the 2013 Kraft Tastemakers team. This post is part of my continuing commitment to bring family friendly recipes to you that are made from things you’re likely to have in your pantry at most times.
Do any of you remember the Jell-O Pudding Pops from the 80s? I ate my weight in those as a kid because the camp my dad ran procured them by the crate. I used to slip into the walk-in cooler for a pudding pop whenever the fancy struck. Less present, but equally loved, were the Jell-O Gelatin Pops.
Fruity, icy, and no drip, the pops seemed almost like they were whipped before they were frozen. I got it in my head the other day that I wanted these and since they’re no longer on the market, I made my own! I busted out my Knox Unflavoured Gelatin (that’s an Amazon affiliate link, by the way), a bottle of Cran-Raspberry Juice, a wee bit of sugar, and my trusty stand mixer and Vie-Oh-Lee! We had Whipped Fruit Ice Pops. Super smart snacking for summer, I’d say, wouldn’t you?
They’re a little crazy looking, but I can explain! I wanted my ice pops to have the same consistency that I remembered so I made classic Knox Blocks, chilled ‘em until they were as firm as they should be, cut the stuff into small cubes, then beat the tar out of it all with my stand mixer. It got fluffy and airy and looked a little like I had whipped cream into it. That was fun and a little gross looking, honestly, but it made filling the ice pop molds evenly a bit of a challenge. It doesn’t effect the overall ability of the stuff (technical term) to freeze together coherently, but it looks a little irregular. I think it lends to the charm.
If you’re anxious to make some of this and don’t have ice pop molds, or if you want to be a bit more sophisticated and grown up about the whole thing, you could always scrape the whipped gelatine into a non-stick spritzed 9- by 13-inch baking dish and cover the lot with plastic wrap before freezing. After it’s solid, use a spatula to pry it out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Slice into small squares or punch into small circles with a round cookie cutter. Top it with berries and serve that like you’re Madame Fancy-Pants.
When it’s not Dr. Seuss-y looking on a stick, it’s surprisingly sophisticated. Gelatine WAS the dessert of kings and queens for ages, after all. This is a no-bake dessert that’ll keep everyone happy (including the cook!) This would be fantastic for the 4th of July! Do you need more ideas? Be sure to check out Recipes by KraftFoods.com for some fun summer help and more smart snacking ideas!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by KraftFoods. I am a compensated 2013 Kraft Tastemakers team member. All opinions remain, as always, my own.