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Popsicle Punch!!!!

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Popsicle Punch

 Love popsicles?  Love a fruity, refreshing punch?  Try making popsicle punch!  Everyone can choose their own flavor!

Popsicle Punch!!

I was sitting in the sun, thinking about punch the other day.  I was thinking about how you never really get to have punch unless you make a ton of it in a big punch bowl~ which sends it into the “only at a big party” category of treats.  I started thinking about how much fun it would be if you could make a single-serving punch, and suddenly—POPSICLES!!!!!!  A little bit of Sprite, maybe a bit of pineapple juice and a POPSICLE!  Choose your flavor, pick your punch!

I had to run to the store and get popsicles to try this little experiment, and YUM!!!!!!  YUM! YUM! YUM!!!!!!

I loved the plain popsicles- beautiful colors and delicious fruity punch.

THEN, I tried the popsicles that have the ice cream filling… you know, these:

Popsicle Punch!

So much creamy, fruity happiness in one little mug…. well, two little mugs because I had to try a couple of flavors:

Popsicle Punch!

That orange punch?  Like a creamsicle in a cup….!  Unbelievably good!!!

Here’s how I did it:

INGREDIENTS:

  • Sprite (or another lemon-lime soda)
  • Pinapple (or another fruit) juice
  • Popsicles!

DIRECTIONS:

  • Fill a cup about 1/2 full of soda (leave room for the popsicle- the ice cream ones foam up a bit) 
  • Add juice to taste- I added about 1 part juice for 4 parts soda.
  • Place a popsicle into cup and stir to dissolve
  • ENJOY!

Popsicle Punch!!!

My thoughts:  You can make individual cups of punch, or make the base punch in a big punch bowl (just the soda and the juice) and set a cooler full of popsicles out for people to choose flavors from.  I just made a cup of punch with a frozen juice bar— oh my.  So yummy!  The possibilities are endless!!!!  Enjoy!  ~r

Cheers!!!!

Cheers!!!!

Other fun beverage (and beverage inspired!) recipes:

Spiced Mocha and Tim Tam Slams!Cotton Candy Fizz Mexican Chocolate MilkMalted Milkshake Cupcakes

 

 

 

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Butterscotch Ice Cream Towers

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Butterscotch Ice cream towers!!!!

 These beautiful, stacked desserts have layers of ice cream sandwich and a creamy butterscotch filling.  Topped with melted chocolate, they make a fun and elegant summer dessert!

Butterscotch Ice cream towers!

I’ve been craving ice cream sandwiches.  These little desserts were a combination of that craving and an extra box of butterscotch pudding in my cupboard.  I love how they turned out!  They require some hands-on time and an overnight in the freezer, so they aren’t a last minute idea- but I think the extra time is worth it!!  The end result is pretty and SO yummy!  Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS: (printable recipe here)

  • One box of 12 ice cream sandwiches
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package of Jell-O Instant Butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups of cold milk
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip topping
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons of butter

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make butterscotch filling first, and freeze overnight
  • In a large bowl, beat together milk and pudding mix on high for 3 to 4 minutes until thick.
  • Fold in 1/2 of the container of Cool Whip topping
  • Put parchment paper in a small (I used a 9×9 square) pan, and spread pudding mixture evenly into container.
  • Freeze overnight.
  • To assemble, use a fluted square (I used a 2″ inch square) cookie cutter to cut ice cream sandwiches.  I got 2 squares from each sandwich. Return to freezer after cutting.

Butterscotch Ice cream Towers

  • Remove pudding mixture from freezer, lift out of pan using edges of parchment paper, and lay on a clean counter.
  • Cut squares using the same cookie cutter (dip in warm water between cuts, if it becomes sticky), return to freezer as you cut them.
  • Assemble no more than one or 2 hours before serving, and keep frozen.
  • Melt chocolate chips and butter together in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
  • Place an ice cream sandwich square on a plate, top with butterscotch filling square, top with a second ice cream sandwich square.
  • Drizzle with melted chocolate (and I added a few butterscotch chips).
  • Return to freezer and keep frozen until serving.

 

Butterscotch Ice Cream Towers!!

My thoughts:  These are the most spectacular dessert to serve (you should have heard the oohhh’s and ahhh’s!), and the most awkward dessert to eat.  The kids figured out that you need to just pick these up and eat them with your fingers!  I allowed mine to melt just a touch, and then it was perfect with a fork!  The flavors are so yummy! Butterscotch and chocolate?  Yes, please!!!!  Enjoy!  ~r

Other yummy frozen treats:

Mango Smoothie PopsPudding popsicles!Frosty Almond Joy Cups!Heath Bar Ice Cream Dessert3

 

Piña Colada Cupcakes!

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Pina Colada Cupcakes!

 These pineapple cupcakes are full of coconut and rum flavored happiness.  A perfect pool party treat!

Aren’t these just the cutest little things?  I love the flavor combination of coconut and pineapple, it is such a refreshing taste!  The light whipped frosting on these, combined with the crunch of toasted coconut makes them such a delicious summer treat!  I even added a cute little edible coconut drink topper that I found on Party Pinchers.  So. much. fun!!!!

Pina Colada Cupcakes!!

INGREDIENTS: (printable recipe here)

  • 1 boxed pineapple cake mix (I used Duncan Hines), plus water, oil and eggs to make according to box directions.
  • 5 cups of shredded, sweetened coconut
  • 3 teaspoons of rum flavoring (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut flavoring
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • Decorations (as desired)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 325F degrees
  • Spread 5 cups of coconut out on a large baking sheet that has edges.
  • Toast in 5 minute increments, stirring with a big spoon to evenly toast (It usually takes me about 20 minutes)
  • Allow coconut to cool, then place in a large zip-top bag, and crush into smaller pieces.
  • Make cake mix according to directions on box, and after it is made, add one cup of crushed, toasted coconut and mix completely into batter.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of rum flavoring and stir completely into batter.
  • Divide batter evenly into 24 cupcake liners placed into tins.
  • Bake according to package directions and cool completely.
  • To make frosting, place butters, coconut flavoring, remaining rum flavoring, and powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl and beat on high for 3 or 4 minutes until very light and fluffy.  Add one cup of crushed, toasted coconut and stir until well blended.
  • Use a spoon or a cookie scoop to place a rounded scoop of frosting on the top of each cupcake.  
  • Place the rest of the crushed coconut into a small bowl, and turn each cupcake upside down into it, pressing coconut into the top and sides of each scoop of frosting.
  • Decorate as desired. I found these cute little edible “coconut cups” on a site called Party Pinching, and I couldn’t resist making them for my pina colada cupcakes!  You just cut the tops off of a Whoppers malted milk ball, put a dab of melted white chocolate and add little flower sprinkles and a bit of string licorice.  FUN!

Pina Colada Cupcakes!Pina Colada Cupcakes!

My thoughts: I really thought these captured the flavors of coconut and pineapple in a perfect combination.  I loved the little crunchy bits of coconut in the cake and frosting.  These are such a festive cupcake and make a perfect refreshing summer or vacation dessert for all ages! 
Pina Colada Cupcakes!Other fun cupcake recipes:

Malted Milkshake CupcakesKey Lime Cupcakes!Brownie Oreo Cookie CupButter beer cupcakes

 

 

Mini S’mores Pies

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S'mores Pie!!!Rich dark chocolate pie in a graham crust, topped with marshmallow meringue.  S’mores with a new, fun look!

Everyone loves these flavors together.

Don’t they?

It just occurred to me that someone might hate s’mores.

Ok, well I don’t personally know anyone who doesn’t just adore this flavor combination.  I LOVE them, and crave them, and sometimes cheat by making them in the microwave when it’s snowing and a campfire is out of the question!

These little pies capture the flavor of a s’more, but add a rich chocolate flavor that is incredibly delicious, and can’t be had with just 2 squares of Hershey’s chocolate.  Or four squares… sometimes I use four.  Don’t tell.

S'mores Pie!!!

Here’s how these simple little treats are made: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 12 mini pies)

  • 12 pre-made mini graham cracker crusts.
  • 1 cup of Ghirardelli Bittersweet chocolate chips (melted)
  • 1 cup of Ghirardelli Semi-sweet chocolate chips (melted)
  • 8 eggs (divided)
  • 5 Tablespoons of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons of vanilla
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Divide eggs, keeping ALL of the 8 egg whites and only 5 of the yolks.
  • Place the melted chocolate, 5 egg YOLKS, whipping cream and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
  • Evenly divide among all twelve mini pie crusts.
  • Bake (I put them all on a baking sheet) for 14-16 minutes, until the middle of each pie is set.
  • Make meringue while these bake, by adding all of the 8 egg WHITES, sugar and cream of tartar together in a medium heat-proof bowl that will sit on the top of a sauce pan of boiling water without touching the water.  (I had to experiment a bit to find a good fit.)
  • Bring water to a boil in the saucepan and set the bowl on top.
  • Whisk ingredients together for about 3-4 minutes.  Sugar will be dissolved and egg whites should be heated to 145F degrees.
  • Remove bowl from top of sauce pan and beat on low until the mixture thickens a little, then beat on high for about 10 minutes.  The meringue will become the most beautiful, white, glossy mixture.  It should form stiff peaks before you stop beating it.
  • Spoon all that wonderful marshmallow yumminess into a bag fitted with a decorating tip.
  • Once mini pies are removed from the oven, let them cool completely.
  • Pipe marshmallow meringue on the top of each pie and toast it with a kitchen torch.
  • Add a few graham cracker crumbs if you want, and enjoy!!!!


S'mores Pies!!!!My thoughts:  These are delicious. You can see from my pictures that I didn’t beat my meringue as long as I should have.  The are not the tall swirls of happiness I wanted them to be….  it was only my second time making meringue though, so I guess I won’t beat myself up too much.  My 1st time was perfect.  If you want to see how fluffy it SHOULD be, click here.  I LOVE this meringue.  When you read the instructions you might think it is too hard to make- but once you do it, you will realize that it isn’t hard at all.  Just a lot of time with a mixer in your hands.  I hope you get a chance to try this recipe out!  Enjoy! ~r
S'mores Pie!!!

We like our chocolate and marshmallow here at easybaked… here are other recipes that feature that yummy combo:

frozen s'more cupsMelted Smores cupRocky Road Cupcakes!!!!Baked Alaska Cupcakes!!

 

Bomb Pop Cupcakes!!

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Bomb Pop Cupcakes!!!!!! Does anything scream SUMMER, or FOURTH OF JULY like Bomb Pops?  These adorable cupcakes capture the flavors of an iconic summertime popsicle and make a perfect holiday treat!

You know those memories from childhood that spring up unexpectedly and make you smile?  Bomb Pops have that effect on me.  My brother and I always spent a week or two at my grandparents house each summer.  They had an immaculately clean garage with a huge freezer in it.  Grandma would always keep a box of bomb pops inside for our visits.  I remember so clearly, sitting out on her porch eating these in the evenings, letting the drips of sweet popsicle land on the cement by my bare feet.  Every time I eat one, it’s like traveling back in time to those days.

I wanted to capture the flavors of these summer treats in cupcake form, and I love how these turned out!  The kids in my life who tried them exclaimed, “These taste like popsicles!”

 I consider that a success!

Bomb Pop Cupcakes!!!

These were not hard to make at all- simply add jello to white cake mix and pipe the batter into cupcake liners in layers.

Here’s how we made them:  (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed white cake mix (with oil, water and eggs to make according to package)
  • One small box of blue raspberry Jell-O (Jolly Rancher had this flavor, and Jell-O has a Berry Blue that works)
  • One small box of Cherry Jell-O
  • 2 sticks of salted butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of lemon extract or flavoring (technically the flavor in the popsicles is lime…but I couldn’t easily get my hands on lime extract.  The lemon was great- but feel free to use lime instead, if you want!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  • Make cake mix as directed on box, and divide batter equally into two bowls.
  • Add 3 Tablespoons of Blue Raspberry Jell-O to one bowl, and 3 Tablespoons of Cherry Jell-O to the other bowl.
  • Mix each bowl of batter until well combined
  • Place each flavor of batter into a large, sturdy (I use freezer-type) zip top bag.
  • Clip a corner off the bag of Blue Raspberry batter and evenly pipe into 24 cupcake liners placed into muffin tins.
  • Clip a corner off the bag of Cherry batter and evenly pipe over the top of the Blue Raspberry batter.
  • Bake cupcakes as directed on boxed mix, remove from oven, and cool.
  • Make frosting by combining butters, powdered sugar and lemon extract in a large bowl.  Beat on low until combined and then high, until light and fluffy.
  • Put frosting into a large, sturdy zip-top bag that has been fitted with a decorating tip, and pipe frosting on the top of each cupcake.
  • Decorate as desired.  I saw these cute little Mike and Ike “popsicle” toppers on a fun site called Party Pinching. They were fun and easy to make, but they use toothpicks and could be dangerous to serve- especially to kids.  I love how cute they are, but I can’t recommend them.  Use cute sprinkles and maybe a popsicle stick instead!
  • Enjoy!

Bomb Pop Cupcakes!!!!

My thoughts: These were really easy to put together and the fruit flavors are so refreshing!  I love the patriotic colors too!

Just as a note: the blue layer of cupcake rises to the top, just a little bit, so don’t panic! You will still have nice layers of the two flavors.  

I really hope you get a chance to try these treats in celebration of summer!  Enjoy! ~r

Bomb Pop Cupcakes!!!Other fun summer treats to try:

Confetti CupsRaspberry Truffle TartMini chocolate chip cookie cheesecakesCreamy Mango Pops!

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