Remember those long, fruity freezy pops you used to love as a kid? Big strips of colorful ice in all kinds of flavors — perfect for grabbing on the go.
A few innovators finally realized that freeze-pop-like packaging, rather than actual freeze pops, was what everyone really needed, so they can make their own frozen treats from whatever ingredients they choose — without strong food dyes or other ingredients that prevent some kids and adults from enjoying them.
Zipzicles are ice-pop bags that hold 1/3 cup of liquid each. They're portable, and parents don't have to worry about cleaning up a mess. Here's how it works: Just use a funnel or baster to pour 1/3 cup of some tasty mixture into the bag. When it reaches the fill line, zip it closed and place it in an upright position within the freezer (like in a mug). The bags are recyclable, reusable, BPA-free and cost $2.99 per 12-count package.
You can fill the bags with a single ingredient — the company recommends V8 Berry Blend, Odwalla Super Protein, Bubble Milk Tea or bottled frappuccino — or you can create your own mixture, like the Zipzicle strawberry basil margarita recipe below. Check out the Zipzicles.com for more info.
Light and refreshing with a hint of basil.
Prep time: 20 minutes (plus 24 hours for steeping)
Yield: 12 Zipzicle Pops
12-ounce can frozen limeade concentrate
12 fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
8 leaves fresh basil
1-2 cups gold tequila (optional)
12 Zipzicle bags (available at Zipzicles.com)
In large pitcher, make limeade with water as per directions on can. Add strawberries and basil. Add tequila to taste (optional), and stir. Cover and place in refrigerator for 24 hours. Stir again and fill 12 Zipzicle ice-pop molds to fill line. Freeze upright. Depending on alcohol content, they may not freeze entirely solid. Enjoy!