Thursday, July 2, 2009

Frozen Yogurt Pops Make Everyone Happy...


The other morning I was in the kitchen cleaning up from breakfast, packing our things for swim lessons, getting Ellison dressed and going about my normal routine. The boys were in the living room watching cartoons before we had to leave for the pool...

Suddenly, they both came running full speed into the kitchen, both talking in exclamation points (at the same time and at a volume I'm sure our neighbors could hear) about something that I was completely unable to understand!

I told them to slow down and, after getting a hold of themselves, they went on to calmly tell me about a commercial they had just seen and that...

"We HAVE to do it!!!"

Their excitement was too much to contain and the exclamation points had returned...

They had just watched a commercial for Trix yogurt. The brilliant idea (as decided by the boys) was to freeze a cup of yogurt with a popsicle stick in it overnight and the next day you would wake up to a frozen yogurt pop!


As far as they were concerned, we had to go to the store "RIGHT NOW", so that we could get our own oh-so-yummy Trix yogurt.

My reply:


"I don't think so..."


They were heart broken.

So sad.

But what they didn't realize was that I was saying "no" to the Trix yogurt. Not the frozen yogurt pops. Unlike them, I am completely capable of not buying into the made-for-kids marketing...

But I had to admit, it was a really great idea!

When I opened the fridge and pulled out the box of our everyday Yoplait Yogurt (that we already had!) and they realized that they were going to be able to make frozen yogurt pops anyway, I was instantly given the title of "Super Mom"!

I'll take it!

Sometimes children are so easy to please!


Unfortunately, I didn't have a bag of popsicles sticks laying around...would you believe that I just sold them at our garage sale? I must have had the same pack for 4 years, always thinking "we could make something fun with these!"...yet, never getting around to it.

But, being resourceful (in the eyes of my children), I grabbed three plastic spoons and convinced the boys that it would work just as well as a popsicle stick...



1...2...3...


Ready to go in the freezer...



Waiting for them to freeze was total agony for the boys!

You know the expression..."a watched pot never boils"...



And then...finally!

They were ready!


A little hot water on the outside of the cup and a few holes punctured in the bottom was all it needed to slide right out...



Happy kids!


And, a happy Mama!

Who needs Trix yogurt anyway?


Every day after swimming lessons they come home and have a frozen yogurt pop. And as soon as they finish, they rinse their spoon and make another one to have the next day!

Easy, convenient, inexpensive and they LOVE them!

And I love that they're getting a healthier version of what they saw on the commercial!

Like I said, these frozen yogurt pops make everyone happy!




19 comments:

Emily said...

Brilliant! It's funny how the littlest things can get them so excited!

Heidi D. said...

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing. I am stealing your idea to make myself a "super mom" in my own son's eyes *wink*

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Love it! Stealin' your idea. My 3 year old will think I am the best mom ever. :)

Kim said...

Great idea! My girls are so into frozen pops right now, this would work perfect!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I'm off to make some for ME! LOL!!

Thanks for sharing!

We do the same with iced tea or fruit juice in popsicle making containers. But I LOVE the yogurt idea!

Donna

Vivienne said...

I am going to do this tomorrow morning! I buy 40 cups of yogurt each week as it is. This will probably increase my shopping list, but sounds so fun for them!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Ah, now this is why I love summer! Delightful story and great tip...I'm using it today! Janell

Jessica said...

I will have to try that tonight!

Rebekah said...

I'm not sure which my daughter loves more- yogurt or "pocksicles." She would LOVE this!

used cars columbus said...

No way! I had no idea you didn't have to do anything else! Great idea.

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

Good idea! My mom used to make yogurt popsicles for my sister and me (using a plastic popsicle mold) when we were little. She would mix orange juice concentrate with plain yogurt. Sounds strange, but they were tangy and good (and healthy!)

Stephanie said...

Hi Karla. I love your blog and have never commented before but absolutely had to on this post. As soon as I saw the first picture I knew where the story was going because my 5 year old did the same thing! She saw the commercial and told me we HAD to buy Trix yogurt b/c it FREEZES!!!! =0) I'm like you and worked with what we already had but she couldn't believe it had to sit in the freezer ALL NIGHT. This also works great with Gogurt. =0) Now if she could only convince me to buy "Smooth Away", or a "Shamwow". =0)

Lisa said...

You could even just puncture the wrapper and slide in the spoons allowing the wrapper to hold the spoon in place -- also preventing ice crystals to form while the yogurt freezes.
This is a great post. I love your blog!

Angie said...

What a great summer snack. And I agree with you on the "No Trix yogurt" that stuff has so many chemicals and dyes in it.

Chelsea said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! Such great ideas, including this one. I am including yogurt on my next Costco run! Thanks for all the great ideas :).

Junk Sophisticate said...

Oh, you are good. You just presented me with a "steal this idea" snack on a silver platter. Thank you!

Candy Allen

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

That is my type of treat. I love that you use a spoon.

featherbed said...

yummy!! I am doing this....and my son WILL be eating it on the deck...hehe

Kara said...

This is a fabulous idea! (And a great way for me to use up my box of 500 popsicle sticks.)