Let me tell you about a dilemma I had a few weeks back. I was melting into the seat of my couch–because no amount of open windows, breezy clothing or fans can save you when you live in a fourth floor walk-up in a 90 degree NYC– when I had a craving. Sweets are not allowed into my living quarters. I will circle the dessert stand 4 or 5 times, I will even pick up a few treats and walk around the supermarket with them in hand. Ultimately they end right back where I found them (or… if I am much too embarrassed by my behavior I plop the item down by the cereal boxes… Oooopss… Sorry?) So imagine my dilemma when I wanted something sweet and I had nothing to satisfy my pang, not even almond flour to bake donuts.
And then I remember the Crystal Light. Okay, hear me out. With Crystal Light’s list of ingredients it is not exactly the most ideal drink beverage: it is chock full of aspartame, “natural flavors” and citric acid, amongst some other not so yummy chemicals–yikes!– but if you’re in a pinch and listen I most definitely was in a pinch, it does the trick.
I found half a pouch of Crystal Light hanging around the kitchen and remembered the freeze pop molds I had bought just a week before. It sounded crazy, but I figured it was worth a shot because I was so damn hot and I wanted something sweet yet refreshing.
Cue, the Crystal Light Freezer Pop! Perfect for summer BBQs, a 5-year-old’s raging sweet tooth and health fanatics alike! Growing up, I was never really a fan of popsicles unless they were the creamy chocolate variety but I have grown to appreciate them much more with age.
There is one thing to be aware of: these popsicles cannot be made the same way you make a glass to drink. For a glass or pitcher, you would probably dilute the mix quite a bit but with this here bad boy you want the mix to be at full potency otherwise you can risk having very uneven/bland popsicles. I learned the hard way unfortunately. The flavor in my first batch, pictured above, ended up concentrated right in the center of the pop. I suggest adjusting accordingly.
These pops ran me all of about $6: $1 for the Popsicle molds, found at a local 99 cents store, and $5 for the Crystal Light (NYC prices man!) and all of 2 minutes to make.
Prep Time: < 2 mins
What You’ll Need:
1 Packet of Crystal Light (I used their Raspberry Lemonade flavor)
4-6 oz Water
Mix packet of Crystal Light with 4-6 ounces of water. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 2-3 hours to ensure the entire mix has solidified. Remove from mold and enjoy!