Giant Sun Popsicle
(USE PLAYDOUGH AS A MOLD!)
But does it taste like play dough? No way! In this tutorial I'll show you how to make a popsicle in ANY SHAPE by using play dough! Think of all the possibilities!
*1/4 or 1/2 cookie Sheet (depending on the size of your freezer)
You will need a double batch of play dough to make a sun popsicle about 6 inches in diameter and 1.5-2 inches in depth
Click the pic for a play dough recipe!
1. Cut your parchment paper to fit your cookie sheet. You can use a 1/2 size cookie sheet if you have a large enough freezer for it to lay flat. Pictured is a 1/2 size. I had to transfer to a 1/4 size cookie sheet because my freezer is too small! Either size cookie sheet will work.
2. Take your play dough and form a ball. Now push it down and create a well about 2.5 inches deep. (If your play dough is too sticky just add some flour to the top, as seen above.) Try to make the play dough flat on the bottom and smooth on the sides.
3. Create a space on the side of the play dough for your popsicle sticks. Use the side of your finger to create a depression for the stick to lay in. Do this for as many popsicle sticks as you would like to place around the perimeter. (We placed 8 sticks around our sun.) The popsicle sticks form the rays of the sun!
4. Place plastic wrap over the mold! Make sure you cover it entirely or you'll be tasting some SALTY popsicles! EWWWWWWW. Use two pieces of plastic wrap placed in opposite directions for optimal coverage.
5. Make the popsicle mixture. I made a mixture from frozen cantaloupe. It was delicious! Here is the recipe!
*Blueberries (fresh or frozen) to top
*12 oz frozen cantaloupe
*1/2-1/4 almond milk to achieve desired consistency
*2 Tablespoons of honey
*Place cantaloupe, and honey into blender with 1/2 cup of milk. Blend until it's a thick slushy mixture. Add more milk if necessary to blend. You do not want it to be too thin.
6. Put the mixture into the mold and place the popsicle sticks into the sides pushing the end down slightly to ensure the sticks are completely covered by the mixture. The sticks will be at a slight angle. Do not over fill the mold. Keep the mixture below the edge of the popsicle stick depression in the side of the mold. You do not want the mixture to come out of the sides where the sticks are placed.
I overfilled here! That causes the perimeter to appear rough and not smooth. You will have smooth edges around the sun if you don't overfill.
7. Place blueberries, strawberries or any fruit you'd like on top! Let the kiddos go wild! You can also place the fruit on the bottom! It will make the popsicle sun beautiful when you flip it out and turn it over.
Be sure to leave plenty of space for your mixture to fall in between the fruit and on the top to stabilize the popsicle and the sticks!
8. Place the entire cookie sheet into the freezer for at least 5 hours or overnight. If you plan on having it in the freezer overnight cover it once it has frozen to keep it fresh!