Double Delight

Last time, we entered the Kool-Aid-o-Rama Dome (my new nickname for my kitchen), we froze up a batch of Fruit-Flavored Ice Cubes.  This time, we keep it freezy with some Double Delight from the Kids’ Creations section.

This is easily the most head scratching recipe name in the book.  These are Kool-Aid popsicles.  I don’t understand where the “double” is coming from.   At first I thought it was a reference to the higher concentration of Kool-Aid per volume of water.  Normal sugar-sweetened Kool-Aid is 1.5 tablespoons of Kool-Aid mix per cup of water.  These Double Delights work out to 4 tablespoons of Kool-Aid Mix per cup of water.  Much sweeter to be sure, but not doubly so.  It would be more accurate to call these Two and Two-Thirds Delights.  But I guess that’s not as catchy.

Perhaps if you could get some twin pop molds so you could break them in half after freezing, then you could stick with the Double Delight.  Or if you just recommended eating two at a time.  Or if you mixed flavors.

I still don’t get it.

I went with Strawberry for this recipe, because why wouldn’t I?  It’s a popsicle after all.  And strawberry popsicles are great.

I don’t care who you are, these Kool-Aid Double Delights are darned refreshing.  Not sure if they need to be as sweet as they are, but they are good.  Dare I say delightful?!  I dare.

Pick your favorite flavor and go nuts.  Or double nuts.  You’re an adult, you can do what you want.

Next week we step it up a notch.

Fruit-Flavored Ice Cubes

Today we make our first foray into the Kids’ Creations section of the book, but we keep things simple with the aptly named Fruit-Flavored Ice Cubes.  The current sugar-sweetened Kool-Aid canisters have directions for a more concentrated preparation of this recipe called Super Fruity Kool Kubes.  Much better name.  Replacing c’s with k’s is always an improvement.  But for now, we stick to the book.

I opted for the unsweetened envelope variation, using one teaspoon from a Kool-Aid envelope which is weird as an envelope contains just a tad more than a teaspoon.  Seems unnecessarily wasteful.

I went with classic Lemonade Kool-Aid, but then went anachronistically off book and also used Pink Lemonade, which as we all know, was not available in 1976.  Technically, this is the Confetti Ice Cubes recipe because I made cubes in more than one flavor.  I didn’t count the Confetti Ice Cubes in my total recipe count for obvious reasons.

I added my delightfully pink and yellow ice cubes to some Sprite.  The recipe recommends soda, juice, or milk (intriguing but gross), but I think you want to stick to clear beverages with these ice cubes.  You don’t want to obscure their candy colors.  What would be the point in that?

These were pretty ok in my Sprite.  The lemonade flavors blended decently, if subtly, with the soda.  I think the concentration of the Super Fruity Kool Kubes preparation might work better.

The color of my beverage ultimately ended up being a weird, pale pink.  I think I chose the wrong Kool-Aid.  I should’ve gone for something darker.

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s versatile.  You could freeze up some vibrant cubes for just about any color palette in whatever theme party you might be throwing.  Kool-Aid Comes of Age is nothing if not a guide geared towards entertaining after all.

Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade Cubes would pretty great at your next Smurf-themed party.  Don’t act like you’re not going to throw one, there are like eight more Smurf sequels coming.