Sunday, August 16, 2009

Root Beer Popsicles


Welcome to another addition of cooking with kids! Sometimes making something simple can be equally rewarding to both parent and child. I don't always have the patience to make something elaborate and I noticed that the fewer steps there are, the more they are willing to stick it out.

Today is the last day of summer vacation. Here in the netherlands they only have 6 weeks off. I for one am really happy about that. I think anything longer can become a pain when it comes to dealing with the boredom. The only downfall for us is that summer doesn't really start for us until August. We can have rain up until this time and then we are done with the nice weather by October.

Yesterday it was going to get up into the 80's so I decided it was time to make some root beer popsicles! Growing up we purchased the variety packet of popsicles and it was always a real treat to either get the banana flavor or the root beer one. These tasted great..almost like a frosty glass of root beer. The only one downfall is that because it's basically sugar water frozen it can melt fairly quickly. The only thing I did to help was pour the hot water in and my oldest son stirred and poured.
Root Beer Popsicles
1 cup Sugar
3 cups Hot Water
1 TBL Root Beer Concentrate
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Lemon Juice

Stir sugar and hot water in medium bowl until sugar is dissolved. Stir in root beer concentrate, vanilla, and lemon juice. Pour into milds and freeze until hard.