Sometimes it’s the easiest things that are the biggest hit with kids. For example, my littles prefer plain white copy paper over coloring books, plain pasta over pasta with any kind of sauce, and basic t-shirts over cute dresses. So when I made these ice cream push pops with their favorite Easter Peeps peeking out, you would have thought I had just won the Mother-of-the-Year award.
It went something like this:
“Mom! This is way better than anything from the ice cream store. It’s just the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life. You are the greatest mom ever!”
Yes, the motherhood component of my self-esteem soared right then. But then I had that sinking feeling that maybe I cheated. These ice cream pops were too darn easy. Maybe I didn’t deserve the “greatest mom ever” title. It’s just ice cream.
And that’s when it occurred to me. The complicated recipes and ornate crafts are for me. I like that kind of stuff. But the littles, they just want ice cream. And Peeps.
Here’s what you will need:
- Push Pop Containers
- Bunny Peeps
- Ice Cream (I used strawberry and vanilla)
- Easter Sprinkles (because, well, sprinkles)
- Green Frosting (for the grass, totally optional)
To make six ice cream pops take out a pint of vanilla ice cream and put it into a bowl. You want to make it soft so it is easy to get into the push pop container, but not liquid, because it won’t refreeze right. Pour some sprinkles on and mix it in to the ice cream. This is an absolutely unnecessary step, unless you ask my children, then it is completely necessary.
Take out the pint of strawberry ice cream to soften as well. I just left it in the container, because I didn’t use quite as much and I didn’t add sprinkles to that layer (gasp)!
Spoon the softened vanilla ice cream into the push pop container, pushing it down using the spoon or a clean finger. There should be about an inch or little more of vanilla. You may have to wipe the inside of the push pop with a napkin if you get a lot on the side.
Next, do the same thing with the strawberry. Leave about an inch of space at the top. Place your bunny Peep on the strawberry, then fill in the space around the bunny with more vanilla ice cream.
Stick them in the freezer for a couple of hours. I use an popsicle making container to hold them in the freezer upright. Or you can poke holes in a box. Whatever works.
Once frozen, add the green frosting “grass” around the bunny. I used the star tip from the frosting can. The best ones only have the bunny ears peaking out. Keep frozen until serving.
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