The ice lollies experiment

Today I realised that I haven’t worn socks for at least 2 weeks…and decided to celebrate by digging out a set of twisty-uppy lolly holders I was given as a gift years ago and designing some ‘cool’ ice lollies with my 3 year-old glamorous assistant, Catrin (or Queen Elsa as she insisted on being called today).

I gave Queen Elsa free reign to choose which drinks she wanted to use to make her lolly with… Her selection was as follows:

Pineapple juice,
Apple & raspberry juice,
Orange juice
With the addition of a ‘surprise’ jelly sweet in each layer

Not wanting for her 7 month old sister to feel left out, we also made a stylish, stripy lolly for baby Bethan to try, consisting of layers of:

‘Mummy milk’
Apple & banana purée
More milk
Apple & strawberry purée
Milk again

I thought Queen Elsa would lose patience with the wait for each layer to freeze but she really enjoyed adding the next flavour each time. Her only disappointment lay in my refusal to add “more sweeties!”.

Fruity lolly (with secret surprise sweeties)
Fruity lolly (with secret surprise sweeties)
Baby milk and fruit lolly (with cameo appearance)
Baby milk and fruit lolly (with cameo appearance)

When they were ready we took them out into the garden (still 27 degrees at 6pm) and gave them a try. It became apparent that the pushy-uppy lolly sticks (called ‘Twistix’) were an excellent design for these reasons:

1. The melting lolly is contained within the plastic tube and does not drip all over hands, feet, clothes, hair, passing seagulls, etc.

2. As the lolly is eaten it can be pushed up above the lip of the plastic tube, thus avoiding upsetting entire-lolly-falling-off-the-stick incidents

3. The flat plastic base enables the lolly to be put down in an upright position on a flat surface without ending up covered in muck, leaving its owner free to spin around/ examine snails/ reenact scenes from ‘Frozen’

4. Any melted liquid gathers in the bottom of the tube and can be drunk through the holes in the pushy-uppy base when the lolly has been eaten/ allowed to melt…so the consumer has a refreshing drink awaiting them, rather than leaving a wasteful, squelchy puddle on the floor.

* top tip – warm the plastic tube a little bit before trying to wind the lolly upwards, as the mechanism can pop out if the lolly is frozen to the plastic tube (it does, however, go back together easily if you are daft, like me, and fail to read that instruction before winding the lolly stick up).

How to use the  'Twistix'
How to use the ‘Twistix’

Overall both girls returned a positive verdict:

Catrin: “mmmmmm…very tasty. Can I have another one…with more secret sweeties in it?”

Baby Bethan: “aaaaaaaaaaaahhh ah aaaaah aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!” (Which, roughly translated, means “it was a bit cold, as demonstrated by my ice-cream wince face. However, it tasted nice and made my gums feel less sore, so I sucked a bit more before making the face again. You appear to have forgotten the secret sweets in mine, though…which is why I attempted to steal my sister’s lolly”.)

Ice-cream wince face
Ice-cream wince face

Tomorrow we will experiment with different flavours and try adding bits of fruit instead of sweets as the hidden secret surprise in each layer.

Successful lolly-making attempt, with room for improvements
Successful lolly-making attempt, with room for improvements

This is my entry to the Centre Parcs and Tots 100 July Challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Whinfell Forest Village.

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