Freeze Tag

In an effort to save money and resist impulse purchases, I frequently convince myself that I don’t need something (clothing, kitchen utensils, gourmet food item, etc.). I’ve gotten better about distinguishing between need and want, and when I should actually buckle down and spend money.

At the beginning of the summer, I went to a Marshall’s on Long Island to peruse the kitchen gadgets. I found a whole shelf of popsicle molds, and was drawn to a set of “Monster Pops.” After carrying the box around the store for a while, I came to the conclusion that I didn’t need them and that I could probably find them online for a better price.

The week after was brutally hot and humid. Only one thing could remedy my constant state of sticky and uncomfortable, and that thing was popsicles. Out of curiosity, I browsed various websites for popsicle molds. I couldn’t find Monster Pops online anywhere, and the molds that I did find were at least twice as expensive as the ones at Marshall’s. Immediately after work, I hurried over to Marshall’s, my mind racing with possible flavor combinations. Iced coffee pops! Strawberry lime!

As I power walked over to the once popsicle mold-stocked section, my excitement level began to deflate. There was a display of airtight canisters where the molds used to be. I checked all the aisles with no success. I ventured home and sulked, because what else can you do when all the popsicle molds are gone?

Fast forward 3 weeks. I was shopping at TJ Maxx with my mom, when I remembered I wanted a spring loaded ice cream scoop. To my surprise, I found a great stainless steel one for $5! I turned around to show my mom, and a saw something colorful out of the corner of my eye. I took a step to the left and proceeded to stare with my mouth agape for 10 seconds. When I snapped out of it, I snatched up the box to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. Monster Pops. The only box in sight. MINE!!!!! I hugged the box the whole way to the checkout line.

Marissa and I tossed around a few ideas for flavors, but ultimately decided that we wanted something simple, fruity, and a little boozy. A quick recipe search at thekitchn led us to this recipe:

6 cups cubed watermelon, seeds and rind removed (about 4 pounds)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest

We put the watermelon chunks, lime juice and zest, and a splash of clear tequila into the blender and blended until smooth.

Pour into the molds, freeze overnight, and enjoy!

Delicious and adorable! Looking at them puts a smile on my face, and eating homemade popsicles makes my smile that much wider. Anything that produces instant happiness is, in my opinion, a justifiable purchase.


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