Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Frozen Cherry Soda Bites

One of my favorite summer pastimes was freezing apple juice in ice trays for a sweet little snack to cool me down in the scorching afternoon.  Would you do this as a kid, too?  Since then I've branched out and experimented with other flavors.  This week I tried Cherry Soda with a splash of half and half to cut the sweetness and add a bit of creaminess and for some added texture, chunks of cherry.  Instead of popsicles (which you can easily do with this recipe - fill mold 3/4 with soda and 1/4 half and half), I used a heart shaped ice tray mold that turned these frozen bites into a fun little presentation (that I'll have to keep in mind for Valentine's Day next year).  Sweet, creamy and will satisfy your soda craving without having to drink an entire can!

What you'll need:  makes 8 per ice tray

1 can cherry soda (I used Cherry Pepsi)
1/4 cup half and half (use more or less depending on the size of the mold)
6 fresh cherries (chopped into 1/4 in. pieces)

Open the can of soda and leave on the counter for a few hours so the bubbles fizzle out.  Soda expands in the freezer, unless flattened.  Fill each mold with the cherry soda about 3/4 the way up.  Toss in a few chunks of cherries per mold.  Put in the freezer for about an hour.  Take out and fill the rest of the molds to the top with half and half (for a more desired layer effect).  Put back in the freezer for about 2 - 3 hours, or until completely frozen.  Twist the mold and they should pop right out.  If having trouble, dip the bottom of the mold into a baking dish of warm water for a couple of seconds and try to pop them out again.  Serve on a chilled plate, get a fork and eat immediately!

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  1. Christina Marie, We too have been freezing up a storm over here. Give us a fruit and we puree it and freeze it up. For some reason a frozen fruit treat is way more exciting to my kids than the real thing.
    We were just talking about freezing root beer and I wasn't sure about the fizz issue. Smart that you just left the soda out to flatten up before freezing!

    1. We seem to be on the same page lately, Erin! I'm sure the frozen root beer will taste delicious, too... ooh and served with an ice cream sauce (for a different interpretation of a root beer float), wheels are turning now. :)

  2. These look amazing, thanks for the idea!

  3. These look absolutely divine, I would love to try this out. Yum!!!

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