In a land where gummy bears roam free, there’s a terrible rumor that sometimes, out of nowhere, a giant hand crashes through the sky and carries the yummy peaceful creatures off to terrifying deaths. That’s why, when you reach into a bag of gummy bears, they all kind of stick together. Their strategy is to become such a gigantic mass that they couldn’t possibly all be eaten at once. Some might be able to escape and warn the others. They are very clever, those gummy bears. So, when I brought home a package of gummy bears, with the intention of making them into popsicles, I wasn’t sure they would cooperate with me.
“Relax,” I told them, when I stuck my hand inside the bag. “You’ll be fine. I’m just going to let you play in some lemon-lime soda. You like sweet things, right?”
“Yes! Yes we do!” they replied.
“Oh, we love to swim!”
“Well, that’s just great. I have these tiny little trays here that I’ll fill with soda, and you can get in five or six at a time—and swim.”
And that’s exactly what they did. They climbed into the little popsicle containers, and I filled up the compartments with lemon-lime soda. Then. . .I think I heard them fizz and pop—and perhaps scream. They kind of started to come apart a little bit. I wanted to help them. I really did, but I skewered them with a plastic stick and popped them in the freezer anyway.
They came out delightful and delicious—a kaleidoscope of fun colors.
The idea for freezing gummy bears and soda was something I saw on Facebook this week, so I’m certainly not the first one to stick candy or fruit (or anything really) into liquids that will later freeze. But, compared to creating a starter dough or planting a garden, this project looked way less time-consuming. I’ve conquered enough scary things already—like laundry and the exercise room we’ve all been using in our house all at once. (I’ve caught myself yelling, “Just close the door! Just close the door! How many times have I told everyone to just close the door? It keeps the smell inside! Don’t let it out!”)
In any case, I went ahead and sampled the gummy bear popsicles. They froze in a few hours—just in time for dessert after dinner. Lemon-lime soda is good, but the Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks Team thought that a tropical pineapple/coconut juice would be even better. Here are our reactions:
Me: It tastes super sweet. A kid would love it.
Alex: Definitely. I’m going back for another.
Nate: You know, it’s not bad. It’s just the stupid thing we need right now.
So, there you have it: Gummy bear popsicles: just the stupid thing you need right now.
Your Turn: When is then last time you treated yourself to dessert? What did you have?