I tried. I really did. My cousin and her hubs are moving out here – the first time we’ve lived in the same state since we were itty bitty – and they stopped by on their way through. I knew I had another popsicle post to do, and I knew they had to be special. Ice cream it was.
To really go over the top, though, I took a peek into the “Grown Up Pops” section. Now, being pregnant for the majority of your time after turning 21 is a pretty good way to ensure that grown up drinks don’t ever slide your way. But the chocolate with guiness seemed appropriate, since dark hops are rumored to be good for milk supply.** And with 3/4 cup to 6 or 8 popsicles, I’m not exactly worried about the alcohol content.
I’ve smelled beer enough to be cautious, though, so we also picked up IBC and vanilla to give the rootbeer float pops a try.
**Rumors aren’t always awesome. Don’t take my word for it. Make your own educated decision with the input of your care provider.
Well, of course that night had to be the night the 5 y/o didn’t go to sleep until a ridiculous hour. But we made it anyway. Set all the ingredients out for both of the pops, blended up the flat Guiness (GROSS. Do. Not. Sip. this.)…and realized hops = gluten, gluten = crabby, snotty baby = I still can’t have a flippin’ “grown up” treat!
I rationalized that it was just a tiny bit, and she had gummed some bread that a brother had dropped on the ground, so it couldn’t add much more for me to just taste the things. So, while the pops were freezing in the zoku, I gave the blend a try. But before I get to that, you should know…the pops didn’t freeze. Not enough to hang onto the stick, anyway.
Reading the Zoku manual again, it looks like it isn’t compatible with something that is too creamy, and this was definitely creamy. It would be like a fudgesicle, judging by what we dug out.
The flavor verdict was split. Cuz and I went “meh,” probably because we were the ones fighting with the hops and the not-freezingness. The guys, however, thought it was a great malt, and I quote – “It tastes like chocolate ice cream, but then it goes away and tastes like Guiness.” Apparently that’s a compliment, so yay!
I wound up letting the thing defrost, malt and sticks and all, and grabbed the root beer and vanilla and pouted. No wait, we watched New Girl. Way cooler.
With all of that said…I can totally see these being a quirky, fun addition to a BBQ. Just…not in a Zoku. And I really want to try the root beer float pops, knowing that they won’t be as creamy. I think those could pair well as a kid-option.
But really, enlighten me – Are Grown-Up Popsicles appealing to you at all? And not just because you are preggo and miss a drink at the end of the night? The recipes include Bourbon Peach, Sangria, Prosecco Rose Petal, and Pina Colada.
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