A pint-sized Pig Cozy and some Xtreme treats! We’ve been celebrating #nationalicecreammonth hard around here! July isn’t just for Independence Day in the States, we also celebrate ice cream, picnics, hot dogs, and anti-boredom. Yep, those are some of July’s national holidays. The second week in July is also Nude Recreation Week, but I think we’ll pass on that one! I don’t know where some of these weird holidays come from, but who am I not to celebrate them with some fun! If you’d like to check out some more unusual ones click here.
Since we’re officially in the Dog Days of Summer (July 3 – August 11), celebrating ice cream all month-long is a great idea. Today in Georgia, we had a “feels like” of 104 and I know some places get much hotter, but we have humidity. That kind of wins, or loses really. In my quest for some cute projects in this sweltering heat, I came across some really good ones! Now it’s not ice cream, but the kids weren’t complaining about these Xtreme popsicles at all!
I wasn’t too worried about taking great pictures with these honestly. When I’m working with my son, I prefer not to be behind my camera or phone too much, so I pretty much just click and run. And there are so many tutorials on Pinterest, if I’m not detailed enough or you want to see prettier pictures, there’s plenty. Look here and here!
For ours, we started off with Airhead’s Xtreme bites. Other people used Sprite or fruit juice, but we decided to try ginger ale, and the kids highly suggest it. It was a perfect complement to the sour candy! With our candy bites, I tried to layer them in thirds, freezing between each layer. As you can guess, that didn’t work out very well. Not only did I have to be careful to leave enough room for the bottom stick of the popsicle, the sour sugar melted the frozen layer I placed it on each time! So they all sank to the bottom of the container anyway.
The kids loved them, but I was determined to have pretty popsicles. So I hunted down the longer version (affiliate link down there at the bottom because they were a pain to find!) and twisted two strips into each container, leaving the center clear for the stick to rest.
This version came out looking nice, however the kids prefered the taste of the smaller candies better. Now Zakk’s brainstorming on many other versions. He’s come up with Root Beer and Cowtails, Blueberry Fanta and Skittles, Cherry Pepsi and Twizzlers, as well as a few other weird concoctions I’m afraid to even try! Mom just keeps thinking Pudding Pops and secure taste buds. I’m going to admit, I never tried one of our Xtreme popsicles, although I ate plenty of candy in the process. I’ll stick to ice cream.
Speaking of which! This pig pint cozy is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time!!! I dropped the money on this pattern so fast I think it’s tail uncurled for a second! I found the pattern at Cuttlebugkids Etsy Shop and picked it and the included single serving version up for $4.99.
The pattern does allow for the selling of the finished product with credit to Maria at www.cuddlebugkids.com so I will have some available for purchase in my own Etsy Shop. The single serve (3.6 oz) piglet version will also be for sale, if you don’t want to make them yourself. I tried to find a free cozy pattern to share with y’all, but to no avail. They’re not difficult at all, so I’ll see if I can whip up a quick basic, non-animal ice cream cozy for you in a few days.
This little piggy needs to run to the market and grab some more ice cream. I’m going to be making a ton of these, turning my freezer into the tastiest pig pen ever!! While I’m out, check out a few other cute projects to celebrate National Ice Cream Month with me!
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