Ahhh, the dixie cup (not sure if I should capitalize that, should I?). Not sure about you, but I have so many memories of these little paper cups. They were a staple in my grandmother’s house as we were growing up. You could count on them always being in stock in the upstairs bathroom. Perfect for a little water before running back outside to play with cousins. While I don’t stock them in my own bathroom, it was a but nostalgic when I saw them on the grocery store shelves. There are some fancy ones now too! Now, they still carry the basic ones that I’ve used here, but there were more to choose from, and even some plastic ones (like solo cups, but smaller). I’m always one to try something new, but with these little cups, I say keep with tradition.
I’ve used the traditional dixie for these yummy, simple summer treat. Super versatile too. You can use whatever frozen fruit you might have on hand and throw in some extra flavors if you’re feeling crazy (I like some coconut, mint or chocolate). The flavor ends up being really light and creamy – and you’ve got to love that it only has fruit and milk. Definitely let your kids (and yourself) dive in for seconds!
A couple things to keep in mind. First, only use frozen fruit. It keeps the mixture cold and thick, reducing freezing time and keeping the texture light and fluffy. If it’s not fluffy, you risk making ice cubes. Not as fun as a popsicle. Second, make sure to use PAPER dixie cups, they have plastic ones that will not peel off when you want to serve – not worth the frustration.
First, you need to grab a few things:
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 10 paper dixie cups
- 10 popsicle sticks
I did this in two steps, since I wanted to layer the two fruit flavors, but you can mix it all up and skip a step. Also, if you use two totally different fruits you’ll see a really defined layer.
- set out your dixie cups so you’re ready to go
- put 1/2 cup of milk and mango into your blender (I use Vitamix)
- puree until thick, but I liked some small chunks of fruit still there – looking kinda like this
- put a spoonful into each of the 10 dixie cups – filling about halfway full
- pop those into the freezer for 10 mins to harden a little
- while the bottom layer hardens, put 1/2 cup milk and pineapple into the blender and puree like the last round
- once the bottom layer has hardened a little, pull them out and add your pineapple layer
- put back into the freezer for 10 mins
- put popsicle sticks about 3/4 of the way into the middle of each of the cups (don’t worry if it goes all the way down – they’ll still taste delicious)
- put back into the freezer for a few hours to fully harden
- when you’re ready to serve, just snip the edge of the dixie cup with scissors and peel (this is much easier than trying to just peel without a starter cut. MUCH easier)