It was 1993, the summer after 3rd grade. It was a HOT summer – there was a drought. I remember we weren’t allowed to water the lawns or turn on the sprinkler. One of the community pools got closed down because it couldn’t be refilled. That summer we listened to C & C Music Factory on repeat, living in swimsuits and sneaking sprinkler time anyway! The folks from the water company would actually drive through the neighborhoods to catch kids wasting water. Bags of chips, gaggles of neighbor kids, that golden sunlight, and trying to hide from the water guy – one for the ages.
One evening around seven, we heard the echoey, slightly off music of the ice cream man approaching. All I wanted was a rocket pop. We ran home barefoot, dumped out our savings milk jugs, and dug through for enough quarters to make our ten year-old dreams comes true. We headed back out to the road to wait for that rickety, tiny retired parking ticket car or jeep with faded selection posters plastered all over the side; upon his arrival, we’d hand over our change for some treats. I loved those red, white, and blue pops. I loved summer. I loved my friends.
So this summer, I decided to make some Sweet Cream and Sprinkle Rocket Pops to the tune of “Hey, Baby, I’m Your Ice Cream Man.” No guilt, just some frozen delights our babies will love. The sweet cream is reminiscent of birthday cake, which, of course, is fitting for America’s birthday! I was able to gather up everything I needed at Fred Meyer! These are perfect for the 4th of July!
Sweet Cream and Sprinkle Rocket Pops
Makes 8 pops
2 cups heavy cream
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Sprinkles of choice
Mix everything but the sprinkles and pour into your chosen frozen pop mold. Freeze at least six hours, overnight is best. To unmold your pop, run cool water on the outside of the mold. Roll in sprinkles. Enjoy!
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