Summer on a Stick

This is our first "Ain't Nobody Got Time For That" blog post sharing realistic, easy-to-do projects. (If you missed our original post, please check that out here!)

Somewhere along my journey to find easy summer snacks to share with all of you, I fell into an obsession of "treats on a stick."

I was explaining my fascinsation to my neighbors with the excitement of Bubba Gump. I mean, really anything can be put on a stick. Hamburger sliders on a stick, Cobb salad on a stick, cake pops ... See what I'm saying!?

I had to funnel the madness into one category. Easy-peazey. No baking. No crazy prep. Just some good ol' summer treats made to be shared.

I promised to be real and share my fails, so yup — they are on here, too.

S'mores Pops

First up — s'mores! It would not be summer without s'mores.

I am certain that I am not the only parent who has a mini panic attack every time a child pulls a flaming marshmallow from the campfire. Eek! This treat is delicious and takes away the kids and fire combo.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 Sleeve of graham crackers
    or graham cracker crumbles
  • 1, 12 oz. bag of meltable milk chocolate wafers
  • 1, 10 oz. bag of marshmallows
  • 6" Lollipop sticks
  • 1-2 bowls
  • Spoon
  • Double boiler
  • Food Processor

I used 2 (mini stack) sleeves of graham crackers. I would say that this is the equivalent to 1 regular sleeve. I zapped the crackers in a food processor until they had the consistency of sand. You can make this even easier by purchasing graham cracker crumbles. Way easier!

One bag of marshmallows gave me 38 puffs. I used every one. Poke the lollipop sticks through the center of the marshmallow — almost coming out the other side. Prepare the area where the completed pops will harden.

The milk chocolate wafers can be melted in the microwave. Just set at 20 second intervals and stir until completely melted. I prefer to use my double boiler — which is essentially a metal bowl that rests over a boiling pot of water. It sounds way more complicated than it is. It melts the chocolate much faster, avoids burning, and the clean-up is the same for both.

Keeping the bowl of graham cracker crumbles nearby, dip the marshmallow pops into the melted chocolate and give a good spin as you bring it out of the chocolate. Immediately dip and roll in the bowl of graham cracker dust. The end.

This treat is easy enough for little hands to help. Dip, dip, done. Hooray!

Key Lime Pie on a Stick

What do I get for being overambitious? A big FAIL that's what!

I saw some pie wedge pops online and thought, "why not the whole pie!?"

Key Lime pie is a known sunny day treat, so I went with that. You must be a big fan of lime to like this one!

Here is what you need:

  • 1, 22 oz. Can of Key Lime Cremé (pie filling)
  • 6, 3 1/2" Ready made pie crusts
  • 1, 12 oz. Bag of meltable milk chocolate wafers
  • 6 Jumbo popsicle sticks
  • Cookie sheet
  • Spoon
  • Small spatula
  • Lime (for garnish)

Take each pie crust out of it's aluminum backing. Save them! They make great painting containers or ash trays. Mound Key Lime Cremé into each pie shell. Here is where I messed up — Break a space in the crust that is the width of the popsicle stick now. Place the mini pies on a cookie sheet and pop them in the freezer until firm, but not frozen.

Next, place the popsicle stick within the space left in the center of the crust. Do not poke all the way through the other side of the crust. Now put the pops back into the freezer until solid.

You should have the chocolate already melted once you take the pops out of the freezer. Use a spatula to scoop up the pie pops and dip them in the chocolate. Use a spoon to cover every inch of it. Lie the pop back down on the cookie sheet.

I felt that the pops needed a little garnish, so I added a 1/2 slice of lime while the chocolate was still melted . However, this was one of my fails as well since the lime became dried out in the freezer.

Put those babies in the freezer until all refreezes. Enjoy!

Lemonade Pops

Around here, we love Nana's lemonade. Here we turn Nana's lemonade into ice pops.

Here is what you need:

  • 2 Lemons
  • 1 pt. Water
  • 4 tsp. Sugar
  • Knife
  • Popsicle containers

Squeeze 2 lemon halves into the pint of water. Add 4 tsp. of sugar and stir. Cut another lemon into slices. Put one slice into each of the popsicle containers. (This is just for looks!) Pour the lemonade into the container as well. Seal with the popsicle top and freeze. Voilà!

Watermelon Wedge on a Stick

Yes, it is as simple as it sounds!

A watermelon wedge with a stick handle. We added a cupcake liner to minimize any sticky mess as well.

Sure, you could just slice and eat — but the stick just adds an element of fun and it keeps your hands clean.

Sometimes less is best.

Ice Cream Scoops

This time the "stick" is functional. It is a spoon!

Here is what you need:

  • Ice Cream
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Plastic Spoons
  • Ice Cream Scoop
  • Sprinkles or other toppings
  • Cupcake tray

Place cupcake liners in a cupcake tray. Take one big scoop of your favorite ice cream. Add a spoon "stick" and garnish. Pop into the freezer. They are quick and easy servings of ice cream that you can eat upside-down.

Donut Skewers

OK, zero effort here. Purchase donut holes — I said it!  … Preferably in different flavors. Stick them on a skewer! Badow!

Add some strawberry and chocolate syrup for dipping to make it look like you mean it.

I found red, white and blue decorated donut holes. Great for the patriotic summer holidays.


Ice Cream Sandwiches on a Stick

Again, super easy.

Purchase ice cream sandwiches. Cut them in half with the wrapper still on. This helps to hold everything in. 

Peel back the wrapper just a bit and slide in a regular sized popsicle stick. You may have to pop these back in the freezer at this point because they melt quickly.

Dip each side of the unwrapped sandwich in chunky sprinkles. I found that chunky sprinkles work better. The fine sugar sprinkles bleed.

You can also dip into crushed candy, mini M&Ms —  just about any ice cream topping.

So very cute and it looks like you tried harder than you did.

Strawberry Shortcake Straws

To be honest, I was dying to use these decorated straws. I am not convinced that this is the best "stick" to use. Yes, it is so darn cute though!

Here is what you need:

  • Poundcake I used both vanilla and chocolate)
  • Decorated straws or skewers
  • Strawberries (2 per straw)
  • 1 Block of Cream cheese
  • 1 Jar of Fluff
  • Knife
  • Fork
  • Measuring cup
  • Bowl

Purchase a poundcake and cut it into 1" cubes. Remove the stem and slice strawberries in half lengthwise. Alternate poundcake and strawberries, three times each.

In a bowl mix equal parts fluff and cream cheese together. Use a fork to mix it up.

Serve the sweet dip with the strawberry shortcake straws. Be careful — the dip is addicting!

Every now and then we hope to throw you some quick tips like these. We hope that you get to use them! Let us know if you did.
Enjoy your summer — on a stick!