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I love color, when I was younger my mom always got sidewalk chalk for us and we played and played and played outside. As a dad of a little one, I’m so happy she shares my joy for chalk. Imaginations run wild, and little things like a circle and a line, turn into a dragon and a prince, trying to save a princess.
Now that preschool is complete, we are setting up play dates and as all parents know, the goal of a play date for US, is to tire the little ones out, right?! Give them some sidewalk chalk, an hour later, they are EXHAUSTED. An early bedtime and some valuable alone time with my wife is always welcome. But there is so much more to drawing on the side walk, there is learning! Colors are explained and because Crayola chalk comes in 24 different colors, it’s a valuable tool to teach.
What is tan or lavender or scarlet…..crayola not only brings to life imagination, it helps little ones LEARN. So after a long day outside playing, we head inside to the air conditioning and my little one immediately asks for JUICE. As a dad, I’m proud to give her Juicy Juice. Not all juices are equal! Juice made from fruits and vegetables is a great way to contribute to your child’s daily servings of fruits and vegetables. When choosing a juice, READ the Nutrition Facts panels to make sure you are buying a 100% fruit juice or 100% vegetable juice and NOT a “juice cocktail” or “juice beverage”. These choices do not contain 100% juice. The great thing…..ALL Nestlé Juicy Juice flavors are 100% juice, so I never had to worry!
If you’ve been to Walmart lately you might have noticed on the 64oz bottles of Juicy Juice some GREAT coupons for Crayola products. (See more information from Crayola) From April through September, there will be specially marked packages of Juicy Juice products delivering up to $3 off coupons savings on toddler and kid appropriate Crayola products such as Color Wonder and My First Crayola. Additionally, there will be $1 off Juicy Juice Instant Redeemable Coupons applied to specially marked packages of Crayola Color Wonder and My First Crayola products!
So I went to Walmart and picked up a few bottles of Juicy Juice and some chalk and got inspired. It’s summer and I know we have a play date around the corner ….so I’m going to hit this out of the park (yea I’m one of those dads). Rainbow Cake pops using primarily colors of the rainbow but instead of making the cake from scratch, I just grabbed a vanilla cake mix. It called for eggs, oil and water, but instead of water I added Apple Juice from Juicy Juice. It makes it a little sweeter and so much more moist! I separated out 6 different equal portions of the batter, and then filled up cupcake tins. After they were all baked, I let them cool, and then crumbled them into bowls, separated by color. Using some store bought white icing, I added enough to make a solid consistency. After each color was ready I just grabbed a little of each color and combined them! Of COURSE my little one helped me, it was part of the fun!
I already had some colored chocolate and just microwaved it really quick (adding some Cisco to make the chocolate smooth and dippable) and voila! Beautiful rainbow cake balls! Perfect to bring to any play date!
Crayola and Juicy Juice are a great choice for any family. Remember to stop into Walmart and pick up some Juicy Juice & Crayola today! Your little ones will be glad you did!
- 1 white cake mix
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup of oil
- 1⅓ cup of Apple Juice from Juicy Juice
- Food Dye (I used Wilton available at Walmart)
- Candy Sticks (available at Walmart in the cake section)
- Vanilla Icing
- Chocolate for Dipping (I used Wilton found in the cake section)
- MIx the cake mix, oil, eggs and Juicy Juice together.
- Next separate the batter into six small bowls.
- Add the Food Dye and mix throughly
- Next add into cupcake tins (this is the easiest way to do this to avoid messing up so many dishes)
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean
- Let cool
- Crumble each color into a small bowl then add enough vanilla icing to make a solid consistency.
- Once all the colors are ready, take a little piece of each one form a ball, press firmly together. Add a little bit of icing onto the end of the candy stick and freeze for an hour.
- Prepare your chocolate by melting in 30 second incriments and adding a little bit of Cisco. Cisco is the secret to smooth dipping chocolate for cake pops. Pull out the cake pops from the freezer, let warm for a few minutes then dip and decorate. Be careful not to introduce a cold cake pop into a hot chocolate because the chocolate will crack.
- Enjoy! You should get 12-18 rainbow cake pops depending on how big you make them