Don't be mislead by the social norm of using your ice cube tray exclusively to make ice! There are so many bite size goodies that can be made using an ice cube tray.
Follow this guide to making bite size treats :)
Step 1: Bite Size JELL-O Snacks
Mix these bite size Jell-O snacks with fresh berries in a wine glass and you have a classy dessert to serve at a dinner party.
Ingredients: Jell-O, berries
1. Follow the directions on your Jell-O packet for preparing the Jell-O
Lets get a little fancy with these Jell-O snacks
2. Pour the mixture into the ice cube tray only filling the cubes 3/4 of the way, I used raspberry Jell-O
3. Put the tray in the refrigerator for how ever long the packet of Jell-O tells you
4. Once the Jell-O is firm add a few berries in each cube, I used blue berries
5. Make a new mixture of Jell-O and fill the tray the rest of the way, I used lime Jell-O
6. Place back in fridge until the Jell-O is firm
7. Be careful when scooping these out of the tray! I first used a knife to loosen the edges of the jello from the side of the tray and then I used a spoon to scoop the Jello-O cube out.
8. Serve a few of these in a glass with some fresh berries
Step 2: Ice POPs on at Toothpick
Cool off in the summer with these tiny popsicles.
Materials: juice, toothpicks, and aluminum foil
1. Fill the tray up with your juice of choice, I used lemonade and orange juice, my two favorite juices
2. Cover the tray with tin foi, this will be used to hold the toothpicks in place
3. Poke the toothpicks through the tin foil so they are in the middle of each cube, you can check to make sure they are placed right by lifting up the tin foil
4. Once all the toothpicks are in, place the tray in the freezer, once the cubes are frozen, remove tin foil and ENJOY!
Step 3: Chocolate Yums
These chocolates make great gifts. I experimented with two different ways to make these.
Ingredients: chocolate chips or chocolate bar, fillers to add to chocolate I used peanut butter, caramel and raspberries
1st Method: Chocolate with Peanut Butter Layer
1. Chop your chocolate bar into tiny pieces - I used a milk chocolate almond toffy bar, yum. If using chocolate chips there is no need to chop them.
2. Place the pieces in a microwave safe container
3. Microwave chocolate for 30 seconds and mix with fork, then microwave for another 30 seconds and mix with fork - two 30 second intervals should be enough to melt the chocolate, the chocolate may not appear to be melted but once you stir it you will see that it is. I was fooled at first and I just kept it in the microwave but the chocolate got burnt
4. Spray the ice cube tray with olive oil so you can easily take the chocolates out
5. Use a spoon to fill the cubes 1/3 of the way with chocolate
6. Peanut Butter Filler - I added a layer of peanut butter, to do this melt the peanut butter in the microwave then spoon a small amount on top of the chocolate, then fill the cubes to the top with chocolate
7. Place in the freezer for a couple hours until frozen
The problem with these is that the peanut butter didn't freeze so when I tried to scoop them out the two layers of chocolate came apart. The didn't happen to all of them and I supposed if I had used caramel they would have stuck together
2nd Method : Chocolate filled with Peanut Butter, Caramel, and Raspberries
1 - 4 are same as 1st method
5. Use a paint brush to paint the chocolate into the cubes. Paint the bottom and sides with chocolate. You want the layer to be thick enough to not crack, but thin enough to add a filler
6. Use a spoon to add peanut butter, caramel, raspberries, or any filler that sounds yummy to you
7. Cover the chocolates with another layer of chocolate
8. Place in the freezer for a couple hours until frozen
These work out well because the layers of chocolates wont come apart
Step 4: Soup Savers
Freezing extra soup, pesto, or other spices or liquids is a good way to extend the expiration date. Just pour your left over soup into a ice cube tray and freeze. When you're ready to have soup just melt the cubes in the microwave.
This works well for pesto. I had this container of pesto in my fridge but it was taking up so much space and I only had a little pesto left so I froze two cubes of it and now keep it in my freezer in a plastic bad until I need to use it next.
Step 5: Champagne Chillers
Impress your friends with these champagne cocktail chillers. Freeze champagne cubes with a raspberry or small strawberry and put in a glass with orange juice (or any mixed drink that goes well with champagne). These take at least 24 hours to freeze.
Step 6: Coffee Cubes
If you find you have a small amount of left over coffee in the pot you can save it by making these ice coffee cubes. Throw them in a cup of coffee to make ice coffee.
Step 7: Cereal Bites
These cereal snacks are an easy on the go treat.
Ingredients: cereal (about 1 cup), 1 tbsp butter, 10 marshmallows
1. Melt butter in a pan
2. Break marshmallows into small pieces and add to pan
3. Stir until marshmallows have melted
4. Add cereal in handfuls and mix into melted marshmallows
5. The cereal and marshmallows will form a really sticky ball
6. Spoon the mixture into the ice cube tray
7. Let it sit on the counter until it cools off and then they are ready to eat!