New uses for flavored drink mix
Flavored drink mixes such as Kool-Aid can be used for more than just a sweet summer drink for kids. The colors are vibrant and it has a powerful taste, making it a great way to dye and flavor fun things. On my forums (frugalvillage.com/forums/just-tips/42385-kool-aid-stuff.html), there are recipes for pie, popcorn, sherbet, dripless popsicles, fruit dip, Easter egg dye and pickles.
Here are five reader-favorite Kool-Aid recipes:
Kool-Aid Play Dough
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup salt
1 packet unsweetened Kool-Aid drink mix
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 tablespoons oil
wax or parchment paper
Mix first four ingredients in a large bowl. Add boiling water and oil; stir with fork until cooled, then mix with hands until well-combined. Place on wax paper; knead until no longer sticky, adding additional flour 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency. Store in refrigerator.
Edible Finger Paint
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 packet Kool-Aid drink mix
Pour sweetened condensed milk into a medium saucepan. Stir in cornstarch. Cook on medium-low heat until well-combined. Add Kool-Aid drink mix and stir well. Remove from heat and let cool before playing and painting.
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (not the same as baking soda)
1 cup Borax
1/2 cup Kosher or coarse salt
4 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid drink mix, lemonade flavor (DO NOT use any other flavor)
Combine all ingredients in a jar or plastic container with a lid. Place lid on container and shake several times to mix ingredients thoroughly. Use 1 tablespoon per load. If load is heavily soiled, use 2 tablespoons. Yields up to 40 loads.
Reader Jean from Missouri adds: “Check the label on Kool-Aid. It’s citric acid. I know buying the citric acid in bulk would be more economical, but you might want to try the Kool-Aid before you order. I haven’t tried this recipe, but I did dump a couple of packs of the Kool-Aid in my dishwasher and ran it empty. It really did a good job cleaning the inside.”
Homemade Lip Gloss
1 tub petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
1 package of Kool-aid drink mix, any flavor
Put about 1 cup Vaseline in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each heating, for seven minutes or until fully melted. Wear oven mitts to remove bowl from microwave. Stir in Kool-Aid drink mix. Stir until the crystals are completely dissolved. Pour into your empty lip gloss containers and allow to solidify for two hours.
1 16-ounce package unsweetened Kool-Aid drink mix
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups softened butter
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar for rolling
Preheat oven to 325 F. Cream butter, sugar and Kool-Aid. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix well. Combine flour, salt and soda, then add to mixture. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll dough balls in sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 F for 10-12 minutes or until the edges begin to brown slightly. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
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