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New uses for flavored drink mix

By on June 2, 2012
kool aid play dough

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 (, 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
airtight containers

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.

Kool-Aid Cookies
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.

photo by frankenberryskiss


  1. Jody

    6/14/2012 at 5:43 pm

    The kool aid lip gloss seems strange but maybe I’ll try it on a smaller scale. Should be interesting. Thanks.

  2. GIGI

    6/16/2012 at 9:23 am

    It sounds just so wonderfull and it is a good idea, but when I tried the lip gloss it was a total mess. I ended up with stained fingers. But now that could be because I AM messy. BUT the drink mix never really disolved, so I was left with this gritty mess. Then how to get it on my lips without staining my fingers again. OH if only that drink mix would have melted into that vaseline. But if someone tryes this and it does work please post or email me to let me know how you did it so I too can make some. [email protected]

    • GIGI

      6/16/2012 at 9:26 am

      OH I did forget to say it also was so sour. It was like a sweet tart so we would have to figureout what to do about that. I did add honey thinking it also would help for it to stay on better. OK there is what i did.

    • christina fitzgerald

      1/6/2013 at 10:10 am

      maybe try the koolaid that is ‘invisible’ . . just a thought 🙂

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