10 Creative Push-Up Pop Ideas for Your Next Party
It’s official, push-up pops are everywhere. And with the recent publication of Courtney Dial’s book Push-Up Pops, I expect them to be around awhile. Since making my St. Patrick’s Day Push Pops, I’ve been amazed by how much goodness can fit into such a small container. With the summer party season on the horizon, I’ve been looking for some creative ways to use my push up pop containers again. A quick search on the internet revealed a sea of inspiration and some great new uses for this sweet dessert. Here are ten of my favorite ideas – don’t be surprised to see variations at a party soon!
Photo via Paisley Petal Events
1. Jello Push-Up Pops – Although I haven’t been a huge fan of jello since I got my braces in seventh grade, this was a cute new spin on the kid friendly dessert. What’s great about jello is that you can customize the colors, making them an easy way to add themed colors to the dessert table. These push pops were created for a surf’s up party by Paisley Petal Events last summer. She integrated the party colors with orange, green, and blue into her dessert. To add to the surf theme, a gummy shark is swimming in the blue layer too!
Photo via The Decorated Cookie
2. Rainbow Cookie Push Pops – Sometimes a plate of cookies at a party just isn’t enough. The Decorated Cookie, author of Sugarliscious (one of my new favorite idea books), made cookie push pops and stacked up her sweet treats. Although she recommends using a 1 1/2 inch cookie cutter to make the cookies the right size, I found cutting the dough with the push pop container circle worked just as well.
Photo by Giggles Galore
3. Easter Bunny Cotton Candy Holders – Even though we just celebrated Easter, I had to share these adorable bunny rabbit treats. This creative version came from Giggles Galore. I love their whiskers. Wouldn’t they look cute sticking up in an Easter basket? For different bunny variations, use different colored cotton candy.
Photo via Tablespoon.com
4. Snack Mix Shooters – If you’re looking for a new way to serve the traditional Chex Mix snack mix, a push pop might be the way to go. Easy to make, these single serving snacks will be a hit at the party and fun for kids of all ages.
Photo by Edible Crafts
5. Snowman Push Pops – These poor snowmen got stuck in the push pop container. It might keep them from melting, but definitely not from getting eaten! Who wouldn’t want some powdered donuts after a long day of sledding? And they couldn’t be easier to make. Simply stack your donut holes in the tube. Then use nutella to glue on mini chocolate chips for the eyes and buttons. A piece of carrot was used for the nose, but I think a sliver of something sweet is needed - like a gummi worm or jellybean.
Photo by Whipperberry
6. The Corn Cob - A push pop container is also a creative way to serve candy corn at Halloween. It’s a simple party treat and a wonderful take along to a kid’s holiday party.
Photo by Firefly Confections
7. Watermelon Sherbet – When the heat of summer settles in, it’s time to create some frozen push pop varieties. I was impressed by how many varieties are in Courtney’s book. One of my favorites is the spin on watermelon. Can you guess what they used for seeds? Mini chocolate chips, of course!
Photo by One Charming Party
8. Pumpkin Pie Push Pops – I like the thought of single serving pies. These will be added to my Thanksgiving dessert menu next year as a fun twist on the classic dessert. After having an amazing key lime pie yesterday, I will also be featuring the key lime pie version at an upcoming summer barbeque.
Photo by Oh Goodie Designs
9. Jelly Bean Bombs – If looking for a fun way to blast off for Fourth of July, why not create some Jellybean Bomb Pops. Unfortunately these sweet bombs are no longer for sale by Oh Goodie Designs, but it would be easy to create your own. Just fill a push pop container with red, white, and blue jellybeans. Add a 2 inch circle sticker label that says bomb pop. They’ll be a hit at your next summer picnic!
Photo by You Are My Fave
10. Confetti Shooters – Push pop containers are great for more than just food. They also make a perfect alternative for launching confetti on New Year’s Eve. Or try them at a kid’s birthday party. Just be sure to provide a place where the kids can reload with more confetti. What a fun way to salute the guest of honor!
After paging through Courtney’s book over the weekend, I can’t believe how many more ideas she has for push pop containers. I am excited to try some of them and maybe invent a few new ones myself. Luckily, Mr. Mountaineer is already addicted to this new dessert and serves as a willing guinea pig for my push pop experiments. Any other volunteers?