This 2-Ingredient Ice Pop Hack Shocked Me, a Highly Skeptical Food Editor
And it's so easy we made them right in our office break room.
We've all seen the videos: one or two ingredients magically transform into something totally new and different with an easy, "a-ha moment". But as a skeptical food editor who feels like I've seen it all, I think I'm pretty good at spotting social media cooking hacks that are too good to be true. That's why this one really shocked me.
I was so excited to hate on this hack, to debunk it, to prove that there was no way something so easy could work let alone taste good. But, if I'm being honest, this granola bar ice pop hack blew me away.
How to Make Granola Bar Ice Pops
It starts as simple as picking your favorite granola or cereal bar. We tested it with a peanut butter granola bar and an apple cinnamon cereal bar. First, with the bar still sealed, use your fingers or the back end of a wooden spoon to break the bar up into pieces. The idea is for there to be pieces of the bar floating throughout your ice pop.
Then simply open up the bar on one end, taking care not to rip the packaging down the side—you want to create an opening to pour in milk.
Then, simply pour in your milk of choice (we used regular milk, but you could use almond, oat, or any other milk), all the way to the top. Push a popsicle stick or plastic spoon in so your ice pop has a handle, and that's it. Place the bar(s) in a cup so it sits upright and place in the freezer for 3-4 hours, or overnight to freeze.
What emerges from the freezer is an absolutely delectable frozen treat you'd never expect started with just two simple ingredients. The milk softens the cereal bar as it freezes, and conversely, the cereal bar flavors the milk, just like the coveted milk left after a bowl of sugary cereal.
Our Thoughts on the Cereal Bar Ice Pop Hack
I was skeptical of the texture and thought the milk would get icy or too hard, but there's only a little milk in there, and the softness of the bar keeps the whole pop fairly soft and bite-able. Even after freezing overnight, I could take a bite right through the pop without issue, and there were very few ice crystals visible.
As mentioned, we tested with a crunchier peanut butter granola bar and a softer apple cinnamon cereal bar. They were both tasty but the apple cinnamon was my favorite, with the soft bar almost mimicking chunks of cookie dough in the frozen ice pop, and a pronounced cinnamon flavor. It tasted like apple pie ice cream, and when I shared them with coworkers, they too could not believe how tasty this snack turned out.
I love this hack because it's so simple, kids can do it themselves as a quick after-school treat. Heck, we made them right in our little office kitchen just with snacks we have on hand and the milk from the office coffee station. You could even make this with a protein bar, as some creators online demonstrated, for a healthier spin. Next time I'm craving a sweet little treat in the office, I know what I'll be making.