I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. To celebrate the opening of Monsters University in theaters everywhere, I created a Monsters Inc Disney drink ice pop treat using Juicy Juice and surprised Eva with a new Monsters University friend. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.
Monsters University is out! Hooray! If you didn’t know, Kyle and I are huge Disney fans. We look forward to the release of every new Disney movie, but especially the Disney/Pixar collaborations. Sure, we love the actual movies, but we are also MAJOR merchandising fans. We both have quite the Disneyana collector’s streak and there isn’t much you can’t sell us if it has a Disney character on it! So, we were looking forward to the Monsters University merchandise as much as we were looking forward to the movie.
I’m also excited because Eva’s absolute favorite character in the Disney universe is Sulley. This is because one of Eva’s favorite people on the planet is her Papa and her Papa’s favorite character is Sulley and Eva knows this and therefore Sulley can do no wrong. She likes him more than Santa Claus.
Eva has been noticing the ads and merchandise for the new movie, which has been pretty exciting for her, but she’s still a bit little to pop out to the theater for a full-length film (even one starring her beloved Sulley). So, we had our own little Monster party here at home and I made her a summer treat using Juicy Juice, one of the Monsters University merchandise partners. Juicy Juice is offering an Instant Win giveaway right now when you buy specially marked bottles of juice. We won a phone call from Sulley and a Monsters University desktop wallpaper. Each code also means you get an entry to win a family trip to the Pixar studios! The sweepstakes will be going on for a while, so you can bet we’ll be drinking a lot of Juicy Juice in the near future! The nice thing is that this is a pretty good choice for toddlers – nothing but juice and water.
For Eva’s treat, she helped me make “Monster ice pops”, which are healthy popsicles made with Juicy Juice and fruit/veggies. As Monster crafts go, this one is easy-peasy. Popsicle making is a great way to get toddlers involved in the kitchen because it’s a simple recipe and they can see the results of their work in just a few hours. Eva is pretty blown away by the whole liquid-to-frozen process so she loved these!
We did a berry/blueberry version for Sulley and an apple/sweet pea version for Mike W. If you’ve never had peas in a popsicle, you’re missing out! Frozen peas are yummy and they add a fun texture as you get down to the popsicle center. In fact, Eva’s first frozen treats were peas frozen in water because it was a non-messy way to introduce her to the popsicle idea. These days, however, she needs a little bit of sugar to keep her motivated so a healthy drink like Juicy Juice is perfect.
Recipe: Monster Ice Pops with Juicy Juice
- Any flavor Juicy Juice (we used Berry and Apple)
- Any fruit/veggie mix-ins (we used blueberries and sweet peas, but you could also use bananas, kiwis, applesauce, sweet corn, frozen peaches, pineapple tidbits, or chunks of avocado)
- Popsicle mold with popsicle sticks
Fill the mold with your mix-in. It’s important that you do this before you add the juice or you’ll have a big mess on your hands! Eva was in charge of this step and she carefully used a spoon to add mix-ins until the mold was full. Once you have enough mix-ins, carefully pour juice into the mold and stop when the juice is about a half-inch from the top because it will expand when frozen. I use a funnel for this step, but if your aim is better than mine, go for it! Put the filled molds in the freezer for about three hours. To see if they’re frozen through, give the sticks a tug. If they’re ready, rinse the outside of the mold with warm water to help them slide out easily. Wrap them in wax paper and stack in the freezer to store.
We also picked up a Monsters University surprise for Eva – a My Scare Pal Sulley. He talks and laughs and his mouth moves so I thought she’d be pretty thrilled. I was not wrong! You can see my Instagram video of their first moments together here.
We popped outside for a popsicle picnic to show Sulley the backyard. (Eva’s still not at a popsicles-in-the-house point because she’s a dripper.) She had quite the time and other than the fact that she wouldn’t stop trying to give Sulley a lick of her ice pop, we had a lot of fun too. I can’t blame her…I mean his mouth opens and everything. Why wouldn’t you try to stick something sticky in there right away?
PS – Eva isn’t the only one who got some surprises. Have I mentioned that Kyle and I are crazy huge fans of branded merchandise? I mean, look at this stuff! Need!
Thank you to the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community for giving me this fun opportunity! We had a blast!!