When the kids and I were at Walmart recently, we walked past of bin of $1 items. Since it is the haunting time of year, the bin contained a bunch these adorable plastic Halloween rings and other trinkets. For some reason, when I saw them, I wanted to somehow incorporate them into a beverage…Ice seemed like the perfect way to do that.
We wanted our cubes to be as clear as possible, too, so you could really see the frozen creature inside. My boyfriend suggested boiling the ice first, because apparently boiling it reduces the air bubble levels and air bubbles are what lead to the cloudiness. Some sites online recommend boiling the water twice, but we weren’t that patient. We just used filtered tap water, boiled once.
Once the water was cool, we got started. We took our plastic goodies and placed one in each cube section of our ice trays. Then we carefully poured our water into the trays–we tried our best not to get any air bubbles back into the water. We also covered them with plastic wrap, hoping that would prohibit any additional air incorporated into the ice. Next we stuck them in the freezer on a flat surface and let the cold temperature do it’s work.
Now, our ice cubes are NOT perfectly clear, but I do think they were more clear than our regular, non-boiled water ice cubes. They are however pretty fun. Even though these would be ideal for a Halloween party, they are also fun for everyday use. Soph started using them in the water bottle she brings to school everyday…once the ice melts, she has spooky creatures floating in her water and she loves it 😀 I’ll admit that I used a couple in a cocktail recently, too–adults like spooky ice, too!
If you’re looking for a cheap, easy way to add some cute decorations to a Halloween event, or just want to add some fun to your beverage at dinner, these Halloween Ice cubes are perfect.
What do you think? Do you like our creature-filled Halloween Ice cubes? Let us know by leaving a comment below!