Friday, April 9, 2010

Chronicles of Life… The sweet search

It’s starting to heat up outside and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for a honey dripper. I am now on a quest to find one (or more). One of my cousins mentioned honey drippers a few days ago, and that sparked my sudden craving. Sadly, I haven’t had that delicious goodness in about two years. I think it’s high time that changed.


A honey dripper is the quintessential warm weather treat. The key ingredients are Kool Aid (in different flavors) or Hawaiian Punch and pineapple juice with mixed fruit sometimes added as a bonus. You combine the ingredients together in a paper/plastic cup and freeze it solid. The finished honey dripper equals a taste sensation like no other.

My daddy was the first one to introduce me to the joys of a honey dripper. I was in pre-k at the time. Someone in my grandma’s neighborhood made them. He bought us both one and the first taste blew my little mind. It had fruit in it, tasted sweeter than honey and dripped all over as I slurped it down (thus the name honey dripper).

I had more honey drippers through the years, but my last experience was in college. My community service organization, SISTUHS, Inc., often volunteered with a local Girl Scout troop. These were no normal Girl Scouts, mind you. They were Girl Scouts in the hood. Those little girls always kept things interesting, especially when it was cookie selling time, but that’s another story. One Saturday I saw a scout slurping down a honey dripper. My mouth watered, my heart leaped and I only had one question, “Where can I get one, too?” A woman in the neighborhood was selling them. Immediately a group of us flocked to her door. Soon there were Girl Scouts and college students walking around with several flavors of honey drippers.

Honey drippers are not a popsicle or an ice cream treat which you can merely get at a grocery store or from an ice cream truck. They are a rarity sold only in a neighborhood home. Usually somebody’s mama, grandma, aunt, or whoever has a side hustle of a snack shop. She probably sells hot sausages, pickles, chips, pickled eggs, boiled peanuts and candy. The shop, however, is not complete without honey drippers: 25 cents without fruit and 50 cents with.

Thinking about this is starting to feel like torture. I need a honey dripper ASAP! Or should I say frozen cup, sherbet or lily dilly to keep confusion down? I found out through my Palatka family and college friends that while the product is universal, the name is not. Honey drippers are called many things throughout Florida, and probably in other states too. At least the ingredients are always the same. Push cup, sweet treat, frozen sweet, whatever. Honey dripper is clearly the best name. Then again I am biased. So call it what you want. I simply call it good. Now I just need somebody to tell me where I can find a honey dripper.

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  1. How to Make a Honeydripper

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    If it is hot outside then a nice cold, frozen treat is in order. But not any frozen treat will do. What you need is a Honeydripper. A Honeydripper is a frozen treat that originates from Jacksonville, Florida. Reminiscent of a combination between Italian ice and a freeze pop the Honeydripper is the premier way to cool off on a hot summer day in North Florida. Read on to learn how to make a Honeydripper.
    Difficulty: EasyInstructionsThings You'll Need:
    Packet of Kool-Aid mix
    Water
    Sugar
    Can of fruit
    Styrofoam or plastic cups
    Tray
    Freezer
    Step 1Choose a flavor or flavors of Kool-Aid that will make up the basis of the Honeydripper.

    Step 2Make the Kool-Aid according to the directions on the packet except add three times more sugar to the mix than the instructions say. It sounds like a lot of sugar, but when you freeze the mixture if you don't put in enough sugar the Honeydripper won't have much taste.

    Step 3Take a can of fruit such as peaches, pineapples, fruit cocktail or whatever you like and pour it into the Kool-Aid mixture, juice and all.

    Step 4Pour the contents into styrofoam or plastic cups. Make sure that each cup gets an equal amount of fruit on the bottom. Fill the cups to within an inch of their rims.

    Step 5Put the cups on a tray and place the tray in the freezer.

    Step 6Check on your Honeydrippers two hours later and if they are fully frozen take the cups out of the freezer and serve with a spoon. You have the perfect frozen treat good on a hot summer's day or any time you want something sweet and frozen to eat.

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