20 Jan QUICK FIX MAC & CHEESE WITH POPSICLES FROM JCPOPS
Yesterday I made some delicious mac and cheese, and I figured what would be best to go with it if not some yummy popsicles. Today is one of those days I have weird cravings and I must do anything to quench it. I figured I should rather make a quick fix in my house since I had all the necessary ingredients except for the cheese, I had to go all the way to the Supermarket at City Centre, their Mozzarella cheese happens to be the cheapest sold for ₦4,000/kilo while others sell within the range of ₦6,000 – ₦7,500/kilo, the Dunes Place which happens to be the most expensive. Anyhoo, I got half a kilo but needed only 350gr of cheese for this recipe. I noticed that my mac and cheese usually isn’t stretchy after baking, so I figured I should start topping my casserole bowl with some extra cheese (at least 150gr), that will give it the desired stretchy texture, and apparently this worked!
Unfortunately, this is not a blog for recipes and how-tos, but I will just give you one major pointer if you find this recipe on another website and you’d like to make this at home. Now, contrary to what you’d find in recipe blogs, please make sure your Macaroni is fully done before you combine it with your cheese sauce. Cooking to Al dente may not work, you need to trust me when I tell you that your Macaroni will not get any softer when sent into the oven, or maybe it depends on the kind of oven, but it just never works for my own oven. So you should either first make a trial and error on your oven, or you do as I have advised here.
Here’s a list of ingredients you will need to make this at home for one serving.
- 120gr Macaroni
- 300gr Mozzarella
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cooking cream
- Boneless Chicken Strips/Shrimps or both. I used both
As the title of this article stated, I washed down my heavy meal with Popsicles from Jcpops. Apparently, Jcpops will make me begin contemplate between ice cream and popsicles 🤦🏾♂️
For a while now, the spirit of Popsicles has been calling my name via their Instagram page, and it appears there aren’t that many popsicle producers here in Abuja. I ordered for 6 variants of Popsicle flavours, but kind heartedly, 8 was sent to me because the owner just wanted me to try out other flavours as well. The number of flavours on their menu is unbelievable, I feel like they make popsicles out of almost anything. I feel like these people play with flavours like it means nothing to them, I was shocked when I saw Agbalumo popsicles on their IG page 😂.
So now I am going to try and describe the feeling of only some of the popsicles so that I don’t bore you with a lengthy article.
Peanut butter and banana dipped in chocolate. My system doesn’t in anyway accept banana, but this is the only combination where I didn’t get to regret having the taste of banana in my tongue. I love that the taste of banana wasn’t well pronounced and I loved that the peanut butter was the crunchy type, gave my mouth a little bit of melting, yet chewy feeling.
While a little more expensive than the others because it’s an alcoholic pop, however, the alcohol isn’t enough to even get you tipsy, just very mild. Actually, I think the content of the alcohol was just to add a little touch of bitterness to the popsicle, not necessarily to make one tipsy.
Although it tasted like the normal pina colada cocktail drink, this pop was also coated in chocolates and peanuts, I honestly don’t understand why. I sha think the coating isn’t necessary, I mean, that’s if it’s being marketed as pina colada, just for the sake of originality.
This was a layered combination of various colourful fruits including Kiwi, Pineapple, Pawpaw and I think I’ve forgotten the other fruits 🙈. These gave it that rainbow colour feel.
Hibiscus drink turned into a popsicle.
In summary, these popsicles were to die for, they were soooo good, just the right level of sweetness, creaminess and firmness you can find in any great popsicle and none of their variants looked boring in terms of presentation. Each popsicle was priced between the ranges of ₦500 for non-alcoholics and ₦700 for alcoholics.
Apparently, I couldn’t finish all my popsicles that very day, so I decided to store the rest in my freezer which wasn’t so much of a good idea because my freezer doesn’t produce ice. This has thought me that if you’re going to store left over popsicles make sure you have a freezer that