Berrylicious Heart-Shaped Ice Cubes

Do you ever purchase something thinking, “I have no idea what I’ll use this for, but I know it will find its purpose one day?”

That’s exactly what happened one year ago when I was strolling past the Target $1 bins (we’ve already established the magnetic force field around that section).  My eyes honed in on some rubber heart-shaped molds, which somehow found their way home with me, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting an opportunity to use them ever since!  With Valentine’s Day coming up, I knew it was now or never.

So, I decided to break out of the mold (ha!) and instead of your typical chocolate hearts, I made some ice cubes instead.  And not just any old ice cubes, but berry-infused ones.  I give to you, Berrylicious Heart-Shaped Ice Cubes!

Berrylicious Heart-Shaped Ice Cubes!  Such a fun way to jazz up your drinks for Valentine's Day!  (or any day for that matter.)

And yup, it’s really just as easy as you think it is!

Recipe Run-Down

Just pull out your fresh or frozen fruit (I obviously did a berry theme, but you wouldn’t have to!).

Fresh and frozen fruit medley.

Go all Emeril on them and chop, chop away!

Chopped fruit medley!

Mix ‘em up in a bowl to create a berrylicious salsa of sorts.

Berrylicious salsa!

Meanwhile, fill a pitcher with water or juice or as I did, Raspberry Ice Crystal Light.

Crystal Light!

First, you’ll want to fill your molds with the berrylicious salsa, and then you can place them in the sink and pour the liquid overtop to fill them up.

{While these molds were finds at Target last year, I did spy some similar ones on Amazon, and this one in particular (affiliate link) is an ice cube tray that you can also bake if you want to!  Which opens up a whole ‘nother world of possibilities….}

Create your own berry-infused heart ice cubes!

Create your own berry-infused heart ice cubes!

Then, it’s freezer time!  This is the hardest step in the process: waiting for your cutie heart-shaped ice cubes to freeze.

Tick…tock…tick…tock….

Flash-forward to four hours later when they’re good and frozen.  I just flipped over the mold and used my two thumbs to gently pop the hearts out (they remained perfectly intact!).

Freeze fruit and juice in a heart-shaped mold for a berrylicious Valentine's treat!

Berrylicious Heart-Shaped Ice Cubes!  Such a fun way to jazz up your drinks for Valentine's Day!  (or any day for that matter.)

And seeing them splayed out there on the cutting board, they were even more lovely looking than I imagined!  And I thought, “Pop a stick on these puppies, and these would make great frozen treats for kids!”

I filled my mason jar with water and dropped three hearts inside.  Within moments, the clear water had turned berrylicious pink.  And taking a sip of the water, I felt like I was transported to a day spa.  I imagine it’s what might be inside the goblet of something cool and refreshing that those first class passengers drink.  (Any Brian Regan fans in the house?)

Berrylicious Heart-Shaped Ice Cubes!  Such a fun way to jazz up your drinks for Valentine's Day!  (or any day for that matter.)

Or if you have something sparkling on hand, these berrylicious cubes would spiff ‘em up all the more!  And if you’re hosting a Valentine’s Day bash, well then, you know how delighted your guests would be to find these Berrylicious Heart-Shaped Ice Cubes just chillin’ in the ice bucket.

Next time, I’m going to try a strawberry mint version…I think that would be divine.

And what do you think, dear reader?  What would you infuse in some ice cubes to make your drinks prettier and yummier?

Pinterest-lovers, here you go:

Berrylicious Heart-Shaped Ice Cubes!  Such a fun way to jazz up your drinks for Valentine's Day!  (or any day for that matter.)

More Heart-Shaped Projects!

The heart-shaped inspiration has only just begun!  Remember how I’ve joined forces in the past with the #myfavoritebloggers collective?  (Memory jog: pumpkins, DIY gifts under $20, winter.)  Here are some faces to put to names:

January 2014 #myfavoritebloggers collective!

(From L – R, Top to Bottom)  Marilyn from 4 You with Love, Sky from Creative Capital B, Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects, Bethany from Pitter and Glink, Lauren from Thinking Closet, Tara from Suburble, Nancy from Do Small Things with Love, Emily from The Benson Street, Kara from Happy Go Lucky, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me,  ChiWei from 1 Dog Woof,  Melanie from It Happens in a Blink, and Kara from Petals to Picots.  Not pictured is Amy from One Artsy Mama.

Well, you guessed it!  We’re at it again, and this month’s theme is Heart-Shaped Projects!  I’d love for you to go and check out all of the wonderful Valentine’s Crafts that my friends created.  Just click on the links below as you hop around blogland, soaking up inspiration galore.

13 Lovely Heart-Shaped Projects for Valentine's Day!

(From L to R, Top to Bottom)

Now, git going and git inspired.  And remember, “Clear eyes, full HEARTS, can’t lose!”

{Sometimes you’ll find me at these linky parties.}
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Lovely comments so far...

  1. Such an adorable idea, Lauren!

  2. Love Love love it. They look so yummy!

  3. What a healthy “indulgence” for Valentine’s Day! :D

  4. One of these would be so cute dropped in a glass of champagne! Eeek! I love that idea!

  5. Lauren, These are such a great idea! What a cute and fun way to add a little color and flavor to water!

  6. Terrific idea. Keep those in the freezer and it’s like a simple little treat ready to go whenever!

  7. Yum! These sound delicious- I love how pretty they look in the jar glass too :)

  8. This is so cute, Lauren! And how lovely would they be for punch at wedding showers (or even birthday parties)!?!? Pinned!

  9. What a great idea, so simple and yet so versatile. This can be spun in so many great ways. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Love the blog. These are going in Champage on Champagne Sunday for sure! Great idea.

  11. Sweet and clever idea! I have a bunch of birthday parties coming up for the kiddos and I happen to have several silicone ice cube trays in various shapes….hmmm.;)

  12. What a fun treat! They look delicious!

  13. Very cute idea! :D

  14. These are so pretty, and I bet they’re delicious!

  15. What a Sweet idea!! No pun intended! lol! These are great.

  16. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Your berry hearts sound delicious!!

  17. Oh my yumminess. What a super clever idea! I have to go find me a popsicle now because I don’t have any of these at home :-(.

  18. These look so yummy and healthy too! Love this idea!

  19. Oooh, these sound deeeelish! Especially in a nice glass of bubbly to celebrate a special occasion! Yum!

  20. YUM!!!!! These look so good and I will definitely be enjoying some… about 4 months from now when we no longer have ice and snow EVERYWHERE! I also like Em’s idea to pop these into some bubbly. I bet these can be used for so many delicious drinks… Iced tea, maybe?

  21. What a FABULOUS idea!!!! I love it!!! Such a fun way to make ice cubes!!! They look awesome!!!

  22. Yum! Can’t wait to make these!! Thank you!

  23. I love any and all cute valentine food! These are so, so adorable! We’re crazy about berries at our house, so these will be a total hit! Thanks so much for sharing, Lauren. Enjoy your day!

  24. I love this and am featuring you at our Link It or Lump It party tomorrow. Be sure to stop by and grab a feature button!

    Amy
    http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com

  25. I am bookmarking this berrylicious looking recipe. I can’t wait to make it. You have made it look easy to make. My favorite kind of recipe.

    • thethinkingcloset says:

      Yay! Yeah, the reason you’ve only seen me post 2 recipes on this blog is because I, too, just opt for easy…and oftentimes, I feel like they’re too easy to post. But I made an exception for this one, and I’m so glad you like it, Jenny Lynn!

  26. Hi Lauren. I know what you mean about the dollar bins. They get me every time! This is a great idea and such a fun way to spruce up a drink! I’d love for you to come share it at The Makers going on at TinySidekick.com. Hope to see you there!

    • thethinkingcloset says:

      Seriously, those dollar bins at Target…they’re dangerous! I try to put my blinders on, but inevitably, some magical item will catch the corner of my eye, and I’m a goner. Just glad I finally got to put these molds to use!

  27. These are too cute! I love that when they melt they’ll just make your drink more delicious instead of watered down! Thanks so much for sharing this at the Creativity Unleashed party, I’m pinning this for sure!

    • thethinkingcloset says:

      That’s right, Jessi! I think I need to start making iced coffee cubes for that very purpose when it comes time to switch from hot drinks to cold. Farewell to watered down drinks!

  28. Oh my! I love this idea! I have been making a lovely hibiscus tea for years. These berrylicious ice cubes would be the perfect addition!

    We would love to have you stop by and share your post on Tell Me About It Tuesday. I think it would be a great addition. http://www.sweetsillysara.com/2014/01/tell-me-about-it-tuesday-3.html

  29. These are so cute, such a good idea! :)

  30. Pinned this and will look for those Target molds!! They must be out there somewhere. The spa idea sounds heavenly!

    I wonder if my heart-shaped chocolate molds would work with fruit and juice like this? though they are less deep! I heart you, Lauren!!

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