Published on Friday, September 3, 2021

By Melissa Pette

We are celebrating Costa Rica's independence month. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the signing of the independence act in Guatemala when Costa Rica was only a province of Central America.

Some readers have asked me for tips to help with kids' school homework. They have to bring to school (or doing it virtually) something ingenious and different to celebrate Independence Day.

Rummaging through my files here I found some original options for kids. What about using the colors of the flag, white, blue and red in an easy and delicious recipe?

My Spanish teacher told me that, white represents peace, blue represents the sky and red represents the blood or union of Costa Ricans.

So, let's go to the kitchen!

Ice pop yogurt

These red, white, and blue Ice Pops are such an easy recipe with just 3 ingredients!

For 10 ice pops the ingredients are:

1/2 pound chopped strawberries.

1/2 pound of chopped blueberries. You can substitute with chopped purple grapes (seedless).

2 cups vanilla or plain flavored white yogurt.

Popsicle molds or plastic disposable cups.

First, in the mold (or disposable cup) add 1 teaspoon of yogurt, top with 1 teaspoon of chopped strawberries. Then, add another teaspoon of yogurt, and blueberries. Repeat the process until all the molds are full.

If the blueberries or grapes are small, you can add them whole without chopping.

Freeze for 4 hours or overnight. To remove the ice pop from the molds, pour warm water over the molds to release them before removing them.

Colored jelly

The kids are going to have fun making these candies.

The ingredients are:

4 packages of 85 grams of flavored gelatin (two of strawberry and another two of purple grape). Or whatever flavor, the colors are red and blue.

4 packages of unflavored gelatin.

1 can of condensed milk.

Mix 1 packet of flavored gelatin (for example strawberry) with 1/2 packet of unflavored gelatin. Add 1 cup of boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Cool to room temperature and pour into a saucepan. Freeze for 15 minutes.

Next, mix the can of condensed milk with 1 cup of boiling water. In a small bowl, sprinkle 2 packets of unflavored gelatin in 1/2 cup of cold water. Let it steep for a few minutes and then add 1/2 cup of boiling water to dissolve the jelly. Add to the milk mixture and stir to combine the ingredients. Cool to room temperature and freeze for 15 minutes.

When the condensed milk is ready, pour 1 cup of the milk mixture over the first layer of gelatin. Freeze for 15 minutes.

Repeat the procedure for the other flavor (the blue you chose).

Now, you have several layers of red, white, and blue jelly. Put as many as you can plastic cups (upside down) on top of the jelly. Press carefully until the cups are filled with the jelly. Cool the mold with the cups for 10 more minutes.

To remove the gelatin-filled cups, again put upside down the mold and slowly take the cups out.

One last step, cut with scissors on one side of the plastic cups, to remove the jelly easily and keep the shape of a jelly colored tower.

I don't forget to thank everyone who has taken their time to write. You are all invited to share your recipes with a horizontal photo of the dish by emailing More delightful recipes can be found on the AM Costa Rica Food page.

Pura Vida!


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