If you have little ones, odds are that you are familiar with these:
Gerber Yogurt Melts. Awhile ago, I saw these in the grocery store and it was as if the skies opened and lightning struck me with the idea that I must make these. If Gerber can charge $3 for one tiny ounce worth of these things, then I just gotta try it out myself.
Anybody else here a do-it-yourselfer?? Oh, you are? Well, pleased to meet you!
Let it be said here and now that these are based loosely on the idea of Gerber’s Yogurt Melts. If you have ever had a Gerber Yogurt Melt, it is like a dry meringue that will melt on the tongue. Not frozen, or cold in any sense at all.
These ones that I made here are obviously frozen. You cannot take them on long trips because they will melt. However, that is the only downside to making these yourself. So what are the perks?
They are ice-cold and absolutely perfect for any teething baby.
Which is why I made them, my kid was suffering and I wanted to make him a yummy treat for his sore mouth. This is still his favorite thing to eat and don’t be surprised if you end up sneaking some from the baggie yourself, because these little bites are addicting.
Little man enjoying his melts. They are definitely baby-approved!
And these melts are oh-so-easy to make.
First step: grab your yogurt of choice. Me? I’m a big fan of Stonyfield. This yogurt is not Greek, so it isn’t thick. If you go with a Greek-style yogurt, you may skip the following step.
Second step: Take a fine-mesh sieve and line it with either a coffee filter or doubled-up cheese cloth. Pour the yogurt into the sieve and set it over a bowl so it can drain. Place in the fridge for at least one hour.
After a short time, you’ll begin to notice a small puddle at the bottom of the bowl.
By the time the hour is up, you’ll see a lot more! You can discard the liquid…or if you’re thirsty, you can slurp it up yourself!
I won’t judge. I slurped mine up too.
Third step: Line a cookie sheet with wax paper (I tried parchment, it wasn’t as successful as wax). Pour the yogurt into a zip-lock baggie, snip off a corner and begin to make dots.
Take the dots and put them in the freezer for at least two hours to flash-freeze. Then you can put them in a freezer zip-lock baggie and put them in the freezer for easy-grabbins!
But just in case you were curious about the Gerber vs. Homemade stats…
You get roughly one cups worth of Gerber’s, and nearly three cups of homemade yogurt melts (depending on the size of your dots). It was $3 for the store-bought, and $4 for the yogurt I purchased.
Do you have a favorite snack for your teething kiddo? Please share!