What says "happy birthday" more than an ice pop? Well, maybe a cake, but that doesn't take anything away from the frozen pop that delights kids through the summer -- and the spring, the winter and the fall.
This is an especially ideal party snack if your celebration is outdoors in the heat, where a little cooling off may be called for. A giant box of popsicles is pretty inexpensive -- about $5 for two dozen of the brand-name kind, and even less if you find them on sale.
A simple, cheap Styrofoam cooler will keep them intact until it's time to break out the fruity, frozen treats.
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