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National Kool-Aid Day and Recipes

Every child grows up listening to music, watching television shows and commercials and shopping in stores that define their generation. The songs, shows, brands and stores vary greatly from generation to generation. As a child of the 1980's, my answers would be Bon Jovi, Dukes of Hazard, Mikey Likes it commercial for Life cereal and Montgomery Ward. There is one childhood staple however that has been passed down from generation to generation and that's Kool-Aid. Who can forget the image of the Kool-Aid man, a red pitcher mascot, bursting through a brick wall?
There was nothing better than sipping on a glass of Kool-Aid that was sure to stain your tongue and the top of your lips. Simply mix a packet of your favorite flavor into water and add a cup of sugar. Kids have been savoring this childhood favorite since 1928. Every August, the town of Hastings, Nebraska celebrates National Kool-Aid Days. This fun holiday is typically observed the second Friday in August. 

Edwin Perkins of Hastings, Nebraska invented Kool-Aid in 1927 after experimenting with pectin powder to flavor jellies and jams. Kool-Aid originally called Kool-Ade was developed and sold as a test product in 1927 and launched in 1928.

In honor of Kool-Aid Days, we gathered some sweet recipes to try with your favorite flavor of Kool-Aid packet. 

 (Photo Credit: Butter with a Side of Bread)

Easy Kool-Aid Sherbet 

1 package Kool-Aid packet, any flavor
1 cup of sugar
3 cups of milk

In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients until the sugar and Kool-Aid mix is dissolved. Pour into a shallow dish, cover and freeze in a shallow container for about 2 hours. Once the time is up, remove from the freezer and pour into a mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until smooth. Refreeze in a covered, shallow container until set (typically a few hours or overnight). Find this recipe and others at Butter With a Side of Bread. 

(Photo Credit: Kool-Aid)

Kool-Aid Pie 

1 Can (14 Oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Env. (0.14 Oz.) Kool-Aid Strawberry Flavor Unsweetened Drink Mix
1 Cup Chopped Strawberries
1 Tub (8 Oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping , Thawed, Divided
1 Ready-To-Use Graham Cracker Crumb Crust (6 Oz.)

Add milk to drink mix in medium bowl; stir until mix is dissolved. Gently stir in strawberries and 2 cups Cool Whip. Spoon into crust; cover with remaining Cool Whip. Refrigerate 6 hours or until firm. Find this recipe and others at Kool-Aid. 

 Kool-Aid BBQ Ribs 

1 (4 Cups) Water
1/2 Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce
1/3 Kool-Aid Orange Flavor Sugar-Sweetened Drink Mix
1 Oil
3 Bone-In Country-Style Pork Ribs, Separated Into Single Ribs

Mix all ingredients except ribs in Dutch oven or large saucepan until blended. Add ribs. Bring to boil on medium heat; cover. Simmer on medium-low heat 1-1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
Remove lid; cook 20 min. or until no liquid remains. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 10 to 12 min. or until ribs are evenly browned, turning frequently. Find this recipe and others at Kool-Aid. 

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