Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rubber Ducky You're NOT the One...

Hello All! Our party planning reader Diana saw this adorable pin for a baby shower, rubber ducks in blue punch! Cute right?! Well her's did not quite go as planned, hilarity (or golf) ensued...

The Original

How stinking cute is that?!

The Pinstrosity

As we can see this one is so stinking....well stinking. Sorry Diana, but you said it yourself! This TOTALLY looks like something that would happen to me, I am the queen at disastrous kitchen events, Diana you are not alone!
Ok down to business, first off, Diana thought that because it was Kool-Aide, she would be using water (I am assuming she used water, that's what she said in the email, if this is wrong Diana and you DID in fact use the juice mix please let us know so we can investigate further!) . In the original recipe it calls for Ginger Ale and White Grape Juice specifically, there is problem number one. Next we have the duck issue. You have to specifically by a rubber duck that floats, as in the kind you use for your kiddos bath time. Diana's duck did not float! Note here, test your ducks! Her punch turned green, and slimy, and her duck didn't float and there were no bubbles or foam from the sherbet. Disastrous. Bubbles come from adding soda to the sherbet, not just water and sherbet. Lucky for her though, the soon to be father at the shower was a pro-golfer and she had brought along a little golf game (for whatever reason I'm not sure but she should thank her lucky stars she did, it saved the green punch!). She took the golf balls from the game added them to her punch and pretended it was golf inspired, nice save Diana.

So to sum it up here are the pointers:
Use the juice mix from the recipe
Buy the right type of Kool-Aide (Blue specifically)
Make sure your duck floats
Add your sherbet to the juice/Kool-Aide mix NOT water
Do NOT add sugar though, Diana and the original website mentioned that, and said it was already super sweet without the sugar!
For the original recipe hit up the link at the bottom of the original picture!

This, if done properly could be an awesome treat and super fun decoration for a baby shower or kids party! But if you are throwing a golf  themed party, you know how to make that punch now too!

                                              -Emilee

20 comments:

  1. I followed the recipe including using gingerale, grape juice and blue koolaid exactly as directed--somehow the blue koolaid I brought reacted with the gingerale.....

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  2. We made this same punch for my friends baby shower. We put a whole thing of blue food dye and that was the ONLY way that we got the color to be correct. It tastes really good though!!!

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  3. Tried this once for a baby shower. The darn ducks kept nose diving into the punch. Guess the little ducks we got were top heavy. Anyhow....we ended up with about half a dozen ducks in sticky puddles on the serving table. What a mess. LOL

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  4. I did exactly what it said on the website and it turned out just like the picture! And it was very yummy!!!!

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  5. I have made this punch twice now for two baby showers and it turns out beautifully. I find adding the ginger ale after you put the sherbert in is what will make the "suds" look. Has a great flavor!

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  6. I made this once, and mine turned out green as well but it was because I couldn't find pineapple sherbet, I used a mixed (orange, lime and pineapple) sherbet lol

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  7. It is just like the head you get on a root beer float. The sherbet/soda is pretty important!

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  8. I used a mixed flavor sherbert and it turned GRAY! How humiliating. The women brave enough to taste it said it was really good tho!

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  9. I know someone who did this for a shower and it came out great... it can work.

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  10. we made this for a friend's baby shower. It tastes AMAZING, our lacked the "suds".

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  11. I made this as well, turned out delicious....but turns out the blue packet (fruit punch) of koolaid...not blue! DUH ha I didn't realize it until I was on my way to the shower to make the punch. I just grabbed the blue packet and went on my way. So we had red/pink bathtub water but it worked out since it was a baby girl shower no one mentioned the punch being red.

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  12. I just did this for a baby shower I hosted on Sunday. I was so nervous going into it because I read everything that can go wrong beforehand! My punch was a success and tasted great!

    The best piece of advice on this, add your sherbet BEFORE you add the ginger ale. Mix the juice and kool-aid together first (I added sugar to taste; one cup is a lot considering how much is already in the juice naturally). Then I scooped in my sherbet. My scoops were not pretty as my sherbet was still quite frozen. Definitely thaw. When I added the ginger ale last, I got a ton of suds! It looked so cute and was a big hit among the guests. Tasted delicious too!

    My punch was mostly blue but had a green hue to it... I was more attributing that to the fact we had it sitting on a yellow table cloth because once you put it in the cup, it looked quite blue. I think I used the Mixed Berry flavor... It was in a blue package and the Kool-Aid man was holding a blue drink...? I think the white grape juice may change the color a little... Regardless it was super cute and super tasty! I would recommend this to everyone I know.

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  13. I planned my baby shower myself alongside my mother in law and my sister. We were so excited to make this! However, when I did it was AWFUL. No suds, the water was brownish-green instead of blue and my duckies all fell over sideways. This was 20 minutes before my shower started. I was so upset (hormones?) about it. We ended up taking all the duckies out and left them on the table and emptied the bowl of disgustingness right down the drain. I followed the instructions to the letter and it was a giant flop. =/

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  14. We made this for a baby shower, only altered it with lilypad and frogs (per her theme) and while it did look good, it tasted DELICIOUS! I had not read the "refrigerate over night" for the juice and gingerale, but an hour in the freezer and it seemed to work just fine!

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  15. I made this for a friends baby shower but with my own twist that was easier, get pre-made blue fruit punch and sprite refridgerate, put the punch in a bowl use vanilla ice cream and poor the sprite over the ice cream great easy way to do it.

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  16. I did something like this for my sis in law except old fashion with 7 up and sherbet ice cream the ducks all stayed up in it and for all the bubble I sprinkled some pink sugar sprinkles and everyone loved it the duckies never went under and the sprinkles have it the extra sparkle

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  17. I made this for a coworkers baby shower, followed the recipe exactly...no sugar used and it went perfectly. It was a huge hit! And she made it again the next week for her second shower. Make sure ducks used are bath toys so they float and let the sherbet soften about 15-20 min for more "foamy" bubbles.

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  18. I.used grape juice, Sprite & Blue Hawaiian Punch. I let the icecream get soft before adding. It went over so well I had to make 3 extra batches! no probs w/the ducks floating.

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  19. I saw this at a shower, and they took it off pinterest and it worked perfectly. It was so adorable. I didn't make it myself so I am not sure if they did anything different.

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  20. I'm sorry, but I would die to go to a shower where the ducks were nose-diving into the punch, I would be screaming, rolling around on the floor ... oh my gosh this is priceless!

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