Friday, June 24, 2011


I'll tell you a secret: We love coffee in the Retro Mimi household.

I'll tell you another juicy little tidbit: Coffee is "legal" in unlimited amounts on the 1972 Retro WW Program. That's right: No limits. Use as desired.

Considering my love of coffee combined with the total freedom to indulge in as much as I desire, you may think I would have already cooked up every imaginable Retro WW recipe containing coffee. In fact... looking back, you may even recall the Coffee Gelatin, The Coffee Bubbler, and the Coffee Toffee. But those were only the beginning, my friends.

Fellow coffee lovers....Please brace yourselves for the magnificent Retro WW Coffee Pops!

These frozen little caffeinated treats made their first appearance in the July 1971 Weight Watchers Magazine and then reappeared in the 1974 Weight Watchers Recipe Cards. So you know they're a winner.

Here's the run down:

Dissolve 2 tablespoons of freeze-dried coffee in 1 quart of boiling water and allow to cool. Add 1/4 cup artificial sweetener and a pinch of saffron. Pour 1/2 cup of the mixture into each of 8 paper cups, and freeze for about 1 hour (or until half frozen).

Insert small sticks into center of each cup and return to freezer until firm. When ready to serve, remove from freezer and tear paper cup away from pop!

Here's my husband excitedly about to take a bite.

My experience with the Coffee Pop was intense. The flavor hit me like a giant wall of crappy coffee. It made my lips chatter and my nostrils sweat. My hair curled up a bit on the ends, and I could swear I heard a faint percolating sound buzzing in my ears. Frankly, it scared me a little.

We didn't finish our Coffee Pops, but a few licks were enough to keep us buzzing well into the night. And I still can't get the taste of horrible coffee out of my mouth.

From now on, I'll be sticking with Starbucks. How do you take your coffee?


Hermione said...

If you used real coffee and sweetened it the way you like, this would probably be okay on a hot Virginian summer day!

De tout, de rien said...

LOL! Sounds like a blast! I wouldn't mind trying a different version with proper coffee though, it would make a good treat.

Roz @ weightingfor50 said...

A pinch of saffron??? Wow....
Thanks for keeping the retro WW movement alive Mimi!!! Have a great rest of the weekend.

ΜΑΡΣΙ said...

Oh my... I like it black! Here in my country (Greece) is summer and cold frappe coffee is a real enjoy!!!

JenEngland said...

Mmm, with Real coffee, some fat free half and half and some splenda this would be a luscious treat! I never thought of this but I might try it now!