Ideas and Recipes for Lemonade Stands
A lemonade stand is a great way to earn a little spending money and meet your neighbors. Here is what you will need:
- Lemonade, in a pitcher or large thermos
- Ice (and a cooler to keep it frozen)
- Cups and napkins
- Change box , or cash register your child played with in Kindergarten, if your child still has it.
- Folding card table
- Big sign, most defenetely, and a price list
- Chairs or a bench, if you'd like
- Optional: Music, or another way to call attention to the stand
Lemonade and brownies are a classic combination. Baking brownies from a box is quick work, and I've included recipes for treats as well.
Crafts are good, too- perhaps friendship bracelets, which you can work on between customers. You might also devote half the table to a mini yard sale, and sell odd-and-ends you've outgrown. This is where the card table's size comes in handy.
Recipes for your Stand
If you want to squeeze fresh lemons, here's the basic recipe, which yields 4 cups. You can see that making enough fresh lemonade for your stand will entail much lemon-juicing time.
- 4 cups of water
- Juice from 6 lemons
- 3/4 cup of sugar, or more, depending on whether you prefer sweet or tart lemonade
Mix together by hand or in a blender, adjust sweetness, and serve over ice.
Alternetely, you can make lemonade from frozen lemonade concentrate , available at the grocery stor, or from dry mix. There's nothing wrong with these not-from-scratch options, especially if the idea is to get out to the street and sell some lemonade, not stand at the kitchen counter all morning juicing lemons. Follow the directions on the can or bag. You can always cut some thin lemon slices, and add one to each cup of lemonade you pour.
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Lemon Candy Straw Treats
To make this old-fahioned treat, push a lemon candy stick (these are hollow inside) into the open side of a lemon that's been cut in half. The combo of the tart lemon and the sweet stick is perfect. To make this treat from a whole lemon, use an apple corer, lemon juicer, or a sharp knife to make a hole for the candy straw. You can also use oranges or limes.
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Baked Goods for your Lemonade Stand
Shortbread makes an excellent and unexpected addition to any full-service lemonade stand, as does fudge. Both recipes are incredibly easy, although fudge will take forethought, as it needs two hours or so in the refrigerator to become firm.
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of butter (equals two sticks, or 1/2 pound)
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Cream the sugar and butter. Measure in 2 1/2 cups of flour, and mix thouroughly. Flour a tabletop, counter, or wooden board with the leftover 1/2 cup of flour, and knead until you see cracks on the dough's surface. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick, and cut into squares, bars, or any shape you wish. With a fork, prick the cookies, and put them on an ungreassed cookie sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, until the tops are light brown. You can also add almonds, hazelnuts, or chocolate chips to the dough if you like.
Shortbread Chocolate chip Cookies Recipe
- 2 packages, or 16 squares, of semi-sweet baking chocolate
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, the 14-ounce size
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
Melt the chocolate with the condensed milk, either in a microwave for 2-3 minutes, or on top of the stove. The chocolate should be almost but not entirely melted. Stir, and the chocolate will melt fully. Add vanilla. Line a square pan (8 inches is a good size) with wax paper, and pour in the chocolate-milk-vanilla mixture. Chill for two hours or more if needed, until firm. Cut into bars or squares.
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