There’s not much better than cooling down on a hot summer’s day with a refreshing popsicle. But those neon-colored store-bought pops are full of nasty artificial flavors and dyes – not to mention heaps of added sugar. These easy homemade popsicle recipes have super yummy flavor combinations that everyone will love and since most of these are fruit popsicles, you can be sure they’re a lot more healthy than most kids treats!
The Basic Popsicle
Take a Dixie cup and fill it with your favorite juice. Then place a popsicle stick in the middle and tape it to either side of the cup. It is gonna be the yummiest popsicles ever. Dixie cups work nicely, but it may behoove you to purchase a Popsicle mold. The options.are endless, from cheap plastic molds to the fancy silicone ones from high-end kitchen stores.
The Fruit Popsicle
Once you have mold, start experimenting with different combinations of fresh fruit blends. Summer fruit like berries and peaches make delicious popsicles – just blend them up and put them in your mold to freeze. Some great fruit combos I have made are mango and orange juice, banana and strawberry, and raspberry and peach. If the blended fruit is too thick to pour into a mold, add some orange juice or water to get it to the right consistency.
The Pudding Popsicle
Really, most desserts taste great when they are frozen. Pudding, it turns out, is no different. Make pudding according to the directions on the packet, pour into a dixie cup, add a Popsicle stick, and put it in the freezer. A more aesthetic version of this dessert involves adding food coloring (and sprinkles!) and layering to make a rainbow Popsicle!
The Yogurt Popsicle
Another fun popsicle variation is the yogurt pop — a super healthy alternative to the store-bought ice cream bars. Frozen yogurt is really not yogurt, frozen. However, freezing yogurt is still really delicious, and much healthier when you buy the kind without corn syrup or artificial flavors. Blend in some berries and pour the mixture into your mold to create the perfect summer snack!
So, which one will be your favorite popsicle for this summer? But those frozen treats aren’t just for the young. These inventive desserts on a stick are perfect for your next dinner party, date night picnic, or backyard cookout. Just grab these yummy frozen confections to have on-hand for when the temperatures rise.