Perfect Popsicles For Summer

No need to head to the corner store, these frozen treat ideas are all make-at-home


 

There are freezer aisles full of frozen desserts and ice-cream trucks around every corner — but these do-it-yourself popsicle-making ideas have perks the others don’t. First off, you can custom make these to your taste and liking, and your kids’ favourite flavours. You won’t have the additives and preservatives found in most popsicles, you will save money, and have an activity to do together when you’re taking a break from the outdoors.

What To Make

When you think of popsicles, you may think essentially of frozen Kool-Aid on a stick, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are some of our favourite go-to ideas.

Fresh juice and juice mixes: if you have a juicer at home, you can make your own. If not, try your favourite juice or blend of juices in frozen form.

Yogurt: blend yogurt, chopped fruit (berries also work well for size) and a dash of honey for a creamy take.

Lemonade: fresh, frozen or bottled, you can leave lemonade pops plain or add your favourite fruit or garnishes. Adults might want to try adding a herb for a bit of punch. You can also mix with a bit of sparkling grape juice for a fizzy version.

Pudding: Pudding pops are a heavier version of the classic popsicle and can be made with instant or from-scratch puddings. Make sure you cool the pudding down before pouring it into the molds. Some people add a bit of extra milk, some add cookie crumbs or chocolate chips for variety.

Chocolate: Try chocolate milk or cooled down hot cocoa for a homemade fudgesicle. You can even add a bit of chocolate syrup or nutella to the mix. You might want to use a smaller mold for these, as they’ll be quite sugary.

Pureed fruit: Puree seasonal fruit, fresh or frozen, add a bit of water or juice and freeze! Try peach-raspberry, honeydew-blueberry, or your favourite sweet or tart combos.

Smoothie: As easy as it sounds, if you’re a smoothie-drinking family, make the smoothie of your choice, in popsicle form this time.

Cider: A throw to fall, take apple cider and mix with a bit of cinnamon (if you like) for a less summery cool treat. Little kids tend to be particularly into these “apple pie pops.”

Watermelon: Watermelon is a summer staple, and while cooling enough on its own, there’s also a trick to be learned. Soak watermelon in lemonade, stick in a popsicle stick, and freeze on a flat surface. Somewhere between a melon ball and a mini ice pop, these easy snacks will have your kids coming back for more. 

How To Make It

Molds: Most kitchen stores carry some form of popsicle mold. Think about what size you’d like for what you’re making, and choose between a classic or more innovative design. Some come in shapes like rocket ships and “soft serve” spirals. Others come in ring pop size. If you have a toddler, you’ll want to think about the size of the stick being easy to hold, and the size of the popsicle being the right size for a little mouth.

Ice cube trays: Try regular or mini ice cube trays with toothpicks or popsicle sticks (the latter tend to be less sharp.) This is a good option for small batches of new flavours, or in multiples if you’re serving a group.

Paper cups: Small waxed cups, or water cooler style triangular cups can both be stand-ins for a mold. The triangular ones will need a way of being held up, whereas the regular ones can just be placed in the freezer directly. Younger kids may need some help peeling the paper off.

Zoku: Zoku is a “quick pop maker” that freezes popsicles in under 10 minutes right on your kitchen counter. Zoku has a sleek design, and various perks for tidy eating. There’s also the option to make custom-filled pops, like creamsicles.

 

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