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Make Your Own Popsicles

Is anyone else craving something cold? Man, it was hot this weekend and I all I could think about was beer POPSICLES.

Popsicles are SO easy to make. All you have to do is mix some 100% fruit juice with some fruit and put it in a popsicle mold or a cup. You don't need fancy equipment and popsicle sticks can be found at your supermarket or crafts store.

You are using the natural sugar found in the fruit juice to sweeten these popsicles and they turn out plenty sweet.

When I was a kid, we made popsicles with KoolAid and about 10 cups of sugar. I LOVED those :)

Below I have featured a book called "Pops" which is an amazing collection of ideas for making popsicles. Truly, you will be disturbed by the detail and beauty of these recipes and photos.

Since, I am lazy, I like to keep it simple. Some easy ideas for popsicles:

  • pureed watermelon
  • vanilla almond milk for a non-dairy popsicle
  • apple juice and crushed strawberries
  • flavored yogurt (just put in the stick and freeze)

I made these "Grape Pops" (above) with popsicles sticks that I bought from a craft store (I also saw popsicle sticks at a Dollar Store) and Dixie Cups. Place plastic wrap or foil over the cup before you put the stick in so it stays up.

You will save money if you make your own popsicles versus the packaged ones and yours will have real fruit and less sugar. (I'm not talking about those colored sugar water pops - but the ones with real fruit.)

If you want to get fancy you can buy popsicle molds. I have included a link to the most popular popsicle molds on Amazon. I bought some EL-Cheapo ones ($4) at the grocery store and couldn't get the popsicles out of the molds, argh. If you think you are going to make a lot of popsicles, I say go with the top.

Ever attempted to make your own popsicles? Please share!

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Grape Pops Recipe

(from Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone by Krystina Castella (Quirk Books, 2008))

(makes eight 6-ounce pops)

1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes, cut in half
4 1/2 cups white grape juice

1. Divide the grape halves among the pop molds. Pour in the grape juice and insert the sticks. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
2. Remover from the freezer; let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before removing the pops from the molds. Enjoy these pops as you would a fine wine.

66 calories, 0.2 g fat, 15.7 g carbohydrates, 0.8 g protein, 0 g fiber, 2 mg sodium, 1 Points+

Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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9 Comments:

My favorite recipe for popcicles from the first nutritionist I ever heard of, Adele Davis: 1 six ounce can of oj concentrate, one 8 ounce container of plain yogurt, 1 t. vanilla. Stir up and freeze. Sort of a creamcicle....

on May 30, 2012

Aw, dang, for a minute there I was excited thinking you were gonna have a recipe for beer popsicles! :( But these sound great too! I also loved the Kool-Aid popsicles Mom used to make!!

on May 30, 2012

After lusting over a Zoku for foreeeever, I found a knock-off version at Target (an updated version, actually, so it works REALLY well). My current favorite is a few tablespoons of low-fat yogurt mixed with a teaspoon of Trader Joe's cookie butter. Cold-brewed coffee mixed with some agave (or your sweetener of choice or...none) and almond milk also tastes really good. And now I want that book so I'm off to investigate... (Pinterest is another amazing spot for collected fancy popsicle recipes.)

on May 30, 2012

I love homemae popsicles! There so yummy and easy! The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze!

on May 30, 2012

I make real fruit popsicles too! http://www.anorganicwife.com/2011/08/recipe-real-fruit-popsicles.html
Honeydew is my favorite, although I have some new ideas this summer!

on May 30, 2012

Even better is to use coconut water or coconut milk instead of fruit juice!

on May 30, 2012

Not sure that I'll make popsicles, but you just reminded me that I need to try frozen grapes. I've heard that they are a great snack!
Cheers~

on May 30, 2012

Popsicles, slushies, and smoothier are all a great way to use up fruit that is almost too ripe to eat but is still delicious! I did this with a whole bunch of watermelon I had left over from a party once. I pureed the watermelon with some honey and lime juice and made wonderful slushies. I froze them in single-serve punch cups (also left over from the party). I just nuke them for about 10-15 sec to slush them up and hand 'em off to one of the kiddos for a quick afternoon treat.

on May 30, 2012

These popsicles are great! We have a juicer. So our grape juice is really only grape juice! Or whatever fruit you prefer (watermelon produces a ton of juice)! Juicing is cheaper than store bought juice, better for the environment (no plastic bottles needed) and no additives at all! And for adults...you could make cucumber juice with limes or lemons. :)

on May 30, 2012


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