DIY Popsicles – 10 Delicious Recipes For Frozen Goodness

DIY Popsicles   10 Delicious Recipes For Frozen Goodness

You can pour almost anything liquid into a mold and 5 hours later you've got a frozen masterpiece. Yum!

The temperatures are hitting record highs (in fact, all 50 of the United States have set new record highs this month alone) and we are all trying to keep cool by hook or by crook. Some may take a trip to Alaska, others might walk around with a wet towel over their heads, but we Krrb folk are going to hang out near the freezer and make our own popsicles right about now.

All you need is a freezer, some fruit or juice and a good imagination to come up with some real winners. We’ve scoured the web, done some of our own taste testing and returned from the field with our 10 favorite popsicle recipes to get you going. Super fresh, inexpensive and really simple to make, these babies are sure to put a smile on even the most sunburned among us. It’s also a great project to do with the kids, not only because it’s fun, but it keeps them away from the Mr Softee high fructose corn syrup overload that is so often associated with the season!

Here’s what you need to get started:

The Tools

First you need the mold, and there are really two ways you can go here – homemade or store-bought.

DIY Popsicles   10 Delicious Recipes For Frozen Goodness

Two great version of store bought molds - the fun plastic or the chic stainless - both serving up deliciousness.

If you’re buying molds from a store, you’ll want to consider what they are made of. For both eco and health reasons, the stainless steel or BPA-free plastic models are the way to go. We prefer the plastic molds because the reusable stick is part of the whole shebang, thus eliminating the bother (and waste) of using new wooden sticks each time. But the stainless ones are pretty cool too. You can’t really go wrong.

DIY Popsicles   10 Delicious Recipes For Frozen Goodness

You can get creative use mini baking tins to make your own popsicle molds!

If you’re going to go the make-your-own route, you’ll need to find two basic parts: the cups and the sticks. For the cups, we suggest re-using those mini yogurt containers (the perfect size, and, if you have kids, you probably have some in your fridge right now.) You can also use paper cups, which are the easiest option but aren’t super eco-friendly unless you use the compostable ones, and they can get a bit pricey.

If you happen to have metal baking tins laying around, they work, too. Just stay away from glass, for the obvious if-you-drop-it-it-will-break reasons as well as the less obvious fact that liquid expands when it freezes, and can potentially crack or even break the glass, rendering the pops inedible.

For sticks, you can either buy traditional wooden popsicle sticks or go au natural and forage for small twigs.

To hold the handles in place while the pops are freezing, just cover the cup/mold with plastic wrap or waxed paper and poke a hole through for the stick.

The Recipes

DIY Popsicles   10 Delicious Recipes For Frozen Goodness

We brazenly stole this idea for blueberry/pine pops from our pageworn copy of Martha Stewart Living. The recipe is at the bottom of the post...

The most straightforward way to go is to pour some delicious fruit juice or fresh fruit puree into the molds that you so carefully selected, throw them in the freezer for a few hours, take them out and voila, frozen heaven on a stick! You can make them as simple or as complex as you like – check out these ideas to get your juices flowing:

  • Creamy Apricot: mix 2 cups organic apricot juice with 1/2 cup soy milk.
  • Honeyed Peach and Blueberry Pops: peel and core 2 cups peaches, blend with a little honey, 1 pint blueberries, a pinch of salt and a little water.
  • Stomach soothers: Brew up some strong organic ginger tea. Add a bit of honey. Let cool completely before placing in the mold.
  • Applesauce: As simple as it sounds. Dilute the applesauce with a little water before freezing for best consistency.
  • Honeydew and Lime: Dissolve 1/4 c sugar in 1/4 cup hot water. Puree medium honeydew melon (peeled and cubed) with 2/3 fresh lime juice. Add sugar mixture.
  • Green Tea and Honey: Brew your fave green tea, add some honey, freeze.
  • Watermelon and OJ: Just puree a blender-full of watermelon and add 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice for good measure.
  • Plum, melon, spinach & celery pops: Gather 2 plums, 2.5 cups of pureed watermelon, 2 cups fresh baby spinach, 2 celery stalk, and about one cup water or light flavored juice. Blend all the produce (not including liquid) to death. Add in enough liquid to get a thick smoothie-like texture, pour into molds, freeze.
  • Banana Pomegranate: Take seeds from 4 pomegranates and puree with 4 bananas. Pour into molds and freeze. You can also use pomegranate juice if you can’t deal with extracting the seeds.
  • White Pine and Blueberry

    This one’s a bit more labor intensive, but the sophisticated taste combination takes the whole popsicle thing to a whole new level. (See photo above) Thanks, Martha.

  • Bring a cup of pine needles to boil in 2 cups of water, then remove pan from heat and let stand for an hour. Strain through a fine sieve and discard solids.
  • Return pinewater to saucepan over medium heat, add sugar. Bring to simmer, stirring till the sugar disolves. Add blueberries and lime juice. Return to a simmer, and cook for 1 minute. Let cool completely.
  • Divide mixture evenly among six 3 oz paper cups. Cover top of each with a baking cup. Poke a hole into the center of each liner, and insert a 4 inch twig or wooden craft stick. Freeze for 5 hours.
  • So there you have it. There should be something here to get your juices flowing. Use these ideas as starting points for your own cooling concoctions. And if you come up with any masterpieces, be sure to leave us a comment and let us know!

    • jekka

      Sour cherry juice makes some of my absolute favorite popsicles.  Passion fruit-mango makes my kiddo’s fave.  And infusing juice with herbs can make good grown-up flavors.

      • https://twitter.com/gomeatyourself Jessica

        Sour cherry! Yes! That’s a great idea and perfect for right now. 

      • http://blog.krrb.com Brooke Williams

        Yum! Passion fruit-mango sounds amazing. I’ll be sure to add both of those flavors to my repertoire!

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