Need a sweet treat to cool down on a hot afternoon? Grab a popsicle! Not only are these delightful desserts refreshing, they can also be a healthy alternative to other sinful summer snacks. Be sure to choose fruit based ones low in sugar to avoid empty calories. The best part about popsicles? They are easy to make at home! You can make them with fruit, lemonade, jello, Kool-Aide. For fruits, puree them in a blender with a cup of water. Dissolve Kool-Aide or jello in hot water. Adding 1 tablespoon of corn syrup to either mixture will sweeten the batch. Want more of a creamsicle? Try putting 1 cup of yogurt or ice cream in with the fruit mix. Then, simply pour your concoction into a mold and freeze for about 3 to 4 hours. You can also make mini-pops by using ice trays and toothpicks instead of molds and popsicle sticks. Below are some recipes to get you started. But don’t be afraid to branch out and create your own. The possibilities are endless with these popular pops!
3/4 to 1 cup granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you want them, and if you are using Meyer lemons, use less sugar)
1 cup water
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
Zest of 2 lemons
1 cup of lemon juice (about 4 large lemons)
Heat 1 cup of water and 3/4 to 1 cup of granulated sugar in a small saucepan until the sugar has completely dissolved. Add the zest of 2 lemons and 1 Tbsp of light corn syrup into the sugar water (also called simple syrup). Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and let cool. Juice enough lemons (about 4) to produce 1 cup of lemon juice. Strain out any pulp. Add the simple syrup to the lemon juice, straining out the lemon zest as you pour the syrup into the juice. Pour the lemon mixture into the popsicle molds. Put into a freezer for at least 4 hours to freeze. To unmold, run under hot water for a few seconds.
1 package fruit flavored jello
1 package kool-aid
2/3 cup hot water
2 cups cold water
1 cup sugar
In a large pouring pitcher mix together: Jell-o, Kool-Aid, sugar and hot water, until dissolved. Then add cold water. Pour into molds and freeze. Will not drip! Makes 20 ice tups (Tupperware ice molds).
Rocky Road Pop
1 package of chocolate pudding
1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
Make pudding according to directions on package. Add marshmallows and nuts. Mix well, pour into molds and freeze.
1 cup seedless watermelon chunks
1 cup orange juice
1 cup water
Popsicle sticks and cups
Blend these ingredients into a blender, pour into molds, insert sticks, and freeze.