Fun with Homemade Popsicles

by Stephanie on August 18, 2011 · 2 comments

in Food & Nutrition

I call them popsicles.  Apparently some people call them ice pops.  Whatever you call them, they are about as good as a treat can get on a hot summer day!

I don’t remember where I saw mention of popsicle mold  and all the fun treats you can make yourself.  All I know is that I was intrigued.  I found myself on Amazon buying not only a Progressive popsicle tray but also a book of recipes called Pops.

When they finally came in the mail on Tuesday I got right to work making three different flavors (the tray holds ten 2.5 oz popsicles).  I filled the molds and put them in the freezer.  After about 20 minutes I put the popsicle sticks in.  Letting the popsicles start to harden just a little helps the sticks stay straighter and not fall all the way to the bottom of the mold.  When they were good and frozen (I let mine freeze overnight) you take the tray out of the freezer and remove the aluminum lid.  The individual molds pop out of the base tray.  I ran the mold under warm water for 5 or 10 seconds and the popsicles slid right out.  Easy peasy!

Here are the details:

#1 – Green Monster Pops

Tuesday also happened to be the night I made my first green monster smoothie.  I filled up two of the molds just to see what they would taste like.  The link has the recipe I used.

Calories: 20/pop

Result:  They were not as smooth as I was hoping.  A little icy.  I did make the green monster smoothie to drink so I put ice in it to get the smoothie texture.  If I’m going to do it as popsicles again I think I’ll leave the ice out of the recipe.

#2 – Pineapple Pops

This was more of a typical juice pop.

  • 6 oz pineapple juice
  • 1.5-2 slices of pineapple

I blended the juice with about a slice of fresh pineapple.  I filled the molds leaving a little room on top and put some small chunks of pineapple in with the juice mixture, mixing it up so the fruit would be suspended in the popsicle.  Made four 2.5 oz pops.

Calories: ~30/pop

Result: Tasty!  They were tart and refreshing, but very pineapple-y so you have to be a fan of that flavor.  My roommate is and he liked them!

#3 – Berry Smoothie Pops

  • ½ cup lowfat raspberry yogurt
  • ½ cup frozen mixed berries
  • ¼ cup orange juice

Calories: ~50/pop

Result:  Delicious!  By far this was the most successful recipe.  My taste buds danced.  I will be making these again!

Making and eating these popsicles was just plain FUN.  Popsicles make me feel like a kid, even when they’re made with spinach!  I haven’t used any recipes from the book yet so I will be trying those out in the future.  I’ll post them when I do!

Do you make homemade popsicles?

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Samantha August 20, 2011 at 7:51 AM

I don’t make homemade popsicles but I should and need to! Looks like fun.

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Stephanie August 22, 2011 at 9:35 PM

They are SO fun and tasty. I highly recommend trying it! My first batch are almost gone so I’ll be looking to try a few new recipes soon!

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