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You see popsicles EVERYWHERE these days. Whether they’re stylishly printed on clothing, floating in the pool as a raft, or chilling in the freezer waiting to be eaten, popsicles are clearly a summer staple. With summer officially in full swing and the weather warming up, this tasty treat serves as the perfect way to beat the heat. After all, popsicles are one of the easiest summer desserts to serve and they are awesome!
Now, if your mouth is already watering, you’re going to LOVE this. Take a look at our recipe roundup for creating the tastiest popsicles that aren’t only super easy and fun to make, but also delicious!
WOW-worthy popsicle recipes you MUST try this summer!
Frozen watermelon popsicles are super easy and use one of our favorite summer fruits. Yes, the watermelon. These popsicles take about 10 minutes of prep time, but need roughly three hours to cool (or “cook”). Start with eight or ten (or whatever number) of watermelon wedges and popsicle sticks.
“First, insert the popsicle sticks through the rind and into the flesh of each watermelon wedge. Then, place each one on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, remove from the freezer and serve the popsicles to friends and family.”
Who doesn’t love strawberries during the summer time? And combined with a kiwi, these two make the perfect summer couple. If you want to impress your kids (or friends or neighbors), then follow this super easy recipe, which takes about five minutes of prep and needs about an hour to cool. Start with some popsicle molds (the following uses a 4 popsicle mold), along with eight strawberries and two kiwis. Cut the fruit into thin slices and grab some strawberry-kiwi juice.
Typically, most parts of the country only get fresh kiwis during the summer time. So, if you and your family love the exotic fruit, take advantage of it during the summer with some freshly frozen popsicles. Plus, this recipe is easy to make and a fun summer activity with the kids. To start, grab your popsicle molds, some kiwis, pineapple, coconut water and lime juice.
“Puree the ingredients in a blender. For the kiwi popsicle, pour two parts pureed kiwi, one part pureed pineapple, one part coconut water and some lime juice in a blender. Taste the mixture and if you feel it needs a little extra sweetness, add a small amount of maple syrup, honey, or another natural sweetener of your choice. Finally, freeze for 3-4 hours, until solid and serve.”
Another great summer fruit couple are the kiwi and watermelon. And here is another fantastic and fun summer popsicle that is also easy to make. Start by peeling about four kiwis and cutting up three cups of seedless watermelon, then grab your blender.
“You can choose which fruit you want to blend first. Remember that whichever fruit you pour into your mold first will be the fruit on the top of the popsicle while you’re holding it. Add the kiwi into a blender or food processor and blend until fully liquefied. Pour the kiwi into the bottom of your popsicles molds and place in the freezer for at least an hour. When ready, blend up all of the watermelon and pour it into the popsicle molds on top of the mostly frozen kiwi.”
These rainbow popsicles just scream summer and we like it! Although this popsicle requires a little more patience (and generally should be frozen overnight), the kids will love the vibrant colors. The process starts with making some fruit smoothie mixtures that form the basis of the popsicle.
“Carefully layer each color smoothie in a popsicle mold in rainbow order. Layering the smoothies in the mold is easy. Use a spoon or tablespoon to scoop the smoothie mixture into the mold. Once the molds are filled, add the sticks and freeze the popsicles overnight. To get the popsicles to release from the mold, fill your kitchen sink with room temperature water. Place the mold in the water, making sure the water does not go above the top of the mold. Allow the mold to sit in the water for a few seconds. Begin to wiggle a popsicle free. If it feels tough, allow them to set in the water a few more seconds. Once all of the popsicles are removed from the mold, enjoy or wrap the extras in plastic wrap and return to the freezer.”
Summer Popsicle Tips
FREEZE! Before you start making these recipes, check out some of our helpful tips and our take on a simple watermelon popsicle.
1 – Choose the right mold
There are so many options of different ice molds you can use! Are you planning on serving these at a summer party? Shop for some molds related to your theme! From ice cream shaped molds, to sun shapes and diamond rings, the options are endless. If you’re going for something simple, use paper or plastic cups – they actually work quite well!
2 – Find your favorite fresh fruit
One of the reasons we love popsicles so much is that they’re pretty much guilt-free AND you can enjoy our favorite food group (fruit, duh!). By using fresh, seasonal fruit, there is no reason to feel guilty about indulging in two (maybe even 3) of these sweet treats.
3 – Find a fun filling
In addition to your fresh fruit, you need a liquid to hold the popsicles together while freezing. Get creative by using different fresh fruit juices, coconut milk, almond milk, or even a blend of fruit and yogurt.
4 – Get creative with your combinations
The more creative your combinations, the more fun! We listed some SWEET options above – the further down the list, the more creative the recipes will be! If you ask us, why not try them all?
5 – Last not but least…
Don’t forget that liquid expands when it freezes, so make sure to leave some room at top of the mold when filling! Another helpful tip is to freeze your popsicles for 25-30 minutes before inserting the popsicle sticks. No one wants a popsicle that falls off before you have time to enjoy it!
We hope you enjoyed this month’s Recipe Roundup and have a chance to try some of these delectable treats! Looking for more summer recipes? Check out our Sizzlin’ Summer Treats Pinterest Board!
But beware… you MIGHT just get an instant craving. Consider yourself warned!