It's hotter than you-know-what in NY right now and so today we will make our first homemade popsicles of the year.
I can't bring myself to buy the sugary, high fructose corn syrup laden pops sold at the grocery store. When it's so easy to make them yourself, why not do it?
We like to use frozen or fresh fruit and sweeten them with juice or maybe a little sugar. You can also use 100% fruit juice. We're going to experiment with making our own pudding and turning it into pudding pops. Yogurt is another healthy alternative to use. Lightly sweetened coconut milk also makes a very tasty ice pop.
You may have to adjust the recipe below according to the size and capacity of your popsicle mold.
1 bag frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or strawberrie--or a mixture)
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar (taste berries for sweetness, you may not need all of it)
Puree berries with sugar and lemon juice. Strain into a clean bowl, if desired. Fill Popsicle molds with the puree and freeze until solid--about 3 or 4 hours.
Keep for a few days in the freezer, if they last that long.
My kids lost the tops to our ice pop mold from last year, so I had to search for some new ones. I found some inexpensive Back to Basics Lickety Sip molds at Target a few weeks ago--unfortunately they are sold out most places online and in stores. I'll have to see how they measure up.
I have found more online that I like even better and we may need to add to our collection.
I love these spaceship molds from Tovolo, available at Wrapables.com--6 molds for $9.99.
These Sailboat Ice Pop Molds from Cuisipro are adorable. The best price is from ChefTools.com at $14.39.
These new Martha Stewart Star Pop Molds are available for $14.99 at Macy's .
Other places to find ice pop molds--
Land of Nod
Bed, Bath and Beyond
Sur la Table
Recipes and Tips from the web--
Tips and ideas on making ice pops from Williams-Sonoma
Lemonade Pops from Simply Recipes
Popsicles for Pennies from Frugal Cooking
Look at all the ideas from MormonChic.com--You don't have to use a ready-made mold. You can reuse yogurt containers or plastic cups and add a wooden stick.