It’s been hot lately. Our town has been going through a heat spell, so we’re staying on the coast. It’s a nice breezy day and I’m enjoying the nice weather, sitting on a park bench thinking about popsicles…
You can buy them at the store, or get them at an ice cream shop. You can also make them at home and enjoy the perfect flavor combo, exactly the way you like them. Have you ever made popsicles at home? Well, maybe it’s time to try something new. There is plenty of room for creativity when it comes to creating you own delicious homemade treats. You can even make them healthy!
Here’s what you’ll need:
A blender (optional)
Your favorite produce
Make sure you have all the necessary tools. If you do not, you will need to order them online or go buy them at the store. If you are looking for a kick butt juicer we have a page full of reviews of the best juicers out there. If you’re on a budget we also have a page of reviews for the best budget juicers under $100.
This step is very complex and detail-orientated. Just kidding!! Hahaha. You will need to make a shopping list of your produce items and go shopping for them. Try to buy organic whenever possible. You will also want to pick out the ripest, juiciest, and delicious looking produce for the best tasting pops.
Now that you have all the components, it’s time to make the popsicles. This is the fun part! Cut, juice, blend, and mix together your ingredients until it’s ready to pour into the molds. Tip: When you’re going to pour the mixture into the molds, make sure not to pour the mixture to the top, give it a little room to expand!
Freeze them. On average it takes about 2 hours for the pops to freeze, but this all depends on how well your freezer works. It will be tempting to check on them to find out if they are ready to eat, just “Let it go, let it go!” (if you have seen or heard about the “Frozen” movie, you’ll know what I mean)
Enjoy them! Now that you’ve slaved away at making your very own homemade pops, it’s time to reap the benefits. Yea!! It’s also nice to know you’ve made them yourself, and you saved money. Good job.
Here are some extra tips to make your pops unique.
1. Make them see through
I have seen this on Pinterest and other places. You cut up pieces of your favorite fruit into coin-like slivers. Then put a variety of slivered fruit pieces into the popsicles molds. You can even put fresh herbs into your molds. Fill the rest of the molds with coconut water. Voila! You’ve got gourmet looking popsicles. Plus, they are super simple to make and healthy.
2. Layer it.
Now this is a bit more time intensive, but you’ll get a cool looking and tantalizing flavor palate. You can do this pouring in a small amount of liquid into the popsicle molds. Then put it in the freezer until hard. Pour in the next layer and freeze. Repeat this process until you get the desired result you’re looking for.
3. Hidden pieces
First add some chunks of fruit or small berries. Then add your liquid. You will get this smooth flavor with pops of mango, raspberry, or blueberry. Yum!
4. Cover it up
Once you’ve made your popsicles and froze them, cloak them in a yummy sauce or sprinkle. Make a dairy-free chocolate hard shell, or a strawberry sauce over a banana popsicle. You can also dip the popsicle in dried berries to give it a sprinkle like effect, plus added texture.
5. Use a unique ingredient
Maybe try using an fruit or veggie you haven’t yet. Like fennel popsicles, dragon fruit, or prickly pear. This could be a fun experience that could turn into you inventing a whole new flavor. You never know…
Are you looking for popsicle molds? Years ago when I was a nanny the family bought these cool popsicle makers off Amazon called Zoku Quick Pop Maker. It’s a popsicle mold base you freeze and then you can make popsicles within minutes. Pretty neat huh? Check it out here.
Popsicles are a nice treat especially during the hot summer months, but we don’t suggest replacing them with your juices during a juice cleanse. Most of them contain fiber (except for popsicles that are made with 100% juice) which slows down your digestive system, counter intuitive to the purpose of a juice cleanse.
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