DIY Popsicles

DIY Popsicles

Ah, popsicles……frozen, messy treats that were the perfect treat on a hot summer day as a child.  We used to love hearing the ice cream truck music and beg our mom to let us get a treat.  Of course, the best popsicles were the ones in the bags because no sticky hands and no accidentally losing a chunk of popsicle when it fell off the stick.  I have fallen in love with the Pampered Chef Quicksicle maker because I can make my own frozen concoctions with only about 10 minutes in the freezer.  Moms out there will know that a 10 minute wait can sometimes save the day (especially when kids are hot, thirsty & hungry).  Oh, who am I kidding?!  A 10 minute wait saves the day when adults are hot, thirsty & hungry too.  Continuing on in my series of freezer treats, I give you an epic list of popsicle flavors to try at home.  There are even some boozysicles (is that a word?) for the adults.  Check out my tips for making your own popsicles first to help save you from the failures I had trying to make some of these.

Untitled design (13)Tips for Making Your Own Popsicles:

1. Use fruit juice or chocolate milk

2. If making “adult” popsicles (AKA ones with alcohol), use no more than 1 Tbsp. alcohol in each pop.

3. Fruit should be thinly sliced.

4. Before pouring liquids into the mold, make sure they are chilled so you don’t heat up your freezer molds.

5. Add a bit of a natural sweetener to something that is sugar-free.

6. Use fruit that is thinly sliced instead of the whole fruit (this is true for berries too).

7. If you are using alcohol, carbonated beverages, puddings, yogurt and/or ice cream, make sure to blend these mixtures with something else (fruit juice, for example).

8. For recipes with granulated sugar, dissolve in water and heat on the stove to make a simple syrup.  Then proceed with blending, pureeing, processing, whatever you like for the rest of the recipe.

For more tips on making your own popsicles (or paletas), check out this article from Epicurious.  Also, their blackberry, honey & yogurt popsicle sounds heavenly.  j/s

Recipes for making your own popsicles.

Popsicles for the Family

1. Kiwi Watermelon

2. Kiwi Strawberry: Use the kiwi watermelon above but substitute pureed strawberries in place of the watermelon.

3. Watermelon mint

4. Strawberry Lemonade

5. Key lime: My super easy hack for this is to use graham crackers at the cookie sides. Then spoon some key lime yogurt in the middle and freeze. This recipe is so easy and tasty that my husband made a second batch all on his own. He does not bake y’all….like, at all.

6. Mint Chocolate Chip

7. Cake batter

8. Cookies n’ Cream

9. Lemon Icebox Pie: Using a packet of lemon pudding, mix with dairy free milk (I like the Rice Dream Enriched) according to the packet directions. Pour into freezer molds and freeze. Before serving, dip in coconut cream (for dairy free) or regular whipped cream. Sprinkle crushed graham crackers onto the whipped cream layer (or cookie crumbs) and a little lemon zest.

Lemon Pie Ice Pops

10. Orange Strawberry

Boozy Popsicles

1. Corpse Reviver: This recipe is in the current BHG magazine, so it’s not up on the web as of this post.  I’ll keep looking for it though.

2. Adult Ice Pops from the folks at Better Homes & Gardens

3. 15 Boozy Ice Pops from the folks at Buzzfeed.

4. Followed by Buzzfeed’s 23 Boozy Ice Pops That Will Get You Drunk.  (please drink some water so you don’t dehydrate though.  k?)

5. Piña Colada

Let me know if you try any of these and how they come out.

Cheers!

The Nerdy Cajun Chef

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