How to Make Your Own Popsicles
Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Hot summer days call for ice cold refreshment. You can’t go wrong with popsicles! This colorful, flavorful, treat is a favorite for children and adults. Instead of spending money to buy package after package of popsicles at the store, why not save money and make your own? It could turn into a fun activity to entertain your kids with when they are bored. Use the empty popsicle sticks for craft projects.
Before you can make your own popsicles, you will need to gather up some supplies. Summer is a great time to find ice pop molds at your local grocery store. Some people like to make mini-popsicles in ice cube trays. It is also possible to make popsicles in small cups. Purchase a sealed package of craft sticks from a craft store.
Oprah suggests letting the popsicles freeze to a slushy consistency before setting the stick into them. Next, freeze the popsicles until they are firm (which takes at least 6 hours). Run hot water over the outside of the popsicle molds for a few seconds, and then gently pull on the sticks for successful removal of the popsicles.
Homemade Popsicle Recipes
Food Network has simple directions that can be followed to make various flavors of fruit popsicles. Making them requires a blender, 8 ice pop molds, craft sticks and a fine mesh strainer (if you are using fruit that has seeds).
Visit the FoodNetwork website to check out some other interesting fruit combinations that you can make into popsicles. To make strawberry-lemon popsicles, you will need:
* 3 cups whole strawberries
* 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon honey
Put the strawberries, honey, and lemon juice in a blender. Blend it until it is smooth. Strain the mixture to remove the seeds. Pour the mixture into the molds. Leave a little room at the top – it will expand as it freezes. Insert the craft sticks and leave them overnight to freeze.
Homemade Ice Pops
AllRecipes has a simple recipe for making ice popsicles. You will need:
* 1 package of fruit flavored JELL-O mix (3 ounces)
* 1 unsweetened, flavored, soft drink mix package (such as Kool-Aide)
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 cup boiling water
Combine the JELL-O, soft drink mix, sugar, and boiling water. Stir until the powders are dissolved. Add enough cold water to make 2 quarts. Pour into several 3 ounce paper drinking cups. Add craft sticks to each. Freeze until hardened.