One of my favorite childhood memories is playing outside in the summer from sun up to sun down. We spent all day outside running around in the sun, making up imaginative games, and enjoying visits from the popsicle man! Whoever came up with the idea to drive a truck full of popsicles around playing music on loud speakers was a genius. We would come running out to the street with our allowance money and buy popsicles every time we heard that music play. Of course we ran out of allowance quite quickly and had to resort to other ways to indulge our need for cold deliciousness. My mom was a bit of a rockstar mama, raising me and my three siblings as a single mom, and she was also a genius when it came to sweet treats. Enter the homemade popsicle mold!
I was more than excited to open up a gift from my mom from my recent 34th birthday….my own homemade popsicle mold! Now it doesn’t have the awesome drinking straw feature (anyone else remember those?) that the molds of the 80s and 90s had, but nevertheless I was so excited to have my own set. O is also obsessed with them and we have to be careful that he can’t see inside the freezer unless we want to let him have one. We have learned our lessons with giving a toddler a popsicle…
Rule 1: Popsicles can only be eaten outside. Rule 2: Popsicles are eaten while wearing clothes that can get stained or no clothes at all! Luckily we have been enjoying some warm weather recently. Rule 3: Popsicles will get dropped and are easy to rinse off. God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt, right?
As a mama of a picky little eater, I sometimes worry that O isn’t eating enough fruits and vegetables. These popsicles are the perfect solution. Anything that can be pureed can be put into the molds. I am excited to experiment with adding yogurt to make creamy popsicles and possibly try a popsicle spin on green smoothies. More ideas to come, but until then check out two of our tried and true recipes below. Toddler tested and approved! And just so you know, making homemade popsicles is super easy. All you need is blender and some room in your freezer. Add the ingredients to the blender and pour into the molds. Freeze overnight and enjoy! You can get the same mold I have here Tovolo Purple Star Ice Pop Mold, though there are tons of great ones out there! *Just an FYI: this post contains an affiliate link.
- 4 cups strawberries
- 1-2 ripe bananas
- dash of honey or coconut sugar depending on the sweetness of the berries
- splash of lemon juice
- one small ripe watermelon (remove black seeds)
- 2 cups of strawberries
- splash of lemon juice
These recipes have been a huge hit. Can’t wait to get more creative with it though. Will update with some new recipes later on this summer. Love these photos! Especially the one where O is eating his popsicle wrong. Such a funny bunny! And he was literally crawling out of his car to get to the popsicle. This guys makes everyday experiences so fun!
We hope you enjoy the homemade popsicles as much as we have! Cheers!