Homemade Popsicles

Posted in Food, Homemaking, Parenting

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 witIMG_6472h 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.  IMG_6424O 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.

Strawberry Banana

  • 4 cups strawberries
  • 1-2 ripe bananas
  • dash of honey or coconut sugar depending on the sweetness of the berries
  • splash of lemon juice

Watermelon Strawberry

  • one small ripe watermelon (remove black seeds)
  • 2 cups of strawberries
  • splash of lemon juice

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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!

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June 8, 2016
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  • Reply Marissa

    How fun! This reminds me of my childhood. I want to make these again now. 😉

    June 8, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply Jennifer

      It is definitely a throwback for me as well!

      June 30, 2016 at 4:49 am
  • Reply Shannon

    Yumm!! I love your Popsicle “rules” and wholeheartedly agree!!

    June 8, 2016 at 4:28 pm
    • Reply Jennifer

      Haha! They are so messy…but so good. Gotta eat them outside!

      June 30, 2016 at 4:49 am
  • Reply Mélina

    Oooh I do that every time but never thought of actually doing it with my own juice. This summer is gonna be filled with mango popsicles!

    June 9, 2016 at 12:01 am
    • Reply Jennifer

      Mango popsicles sound delicious! Will have to add that to my list of flavor to make.

      June 9, 2016 at 12:03 am
  • Reply Susannah

    Awww… That popsicle mold is adorable! I need to get one!

    June 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm
    • Reply Jennifer

      It’s the perfect size for kids and really easy to use. My toddler usually only eats half in one day and then we save it for the next day.

      June 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Erin

    This is great! And I agree that hearing the ice cream truck coming as a child was like waking up on Christmas morning to presents under the tree. I can so relate to that memory. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    June 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply Jennifer

      Childhood memories are the best! I love thinking my son will remember that kind of stuff when he grows up!

      June 30, 2016 at 4:48 am
  • Reply KittysLifestyle

    Just love the idea.. I am gonna try this out for sure :D… Must say it’s a healthy treat for kids 🙂

    June 13, 2016 at 5:21 pm
    • Reply Jennifer

      Healthy and delicious!!

      June 14, 2016 at 4:00 am
  • Reply Amber-Lee

    Oooo need to try this recipe! I am thinking I will do a big-girl version and make them ice cubes to put in white wine or cocktails 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!!! xo

    June 14, 2016 at 3:02 pm
    • Reply Jennifer

      That is a genius idea!!

      June 30, 2016 at 4:47 am

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