Making homemade popsicles is a fun activity to do in the summer. It’s easy enough that the youngest kids can help, and even adults will appreciate the benefits of homemade pops. You can make them any flavor you want, and since you’re choosing the ingredients, you know exactly what goes in them. Experiment with different flavors of juices, fruits and yogurts to mix in. For a fun backyard barbecue dessert, make several different kinds of popsicles in a variety of flavors for guests to choose from.
What you’ll need:
- 5 (5 oz.) paper cups or store-bought popsicle molds
- 5 Wooden craft sticks
- 2 cups any flavor NESTLÉ® JUICY JUICE® 100% All Natural Juice
- ½ cup frozen or fresh fruit
- Pour juice into paper cups or molds and divide the fruit among the cups. If you’re using a mold with a narrow opening like a silicone push pop, you can use a funnel to pour the liquid inside and dice the fruit into smaller chunks.
- If using paper cups, cover the top with foil and insert a craft stick through the center of each foil lid. The foil will keep the stick in place during freezing. Store-bought molds often have a lid or caps to go over the popsicles that will accomplish the same thing.
- Freeze for 3 hours or until firm. If you’re using push-pop molds, you’re ready to squeeze and enjoy! For other types of molds and the paper cup method, run the sides under warm water to loosen them. Then remove the popsicles using the wooden sticks and enjoy!
Tips for Success:
- Remember not to overfill your molds as liquid expands in when it freezes. Make sure you leave enough room that it won’t expand over the top!
- Remove popsicles from their molds within a day or two so they don’t discolor or change texture.
- You can store extra pops that have been removed from their molds in containers or resealable plastic bags in the freezer for 3 to 4 weeks.
Now that you have the basics down, try any of these fun variations: