4/23/15

Homemade Popsicle Heaven How-To #Homemade #DIY

Last summer, when my toddler, then two, started wanting to take popsicles down two at a time, I quickly realized I needed to take control of the situation.  Within three days of his new obsession, his poop was green and the sugar overload from the store bought popsicles were making him a crazy person.

Hello, RED FLAG!

After reading the ingredients and finding there was NOTHING healthy in the cheap-o popsicles, I went to the store to find "healthy" popsicles.

It turns out, they don't exist.

Every single popsicle had at least one or two fillers/preservatives that I had no interest pumping into my kid. 

Knowing that cutting out popsicles was going to be impossible, I turned to the Internet and Googled, "Homemade Popsicles." I was blown away by how many recipes for healthy homemade popsicles were available. From two ingredient popsicles, to boozy "pop-tails", to chocolate covered goodness.

It took less than five minutes to realize, not only was I going to start making my own popsicles, I was going to enjoy doing it!


For those of you just entering into the world of homemade popsicles, do I have good news for you, most all of the best kid-friendly popsicles are made with ingredients you already have in your kitchen! If you have yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit and juice you have AWESOME popsicles waiting to be made.

Probably one of my favorite things about making my own popsicles is being able to use the fruit that is about to go "bad" and needs to be used. In the past, I would throw it in the yard for the animals. Now, I throw it in the blender with juice or yogurt! 

NEVER throw away another banana or berry again!

Of course, to make your own popsicles, you need molds. Which, I think is 95% of the battle, because once you have the molds, you will become a popsicle champion! So where to get them?

ANYWHERE.

Your local grocery, drugstore, kid's store or boutique, and kitchen stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and William-Sonoma.  I got one of our molds on super clearance from Pottery Barn Kids.

They come in every shape and size too!



Pretty much, the next store you walk into, look for popsicle molds. And if you don't find them, opt for small Dixie cups and craft popsicle sticks. 


OK, now that we have all of the Why and the Where to buy covered, here's a little 'How-to' to motivate you: 



All you do is throw the ingredients into the blender, and blend until smooth. Then pour into popsicle molds and freeze.

Blend. Pour. Freeze. Eat.


No Blender? Mash and mix the crap out of what every your using. Pour mixture into molds, freeze and eat! It's REALLY that simple.

Tip: To make those fancy layers, pour one or two layers in at a time then freeze. Repeat.

VoilàYou're a popsicle pro.

My personal favorite go-to popsicle flavors, using ingredients (always) in my kitchen are:



  • Frozen tropical fruit and Kiefer strawberry yogurt (Packed with Probiotics!)-I ALWAYS have both, so it's my go-to
  • Strawberry and Cantaloupe- so easy and so good.
  • Orange juice and yogurt; Think Dreamsicle.  SO YUM!
  • Coconut cream or coconut water and mango is mind blowing good.
  • Peanut butter, bananas and yogurt-Ollie Fave
  • Sweet tea and peaches-My fave!
  • Speaking of tea- a boozy favorite is Long Island Ice Tea pop-tails
  • Bananas and Nutella-So wrong, it's so right 
  • Root Beer and low-fat vanilla ice cream--Root Beer Float goodness!
  • Snickers and ice-cream make an awesome summer backyard party dessert! (make heaps with Dixie cups)

To see step-by-step recipes for each of my favorites and recipes for quite a few more, including boozy Pop-tails; Check out my Homemade Popsicle Heaven Pinterest Board, Here!

What's your favorite homemade popsicle?


In addition to being the founder of First Time Mom and Dad, April is an award-winning published writer. Her work has been published in over ten countries and four languages. From books to newspapers, to print/online magazines and everything in between, you can find her work. For more on April, Visit AprilMcCormick.com

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