DIY Popsicles

Summer is in full swing and as the temperatures climb, so do our cravings for a sweet and cooling treat. Home-made popsicles are a delicious and healthier option than most of the store bought varieties. It is also an easy and fun DIY to do with the kiddies. In the test kitchen, our professional taste-testers put five fruity popsicle recipes to the test.

The first was a frozen-yogurt treat. By blending together frozen strawberries, plain Greek yogurt, and honey to taste, we created a base for delicious and creamy popsicles. Not a honey fan? No problem! Substitute plain Greek yogurt with a vanilla flavored version for added sweetness.

The following three trial recipes were inspired by the rectangular frozen popsicles kids seem to go goo-goo over in the heat of summer months. For the first, we simply combined frozen strawberries and honey to taste (omitting the yogurt from the previous recipe). The second used the same idea but substituted fresh cut watermelon for the frozen strawberries. A third and final recipe used both watermelon and strawberry (plus an optional dash of lime juice)—Hawaiian punch, anyone?

If you’re short on time, nothing is simpler than store bought lemonade poured into one of the neat molds below. We used Simply Lemonade and were deliciously rewarded. When life gives you lemons, make popsicles!

As far as molds are concerned, ice trays or Dixie cups paired with popsicle sticks are more than efficient. However, upon finding these two fun molds online…who could say no? The first yields ring-pop-esque frozen treats that your tiny princesses can parade around the house. The second, Zipzicles, are featured in the picture above and they allow you to make your own freezy pops. They are reusable and their website even boasts a free recipe index full of both simple and sophisticated treats.

If you only have time to try one recipe, make it the berry yogurt version. Our taste-testers went wild for its great flavor. Don’t forget to capture your recreations and post them on Annapolis Nutrition on Facebook.

Frozen Berry Pops (adapted from “The Family Cooks” by Laurie David)

1 pound frozen strawberries

1/2 cup honey or maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

Combine the fruit, honey, and salt in a food processor or blender. Then add yogurt and blend until smooth. Put in popsicle molds and freeze.

 


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