How To Make Your Own Popsicles
It’s barely the end of July and you’re already broke from doling out money for popsicles from the Ice Cream Man. And what are your kids really eating everday? A rocket-shaped block of frozen water, sugar, coloring and a few drops of artificial flavoring. You can make a much healthier snack for your kids for pennies on the dollar if you make your own popsicles.
Ingredients For Making Your Own Popsicles
Most moms already ingredients on hand to make at least a few basic popsicles. That bottle of apple or grape juice is a great place to start. Frozen Juice Concentrates work well, too. Throw in a few grapes or the last slice of watermelon to add to the fun. Do your kids like Cream-sicles? Use any yogurt as a base and combine it with some fruit in your blender. Pour into molds and freeze. Presto! Cheap, healthy popsicles!
How To Make Popsicles From Bottled Fruit Juice
Fruit juices, by themselves, make excellent, cheap popsicles, but tend to be a little too watery and might not freeze well. Pour your favorite fruit juice into a sauce pan and simmer for a little while to reduce it by about half. This will get rid of some of the water and make the juice thicker, closer to a syrup consistency. Stir in 1 tablespoon of corn syrup to help stabilize it. Then just pour into molds and freeze.
How To Make Popsicles From Frozen Juice Concentrate
Using frozen juice concentrates as the base for your popsicles is a great money saver. You can get really good deals on these at the grocery store. Even easier to use than bottled fruit juice, just mix according to the package directions but use only half the water. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of corn syrup to help stabilize it, then pour into molds and freeze.
How To Make Lemonade Popsicles
What is more refreshing than lemonade on a hot, summer day? Lemonade Popsicles! Heat 1 Cup of water and to 1 cup of sugar until the sugar dissolves. Stir in 1 tablespoon of corn syrup, simmer for a couple of minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool. Stir in 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (2-4 lemons), pour into molds and freeze for about 4 hours. Recipe can be multiplied for more popsicles.
Creamy Strawberry Popsicles
With just a few ingredients, you can have a tasty Strawberry Creamsicle! These pops are also a great healthy snack for yourself or the kids. Combine ” Cup Strawberries, ” Cup Vanilla Yogurt, 1 Cup Orange Juice and ” Tablespoon of sugar in your blender until smooth. Then just pour into molds and freeze for approximately 4 hours. Voila! Strawberry Creamsicles!
Fruit Cocktail Pops
Kids love fruit and you love to have them eat it. So, why not mix it up in a popsicle? Mash one banana and one 10 ounce package of frozen, sliced strawberries with juice with a fork. Stir in one 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple with syrup and Cup milk. Got a few extra maraschino cherries lying around? Toss those in too! Pour into ice pop molds and freeze.
Kid Faves – Apples and Grape Juice!
Every mom has applesauce and grape juice in the house. Mix them together for a super, frosty treat! Combine one cup of frozen grape juice concentrate with 3 cups of applesauce. Pour the mixture into molds and freeze. Note: different types of applesauce freeze differently. You may have to simmer the applesauce for a few minutes to reduce some of the liquid out of it.