Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mom's homemade popsicles!

The weather's been steadily heating up in Hawaii as we slip into our hot & dry season. The only other season we have is slightly cooler & extremely rainy. I'm excited about the rainy season ending, & bought Booger a cheap-o inflatable pool at & a set of foam squirter wands slightly early. We spent yesterday lounging on the deck & in the extremely tiny pool, managing to nearly empty it through splashing & squirt warring.

Most of my summers growing up in Florida were spent in much the same way; I have so many fond memories of how awesome a tiny kiddie pool can be when you've got a bunch of friends, its keeping you cool in the boiling heat, & school is far over the horizon of summer. The only thing better at cooling us down in the 100+ degree heat were delicious popsicles. No self-respecting mom would be caught by a pack of sugar-hungry kids without popsicles! While kids all loved store-bought pops, most moms handed out homemade because they were much cheaper when you're feeding a dozen kids.

No kid would ever turn down a popsicle when they can feel their brain frying between their ears, but there was a definite ranking system among us. The best tier of moms were held in reverence, & were a huge factor in who's yard was cool, & could make up for a mediocre slip 'n slide or slight lack of shade. The best moms used BIG pop molds, offered seconds, & offered the yummy flavors (strawberry, cherry, watermelon). Moms that would get your place snubbed, & even earn you ridicule, had tiny, baby-sized molds, made pops out of crummy pure Koolaid in flavors like orange or even grape (blech!), or GASP - didn't even make pops!

Now that I'm a mom, I have an awesome excuse to make pops, & I've done a little research into how to make them absolutely delectable! I'm going to share four yummy recipes with you - no plain old juice crap here!

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First, we need a mold for our pops. You can find them at many super-markets, big chain stores, & fancy ones online. Plastic is fine, silicone is easier to remove, & metal ones exist as well. You can also go the MacGyver route, & use ice cube trays, empty yogurt/pudding containers, or just regular old glasses. Use plastic picnic utensils, chopsticks or straws for handles.

All these recipes yield around 4 2.5 oz popsicles.

Drip-less Popsicles
Jell-o keeps these popsicles mess-free!

1/2 package sugar free fruit-flavored Jell-o
1/2 package unsweeted Kool-aid
1/4 cup hot water
2/3 cup cold water
3 tsbp sugar
Mix together Jell-o, Kool-aid, sugar & hot water until its all dissolved. Add cold water. Pour into your molds & freeze.

Yogurt Popsicles
Healthy, substitute any fruit in to taste.

1/2 cup fat free vanilla yogurt (an individual serving cup)
1/2 a sliced banana
1/2 cup strawberry juice (or apple)
1/2 tsp vanilla (skip unless you want more vanilla flavoring)
Blend together well. Pour & freeze.

Rocky Road Popsicles
A neat substitute for ice cream!

1/2 package of fat free chocolate pudding
1/2 cup mini-marshmallows
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Make pudding according to package. Add marshmallows & peanuts, mix well & pour into molds.

Margarita Popsicles
These are not for kiddies, just moms & their friends! (Found here)

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons tequila
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Mariner)
  • Kosher salt, for garnish
  • Combine sugar, lime juice, water, lemon juice and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool transfer to a blender with tequila, orange liqueur, and lime wedge and process until smooth. Pour into molds & freeze. When you remove them from the molds, sprinkle salt over popsicle.
Hope you guys enjoy these!


  1. weather is quite hot around here too, i'll make some for me and me nephew !! ^^

  2. Damn, with the humidity today I could sure go for a popsicle. I laughed at the MacGyver comment too. I've tried to make homemade popsicles before, but they came out horrible. I think I'll come back to this and try and make some of those Jell-o pops when I have the time.

  3. Mmmmmm thanks for these, the Margarita ones sound lovely!

  4. I remember making these with my mother as a kid. Good times.

  5. I remember that when I was a kid too, only mom didnt make them, she had me make them :P Your recipes sound good, esp the rocky road. Ill have to try that out. Its cool that the jello ones wont drip all over the place. Its getting cold where I am right now, but Ill soon be dealing with a morbid 112 degree California summer again, when I travel back.

  6. Nostalagia! I'm so gonna buy some of these

  7. Sounds delicious My girlfriend and I will have to try some of those ^_^

  8. My sister and I would make homemade popsicles when we were kids. Oh how time flies.

  9. haha we have those things too at home!

  10. homemade popsicles are the best

  11. I love me some homemade popsicles

  12. This margerita ice is a sweet way to get drunk.
    From all recipes this is the one I am tending most to try.

  13. Everything that is made by Mum is clearly the best. You can't compare the things Mums make to the cheap things of the store.

  14. Sounds really delicious, i will try!!

  15. Thats perfect with summer so close.

  16. This will be pretty handy next year when our Summer returns.

  17. Margarita time :)
    And the jello-pops are a fantastic idea :)

  18. Hah! I wish My mother did such thing! I have seen the homemade ones, but not as quality as the one you showed.