By Ann Martin
After a bike ride on a hot summer day, or after playing with the kids at the park during a July afternoon, everyone just wants cool off. A delicious way to do that is by enjoying and slurping on a homemade popsicle. Not only can you involve the whole family while making them, but everyone can enjoy the popsicles together after a hot day in the sun. Here are some easy and delicious ways to create your own refreshing homemade popsicles.
When most people think of popsicles, high amounts of sugar come to mind. This does not always have to be the case. You can easily make sugar-free and healthy popsicles for the entire family to enjoy.
Many companies are now starting to make smaller cups of yogurt. If you make a slit on top of the container, insert a spoon and then freeze. After a few hours, the frozen yogurt popsicles should be ready. Take them out of the freezer and allow them to sit out for a few minutes so that you can pull the popsicle out more easily. You could even make your own mini-yogurt popsicles, by filling an ice cube tray with yogurt, cover with saran wrap and insert a toothpick into each section. Freeze for a few hours and a delicious treat will be ready to eat!
The produce aisle is overflowing with watermelons right now, so why not turn them into a yummy popsicle? Simply puree some cubed seedless watermelon in a blender, pour into paper cups, insert popsicle sticks and freeze. Again, in a few hours these refreshing watermelon popsicles will be ready to be enjoyed!
You can use whatever juices you have on hand for this idea. From orange juice to pineapple juice, simply insert the juices into a plastic popsicle mold and freeze. Enjoy in a few hours. Try thinking outside the box, mango, grape, or pomegranate juices would be refreshing alternatives to experiment with as well.
Even though fruit punches and lemonades aren’t considered juices, they make for delicious summer popsicles. Purchase these beverages that come in a sugar-free form. Make the beverages according the direction and the pour into plastic popsicle molds.
Creamy Dessert Popsicles
For a dessert popsicle, mix some vanilla ice cream in with some juice, like orange juice. Stir till well mixed, then insert the mixture in a plastic popsicle mold. Freeze for a few hours and you’ll have a creamy and delicious homemade popsicle treat!
Ann Martin is a writer for Dinnerware Center, which carries an assortment of dinnerware and tableware sets, such as the Noritake and the Oneida Flatware. Ann is a writer for other home and travel websites. When Ann is not writing, she enjoys spending her time reading and cooking.
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