Summer is here and it’s a great time to invite your children into the kitchen to mix up a batch of homemade popsicles. Your family can have a cool treat without worrying if it’s filled with mystery ingredients. From citrus and herbs to fruit and chocolate, the flavor combinations are endless. There’ll be no arguing because everyone can have their “favorites.” Plus, it’s an easy way for moms like me to get our little ones try new fruits. It’s okay if you don’t have fancy popsicle molds; I’ll tell you about three common household items that will work great for making these tasty snacks.
Save Money, Avoid the Waste: How to Make Popsicles at Home
I’m sure you all have more ideas, but I tested making popsicles in a plastic ice tray, silicone tray and paper cup. I know a lot of people like to use plastic wrap/cling wrap to keep their sticks in place. But I think aluminum foil is a better option as it can be reused and maybe even recycled (check with your service provider). If the foil is salvageable then I rinse and wad it up and use it to scrub pots and pans. Another great idea to reuse foil is tossing it in the dryer along with wet laundry to lessen static. We’ll explore this topic more another day; back to popsicle making.
Here’s how you can make one of my family’s favorite summer treats of Vegan Fudgesicles, made from frozen bananas, cocoa powder and vanilla.
- Blend together all of the ingredients. No measuring is necessary; add ingredients to suit your taste preferences.
- Choose whichever “molding” item you like and fill it about three-fourths of the way to the top.
- Cover snuggly with aluminum foil.
- Cut small slits into the foil and insert the sticks. Remember not to cut the slits too big to avoid having the popsicle sticks fall over and not freeze in place.
- Let the mixture freeze overnight or for at least 6 hours.
With a little twist, the ice tray was the easiest method for me. I removed the foil, and the sticks were frozen into place and clean-up was a breeze. The silicone mold was a tad bit more difficult, but a fork should work just fine to wedge them loose. Lastly, I turned the paper cup upside down and turned the stick and cup in opposite directions. You can rinse and save your cup to make more fudgesicles later on. I like all three of these “molds” because they are the perfect portion size for children (and parents) who are too busy enjoying Summer to sit still for very long. If you don’t have time to do these steps, you could just pour your fudgesicle mixture into a bowl and eat as ice cream. Yummy!
What are some other common household items you like to use to make popsicles at home? I’d love to hear from you.
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In fact, I’d even give a thumbs down overall to the “fancy molds”: my wife bought some to make popsicles for our grandson, and we literally can’t get them out… back to the ice cube trays we go!
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