Not-Your-Ordinary Popsicle Recipes – Tasty, Imaginative Treats

So it used to be cupcakes. Now it seems the trendiest treat is the Popsicle.

And that’s wonderful because making these ice pop treats can be as simple as pouring some orange juice into a Dixie cup, adding a craft stick and popping into the freezer. It can also be as complicated as simmering a concoction on the stove and pouring it into your Zoku machine (What in the world is a Zoku machine? See below.)

You can get pretty imaginative with your ice pop pour-ins. Just about any smoothie recipe, for example, can be frozen into popsicles.

In addition, we love these 7 Fresh Fruit Ice Recipes from and this just-for-adults recipe for Bellini  Ice Pops on (These tempt your palate with peaches and Prosecco, an Italian white wine)

A variety of kid-friendly popsicle recipes and ideas follow, as well as recommendations for even more:

Pureed Fruit Pops (3 recipe variations)

1. In a blender, combine 2 cups of strawberries and just enough fruit juice (such as cranberry or apple) to make the mixture liquefy. Pour into molds and freeze.

2. Combine 1 cup each of sliced, peeled peaches and nectarines with 1/4 cup orange juice and blend until pureed, adding orange juice as needed.

3. Combine 1/2 cup each of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries with about 1/4 cup of water.

Dessert-like ice pops (3 recipe variations)

1. In a blender, combine 2 ripe bananas, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1 cup of sweetened, vanilla almond milk. Liquefy, then pour into molds and freeze.

2. In a bowl or jar, combine 1 cup orange juice, 1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt, and sugar or honey to taste. Whisk everything together and freeze in molds.

3. Chocolate and strawberries or raspberries are a classic combination. In a double boiler, melt 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. While the chips melt, blend 2 cups of strawberries or raspberries in the blender until liquid. Slowly pour the melted chocolate into the puree while the blender is running. Freeze in molds.

Frozen Mango Popsicles
Makes 8

You’ll need:
2 cups low fat mango yogurt
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp light corn syrup
2 tbsp sugar
2 cups fresh mango, cut into small chunks
8 Popsicle molds

Combine the mango yogurt, lemon juice, corn syrup, sugar and 1 cup of mango chunks in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the remaining one cup of mango and pulse until the yogurt mixture is smooth, but still has some small mango chunks left.

Pour the mixture into the Popsicle molds, cover with the tops and plastic or wooden Popsicle sticks. Place into the freezer until thoroughly frozen.

Low-Fat Blueberry Popsicles
Makes 8

You’ll need:
4 cups fresh blueberries (or other berries)
1/3 cup fine sugar
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt (can be substituted with low-fat buttermilk)

Place blueberries in a bowl and crush with a potato masher. Add the sugar and combine well. Stir in the yogurt and mix until well combined. Pour mixture into 8 Popsicle molds and put into the freezer.

Things to Try:

Here’s a fun gadget that will have these icy treats ready before you can say “popsicle.”

Zoku 8.25x4.5x4.25-in. Quick Pop Maker
Zoku Quick Pop Maker
Price: $49.95
The Zoku Quick Pop Maker freezes ice pops in as little as seven minutes right on your countertop without electricity. Quickly make striped pops, yogurt pops or (for the first time ever at home) flavored core pops. To enjoy Quick Pops at a moments notice, simply store the compact base in your freezer. The kit includes six durable, reusable plastic pop sticks that have unique ridged designs that allow pops to adhere securely, with special drip guards for tidy eating. A specially designed Super Tool helps to quickly release the frozen treats from their molds. The unit can make up to 9 pops before refreezing the unit again. Includes 1 Quick Pop Maker, 6 sticks, 6 drip guards, and 1 Super Tool.
BPA and phthalate free.
From – a fabulous site, which offers frequent coupon codes and special offers, which we collect and publish here: coupon codes

Quality Popsicle Molds:

Tovolo Popsicle Molds (set of 6) - Star
Tovolo Popsicle Molds (set of 6) – Star
Price: $19.00
Enjoy some icy treats using these Tovolo Popsicle Molds (set of 6). These popsicle molds are larger than most so there”s more popsicle to enjoy! The base is designed so that you can easily remove popsicles individually and it also keeps popsicles from tipping and spilling in your freezer. The mold handles are designed to catch drips as you eat so juices don”t run down your arm. The plastic sleeves of each mold are insulated so you can set them out on your table and enjoy them at the end of the meal without worrying about melting! Sold as a set of 6. Instructions included.

And More Recipes:

Ice Pops: Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Frozen Treats
Ice Pops: Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Frozen Treats
Price: $10.21
In these pages, you’ll find over 40 recipes for frozen delights with tantalizing flavors- summer peach, bright watermelon and lime, rich chocolate swirled with vanilla or layered with raspberries, custard-based cheesecake and caramel, or green tea with pomegranate. Chapters include: fruit pops; chocolate pops; dairy-based pops; and pops with daring, modern flavors. Packed with full-color photographs and endless inspiration, this book shows how satisfying it is to make ice pops at home. No machine needed.
From Barnes&Noble

Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice & Aguas Fr
Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops
Price: $10.64
From Barnes&Noble

Healthy Treats – Stay Cool with These Healthy Summer Treats Recipes

When you want a cool, tasty treat on a sizzling summer day, you may be tempted to reach for the ice cream.

And sometimes you should.

But for those other times, here are some healthy summer treat recipes and ideas that you and your kids will love.

Freeze some fruit
* Grapes, blueberries and strawberries make fantastic snacks fresh from the freezer. This is a trick that many dieters say helps to curb their cravings. It’s also nice to have a stash of frozen fruits because, when you make smoothies from frozen fruit, you get a super frosty treat.
* Chunked up watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and pineapple are also very good frozen. And also good in smoothies.
* Sliced peaches, nectarines, and kiwis can be frozen on wax paper-covered trays. Once they are frozen, pull the slices off the trays and pop them in Ziploc bags.

Puree some Fruit
* Freeze fruit puree or straight-up fruit juice into ice cube trays. When you’re ready for a fizzy drink, place several fruit cubes in a glass and add plain soda water.

Make Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches
Frozen yogurt is lower in fat than ice cream.  Soften some of your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt, then dollop some between two whole-grain graham crackers. Freeze for a few hours or overnight and enjoy. (The longer they’re frozen, the softer the crackers will get.)

Make an Icy Granite
Mix together 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup evaporated cane juice for 5 minutes. While it’s cooling, puree 2 cups of frozen strawberries. When the syrup is cool, add the pureed berries. Stir and pour into a metal cake pan. Freeze. Scrape or “fluff” the granite every so often with a fork as it freezes. These Icy Granites are good in a variety of flavors – from lemon to coffee to chocolate.

Make Popsicles

Get some good Popsicle molds and make some healthy Popsicles. ( has some nice Popsicle molds, and they always have good coupon codes, so check for coupons here before you purchase.) Homemade popsicles can be as simple as frozen juice or frozen fruit purees. If you love creamsicles, try pureeing fruit, yogurt, vanilla, and honey and spoon the mixture into your popsicle molds.

Here are few more recipes for healthy summer treats:

Low-Fat Blueberry Popsicles

4 cups fresh blueberries (or other berries)
1/3 cup fine sugar
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
Place blueberries in a bowl and crush with a potato masher. Add the sugar and combine well. Stir in the yogurt and mix until well combined. Pour mixture into 8 Popsicle molds and put into the freezer.

Yogurt Popsicle Treat
2 ½ cups plain low-fat yogurt
2 small bananas
2/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate (undiluted)
Combine yogurt, bananas and orange juice in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into Popsicle containers and put in freezer.

Mango and Raspberry Frozen Smoothie
½ cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
½ cup fresh mango, cut into cubes
½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
Mint leaves
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with mint leaves.

And to top it all off, here’s one recipe that is not at all healthy!

Cherry Pineapple Frozen Treats

1 – 21 ounce can cherry pie filling
1 – 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 – 8 ounce whipped topping, thawed

Combine all ingredients and pour into a 9 X 13″ pan. Cover and freeze. When you’re ready to serve, combine into one large bowl or cut into squares and serve. Keep cool by refrigerating. Serves 12.

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