Time To Make The Popsicles

May 6, 2013   13 Comments

Is anyone else craving something cold? It is starting to heat up and I love cooling down with a popsicle.

Grape popsicles

Popsicles are SO easy to make. All you have to do is mix some 100% fruit juice with some fruit and put it in a popsicle mold or a cup. You don't need fancy equipment and popsicle sticks can be found at your supermarket or crafts store.

You are using the natural sugar found in the fruit juice to sweeten these popsicles and they turn out plenty sweet. These are especially sweet since I used grape juice, which is very high in natural sugar.

When I was a kid, we made popsicles with KoolAid and about 10 cups of sugar. I LOVED those :)

Below I have featured a book called "Pops" which is an amazing collection of ideas for making popsicles. Truly, you will be disturbed by the detail and beauty of these recipes and photos.

Since, I am lazy, I like to keep it simple. Some easy ideas for popsicles:

  • pureed watermelon
  • vanilla almond milk for a non-dairy popsicle
  • apple juice and crushed strawberries
  • flavored yogurt (just put in the stick and freeze)

I made these "Grape Pops" (above) with popsicles sticks that I bought from a craft store (I also saw popsicle sticks at a Dollar Store) and Dixie Cups. Place plastic wrap or foil over the cup before you put the stick in so it stays up.

You will save money if you make your own popsicles versus the packaged ones and yours will have real fruit and less sugar. (I'm not talking about those colored sugar water pops - but the ones with real fruit.)

If you want to get fancy you can buy popsicle molds. I have included a link to the most popular popsicle molds on Amazon. I bought some EL-Cheapo ones ($4) at the grocery store and couldn't get the popsicles out of the molds, argh. If you think you are going to make a lot of popsicles, I say go with the top.

Ever attempted to make your own popsicles? Please share!


Grape Pops Recipe

1.6 from 24 reviews

(from Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone by Krystina Castella (Quirk Books, 2008))

(makes eight 6-ounce pops)

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1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes, cut in half
4 1/2 cups white grape juice

1. Divide the grape halves among the pop molds. Pour in the grape juice and insert the sticks. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
2. Remover from the freezer; let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before removing the pops from the molds. Enjoy these pops as you would a fine wine.


77 calories, 0.1 g fat, 18.0 g carbohydrates, 1.1 g protein, 0.5 g fiber, 1 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Great recipe and book suggestion. Popsicles are so easy to make, its a shame to spend money on the less -healthy processed versions

I made popcicles by putting frozen pineapple chunks and coconut water in the blender then in popcicles molds. They aren't very sweet so some people may need to add some sweetener. I might try adding a little raw honey to the blender next time. I'm excited to try making lots of different kinds of popcicles.

I love making smoothie pops for the kids. I just make extra smoothie pour it into molds and they love it. This weekend I went to the store to grab a box of pop cycle because I was feeling impatient. I had an unbelievably hard time finding some without high fructose corn syrup! I was appalled what's so hard about frozen fruit juice!

Mmmm.... these grape pops look really good. I'm gonna have to try them. They would be healthier than ice cream cones in the summer weather.

We also love love popsicles. I have a ZOKU popsicle maker that freezes them in under 10min, for those impatient ones :-)

You can get it from Amazon.

Strawberry basil popsicles from the Zoku cookbook are amazing.

Yes! Love making my own during the summer or when the kids get sick and need to be hydrated. I have pureed cantaloupe melon.

Since I don't have popsicle molds (or small children) I just use the small re-usable plastic containers for individual portions. The grown-ups love them too!

Snack Girl, I like you bought the cheap ones, and could not get them out unless I ran under hot water. That reminds me, they are still in the freeze from last summer.....

Blend 1 pkg frozen strawberries, 1/2 - 1 box sf strawberry jello, and 1/2 - 1 can sf citrus-favored pop. Put berries and jello in blender. Add enough pop to make a slushy mix. Eat immediately or freeze in Popsicle mold.

Wow, great minds think alike - I just ordered that Tovolo popsicle mold set yesterday!! Thanks for giving me a recipe to try!

Homemade popsicles are always so much better than store bought. Those grape-pops look delicious! When my kids were little, I used lo-fat chocolate milk and we all loved them!

To add another idea, the other day I gave in to temptation and bought a bottle of A&W Cream Soda at the convenience store. 260 calories, eek! But then before drinking it anyway, I remembered: I had those popsicle makers! So I drank just enough to whet my whistle, then distributed the rest of the bottle into the 6 popsicle molds. Voila! They froze beautifully, and I have only eaten two so far. So if you have to give in to the sugary drinks, at least you can make them last a lot longer this way!

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