Homemade popsicles are a summer must have. I remember when my mom used popsicle moulds to make popsicles for us when we were kids. They were delicious, but I also remember how frustrating it was when the popsicle wouldn’t come out from the mould, or when the stick would pull out and the popsicle would be stuck inside. If you were lucky to get a popsicle, they used to drip all over the place and be a big sticky mess. With this in mind, I resisted making my own popsicles for my kids . . . until this week.
Determined to try to give my boys a delicious summer essential, I searched for popsicle moulds from Amazon.ca and within two days they arrived at my door. Only I didn’t order the typical popsicle trays with the sticks. Instead, I found these colourful silicone cone-shaped moulds that literally changed the shape of popsicles in my house. Pour whatever popsicle recipe into the mould, tuck them into the freezer, and when they are ready, you can eat them just like freezies. There was no drippy mess and their hands didn’t even get cold when they ate the entire batch. Here are a couple of effortless “recipes” I tried yesterday:
- I poured my leftover decaf iced coffee into the moulds and froze. Voila! Delicious coffee popsicles! Next time I’ll try whirling the coffee in the blender with some yoghurt for a thicker, creamier coffee popsicle.
- Next, I tried an adult-only popsicle for myself: I poured Skinny Girl Margarita Mix into one mould. It was amazing, too, but make sure you hide this one from anyone under 19!
- I mixed fresh raspberries in the blender with some vanilla, yoghurt and milk and poured that into the moulds. My kids loved it so much they had one as part of their breakfast. They also declared me to be the best mommy in the world.
If you don’t have moulds or time to experiment with popsicles, we’ve discovered some other favourites. President’s Choice Blue Menu makes a variety of Greek yoghurt smoothie popsicles. We have loved every flavour, but the honey and caramel are our hands-down favourites. With 100 calories each and 1 billion probiotic live active cultures, you can’t go wrong with this sweet treat. I also recently discovered a brand of tea popsicles called Deebees Organics. We especially loved the strawberry and lemonade flavours. At only 35-40 calories each, tea-infused antioxidants, and the lowest sugar content on the market, Deebees are a win-win popsicle, too.
No matter how to do it, popsicles are definitely the taste of summer.