Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Popsicles!

As promised, today I am showing y'all some cool summer treats. Since it was 110 degrees yesterday in Dallas, I know I could sure use something to help me cool off!






I am sharing two different recipes for popsicles and they are both really just a template for any popsicles you want to make!


To start off, figure out what you will be putting your popsicle in. I decided I want to make popsicles and figured I would just run out and grab some popsicle molds, but I couldn't find them anywhere! I finally found some hidden at Wal-Mart but check your local grocery store, kitchen store or here are the ones the article recommended on Amazon or these look good too. Or you can make use of what you have at home but you will need wooden popsicle sticks from somewhere online or look in the craft section at Wal-Mart




First, we made Blueberry Pomegranate pops. You will need simple syrup for this popsicle. Simple syrup is often used for beverages but it is also a good base for popsicles. 


Combine 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium heat bringing just to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. This is basically heating sugar water until the sugar dissolves. 




Can you tell that the first sugar and water is cloudy and you can see the grains of sugar? And that after simmering it has become syrup and is clear on the right?


Now you just mix ingredients in a blender & freeze! I made these with my niece and nephew and they were a little too tart for them so they are more of a grown-up treat, but we had fun making them! I used cranberry pomegranate juice so that might have made them a little more tart as well. But you could switch these up with cran apple juice and raspberries or whatever other combination you could think of!


Niece Addyson, Nephew Lawson & hubby Jason. Lawson missed the photo memo.
The finished Pomegranate Blueberry popsicle!

When I was shopping I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find popsicle molds so I started brainstorming what I could use in place of a traditional mold. 


I made one batch of these in a muffin tin with popsicle sticks and a piece of paper and they turned out just fine!




Fill your muffin tins with your popsicle puree and then poke holes in your piece of paper for your popsicle sticks. You can't guarantee that your stick will stay in the middle but it still works! 


Here are the muffin tin popsicles at the end, they look a little different but still taste great! So that is a budget friendly option if  you don't want to buy popsicle molds!




Ok the next one is even easier and I would call it more of a "pudding pop" than a traditional popsicle. 


Make chocolate pudding, add crushed oreos and freeze! If you make it to freezing before eating all that delicious pudding mix...my niece and I definitely liked that batter after a day at the pool! 




These reminded me of when I used to make mud pies so for fun with my niece & nephew I added some gummy worms to the muffin pan popsicles. These are fun for kids!



Add worms for kids! 

Other flavor combinations for popsicles: mango yogurt, pina colada etc. Just pick some of your  favorite flavors and experiment! This is a fun summer activity with kids either way! 

Pomegranate Blueberry Pops
Adapted from Family Circle Magazine 

2 1/4 cups cranberry-pomegranate or blueberry pomegranate juice blend
1 cup fresh or frozen [and thawed] blueberries
1/4 cup quick sugar syrup 

Puree ingredients in blender until blueberries are chopped. Pour into mold, place sticks and freeze for 2-3 hours or until frozen solid. To remove popsicles run warm water over molds until loosened. 

Makes 10 medium pops. 

Quick Sugar Syrup 
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Combine sugar and water in saucepan over medium heat. Heat just until a simmer. Cook additional 2 minutes until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. 

Oreo Pudding Pops
adapted from Family Circle Magazine
2 1/4 cups cold milk
1 box [3.9 oz] instant chocolate pudding
1 cup Oreo cookies, crushed 


Whisk milk and pudding together. Fold in cookie chunks. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze 2-3 hours or until frozen. 


Makes 10 medium pops. 


To store pops remove from molds and place in freezer bag. 


1 comment:

  1. Haha, how funny. I have those same popsicle molds from walmart. And i also found them hidden, and they only had the one set. Sounds like a similar experience for you.

    I LOVE pudding pops. I made some with banana cream pudding and a little cool whip mixed in, with fruit chunks. Delicious.

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