Popsicle love all started in 1905 when an 11-year-old named Frank Epperson left a cup filled with powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick outside in freezing temperatures. Thanks, Frank. The world is now happily obsessed. Here are 17 Popsicle recipes you just have to try this summer.
If you don’t have molds, disposable paper cups (and even used K-Cups!) work, too.
1. Whole Fruit Popsicles
These Popsicles are a great way to get kids to eat fruit — and, there’s no extra sugar added. Puree the following separately: kiwi, strawberry, mango, blueberry, watermelon, and pineapple. Freeze after each fruit batch for about 45 minutes. This might take some time, but it’s worth it.
2. Cookies and Coconut Cream Popsicles
This recipe calls for coconut milk, vanilla, and crushed Oreo cookies. Make this treat special by placing one whole Oreo in the mold and anchoring it with a Popsicle stick.
3. Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles
Just in time for strawberry season! In addition to strawberries, you’ll also need cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar, milk, and graham crackers. We guarantee this tasty treat will be a crowd-pleaser.
4. Creamy Chocolate and Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Popsicles
Alls you need is Greek yogurt, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. First, microwave the chocolate and peanut butter chips separately, then mix yogurt with each one. Get the full recipe here.
5. Lava Flow Popsicles
Contrary to how difficult this recipe looks (and sounds), it’s really quite easy. Blend a batch of pineapple, mangos, and coconut milk; and then blend a batch of strawberries, orange juice, and honey. Alternate scoops of each batch into molds and freeze until they’re completely solid.
6. Gummi Bear Popsicles
Add gummi bears to a Popsicle mold, and top off with lemonade or coconut water. Let it set in freezer for one hour. These Popsicles are so ridiculously easy to make, and the kids will love them.
7. 2 Ingredient Fudge Pops
Hazelnut spread like Nutella, or any chocolate nut spread—even peanut butter—will work for this recipe. Mix in chocolate almond milk for a creamy summer delight.
8. Lemonade Popsicles
This healthy and refreshing recipe only requires water, honey and fresh lemon juice. Give it a twist by adding in some fresh herbs like peeled ginger, basil, rosemary, or lavender.
9. Cake Batter Popsicles
These Popsicles are made by mixing together vanilla ice cream, yellow cake mix, vanilla extract, and milk. Add sprinkles later. Freeze for four hours or overnight for six Popsicles.
10. Blueberry Lemon Popsicles
Combine blueberries, honey, and lemon to create this purple sensation. This recipe yields eight Popsicles.
11. Grape-Lemonade Ghost Ice Pops
Mix grape juice, lemon juice, and sugar together. Then, take half a raisin and press it hard against a honeydew melon ball. Repeat this with another melon ball, and wedge them into the mold with raisins facing out. Fill the mold with juice, and freeze for three hours or up to one week. This spooky recipe will have the kids shivering.
12. Watermelon Tequila Pops
For adults only, this recipe is a blend of fruit, syrup, and alcohol. Pulse together watermelon, agave, and lime juice in a blender. Add tequila, Grand Marnier, and lime zest. Place in an ice pop bag and freeze for six hours.
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13. Nutella Cool Whip Popsicles
Simply combine milk and cool whip in a mixer, then add Nutella. Whisk until smooth, then pour into molds. Get the full recipe here.
14. Yogurt Parfait Popsicles
These yogurt parfait Popsicles are healthy and easy to make. Layer Popsicle molds with vanilla greek yogurt, your fruits of choice, and top off with granola and a drizzle of honey. Freeze overnight so they’re ready in the morning. Finally, Popsicles for breakfast!
15. Iced Coffee Popsicles
Get a good dose of caffeine with this easy recipe. Pour some cream into molds and freeze until it’s very solid. Next, make coffee as you usually do and pour into the mold, leaving room for expansion. Freeze for up to 45 minutes, add sticks, then freeze overnight.
16. Avocado Coconut Popsicles
Combine avocados, coconut milk, and sugar in a blender until smooth. Add coconut flakes and mix to incorporate. Pour into the Popsicle mold and freeze. It’s that easy, and these Popsicles are like eating a smoothie on a stick.
17. Cherry Coke Popsicles
This recipe is for the cola addicts out there. Cut up maraschino cherries and place in molds, then fill 1/3 of the mold with cherry juice. Freeze, then top with cola before freezing again.