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Make Your Own Popsicles


By Bridget Welch, LMT

Living in rural Gadsden County when my daughter was a pre-schooler, I never bought frozen treats from New Leaf Market for fear they might melt on the long commute home. Instead, I made home-made popsicles from organic freshly squeezed orange juice, knowing they’d be a tasty and healthy choice. No need to worry about food dyes, processed sugars, or other strange ingredients in the popsicles available at the nearest conventional grocery stores.

I used plastic popsicle molds with sticks that were handed down to me, but you can be creative and re-use small yogurt containers or ice cube trays, inserting your own sticks in the juice through plastic wrap or foil. There are many plastic molds available on-line, including BPA free molds. They usually include their own sticks, which is helpful. I personally like round popsicles because they seem easiest to remove from the molds, sometimes merely with a twist as you pull. It also helps to run warm water on the outside of the mold to loosen it.

You can freeze just about anything into popsicle molds, like fresh or bottled juices, smoothies, vegetable juices, flat root beer, or blended fruit and yogurt. StrongerTogether.coop has a great recipe for Berry Yogurt Ice Pops. Adults may also enjoy iced coffee pops!

You can also get very creative and add fruit slices or edible flowers to your molds. It takes a little more effort because you fill the molds partially, drop in your fruit pieces, freeze a while, pour in more juice, add more fruit bits, and so on. My friend’s daughter served us some delicious and very beautiful layered popsicles once, made with things like kiwi, strawberry, blueberry, juice, and coconut milk, all in one striped popsicle. They were really fun and very fancy!

Get creative. Mix flavors and textures that you like. Look for recipes and inspiration on-line. But most of all, stay cool!

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