Homemade Popsicles!

Happy Independence Day!

A week or so ago, I was making “ice cream” — bananas and strawberries in the Magic Bullet. I had a lot, so I decided to make a few single-serving (one banana) batches and put them in the freezer. It turns out, they freeze solid. When I took the first one out of the freezer to eat, my second thought was, “This would make a perfect popsicle.” (My first thought was, “How long will it be until this is soft enough to eat?”)

I had heard about Onyx Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds — the only stainless steel ones that I am aware of — and considered for a while that making popsicles might be fun. The somewhat-failed ice cream experiment prompted me to look into buying them. (The link above is where I ended up buying them — less expensive than amazon as of this writing — but I am not affiliated with NaturalMomGear.com and receive no compensation for others buying from them.)

I ordered them on Wednesday. On Saturday, they arrived and I was very excited!

I made five flavors. The Big Man and I have sampled two of the five so far.

What we’ve made:

  • strawberry: strawberries with a splash of rice milk for a slightly more fluid texture (haven’t sampled yet)
  • strawberry pineapple: equal parts strawberries and pineapple chunks with a splash of rice milk (haven’t sampled yet)
  • strawberry vanilla: strawberries with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (very strawberry — The Big Man would have liked it to be more ice cream and less strawberry)
  • strawberry pineapple vanilla: strawberries, pineapple, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream (haven’t sampled yet)
  • peanut butter banana: a banana and a dollop of peanut butter, with a splash of rice milk — delicious! I have been eating peanut butter banana sandwiches almost every day, and this is a great alternative for me.

I did a quick search online for popsicle recipes and found more than I can make any time soon. I’ll share a list here. If you are a popsicle maker and have a recipe you want to share, please add it (or them!) in the comments.

As far as the molds themselves — very easy so far! There are six individual molds in the package, along with tops (or bottoms, when you’re eating it), a rack to hold them, and sticks. The tops have little silicone buttons with a slit for the stick, so that the stick stays upright. The tops have a curved edge so they’ll catch drips while you’re eating … unless you eat it fast enough that it doesn’t drip!

To get the popsicle out of the mold, I ran it under the tap for a few seconds and it slid right out. Very easy! And because the molds are all individual, we could eat two pops and leave the others in the freezer for later.

While the molds are more expensive than plastic molds, there’s no worry of leaching chemicals, there’s no funky taste, and they’re virtually indestructible. Unless I need more than six or lose the ones I have, I’m not going to need to buy popsicle molds ever again.

The only thing I don’t like about them is the lack of a reusable stick. The company has reusable bamboo sticks in the works — I’m hoping they are available soon!

If you don’t want to buy molds, you can also use small paper cups or baking tins. It’s difficult to get the sticks to stay in place, and using paper cups creates a lot of waste, but if you just want to try your hand at it before committing to molds, those are options.

I am excited to have a way to have an easy, cold, healthy treat, or another way to serve up the same ingredients. Of course, there are plenty of recipes that are not healthy, either — and a handful that aren’t child-appropriate — and I’m sure we’ll sample a few of those as well.

In no particular order, here are some recipe list sites:

50 Amazing Homemade Popsicle Recipes & Ideas

Popsicle Recipes

A Month of Popsicle Recipes

32 Homemade Popsicle Recipes

50+ Homemade Popsicle Recipes

Do you make popsicles? If no, are you considering it?


2 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve seen these here for the first time, we don’t make them in Romania. Still they’re a very good and healthy idea and I’ll surely make some when I get back home.

    Happy Independence Day too 🙂

  2. I definitely want to try making my own popsicles soon!

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