Ain’t no party like this popsicle party ‘cuz this popsicle party don’t stop!
I am really into popsicles right now. Maybe it’s just the summertime talking, but I just love the idea of them, ya feel? I had been on the hunt for popsicle molds because I’ve been wanting to make my own. I stumbled into Marshall’s not too long ago because a friend sent me a gift card (shoutout to my girl, Abigail!) and to what did my eyes appear?! Popsicle molds! This was a big deal because I had looked at so many places before that I just knew would have the long searched for prize! Needless to say I was (& still am) pumped about the whole thing!
I’m hoping you might be into popsicles to and want to join this ongoing party with me. As I find inspo & experiment with various icy recipes I’ll add them to this post for you to take a whirl at too! Please also feel free so send me your fave cool treat recipes too for me to share here!
Flavored Lemonade Pops
I was inspired by Giada on this one. On an episode of “Giada Entertains” (great show with lots & lots of fab hosting inpos btw!) she made Gummy Worm Ice Pops for her daughter & friends. Yum! Gummy worms are a surprisingly great addition to frozen treats so I figured this would be no exception. Well I found myself having lemonade already but no gummy worms…sad day. But! After looking in my fridge & freezer, I spotted fresh blackberries & frozen strawberries that wanted to party. I decided this would be just as tasty an addition as the candy, so I substituted. Wanting to add pizazz & needing to use mint leftover from my watermelon mojitos, I popped it right into the molds with the fruit & poured lemonade on top! Do not skip out on the mint! It’s adds a refreshing note that pops up the pop to another level of flavor town!
Not only do they taste delish, but what a great way to use up some leftovers that need a little love!
Frozen Tea Punch
You haven’t lived until you’ve had tea punch! This drink is essentially sweetened black tea with generous pour of orange juice along with a splash of lemon. Tea punch is mark of summer for my family & it’s not really summer until you’ve enjoyed the refreshing libation. We offer the sweet, fruity drink to summertime guests & have only received rave reviews. There’s a cutie mercantile restaurant in the Franklin square that serves something very similar so if you find yourself in TN you’ll have to be sure to try it!
Because I don’t brew a whole pitcher of tea often, I made this summer favorite with a frozen twist in small batch!
I made one cup of tea with two Teavana Mandarin Mimosa tea bags (I wanted it to pack lots of flavor) & a good blop of honey. I then added a dose of orange juice & a squeeze of half a lime. I poured the concoction into two popsicle molds and let the freezer do the magic. What a treat!
Robbie Thompson’s Banana Cabana
Anyone else live vicariously through pictures on Instagram of allll your friends’ tropical vacations this summer?? I’m not jealous…you’re jealous. This frozen treat will bring the tropics to your backyard! All you need to bring is your straw hat! 😉 This is a church lady’s recipe so you KNOW it’s good. Seriously, y’all. So far this is the one to beat in my opinion.
- 2 large bananas (sliced or chunked)
- 1 large can crushed pineapple (undrained)
- 3 tablespoons chopped maraschino cherries
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (don’t sleep on the pecans, okay?)
Mix the above ingredients and pour into paper lined muffin cups, popsicle molds, or whatever your heart desires and pop them in the freezer until solid. Yuuummmmm!
Freezer Jam Pop
Tori came to visit in May & the girl loves berries so we followed in the footsteps of one of my local friends to the Strawberry patch. We loaded our carton to overflowing oohing & ahhing over the cutest red fruit we’ve ever seen. My friend ended up turning most of her berry treasures into freezer jam & assured me it was a cinch to make so she sent over the recipe. She was right – such a simple process & happy result. Because it’s not cooked like traditional canned jam, but stored in the freezer or fridge it’s a fabulous ice cream topping. This got me thinking it would be marvelous in a popsicle! I poured some of the jam into my molds & topped it off with leftover strawberry lemonade. Though I was going for a layered situation, the two ingredients didn’t play as nice as I was hoping for. Most of the jam stuck to the bottom of the mold rather than the pop once ready to be enjoyed. Next time, I’ll try stirring during the freezing process to see if I can get them to marry a little better. Hope you have a berry 😉 happy time with this fun project!
I’m sure you’ve heard of frozen hot chocolate but have you heard of frozen s’mores? These s’mores pops feel like the perfect transition from Summer to Fall. I used this recipe but added my own twist by oven-toasting the marshmallows before adding them to this fun treat. My favorite part of making s’mores is roasting marshmallows to burnt perfection so I just need to know these mallows were at least golden! 😉
Not gonna lie, I still struggle with getting layered pops to come out of the molds all the way so if you have any suggestions, send ’em my way!!
Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt
This was a really fun frozen Fall treat! If you like the tangy taste of yogurt paired with a hint of pumpkin & spice, you’re sure to love these!
Recipe from Taste of Home‘s Pumpkin Cookbook:
- 2 cartons (6 oz each) honey Greek yogurt
- 1 cup mashed pumpkin
- 1/4 cup fat-free milk
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (I subbed for pumpkin pie spice!)
- 6 freezer pop molds (or small cups and popsicle sticks)