Fall in Love Again with Homemade Popsicles!

Fall in Love Again with Homemade Popsicles!

My momma used to make homemade popsicles using ice trays when we were a kid, and every now & then I get a hankerin’ for them.  I remember lemonade & grape juice being my two favorite flavors.  I got the hankerin’ last week after a long, hot run outside, & decided to do something about it!

Why homemade popsicles? Popsicles from the grocery aisle have a lot of sugar.  If they don’t, they cost an arm & a leg.  With homemade popsicles, you control what goes in there! Don’t feel like you have to go get the fancy popsicle mold.  Seriously…. this is the first one I have ever owned.  You can get a regular ice tray, fill them up with a liquid, cover the tray tightly with aluminium foil, & jam toothpicks in there. It’s still good, I promise.

 

Base: juices, juice mixes, teas, soft drinks (diet, if you’re watching your sugar intake), milk, etc. Alcohol doesn’t work here, because it doesn’t freeze well.

‘Want it creamy?: add puddings, buttermilk, yogurt, ice cream, etc.

‘Want color, extra flavor, or more vitamins?: Add fruit chunks (berries are good!), bits, purees; Edible flowers, herbs; Zest from limes, lemons, etc.

‘Want some zing or a little ADULT flavor? Make a “poptail!” Add a splash or two of your favorite liquor(s). 2/3 cups liquor for ever 2 1/2 cups base liquid (above)

 

I decided to go cheap & low sugar with this first batch of the season.  Crystal Light now makes 3 new drink mix flavors that caught my eye: Margarita, Appletini, and Mojito.  I made the Mojito mix, picked up a set of popsicle molds, filled ‘em up…………………& now I have to wait at least 4 hours for my hankerin’ to go away.  I’m not worried at all – It will be worth it! :)

A Traditional Mojito is made with 5 ingredients: lime juice, mint, sparkling water, sugar, and white rum. This is Crystal Light’s Sugar-free Non-Alcoholic version I’m trying.

 

 

Popsicle molds are readily available in your the “summer” section of stores. Look closely & get one that has a stick design like this – with holes. You’ll remove the actual popsicle every time, instead of pulling out an empty stick. This particular mold is made by “Jelly Belly,” hence the colorful beans on the sticks. BONUS: This particular brand has a trough for your drippings & a little dip on the edge so you can sip them out as you go!

A $2 pitcher of water/drink mix & a popsicle mold with sticks = 20+ popsicles…..

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