Homemade Popsicles: as easy as 1-2-3

Enviro Girl gave up on store-bought popsicles years ago.  They’re individually wrapped in plastic and create a lot of waste–strike one.  They’re full of high fructose corn syrup–strike two.  They’re full of a bunch of other types of sugars and sweeteners and food dyes–strike three.  Three strikes and you’re out of her freezer!

Enviro Girl’s three sons didn’t entirely agree with a popsicle-free summer and she couldn’t blame them one bit.  The best reward for a hot afternoon of playing outside is enjoying an Icee!  Fortunately, Enviro Girl inherited her mother’s old Tupperware popsicle-maker kit.  Behold! A tray, six molds and reusable popsicle handles procured for FREE!  Soon Enviro Girl was on her way to making low cost, environmentally friendly and healthy popsicles for her children.   She photographed the process so you can see how easy it is to make a greener, healthier frozen treat all summer long.

Step one: Procure a popsicle-making set.  Enviro Girl has seen a set almost identical to her ancient Tupperware one at Target in the “dollar-deal” section.  If you want to avoid plastic altogether, ONYX makes a truly gorgeous stainless steel popsicle mold for $35.  Enviro Girl admits to drooling a little when she saw it. You can buy it here.

Step two: Fill the molds with liquid.  Enviro Girl makes her kids popsicles out of 100% juice.  She’s been known to mix juices, add pureed fruit, mix juice and seltzer water and experiment with frozen smoothies by combining yogurt and fruit together.  In this picture she demonstrates the clever use of a funnel for filling the molds without spilling.  No, she does not have two left hands, her son is helping  so she can photograph the process for this post.

Step three: Add the handles and put in your freezer for 2 hours.

To enjoy, Enviro Girl peels back the lids and hands them out to waiting children–with a reminder to return the sticks when they’re done.

Reader, do you make homemade popsicles?  If not, will you try?

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8 thoughts on “Homemade Popsicles: as easy as 1-2-3

  1. I made these when my kiddos were young. They were so much more tasty than the store-bought kind, and much cheaper, too! Being green and being frugal go together often.

  2. Tupperware may be made of plastic but it is a one time purchase that is used for a lifetime. Maybe even two lifetimes! Thanks for the reminder of this homemade and healthy treat.

      • I do work for Tupperware but please don’t let my comment jeopardize the significance of your post. While the shout-out was great… I was more excited to find your blog and to be reminded of this great summer treat. I had a brand new Popsicle mold still in its package in my kitchen and I broke it out to use when I got home!

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  4. I grew up eating homemade popsicles and look forward to making them for my family, too! My favorite is 1/2 grape juice and 1/2 orange juice, when I was little I named it Kidlet and still love it!

  5. I just got some popsicle molds and plan to use them to make frozen treats for my ahem–46-year-old partner, Dave. He works in a hot kitchen all evening long and often the only thing he wants when he gets home is something frozen. Great idea using purees! Can’t wait to try some of these ideas!

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