3 Steps for Homemade Eco-Friendly Popsicles

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 and she about flipped when she received one as a gift.  It’s everything you can imagine, easy to use, durable, plastic-free and the mold allows you to replicate Rocket Pops for your kids. You can buy it here. 

The ONYX popsicle mold would make a fabulous gift for any family, it’s one of those lifetime investments that pays dividends when you consider a box of popsicles costs $3, you’d only have to use this every week of summer to have it paid for–yet it’s a mold that will last for decades.

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 from the blender, mix juice and seltzer water and experiment with frozen smoothies by combining yogurt and fruit.  She’s even found a recipe to make pudding pops.  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 toss their wooden popsicle sticks into the compost pile when they’re done.

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