Popsicles are classic summertime treats that never seem to go out of style. This is a good thing, because not only are they tasty, but they’re easy to make at home. You can pour almost anything into a popsicle mold – from fruit juice to a milkshake – and make a popsicle customized to your own tastes. There is only one thing that might hold you back when it comes to making popsicles at home: not having a popsicle mold. The molds are widely available (especially in the summer) and come in all kinds of neat designs. But you don’t need a mold to make popsicles at home at all!
To make popsicles without a mold, you need small, preferably narrow cups and popsicle sticks. You can find popsicle sticks at craft stores and small, disposable paper cups make great containers if you’re going to make a lot of popsicles. If you’re only looking to make a couple of pops (or just one as a treat for yourself!), simply pour your popsicle mixture into a small juice glass, stick a lightweight plastic spoon (unless you already have sticks on hand) into the cup and freeze. Run the glass under a little warm water to release the popsicle from the sides of the cup. You can even get creative with the containers that you use, too. And Then I Do The Dishes made popsicles in a loaf pan and used a knife to cut slices of frozen treats!
Don’t worry if you’re wondering how to get those sticks to stand upright in your popsicles without a proper mold to hold them in place because there are a couple of methods. One option is you can partially freeze your pops and then add the stick in once there is a thin layer of ice to hold it upright. Better than that, simply put a sheet of aluminum foil or plastic wrap over the top of your mold and punch the stick through, creating a small hole that is just the right size to keep the stick standing.