Popsicles are one of the greatest ways to cool down on a hot summer day – just ask any kid! While I used to line up for the ice cream truck in the park, it’s easy and fun to make your own popsicles at home. Making them yourself does mean that you’ll need to peruse Amazon or your favorite kitchen store for some cool molds, but it also means that you can customize the flavors to suit your tastes. Here are five fun popsicle ideas to stock your freezer with this weekend!
Homemade Cherry Popsicles are an easy way to recreate the most popular flavor in the popsicle world – cherry. Unlike most storebought pops, these popsicles are made with fresh cherry juice and sugar – which is needed to balance out the tartness of the cherries – and contain no artificial colorings or flavorings. They’ll still stain your lips red as you eat them, though!
Root Beer Float Popsicles are inspired by the soda fountain favorite, but are much more portable than a big glass filled with ice cream and root beer. These pops still capture the fizz of the soda and the creaminess of the vanilla ice cream, though, so they’re sure to be a hit if you’re a root beer float fan.
Homemade Fudgsicles are popsicles for chocolate-lovers. These fudgy popsicles are made wtih a generous amount of cocoa powder and pack in a lot more flavor than their store-bought counterparts. You can also use this recipe as a base for some other tasty variations.
Rocket Pop Cookies are not as cold as some of the other treats on this list, but they capture the red, white and blue look of rocket pops (also known as bomb pops) perfectly. These summery cookies are a great treat for a picnic or barbecue, somewhere you might not have access to the refrigeration you need for traditional popsicles.
Finally, if you don’t have popsicle molds yet and really want to make some, you can learn How to Make Popsicles Without a Mold using this handy guide. You will need popsicle sticks (or something that resembles them), but almost any cup can be used as a makeshift mold.