Chill out this summer with these easy, refreshing popsicles.
Popsicles are the quintessential summer cool-down treat. They are certainly my go-to on a hot, sunny day. And while there are so many different flavor combinations you can easily try at home, sometimes going simple is good. Here are three very different popsicles you can make using just three ingredients.
A few helpful hacks before start:
1. No popsicle molds? No problem. You can use plastic or paper cups.
2. If you forgot to get wooden popsicle sticks don’t worry, you can use paper straws, wooden skewers, or even spoons.
3. Run warm water over popsicle molds to help release the popsicles after they are frozen.
4. Use a cupcake liner as a drip catcher. Simply poke a hole in the bottom and place it through the stick and under the popsicle.
5. If you want to take your popsicles out of the molds before you are ready to serve them, store them individually in plastic sandwich bags.
#1 Lemonade + Blueberries + Cherries
Three summer-time staples frozen together for one deliciously refreshing ice-cold treat. Using the Classic Lemonade recipe makes these frozen desserts even better. Pour the lemonade into popsicle molds, filling about 3/4 full. Drop blueberries and pitted cherries into the molds (depending on the size of your molds, you may need to cut the cherries in half). Use a popsicle stick to push the fruit down into the lemonade. Transfer to the freezer and freeze until slushy, about 45 minutes. Insert popsicle sticks and continue freezing until completely solid.
#2 Watermelon + Sugar + Lime
Watermelon agua fresca is one of my favorite summer time drinks. It’s absolutely delicious and completely refreshing. And turning it into an icy treat makes it even better. This Agua Fresca recipe with watermelon makes fabulous frozen pops. Pour it into popsicle molds. Transfer to the freezer and freeze until slushy, about 45 minutes. Insert popsicle sticks and continue freezing until completely solid.
#3 Banana + Peanut Butter + Chocolate
Smooth, creamy, and delicious, that’s banana ice cream and it is super easy to make. To prepare these creamy popsicles, follow the steps for Banana Ice Cream adding approximatley 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter for every banana. Puree the bananas and peanut butter together in a food processor, then pour the mixture into popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid. Remove the popsicles from the molds and drizzle on melted chocolate. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until the chocolate is set. For longer storage, transfer the popsicles to a freezer bag.
This article was first published on the MarthaStewart.com Network on July 18, 2017.
Photos: Steven Karl Metzer