It’s a heat wave and what better way to cool off than with ice pops. Store bought pops can be very sugary. Why not have a cool refreshing dessert that can provide nutritional value for you and your family?
My mother always made us orange juice ice pops. We had a Tupperware set of ice pop makers that was well used. At my first Tupperware party after I got married, it was the first item I bought. How could we not have OJ pops in the summer? And as soon as the hot weather hit, I dug out the set, made room in the freezer for the tray and started to stock up on OJ. My children, now all adults, and grandchildren, manage to go thru several in an evening and we usually have two trays in the freezer.
Of course there are many types of ice pop maker sets available. We have a cool one where the holder is a set of Mickey Mouse ears. And I have seen many others on the market at this time of year. Usually they make 4-6 pops. Ice pops can be made with any type of juice – grape, pomegranate, grapefruit, you name it. You can also step up the ice pops with something more interesting. Take 1 C fresh hulled strawberries, papaya or mango and place in a food processor with a half cup water. You can add nutritional value with coconut water. Pulse into a puree with 2 TBS of agave or ¼ C sugar. Pour into the ice pop molds and freeze.
These ice pops are a nice alternative to the ice cream truck and much more economical. They are so easy to make. Your biggest challenge is to keep enough in the freezer for everyone.