When we first launched this backyard fun discussion, Cathy’s description of lazy days spent running through sprinklers and eating popsicles brought back wonderful memories of striped Big Stick Popsicles, Otter Pops and mmm, ice cream sandwiches. So with that in mind, we’re venturing into DIY popsicle territory this week with two yummy recipes and suggestions for more.
When we were growing up, we poured juice into paper cups and stuck in popsicle sticks – or spoons, if we couldn’t find the sticks. The sticks froze crooked and the juice tended to separate so the top of the popsicle was delish and the bottom boasted more ice than flavor, but we didn’t care. Now, we use a Tupperware-style popsicle mold – a greener, more aesthetically pleasing option. But really, anything works. The point is what goes inside! So here are some suggestions…
Strawberry Yogurt Pops
Vanilla or strawberry yogurt
Fresh strawberries, chopped
Mix the yogurt and berries, adding sugar if the berries are too tart. Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds, add sticks and freeze.
4 cups watermelon, seeds removed, cubed
Place the watermelon in a blender and puree. Pour into paper cups or molds, insert sticks and freeze until hardened. (From Family Fun Magazine)
- Banana Blueberry Swirl Popsicles from Martha Stewart
- Layered Luau Pops from BHG.com
- Jello Popsicles from About.com
- Classic Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas from Martha Stewart
- And for grown-ups or really gourmet kids, Honeydew-Basil Pops
Want more backyard fun ideas? Here you go…