When I was younger, one of my favorite warm weather activities was making popsicles. They are so easy to make, and with my childhood imagination I make popsicles out of about anything you can freeze. As years passed I ended up forgetting about this summer tradition.
Then, the other day I was walking through Walmart and I saw a popsicle tray. I probably reacted the way that most 5-year-olds do when they see them same thing (squealing, jumping up and down, the whole nine yards.). I threw the tray into my cart so quickly that one would think that it was a Black Friday and I was purchasing a new electronic.
So in light of my again found childhood fun, I encourage you to make popsicles with your family this spring and summer. Most are so simple to make. The hardest part is waiting on them to freeze.
2 Kool-Aid packets - Any Flavor
2 Quart Pitcher
Tooth Picks or Popsicle sticks
Pour both Kool-Aid packets, any flavor you wish, into the 2 Quart pitcher. Add water to the pitcher with the Kool-Aid mix up to the two Quart level. Stir until the Kool-Aid mix is dissolved. Fill the Popsicle tray 3/4 full with the Kool-Aid. Remember the Kool-Aid will expand when frozen and will finish the other 1/4 of the Popsicle tray. Insert the tops with sticking onto the Popsicle Tray. Freeze the Popsicles for about four hours or until frozen solid. When removing the Popsicles from the tray, you can dip the tray into warm water to make the Popsicle easier to remove.
ORANGE- BANANA SMOOTHIE POPS
1 container (7-ounce) Greek yogurt
2/3 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
2 large bananas
Zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Puree one Greek yogurt, thawed orange juice concentrate, bananas, lime zest, and fresh lime juice in a blender. To freeze, follow the directions above.
CREAMY STRAWBERRY POPS
Strawberries (16 oz)
1/2 cup frozen coconut shavings
1 1/2 cup French Vanilla Coffee Creamer
1/2 cup milk
Blend and freeze.
THREE BERRY POPS
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 cup raspberries
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Put sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to boil over high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Set aside. Combine blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and lemon juice in a blender and puree until smooth. Add 1/3 cup simple syrup and blend just until combined. Freeze.