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Frugal Summer Treat – Homemade Popsicles

by The Happy Rock on July 3, 2008

child-popsicle.jpgThat is right, you can make your own freeze pops.  Our 2 year old son absolutely loves this and we don’t mind giving him one or even two a day because we control the ingredients.  The Rockette and I even enjoy the ice cold refreshment on a hot summer day.

All you need is a popsicle container and some fruit juice.  You can usually purchase a cheap version at the dollar store or you local super store, but I would recommend something like Tovolo Rocket Pops on Amazon.  We are still using the cheap ones because they are smaller, but these have several advantages.  First, since you usually have to run them under water to get the popsicle out, it is much easier to do with one pop rather than a tray of six or eight. Second, you can fill and replace on at a time which makes keeping them in stock much easier. Third, dishwasher safe.

Just fill the container with 100% fruit juice, put the handle, and let them freeze.  The no drip handles work pretty well too.

With our smaller pops that only take about an ounce of juice we can make about 50 popsicles for the price of one box of 6-12.  Very nice savings and it is much healthier too.

Other than 100% juice here are a few other great ideas for pops that I have seen:

  1. Add a little sparkling water for kick
  2. Puree real fruit
  3. Yogurt smoothy pops
  4. Pudding
  5. Add small chunks of fruit

Enjoy the sool summer treat!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Christian Finances July 3, 2008 at 9:41 am

That is a great idea!! You can make these things really healthy as well – I think I am going to try this out – a new way to get a summer brain-freeze!! 😉

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tiffanie July 3, 2008 at 2:19 pm

awesome! i don’t have kids, but i myself love treats like this. i should probably try it! :)

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Diana July 8, 2008 at 2:20 am

I think this is what I need in the summer day like now. I’ll try chocolate milk too beside fruit juice.

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Drew "The Solution" July 10, 2008 at 7:22 am

It’s great, I’ve done this every summer since I was old enough to chew ice.

Another tip to save some summer cash is to only be awake during “light” hours. The extra long lays mean you can time your sleeping patterns to use far less power for lighting at night.

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Conomize Community November 18, 2008 at 5:21 am

We used to make em out of ice trays, kool-aid, and toothpicks when I was growing up.

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Anne January 29, 2009 at 3:30 am

thank you very much for your tip. even fits very good in winter! :-)

greetings from germany

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