I have a love hate relationship with popsicles. On one hand I like that they are normally vegan (assuming they aren’t a “creamy” variety). They don’t usually contain any common allergens like soy, dairy, gluten, or eggs. This makes them an easy treat to bring to school for the whole class to enjoy. On the other hand the majority of store bought popsicles are nothing but dyed sugar water. The fact that your tongue stays red for hours after eating a red popsicle is not a good sign for what is happening inside your body. Like most kids, Trey loves popsicles. I try to keep homemade popsicles in our freezer for him. Recently we bought a new box of popsicle molds from Tovolo. I decided to try out a few new homemade popsicle flavors. The results were tasty and have been helping us beat the summer heat.
We purchased the “bug” popsicle molds from Tovolo and both Trey and I agree that they didn’t end up really looking like bugs. They are cute shapes, but nothing to write home about. I really like how the Tovolo molds come with a tray to hold them up in the freezer. I use the tray when I initially put them in the freezer. Once they are completely frozen I take them off the tray so they take up less room in my freezer.
The first flavor I made was Orange Creamsicle. This was a great combination of creamy and citrusy. One tip I have learned making homemade popsicles is to add more sweetener than you think you need. If you taste the blend before it goes in the freezer it should taste a bit sweeter than how you want the final popsicle.
The second flavor I made, Ice Cream Popsicle, is by far the easiest. I used the remaining So Delicious Cashew Milk Snickerdoodle ice cream we had in the freezer. I softened it completely in the microwave and poured it into the mold. Trey thought this was fantastic. The combination of his favorite ice cream in a popsicle shape blew his mind. Sometimes it’s the simple things with kids!
The best looking popsicle was definitely the Berry Coconut Popsicle. I love the combination of berries, coconut and a little citrus. It was creamy and refreshing at the same time. As you can see from the photos I didn’t fill the popsicle molds completely. This was my mistake since I didn’t want them to overflow when they froze. Next time I will fill them completely.
The final popsicles I made mostly for myself. I used the old Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds that we have had for years. Because of my dysautonomia I need to constantly work on increasing my electrolyte consumption. Coconut water is good for you, but I’m not a fan of the taste of it plain. Another great source of electrolytes is citrus juice. I packed this Lemon-Lime Popsicle with lemon and lime juice in a coconut water base. This turned out to be an ideal blend of sweet and tart. Shockingly these were actually Trey’s favorite flavor as well. So, at least in our house, these are a winner with adults and kids.
Do you have any favorite popsicle flavors that you enjoy? Hope everyone has a great Fourth of July filled with fireworks, good food and popsicles this weekend.