32 Homemade Popsicle Recipes

Hey, Blisstree Reader! If you’re into popsicles, you might like these two new posts we just published: Popsicle Summer: Q&A With L.A.’s Popshop (Plus DIY Blueberry Lemonade Pops) and 10 Ice Cream Truck Treats That Will Blow Your Diet Fast.

In a previous post, we discussed how homemade popsicles can reduce the trash we toss, save money (both on boxes and gas going to the store), and help conserve resources. Also, homemade pops are cool (pun intended) because you can make them healthy, organic, and without preservatives. Or you can indulge and make extra luscious pops. Lastly, pops are a fun experiment, and kids love to try out different combos. You can even try to con your little ones into eating healthy foods like vegetables in ice pop form.

Over time, I’ve collected (or experimented with) a ton of ice pops, and other frozen treat recipes and ideas. Here are 32 of them. Some freeze harder than others, some are super-sweet, while others are lighter. You really have to mess around in your own kitchen, and there are plenty of ideas here to keep you chilled out for a while.

Also, because I don’t want to write “organic” nine million times in a row, note that I do make almost all of these with organic ingredients, and you should, too (if you can afford it). Read up on the best foods to buy organic – even if you’re not all organic, try to buy organic items that are on the super-high-pesticide-level lists, like apple juice. And if you find another popsicle recipe on the Web that sounds good, you can always sub in organic ingredients.

Now, make sure you have some decent popsicle molds, grab the kids, and freeze up some fun in your kitchen.

32 Great Homemade Popsicle Recipes

apricots1. Apricot : Mix 2 cups apricot juice with 1/2 cup soy milk (or skim) and freeze.

2. A tablespoon of organic raspberry jam mixed with water or milk. This is nice for that last bit of jam in the jar.

3. Pineapple and carrot juice

4. Plain old carrot juice

5. Smashed strawberries

6. Homemade lemonade

7. “Glitter” pops. These take some time. Sprinkle colored sugar into your mold. Fill the mold half with water. Freeze. Sprinkle in more colored sugar. Add more water. Freeze. I can’t figure out how to simply mix in the sugar because it’ll melt, and/or sink to the bottom. These pops look a lot more glittery if you make them with yogurt – the sugar doesn’t dissolve much.

limes8. Homemade limeade

9. Sparkling Organic Pear

10. Maraschino-lemonade pops

11. Applesauce: sometimes thick applesauce needs to be mixed with a little water or it freezes oddly.

12. Fudge pops

13. Tangerine juice – tangerine lime is also really good.

14. Red beans and coconut

15. Blend raspberries (about 6 oz), 1 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 3/4 cup water, and mint (either a handful of fresh mint leaves, or 2 tsp mint syrup) – blend really well and freeze.

16. Green tea root beer

17. Chocolate and vanilla layered pudding – or make it easy on yourself and simply add both flavors to your mold and swirl them with a thin knife.

18. Honeydew lime

blueberries19. Fresh pureed peaches, a tablespoon of honey, and whole small wild blueberries. Mix and freeze.

20. Brew strong green tea, mix in honey, freeze.

21. Strawberry cinnamon

22. Salad pops: Blend half a cantaloupe and a couple cherry tomatoes to sort of still chunky. Add 1/4 cup of chopped mint, basil, or lemon balm (not all three, choose one). Add a cup or two of plain organic yogurt. Freeze.

23. Mashed bananas, a dash of milk, peanut butter, and chocolate sauce – mix smooth and freeze.

24. Mango Kulfi

25. Pureed watermelon mixed with white grape juice

26. Sweet potato pops – cook, mash, mix smooth (adding some soy milk to thin it), sprinkle in a little nutmeg, freeze. These are really good.

27. Banana and pomegranate

28. Chamomile sun tea pops – just like they sound. Make sun tea and freeze. I love lemon sun tea pops, too.

29. Chocolate chip mint popsicles

30. PLAIN WATER – plain water is way fun to freeze. Every kid I know likes plain ice pops, and we need lots of water to stay healthy. Also, if you’re having a summer picnic, you can make plain water pops with beautiful tiny edible flowers, flower petals, small whole berries, or whole herb leaves in them. Stick them in a bucket of cubed ice to serve and everyone will think you’re some sort of Martha Stewart genius. People will fawn over you for freezing water. No kidding.

31. Fruit and yogurt pops

lavender_and_honey_tea32. Herbal pops: You can actually make these with medicinal qualities, which is the perfect way to get your little one to take herbs. (Kids don’t always love tea.)

You can use lavender, thyme, basil, and more – really any herb. You’d be surprised at some of the tasty ice pops herbs make. If you’re nervous, first try making herbal ice cubes (less waste). And samples can save you from things like rosemary blueberry pops. (Hey, they sounded good at the time.)

To make a basic herbal mix you can make strong herbal teas, or boil herbs down for a good long while on your stove and use the liquid, or try the sugar method.

For the sugar method, pound herbs down with a mortar and pestle (or food processor). Add an ounce of superfine sugar, and pound to make a paste. Next, boil a liter of water with about two ounces of superfine sugar for five minutes. Add the juice of two lemons or not – this step depends on what you’re trying to create. You can add orange juice, lime, etc. You could even just add more water or some saved tea. Combine the herb mixture and the water mixture. Stir well with a whisk. Cool down before filling your molds.

Note: As you experiment, don’t forget to write down items you use in a concoction. The only thing worse than a terrible idea for an ice pop flavor, is the best idea ever that you can’t remember how to make. Also, if you come up with something amazing, let us know about it, below.

What’s your favorite ice pop flavor? I like ginger root beer and tangerine.

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    • http://greenbabyguide.com Rebecca

      We have three popsicle molds, and I have no way of knowing if they are made out of good or bad plastic (or do I?). I think I will hang onto them rather than buying new molds. Thanks for all the recipes!

    • http://kettleandcup.com marye

      I like frozen bananas on a stick dipped in chocolate. What can I say..a simpleton at heart.
      These look fabulous Jennifer..

    • http://proudsahm.blogspot.com/ Kisha

      Thanks for the reciepes! There’s a lot there that soound really good.

    • http://www.treehuggingfamily.com Jennifer

      @Rebecca check this to see which plastics are not safe: http://trusted.md/blog/vreni_gurd/2007/03/29/plastic_water_bottles it doesn’t tell the whole story, but lots. I agree with hanging on to old mold if you have them for the most part, mainly because why waste. We bought new singles and recycled the old one we had because the together molds were so hard to use that we didn’t.

      @Marye – how did I know you’d say something like that. :) As always, fab to see you.

      @Kisha welcome to Tree Hugging Family, and thanks :)

    • Gary

      Question: Does anyone know how to make a popsicle so it doesn’t get hard as a rock like ice? I try to make sugar free popsicles but they usually come out rock hard like ice. If you have ideas please reply here or to Theravyn211@aol.com my e-mail.

    • http://www.treehuggingfamily.com Jennifer

      @Gary I’m not sure if you’re just trying to avoid processed sugar or all sugars, but when we make whole smashed fruit pops they freeze kind of more slushy than juice or water pops. What exactly are you doing when you make your pops? Using sugar free juice or something?

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    • TW

      Gary, how about gelatin bases pops?
      It’s just simply the higher the water content the harder they get so you need an anti freeze which is sugar, fat or gels.

    • http://greenbabyguide.com Greenbaby

      We agree! Over at greenbabyguide.com we have a recipe for making a softer homemade popsicle. Check it out here: http://greenbabyguide.com/2008/06/26/organic-homemade-popsicles/

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    • Bethany

      I made tea pops for a long time and now I’ve found a brand in my Whole Foods. They’re called Frosteas. They have a green tea, yerba mate and an herbal. They are sweetened only with honey. They’re great. When I need something fast and don’t make my own, the kids love these.

      • louise

        hi i’m looking for green tea and roobis tea recipes to make up for kids that are healthy, also out of coffee, mocha ,hot chocolate , latte ,chai tea. any body got any ideas would appreciate any help. thank you

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    • http://www.ricandi.com Diana Moore

      Instead of using plastic molds, why not try making your iceblocks in shot glasses or other containers.

    • http://paxye.com/blog paxye

      Great ideas!
      My kids love frozen fruit… frozen grapes are the hit right now!

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    • http://www.greeniacs.com Gina

      Your fudge recipe links to a site that advocates using disposable plastic cups. I would have expected that since you’re a “tree hugging family” that you would have noted a protest along with the link, or at least a note to say, if you follow the recipe on this link, use an ice tray, or a reusable popsicle mold, your own plastic cups but not disposable cups. Disposable cups break down and are not easily recycled…so they end up in the landfill.

    • http://www.treehuggingfamily.com Jennifer

      @Gina – Right at the start of this post I link to the post on reusable ice pop molds. Plus I note, “Now, make sure you have some decent popsicle molds” – it seems silly to repeat myself over and over on each link that’s not entirely eco-friendly.

    • nee

      i need to make 100 popsicles for a party and don’t necessarily want to use dixie cups. i’d like them to look nicer. does anyone have any suggestions? i can only find molds of 6 or 8. help help help.

      • Pinky

        Hi nee, have you thought about setting them in ice trays……You can borrow some ice trays & set really well…….i tried this & it came out really well.
        Check out my blog
        http://www.khojkhana.blogspot.com/

    • Nico

      I love these ideas but I would have to recommend not drinking soy milk, as unfermented soy can cause lots of health problems. I know you buy organic but most soy is also genetically modified and soy milk tends to have a lot of sugar. Check out this website: http://www.wholesoystory.com/

    • Healthy

      To the person concerned about plastics: Keep your ingredients super cool in the fridge and freeze the MOLDS before you pour the ingredients in. Warm plastics will leash more, frozen shouldn’t nearly so much. :D

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    • Paul

      Hello . . . I’m an old retired guy who likes popsicles and would like to make my own. I’ve gotten some good ideas here, but, I REALLY prefer those that don’t freeze too hard (softer is better for me.). Can anyone give me a hint . . . . please. TIA

      • EmSue

        Put a little vodka in the mix. That keeps it from getting too hard. But DO NOT let the kids get into these!!

    • Nikki

      Thanks for the great recipes. Your post was exactly what I was looking for- a bunch of healthy popcicle recipes to make for my kiddos :)

    • Amanda Callahan

      Great Article!! I’m going to use these recipes, especially the blueberry, peaches, and honey one!

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    • Ellen

      I often wonder if you’re using foods that ‘almost’ go bad, then what if you go to using foods that ‘almost, almost’ go bad, you know? When and how do you draw the line? It’s a little freaky for me. I understand being careful and thrifty, but there are a lot of molds you can’t see or smell. Yuk.

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    • http://www.naturalandmedicine.com Jesse

      The plain water one seems so basic but when I thought about it you could always add anything from herbs to flavored vitamins packets. Great idea

    • http://goinggreenandsavinggreen.blogspot.com Christina

      Thanks for the great ideas! I will definitely have to try some of these soon!

      I blogged about this at: http://goinggreenandsavinggreen.blogspot.com/2009/08/make-yourself.html

    • http://nikkimarlise.wordpress.com Nikki Scherwitz

      I’m pregnant, and your herb pop idea got me thinking that a great way to get your pregnancy herbs (especially if you’re a particularly nausious preggo) is to make popsicles of your pregnancy tea or ginger/lemon pops to calm the nausia. Especially since we get so hot and tired during pregnancy, a popsicle would be a great and healthy way to stay cool and awake while getting our herbs and flushing out those over-taxed kidneys (which we don’t appreciate until we have renal failure).

      • louise

        hi your recipe sounds good could you please send me your recipe
        thank you

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    • http://www.protein-powder-reviews.com Jesse@Protein Powder Reviews

      Yummy, I am going to try some of these when summer comes around

    • Charrlotte

      Yummy! The recipes are delicous!

    • Ryan Byrd

      I use panus cheese mixed with fresh herbs (I like tarragon). Dust with Gold Bond powder before serving.

      • Dee Fisher

        HI Ryan: I was just reading over the recipes on this and thinking to myself, who in their right mind would eat any of these ? Then I came across your comment and truly lol’d. I loved it. I hope some of the other people can see the humor. I will keep on searching for good recipes that you can actually eat !!! Take Care

    • STL

      I recently made them out of blended frozen mango, banana, vanilla and plain yogurt, and coconut milk. It was really good. The coconut milk adds that special flavor that really makes it good.

      • Tina

        Please send me your recipe for your Popsicle sounds good
        Thank You

    • Lana

      I would LOVE, LOVE to get my hands on a recipe for old fashioned licorice popsicles–used to buy them as a kid (but they were white in color Would love to know where to find them or how to make!!!

      • Nick

        Get them at wally world

    • EmSue

      And you don’t have to get fancy with the molds. Buy some small plastic or paper cups and 1/2 way through freezing, stick a plastic fork into the middle. Ta da!

    • Arthur

      I love frozen yogurt!!!!!!!

      • Sarah

        Me too!

    • Carole Saylor

      How do you keep the popsicles from being as hard as ice cubes? All of mine seem to turn out that way. And the juice or whatever separates from the water and I have a popsicle that is half juice and half water. Any ideas to make them more like what you buy in the store? Thanks, Carole

      • Kim

        Hi Carole , I have made some really great sugar free popsicles by using one half of a packet of sugar free Jello (no name is fine ) and about one tablespoon of Crystal Light . I dissolve this in about three quarter cup of boiling water then I add one tbsp. of Splenda ( optional ) mix well till dissolved and then add to approximately two and three quarter cups cool water.Then just pour into popsicle molds and freeze . Try lime jello and lemon C.L. ,cherry jello and lemon C.L, orange jello and lemon C.L. . Hope this helped ! Kim S.

    • Stef

      I heard guar gum will help popsicles/ice cream from having that rock hard consistency, so I will try that.

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    • bmanz

      anyone have a recipe for black licorice pops?