Did you know that the word Popsicle is also a brand name? Well until today, neither did I! Click on the Popsicle box below to read more about the history of the Popsicle.
My brothers and I grew up on homemade orange juice popsicles in the summer time (straight-up OJ or lemonade, frozen in a popsicle-shaped mold). My mom had a classic Tupperware Popsicle mold, and she recently told me that she was constantly making those popsicles each summer for us-- we must have been obsessed! Today, there are so many cool designs for these plastic ice lolly molds. Here are a couple of my favorites.
There is an amazing popsicle vendor in Nashville called Las Paletas. They make homemade popsicles in a wide variety of flavors (from hibiscus to cantelope). Las Paletas is open year round, but like other ice cream shops, it is particularly popular during the summer months.
I am looking to invest in an ice pop mold, so that I can start coming up with my own unique poptastic combinations. If you don't want to buy a mold, small plastic or paper cups work fine for making popsicles. A wooden craft stick works as a popsicle stick.
It would be fun to serve popsicles for dessert at your next summer party. Everyone loves a popsicle, especially because they evoke memories from our youth.What is the most unique popsicle flavor you have ever tasted?
Here are some ice pop recipes that I would like to try this summer:
Blend 4 cups of honeydew melon cubes (which contain potassium) with 1/4 cup of vitamin-K-packed chopped fresh basil and 1/2 cup organic frozen lemonade concentrate.
4 1/2 cups seeded watermelon chunks
1/2 cup sugar
1 pinch of salt
In a blender container, combine the watermelon chunks, sugar and salt. (Salt might seem like a strange ingredient to add to a dessert, but it actually helps make the flavor of the watermelon more intense.)
Blend the mixture on high speed until the mixture is liquid. Pour the mixture into a glass measuring cup with a spout, then divide the mixture evenly among 8 pop molds or cups. Insert the sticks. Freeze the ice pops for at least 8 hours or overnight. Run the molds under warm water for 30 seconds to release the pops. Eat the pops right away! Makes 8 pops.
1-6 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate, softened
1-6 oz. can water
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened, or vanilla yogurt
Pour all ingredients into a blender. Pour mixture into molds, insert sticks, and freeze.