How to Make Frozen Popsicles and Fruit Treats for Summer - Kids Cook Monday

Popsicles made with A&W Root Beer!
Popsicles made with A&W Root Beer! | Source

Make frozen popsicles

When I was a kid, I loved coming inside from playing out in the summer heat and grabbing a homemade frozen popsicle out of the freezer. We kept them simple, just using Kool-aid and lemonade to freeze in our plastic Tupperware popsicle molds.

These tasty treats were so easy to put together, too, that my older brother and I could make them. I made the Kool-aid myself quite often, filled the containers, freezing another batch for my brothers and me, so that they would be ready when we wanted them again.


Soft drinks, flavored drinks, lemonade, and gelatin are just a few of the options for popsicle fillings.
Soft drinks, flavored drinks, lemonade, and gelatin are just a few of the options for popsicle fillings. | Source

Fillings for Frozen Popsicles

Besides a traditional kids' Kool-aid and lemonade mix to pour into the popsicle molds, there are many more choices. Keep the kids excited with variety all summer long. Here are some options:

  • Juices, such as grape, orange, apple, pineapple, any blend, or other flavor
  • Soft Drinks: grape, orange, Root Beer, Ginger Ale, Mountain Dew, or other
  • Gelatin (Jell-o or other) of choice: lime, orange, banana, strawberry, and more
  • Pudding: chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, butterscotch, your choice!
  • Yogurt, any flavor, for a healthier choice of popsicle treat

Be creative. Think of any liquid type sweet treat for a child that could be made into a freezer pop. Making varied pospsicles could be a fun experiment for the kids all summer long. The fun experiment for Mom is to see how healthy she can make these sweet treats. There are some healthier options other than just sweet drinks and pudding.


Freeze Treats in Ice Trays

If you don't have popsicle molds, you can look for them at your local department stores or buy them from eBay. If you would like to try an alternative method, just freeze any of the mentioned choices in ice trays.

After the mixture has partially frozen (check every half hour) in the tray, at least enough to hold up a toothpick, place one toothpick in each "ice cube" and finish freezing.


Freeze fruit for a treat

Many fruits freeze well, such as grapes, oranges, bananas, and strawberries. Save children from sugary snacks, and instead freeze cut-up pieces of your kids' favorite fruits. You might find that fruits they didn't know was a favorite becomes so, as frozen fruits offer a different kind of surprise for the taste buds!

Give the kids skewers (not too sharp!) to help put the fruit on to have a fun stick full of a variety of fruit. See this article on how to freeze fruit on a skewer.

It's easy to freeze grapes for a fun, healthy snack, too. Move over, kids! The adults won't be able to stay out of these! There is something about freezing grapes that makes them even sweeter!

Try freezing leftover watermelon, chopping it up for another hydrating summer treat. Watermelon can also be blended and put into popsicle molds for a true fruit popsicle! Try blending up a variety of fruits to create healthy, tasty popsicle treats for summer!

Frozen grapes!
Frozen grapes! | Source

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Stay cool with these healthy summer treats!

Get the kids excited about cool, summer treats! If you use Kool-aid and lemonade, or soft drinks and juice, consider using the lighter versions if you're worried about too much sugar.

Mix it up with gelatin and pudding popsicles. For the most nutritious cool snacks, blend fruit for your popsicles, or freeze fruit for a handy snack the kids can grab out of the freezer.

These are great snacks for a hot summer. And they're easy to make, so that even the kids can help keep the freezer stocked with the next batch that they will need when they are looking for a cool treat. Rest assured that the adults will be in and out of the freezer, too!

Fruit on skewers
Fruit on skewers | Source

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

V, some great ideas! My brother was always freezing grapes to keep cool in the summer. He even convinced the dogs that there were special treats! :) Great information! :)


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Real fruit blended into fruit juice and then frozen sounds like a great popsicle. Not just for kids either. Good information in this article. Shared and UP


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Wow very healthy and kids will really love it. Thanks for sharing this is very useful especially now that the sun is not shy.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Frozen grapes are so fun! (not so good for dogs, though--:-)) I haven't had any in a while. Must get some!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Angelo--I agree! I'm getting hungry for a frozen popsicle right now!!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

You just brought back so many memories of summers gone by when I was child with frozen kool-aid pops. My mom had the tupperware containers to do this and we just loved them so. That said loved your article on this with some new updated versions and have pinned this to use for my kids. Voted and shared too!!


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Traci21 4 years ago from North Carolina

My 3 year old likes frozen cantaloupe.

Thanks for the great ideas!!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Vicki,

Bringing back the memories! Yay! I used to have these all the time! Awesome hub Vicki!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ignugent--I love what you said about the sun not being "shy." That's awesome!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Janine--I used to have my mom's set, but I think I got rid of them. Wish I had kept them. I may have to get some just like them on ebay! :-) Yes, this stuff is great for kids!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Oh I am on EBay quite a bit buying and selling and never even thought to look on EBay, but looks like we are from a similar generation one this one :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Traci--Cantaloupe! Great idea!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

josh--Cool! I think I want to start having these again! Would be great in this weather!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Janine--I may have to head over to eBay, too. They have some just like when I was a kid. We should both get some! :-)


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Victoria, I will definitely have to look into these too. I really did forget about them until I saw your article!! But oh the great memories that were made with them back in the day!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Janine--I agree! Great memories!


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GiblinGirl 4 years ago from New Jersey

My college roommate used to like frozen grapes. I'm not such a fan of those, but I do love some frozen pudding or yogurt! I've actually heard that mango freezes very well, although I haven't yet tried that.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

GiblinGirl--We should try freezing all the fruit just to see what is good!!!!


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kristina12013 4 years ago

I bought those Popsicle holders and they didn't work for me!!!!! I can never get them out !


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

kristina--I had trouble with the cheaper ones in the picture, but have you tried the old Tupperware holders. Those are pretty sturdy, as I recall!


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kristina12013 4 years ago

I will have to invest lol


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yeah, kristina, they're fun!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Love your ideas posted here. I used to love popsicles and made them for my child in various colors and flavors. Your recipes are a more updated and healthier options.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

teaches--Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, all we ever did as kids were the sugary Kool-aid ones. Yummy!


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Tasty, yummy, your hub made my mouth water. I love popsicles and your ideas are great. Very useful too.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

So glad, Vellur! Thanks!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Yummy! My mouth is watering now. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Happy weekend!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, Thelma! Glad you like! Great for summer! :-)

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