Cooking From Scratch - Homemade Popsicles
My kids love popsicles! However, they can get pricey for sure. With four kids eating them each day it can add up quickly. To save money on popsicles I have started making my own. An added benefit of this is that they are healthier than store bought. If you read the ingredients in store bought popsicles one of the first ones is high fructose corn syrup. This is basically poison to our bodies and the more we can do to prevent ourselves and our kids from eating it the better. Making my own popsicles is one small step towards eating healthier and saving money - and every step counts.
Here are some of the ways I make my own popsicles. We love fresh fruits, however they are not always an economical option and sometimes we just run out of fresh before I can get to the store - when this happens we eat canned fruit. Do you know all the juice left at the bottom of the can? I use this to make homemade popsicles. Why waste all that juice - the kids love it.
Another favorite isJell-o pops. When the boxes of instant Jell-o go on sale 3 for $1 I stock up. I just mix up the Jell-o like the instructions say, but then I freeze it into popsicles instead of refrigerating as the box calls for.
Pudding pops are one of my favorites - chocolate in particular. Mix the pudding up as usually and freeze into popsicles. You can get really creative with these as well. You could mix up a batch of vanilla and a batch of chocolate and then alternate the pudding in the molds. To keep the flavors from mixing together you should freeze the first color for about an hour before adding the second color.
Adding fresh cut up fruit is another great idea. You could add sliced bananas to the banana flavored pudding or fresh berries to any flavor of jello. You could also make popsicles with yogurt. Homemade would be the cheapest option - and homemade yogurt that doesn't set right is a prime candidate for popsicles.
We have had so much fun getting creative with our popsicles and the kids just love the homemade ones. Try some yourself! They sure are good.