It doesn’t get any simpler than this. These one ingredient juice popsicles are refreshing, delicious and the perfect treat on a hot, hot summer’s day!
When I was a kid, my mom used to make us juice pops during the summer. She had some plastic molds with removable tops. You just pour in the juice, put the top on, wait a few hours, and voilà, a healthy, refreshing, frozen snack.
They were a big hit with the neighborhood kids too (who probably had no idea they were eating something good for them).
When I saw juice pops in the store as an adult, I initially got excited. Then I looked at the ingredients: water, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, potassium lord knows what.
Simple, Easy One Ingredient Juice Popsicles
All you really need to make delicious juice pops is juice (and popsicle molds). That’s it. I’m putting this under dessert because it’s sweet, but really you can eat it any time you like.
I’ve used cranberry grape juice to make my juice pops, but any juice will do: grape, orange, pineapple. Sometimes mom would mix the flavors to make orange pineapple, or apple grape. There are far more options now, so you could make them with strawberry orange banana juice if you like.
If you want to get fancy, add a few slices of fruit to your juice popsicles.
Just pick your favorite juice flavor and start freezing!
Tools and Ingredients for Juice Pops
I have this set, but I don’t recommend it. It’s too hard to get one pop at a time! For better (or worse) they haven’t cracked or broken, so I can’t bring myself to replace them. I recommend you try the molds below instead.
This is the closest thing I can find to the molds mom had when I was a kid. Hers were plain, clear plastic, but these have grooves and pretty colors. Plus, unlike the set I currently have, it’s easy to get one pop at a time. Fill the molds, pop the top on and freeze. The waiting is the hardest part!
If you really want to get fancy, try out this juice pop maker. Freeze the pop maker ahead of time, then add the ingredients, and you’ll get tasty pops in just 7 minutes. It doesn’t even need electricity.
Note that this will only work with sugar-sweetened pops (not sugar-free or artificial sweeteners)
These recipes require a bit more effort than the juice pops, but you can experiment with fresh fruit, yogurt, even balsamic vinegar or alcohol (for a grownup treat).
Berry Ice Pop Recipes
Strawberry pops A basic, simple recipe, with just three ingredients.
Strawberry lemonade popsicles Two favorite summer treats (well, maybe three) all in one pop: strawberries, lemonade, and popsicles, layered to look like a parfait. Cool, refreshing, and really pretty too.
Balsamic strawberry popsicles These are made with both fruit puree and chunks of fresh strawberries.
Mexican strawberry popsicles Called paletas in Spanish, these are much less sweet than “American” recipes. Great if you’ve got really fresh fruit, or prefer a less sweet taste.
Banana Frozen Popsicles
Banana Blueberry Swirl Popsicle All the flavors of a banana split, combined into a popsicle. A lot easier to eat, and you don’t have to feel guilty either.
Banana Chocolate Coconut Pops Easy to make, with bananas, chocolate, and coconut. You don’t even need a mold.
Banana Coconut These are sweetened with honey instead of sugar. Only 193 calories a pop.
Mango Popsicles Simple, sweet, and easy. And, they are low in cholesterol too (no fat).
Orange Mango Popsicles A no-fat, low cholesterol recipe, that doesn’t feel like you’re skimping or shortchanging yourself. Just ice, fruit, sugar, and lime juice.
Mango Paletas This is the Colombian version of paletas. If you don’t have mango pulp, use two fresh mangoes.
Mango Strawberry and Balsamic Popsicles Mangos, strawberries, and an extra punch (if you want) of balsamic vinegar.
Pops with Alchohol
Heat relief for adults! Just be careful with the proportions, because if you use too much alcohol your pops won’t freeze.
Margarita Pop Made with tequila and Grand Marnier, this Emeril Lagasse recipe is strictly for adults. Tastes like a margarita!
Mojito Pops There are several yummy recipes on this page, but I’m heading straight for the mojito pops.
Honeydew Cucumber Margarita Popsicles Melon and cucumber are just about the most refreshing combination there is when it’s hot. I bet this would be good with watermelon too
Purple Cow Popsicle Go ahead, try saying that name three times fast. Meanwhile, it’s a purple cow in a popsicle!
Strawberry Daquiri Popsicle Step-by-step instructions, complete with photos of each stage. I just want to reach through my computer and grab one!
Popsicle Recipe Cookbooks
Fifty great recipes, from pops that swirl, pops with milk or yogurt, and fruit. There are some pretty unusual flavors too, like Pistachio Saffron and Strawberry Maple Mascarpone.
Recipes for pops, agua frescas, and more. Try flavors like sour cream, cherry, and tequila; roasted banana; lime pie; and even avocado. I admit I would have never thought of avocado, but it works.
The popsicles in this book get their inspiration from lots of different sources: soda fountains (think root beer and cherry cola); coffee and tea (thai iced coffee, and southern sweet tea), as well as fruit, yogurt, and pudding
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