I’ve always wanted to make popsicles at home. The process seemed straightforward: Blend some fruit together, pour it into molds, put a stick in, and let it freeze.
The good news is, that’s exactly what it’s like. Popsicles are one of the easiest and most satisfying, summer desserts to make. They’re a lot less work than ice cream, which involves cooking custard, cooling it down, churning it, and freezing it.
You can get creative with your base. I decided to do watermelon, strawberry, lime because I love summer melon, I had a bunch of frozen strawberries from peak strawberry season in May, and lime adds a little tang. I would highly recommend this combo. It’s sweet, tart, and refreshing.
The hardest part about making these popsicles is waiting for them to freeze. Depending on your freezer, this could take anywhere from a few hours to overnight. I would recommend erring on the side of caution and leaving them in the freezer longer. If you use a silicone popsicle mold like I did, you can also test their doneness by poking the mold and seeing how firm it feels.
I used this silicone mold, and I’d highly recommend it. It’s cool (pun not really intended) because you can fill up each mold and then put a “lid” on top (a top layer of silicone) that prevent the mixture from sloshing over. There are holes in the top layer to put a stick through. Overall this model decreases the potential mess and makes sure your popsicles freeze evenly.
Here’s a song to get you started on your popsicle journey.
Watermelon Strawberry Lime Popsicles
6 heaping cups cubed watermelon
2 heaping cups frozen strawberries
juice and zest of one lime
Blend the ingredients together in a high-power blender until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds, put a stick in, and freeze for at least three hours (but probably more) until completely frozen. Enjoy!