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Making Popsicles

July 23, 2012





I love to involve Simon in the kitchen as much as possible, and popsicle-making is one of the easiest ways to get toddlers hands-on with food preparation. We had a recent hot, humid, summer day, and I wanted to make a healthy, unprocessed snack, so I grabbed the popsicle molds and set the project up.

I put out a cutting board and a butter knife (not sharp at all), and had Simon cut up some soft, unsweetened peaches from a jar I had in the fridge. Once he chopped them into pieces, he then dropped the chunks into the popsicle molds. I did not interfere, but sat back and allowed him the freedom to make decisions about how many peach pieces to drop into each section. After he was satisfied, I poured orange juice into the molds, and let Simon place the toppers on. He took them back out and rearranged them three times before he was done. Finally, into the freezer they went, and Simon went down for his afternoon nap.

Later, after supper, we told Daddy we had made a special dessert, and enjoyed the cool healthy treats together as a family.

If you make popsicles at home, there are many variations you can try with whatever you have on hand. You can make yogurt pops, milk pops, juice pops, or even make them with herbal tea. Try tossing in fruit chunks like we did, berries, or even pieces of chocolate. I have even seen recipes that use pureed veggies, or vegetable juices, hidden among the fruit, which is perfect for pickier eaters who could use more veg in their diet. You don’t even need a fancy-schmancy popsicle maker, just a simple, inexpensive mold. I really like this one. Or you can even use an ice cube tray and make mini pops.

We will definitely be making many more variations in the future!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2012 11:20 pm

    I love doing these kinds of Popsicles… the leftover juice from watermelon carving works great for this, but not so much pineapple juice. for some reason pineapple juice has a had time freezing solid.

  2. lisasff permalink
    July 24, 2012 7:54 am

    we made blueberry smoothie pops the other week! big hit!!

  3. July 24, 2012 3:50 pm

    Peaches! That sounds good in OJ. I like to sneak spinach into our smoothies and feeze them in the pop molds. OH Yeah! Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky.

  4. July 24, 2012 3:53 pm

    Peaches! That sounds great in OJ. I like to sneak spinach into our smoothies and pour them into the pop molds, and I always say I’m going to try to make smoothies every day for us, but usually end up getting to them once a week.

    • July 24, 2012 8:25 pm

      We had blueberry smoothies today with lunch, but I cheated and bought the pre-made kind this time.

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